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In full disclosure I must start with this: I am not done reading this book! Atlas Girl can be read in one sitting because you won’t want to stop. You can do that. I wanted to. But I’m forcing myself to slow it down, to savor it and let it sink in!
I’m finding that I am in a season of Slowing Down… of Stepping Back… of Breathing in Deep and paying attention to All. The. Feels. I have mentioned it several times already but we are new Empty Nesters and my tendency to rush on to the next often robs me of really pausing to reflect over what just happened. And what just happened is we raised a life. We partnered with God and helped to raise an entire human being and she is a delight and a joy.
Honestly – we are blessed and even through the hard season (and yes… there was one) – she was a delight and a joy. Hard… lost… searching… but we determined in the midst of darkness and dreams dying, that she would not question – ever – that she is loved.
Some days… months… years(ish) – that was easy! Others, well, we had to purpose to do it anyway… to silence the voice of the enemy to us and through us – and choose life… choose love… choose grace. Graciously it was a short hard season and God is a God of Redemption and Love does and Love wins! And then they move out… and then there are all the ‘opportunities’ to Choose Trust some more. For instance, they choose to go somewhere that causes you to fear and doubt and question their choices… and God whispers to you as you are in mid-rantprayer and asks if you are going to choose to trust Him more than you trust her? Ouch… I’d like to say yes, but I’m not so sure. I do trust her… or I want to anyway. But more than that… I must trust God with her. I must trust on a greater level that He goes with her even when I can’t. And while I know this is true, it’s so easy to forget! Now, my girlie – she is blessed to have an intercessor Mama, and even her non-Christian friend found comfort in knowing that I’d be praying over the whole weekend. It’s not unusual for me to be awakened in the middle of the night with a call to pray. So, while my girlie and her friend were out of town, at a festival that was not of my choosing, it was not strange that I would wake up and pray – not in fear, but with a sense of urgency!
The next day I read this…
Atlas Girl by Emily Wierenga
When the girls returned (safe and sound) I asked what was going on during that time… it turns out God was there and woke me when it was needed.
It turns out, He really can be trusted! No matterwhatyou are facing today, He can be trusted!
Emily T. Wierenga, award-winning journalist and author of 4 books, has released her first memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look. They say the book is like “Girl Meets God” meets “Wild” meets “Eat, Pray, Love.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy here.