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Johnna tries to be less so He is more. She’s a professor-turned-homeschool-mom who gives it all to be God’s love to families of very ill children.

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  1. Johnna, what beautiful words reflecting your *trust* in Him. Though my heart *knows* all of this, my mind is having a hard time “despising the journey” toward something I believe He’s promised – something that I don’t even want to go through, necessarily, but something that I believe He has such purpose in, though it doesn’t make sense right now.

    I appreciate your words today…

    Rich blessings…

    • In retrospect, I am usually so thankful for the journey… I have often been saddened by the fact that I despised the journey in the moment of occurence, that I did not see the journey for the gift it was and embrace it! That’s the beauty, I think, of knowing and serving a God Who is good, all the time, Who only gives us good gifts. Now if we could realize that in the moment, right?!? Praying for you, that you can realize and trust His promises and purposes for this very moment!
      Thanks for your comment.

    • Thanks for the opportunity! And let’s all be daring together, okay? What grace and beauty there is in purpose, in being used up and spent for the kingdom!

  2. Johnna, I do appreciate your words. It is difficult for me to throw myself over the edge, too. I am so thankful to my heavenly Father that he continues trying to show me his grace and blessings. I keep on, with the Spirit’s help, to listen and respond as He would have me. Your words are encouraging . Thank You and may He continue to bless you and yours.

  3. Your post resonated so strongly with me today as well. I am being beckoned to the edge but my flesh is fighting. I am fearful as to what I am being asked to relive or revisit. I do not want to go through the pain again. Yet, my hunger and thirst for His will MUST over power my fleshly wants and fears. My heart knows He is in control but my head will try to analyze everything.

    Thank you for sharing from your heart and experiences. I questioned myself “Why does surrender have to be so hard?”, “Why am I fighting surrender so hard?”
    May we all have strength to surrender!

    • Thanks for your comment! I have found that sometimes, in reliving and revisiting the painful moments, in using them to accomplish eternal purposes, we see them more clearly, more through God’s eyes instead of our pain– and beauty comes from the ashes. May you see beauty, God’s goodness, come from your journey!

  4. “It is this way so often: the things most painful in our past give birth to the greatness of God shining out from within” ~ this resonates with me so much regarding what God is doing in my life currently, and how I know He wants to use what I’ve been through… and this “the Son on the water glistening like prismatic diamonds, forged by pressure and illuminated by the cutting away” is beautiful. Oh, the wonder of it all!

    • I think about that very image that God placed in my heart so often– Jesus, forged by incredible pressure, glorfied and illuminated in holiness by what He surrendered and lay down, yes, even His very life… Jesus, walking on the water, the ocean of His grace, calling us to step out, to join Him in the refining process.

      And then I think of all the times in my past where crushing, smothering pressure has forged me into someone more Christlike, and when the “cutting away” has made less of myself so that I can more greatly shine, reflect, and illuminate His glory.

      May we all surrender to those refining processes, those refining moments, over and over in our lives as He beckons us.

      You are right– His way is so very wondrous. Thanks for your words!