Valerie Jones

{Live with Purpose. Lead with Passion.}

I am a blogger, worship leader, and speaker who helps worship leaders and team members connect with purpose and passion in life and leadership by offering encouragement, community, and practical resources so that they can thrive in life and leadership, both on and off the platform.

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{Five Minute Friday | Path}

It's Five Minute Friday. That means unplanned, unedited, straight-from-the-heart-to-the-paper writing. Yep, you just write whatever comes out based on a word you're given. If you have five minutes, you should give it a try!  Find out how here.

This week the prompt is {PATH}.

Ready? GO.

I always appreciate knowing there are purpose and direction when taking a path. You know, a beginning and end. I suppose that reveals something about the kind of person I am. There's nothing sweeter than a plan. But, as a follower of Jesus, sometimes the path seems incredibly hidden. At least, that's what I used to think. Now I understand my choice to surrender my life to Him marked the beginning. The promise and hope of seeing Him face-to-face mark the end. Everything in between is in His control. That's good news because He's loving, faithful, kind, powerful, and sovereign. My responsibility comes in learning to hear Him, trust Him, and obey Him. Even in that, He's promised to help me. Scripture says He gives us the desire to act according to His plan and purpose.

Here's the thing: He's always there. No matter the path, there is no place I go where He isn't present. So when the path laid before me only goes as far as the next step, it's ok. The beautiful truth is that He's already seen beyond that next step. And, His grace and mercy cover my missteps, especially when my heart says, "Lord, I want to do Your will. I want you to direct my steps along this path. I will follow Your lead." Because I do.

The psalmist said it well. You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, eternal pleasures at your right hand. Yes, indeed.

May I encourage you today? He goes before you and comes behind you. And, He's with you this very moment. Ask Him to show you, and He will.