July 2, 2014

Choosing Trust - Atlas Girl Blog Tour


This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE

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-rant prayer 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 matter
what you 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.


P.S.  I'm linking up with Emily for the Atlas Girl Blog Tour, as well as with:

Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory

Holley Gerth for #CoffeeforYourHeart

and Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday


  1. Anonymous12:44 PM


    I so identified with rushing through life. Seems I have been doing that most of my life! But YES! We serve a God that can be trusted to redeem any lost time or opportunities!

    Beautiful post, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Amen... we do serve a God like that! Praying you get moments of Slow to savor your Right Now!

  2. Karrilee, Thank you for this beautiful encouragement today. I am a momma of a 5 and 3 year old and I often find myself wanting to rush through their little years. My weary heart needed to read your words- I will continue to trust God through the teething and tantrums. :) I am also part of the blog tour with you and am looking forward to reading Atlas Girl

    1. Oh Tracy... 5 and 3... I am praying for you, Mama! Precious years - but hard, too... and they honestly really do go by so fast but I remember (vaguely) that in the midst of them, it sure doesn't feel like it! Thanks so much for stopping by! (And you're gonna love this book!)

  3. Karrillee, This is so beautiful. I appreciate your candor--and how you keep your heart open wide. Your daughter is so blessed. Thank you.

    1. Sweet Jennifer... I love you so! Thanks for popping over! I love your wide open heart too, my friend!

  4. Anonymous6:02 AM

    Your daughter is so blessed to have a praying mama! This book sounds amazing and I've added it to my ginormous list-of-books-I-want-to-read-and-might-finish-in-the-next-millenium. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

    1. Holly... I am sure that at times, she is not so convinced of that (Especially when it seems that God rats her out!) but I know in the long run, she appreciates it and knows the value of prayer because of it! And yes... add this book to your list! (Thinking we may all want to do some sort of book swap soon because OMGoodness, every week there are more books?) ;)


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