The Green Lantern

Green Lantern has a ring. His ring is known as the most powerful weapon in the universe.

Depending on his willpower and imagination, the Green Lantern can do almost anything. He has used his ring to hypnotize people, become invisible, to pass through objects, to heal, to fly, to paralyze his enemies, and even to time travel.

He has all the power he needs.

I had a dream that correlated the Green Lantern and his ring power to God’s people who had received the gift of the holy spirit.

We have everything we need to be a light.

You will reap more than you think you’ll reap.

We are supplied with what we need to step out in faith.

When you step out, God will give you more anointing.

Your act of faith will be more impacting than you will realize.

Fear is what makes the Green Lantern weak. If his enemy can talk him down and mess with his mind he is defeated.

The ring’s weakness is in the mindset of the wearer.

“The ring didn’t see that you were fearless. It saw you could overcome fear. It saw that you’re courageous. Which you are.” -Carol Ferris.

Submit your mind to God everyday.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5

Like the Green Lantern, WE have to greatest gift in the universe. We have the holy spirit dwelling in us. Working in our everyday lives.

Just Do It!

If you’re feeling to do something to encourage someone. Just do it. Let the Spirit lead you.

Our flesh can make many excuses of why we shouldn’t get up earlier to pray. Or why we shouldn’t ask that person if they would like prayer.

The world is waiting for hope. We have the answer. Jesus.

“One step of action will have a rippling effect of other actions.” – Victor Jackson

God is calling you to step out.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8 KJV

Thanks for reading! Do you have a favorite Super Hero? I didn’t until now. Leave a comment below. 😊

Make Time for Rest

“Rest” this word kept coming up in my days recently.

I was helping my toddler open up to a scribble-free page in his Winnie the Pooh Coloring Book.

Tigger was King of the Forest. Tigger was telling his followers (Piglet and Rabbit) to follow him and he would lead them to a place of “REST” in the Heffalump forest.

Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet arrived to their destination. Rabbit said to Piglet, “There isn’t enough room for resting here, unless we make room. Let’s make room Piglet!”

Resting in God’s presence doesn’t happen accidentally. It will happen intentionally.

Genesis chapter two tells us even God rested on the seventh day.

Make room for rest or it won’t happen.

Cindee colored a scripture and showed me as she clipped it on the refrigerator.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

The rest we find in Jesus is better than shopping the sales rack (or online.)

The rest we find in Jesus is better than sugar. (Yes, even coffee creamer and chocolate!)

Linger in God’s presence. Stay awhile. Listen. He will speak.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 11:15

I have 5 children during the day. Ages 5 and under. Oh, how I NEED to be reminded of this daily!

The hustle and bustle of the day seems to have no end in sight.

The dishes, the messes, the laundry, and cooking meals, and making sure to engage with the children, and…. (Oh so much to do. How can I possibly REST???)

I NEED to rest.

Even if it’s just 30 minutes upstairs in my locked bedroom meditating on Scripture while my husband plays hide and seek with the kids.

Which could then turn into a 10 minute cat nap!

Find what works for you. Rest your mind from the things of this world to focus on Jesus. For He is the only thing that can satisfy.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Does rest mean laziness? No way! It means to break away from ALL the things and spend time with Jesus. Being raw. Being real. Being still. In His presence. Not rushing anything.

Some nights I feel a drawing at 2 am or 3 am to just go sit in my rocking chair and worship God and just sit and listen. While my heart is quiet. While my kids are fast asleep. It allows my spirit be tuned in.

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Exodus 33:14

Go ahead. Rest a while. Make it a habit.

Thanks for reading. How do you find rest in your day? I’d love to hear any tips you’ve found.

Fix Your Heart on the “I AM”

I wrote a song in 2010 (during the hardest season of my life.) My mother was going through cancer.

🎶 “If our God is for us, who can be against us? He will keep His promise, even in the darkness. He’ll wipe away your tears and say, it’s going to be ok. I know His love will never fade away, so lift your hands and say… I will cry unto the God most High, my heart is fixed, my heart is fixed on You. I’m moving closer, closer, closer to you, God. 🎶

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Psalms 57:7

It’s fitting for this year, 11 years later.

Fix your heart on Jesus. He is our HOPE.

Situations happen … sometimes really bad situations. God uses them to reveal Himself in a way that we didn’t know Him before.

If we’ve never been through the rough times, we wouldn’t know Him to be our Healer. Deliverer. Waymaker. Provider. Protector. Strength. Peacemaker.

We don’t know the value of the Light until we’ve walked in darkness.

When the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians, God told Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses asked: “Who should I say sent me?”

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”
Exodus 3:14

I AM means I will be whatever you need me to be whenever you need me.

Isn’t God so amazing?

If you need a friend, He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. If you need love, He is the Everlasting Father. If you need a miracle, He is the miracle worker. If you need strength, He is the Mighty God. If you need peace, He is the Prince of Peace. If you need guidance, He is the Counselor. If you need joy, He is Wonderful. If you need provision, He is the provider.

He is your “I AM”. He will be whatever you need Him to be when you need Him.

In the new testament, He revealed His name, Jesus! God came to earth as a baby. He was born to save us from our sin. Yes, God is ONE.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Deuteronomy 6:4

You can find rest in Jesus, my friend. He is unchanging. He is faithful. He is good. Always good.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8

Thanks for reading. I hope this brings encouragement to you today. -Tonya

Enabling and Equipping

We visited Milwaukee County Zoo last week. We entered the cat area where the gorgeous cheetah dwelled. She paced back and forth…Over and over. She had walked the same path so much that her paws had killed the grass and what was once soft green grass was now a smooth dusty thin pathway.

We read the facts sign about cheetahs. Did you know? Cheetahs can run up to 60 miles per hour!

My daughter asked me, “Is that fast? I want to see the cheetah run.”

Sadly, I realized the cheetah didn’t have enough room to even skip let alone run at 60 miles per hour.

This cheetah couldn’t run at all. She could only pace back and forth in front of the tall glass window where we stood waiting for her to do something interesting.

She was limited…

Only man can remove the limitations of the cheetah. Only God can remove our limitations.

God is an equipping God. He ALWAYS has more for us. He ALWAYS has better for us.

We just need the desire to be more.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:20

The cheetah was at the mercy of man. She wasn’t equipped with what she needed TO BE ALL that she was meant to be.

We fall short. God enables and equips us to be what He has called us to be.

We are simply NOT enough.

We need the help of God, it’s called GRACE. We need Him to change us from the inside out. We need him to open our eyes to see ourselves the way HE sees us.

Once we are all in for Him, He’ll take you further than you ever thought possible.

He will equip you for what He has in store.

Don’t give up yet. He’s got You! Reach for Him!

Pray with me: God, I give you permission to work on me. Help me see the way You see me. Nobody’s idea of me matters except for how You view me. Enable me to be the person (mom, wife, friend, leader, employee) You want me to be. Equip me with the right character, integrity, honesty, and love I need to impact my world. I make you KING of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Thanks for reading -Tonya

Passion for your “Elephant”


God wants to renew your passion for the “elephant” prayers in your life. (The things that are huge or that seem impossible.)

I began working on this post last week. I had one particular “elephant” in mind.

Little did I know this prophetic word from the Lord was about to unfold in a matter of a few days.

These “Elephants” can be a God-given vision, dream, plan, or word which you feel inadequate or are losing the faith it takes to see it unfold.

I have called them elephants because they seem like huge prayers that you can’t accomplish yourself. It would only be achieved with the help of God.

I had a family member slip away from God for 9 years.

I would pray for her on repeat. I knew God was the only one who would bring her back.

2 weeks ago I had a nightmare that scared me so that I woke up and my entire body was covered in goosebumps. I was shaken with fear.

I knew this was not just a bad dream or “the pizza I ate before bed”. I was dealing with a demonic spirit.

My husband and I went on a 3 day fast that week.

I was carried through the fast. I had NO desire for food. Even when I was fixing meals and snacks for the 5 kids. That’s only happened 3 times in my life, (where I was given supernatural strength to make it through a multi-day fast.) Fasting is usually VERY difficult for me.

This time was EASY. It made me curious and ask the Lord, “Why are you carrying me through this fast?” I was nervous about what was coming ahead that I would NEED this time of sacrifice and the power it brought.

On the 3rd day of the fast, I had another nightmare. This time God revealed to me I was in spiritual warfare for my family member I mentioned earlier.

The enemy wanted ALL of her. He was plaguing her mind to cut off the one thing she had left that tied her to God. She was holding on by a thread.

The enemy wanted her, but so did we. There were people who stood in the gap. Interceeding for her. Fasting for her. Crying out for her. Believing for her.

I decided to tell her what I was dealing with. I told her specific details in my dreams. What did I have to lose? Why be intimidated of what she might think of me? I spoke to her the things I felt on my heart.

It was exactly was she needed to hear and the right time. She cried and thanked God that He cared enough for her to send her a message regarding specific things she was dealing with.

This Sunday she went to church and felt the presence of God again. She was renewed with His Spirit. I believe this is only the beginning!


Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us —
Ephesians 3:20 HCSB


We never know what God is doing in someone’s heart. Only God knows that.

If God tells you to do something just do it!

God is still moving even when we can’t see it.

Don’t write off your “elephant” just yet. Ask God to renew your passion and faith you need to see it happen. Just make yourself available in willingness. God will use you where you are right now.

We need to be a vessel God can pour into and flow out of!

Go after your elephant! It is available!

Do you have a testimony of an “elephant” prayer God answered in your life? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

Gladness

It was morning. I opened my eyes, rolled over, looked at the clock on my nightstand, 5:15 am


I was debating in my mind. Get up now (before the kids) grab a cup of coffee and have some one-on-one time with Jesus OR “sleep in.” (just until 6:30 am. That’s when my kids come barreling into my bedroom letting me know they made it to the potty and they were ready for breakfast to be hot and ready on the table, right now… please mom?)

Thinking of the latter, I couldn’t help but despise the rude wake-up call. It made me eager to catch as many snoozes as I could before my day would begin.

So without further ado, I turned my head on the pillow and closed my eyes. I had made my decision.


Suddenly a voice inside of me loud and clear proclaimed,

“Serve the Lord with GLADNESS!”


It was so thunderous it was as if it shook me right out of bed. I got up to pray with a smile.

The Lord gave me the strength and encouragement I needed!

God knows what YOU need too!

Matthew 6:8 says…” for YOUR Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Simply talk with Jesus when you are feeling low and drained from life’s errands. Cleaning up toys. Wiping messy hands and faces. Changing dirty diapers. Oh yeah, the laundry needs to be put away and those dishes need washing, and Oh it’s supper time… already? … I think I made my point.

Remember, His strength is abundant. He has unlimited resources for us. He isn’t going to go bankrupt. God’s got YOU. Ask Him for a double portion of strength. I know it’s available because I have received it.

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalms 100:2

Has God ever given you the energy you needed right on time?

I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

Why Wildly Joyful?

Why did I choose the name Wildly Joyful for my blog? Well I’ve been waiting for a “good” answer to this question.  I believe the Lord revealed it to me it this past week.

Getting out in nature does wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Experiencing God’s creation is exciting!

I love to pray outside and hear the rustling of the wind in the trees or the water rushing past rocks on the riverbed. I enjoy the silence of a wooded forest.

When we turn off the noise of the other things around us we become more aware of His still small voice which speaks to us.

Nature is an exhibit of God’s glory.

I’m fascinated how a soft velvety rose petal can literally come out of a thorny stick.

I’m in awe of how you can take a bite of a fruit and its juice runs down your face when it came out of the rough wood of a tree. It’s just amazing to me how the earth shouts His glory!

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Psalms 96:12

I’ve always loved nature. I always have.

I knew my life was busy with 3 kids (ages 5, 3, & 1). I also watch my niece and nephew (ages 2 & 1).

So to say my life is “wild” is accurate. My days range from running to the rescue of the poor toddler whose toy got stolen away to kissing a “boo boo”, from catching their innocent (and crazy cute) conversations about their fairytale story, to explaining to them why I shouldn’t give them popsicles at 7am.

This is my life right now. Sometimes it’s chaotic.

Yes, today my 1 year old thought it would be ok to take his messy diaper off  in the middle of the living room without telling his mom.

Yes, today Micah spilled his freshly poured cereal all over his lap, chair, legs, table, and floor. Then minutes later Avery spit his milk all down his face and shirt and on to the floor I just mopped previously (all to make his siblings laugh during breakfast; he’s definitely our clown, but I wasn’t having his humor then.)

Cindee whined about her chores and how it wasn’t fair that I needed to comb and fix her hair daily.

This is my life. Nothing out of the ordinary.

In the midst of the wild days are sparks of joy.

My days are also filled with Avery’s waves. His little hand goes back and forth abruptly as he says “hi” with his cheesy smile. He shuts and reopens the door to say “hi” again and again. He always puts a huge smile on my face and I just can’t help but kiss him from head to toe. That’s my joy.

Or how Micah walks out of his bedroom rubbing his eyes and says, “Good morning Mom.” How he sits at the table and compliments me “You’re a good cooker Mom.” That’s my joy.

And when I catch Cindee being kind helping her little brothers throughout the day. How she reminds us to pray for her at night and then she prays for us by placing her little hand on our head. That’s my joy.

When life is wild you stay content because of the joy that breaks through.

Like on a cloudy day with rays of sunshine bursting through.

Like a beautiful forest with some muddy spots you need to jump over.

Hey have you ever seen the pattern of a painter turtle? God’s design is amazing! We found this baby at a little lake in Wisconsin.   Mr. Turtle didn’t want to sit still for the picture.

I’m learning to keep an eye out for joy in my wild.

While camping it poured rain and thundered. We were stuck inside our tent for 3 hours.

I decided (along with my two boys and husband) to find joy in an afternoon nap.

In the every day mundane you too can find joy, you just have to remember to look for it. I guarantee you can find a spark of it!


The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1

Thanks for reading. What are some things in nature that awe you? Where can you see God’s glory in the simple everyday things?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Beautifully YOU

There are many types of flowers from roses to daisies, from lilies to daffodils, from the iris to the tulips. All have a distinct characteristic. All are beautiful in their own unique way.

Just like God made many kinds of flowers, He made many kinds of people too.

Each person has the potential and opportunity to impact a life.

My three-year-old son Micah loves to pick dandelions and violets growing in the grass from our little backyard.

One day he came to me with his hands behind his back ready to suprise me. He said, (sweetly with his dimples showing) “Mom I got something for you, flowers!” He showed me two handfuls of dandelions as he jumped around excitedly.

I helped Cindee and Micah cut the stems to the proper size. We put them together in a small cup and displayed them in the middle of the patio table that day. He was proud of his yellow bouquet he foraged himself.

He put a smile on my face that day with his thoughtfulness. And he smiled as he gave them to me.

It feels good to give. It feels better to give than to recieve.

Not everyone thinks highly of the dandelion (a common weed) , but in my son’s eyes they are “pretty flowers” in his words. We are all precious in God’s sight.

No matter what kind of flower you are, we all have the same amount of time on earth.

He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Job 14:2

Roses may last a week, carnations maybe 2 weeks. Once picked, tulips live only a few days.

Our time is short. Use it wisely.

Flowers are pleasant to the eyes. They are a gift of beauty to whomever walks by.

As we grow in Christ we have the opportunity to touch the hearts around us.

We can brighten someone’s day with a smile. Share a kind word. Give a compliment. Pray a blessing on a loved one.

Be an encourager. They’re fun to be around!

No matter if you have a large circle of effectiveness or have a small growing circle, YOU are important! YOU can make a difference in your world.

Sometimes we may think we’re not qualified. We may feel inadequate. That is a lie from the enemy.

I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Psalms 139:14

God made you wonderfully! You can be a spark of joy in a heart around you.  We have the opportunity to change the atmosphere around us.

I love to go out on my deck and smell the lilacs and hydrangeas close by.

Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others. Just be real. Instagram is full of picture perfect stories and cliches.

It would be a terrible thing for the petunia to compare itself to the sunflower.

Authenticity is powerful in reaching to a hurting heart. The truth is we all have encountered hurts and pains. That’s just life.

Photo by Rob Schuetz

For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. 2 Corinthians 10:12

If we are open in sharing our weaknesses where we have been broken, God gives strength so we can be put back together.

Give someone a sweet smelling fragrance today. Share Jesus. Share a smile. Just be kind.

Be a lovely YOU. Be a peaceful YOU.

You are special! You are unique! You have characteristics that make YOU, YOU!

Be the best version of you because there’s only one YOU!

Thanks for reading. Do you have a favorite flower? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Rise and Shine!

Photo by Pixabay

Isolation. Addiction. Abuse. Fear. Anxiety. Depression. Whatever it may look like for you, there is hope.

In January of this year, my husband was preparing for bed. He felt impressed to go down by our furnace which is in the basement. He obeyed. He listened and waited. God’s still small voice said, “You will go through a struggle, but I will be with you.” As my hubby looked into the flames of the furnace . He questioned God, “Lord, how can I say no, but why do I have to go through a struggle?”

God replied, “What do you think I went through?” He was reminded of the cross. The weight he carried, not the weight of the tree. The weight of the sins of the world. My sin. Your sin. His back was whipped for our healing. He was spit on. Humiliated. Slapped. Thank you precious Jesus.

He was also impressed with the thought, air that goes through the fire is purified and expanded”.

God is stretching you during this time. It is not for nothing. He is always good. You will come out of this better. If you want to be better. You will come out of this as gold, tried by fire.

Another story, in February of this year, it was an hour past midnight. God woke me up so strongly with this name plastered on my mind, “Robert Tisdale”.

I began to pray for this minister. I had heard him preach only a time or two in Wisconsin. I would not have remembered his first name off the top of my head.

After I was finished praying, I searched for his messages. In all four messages I came across, he was preaching about the same thing…. Darkness.

It worried me a little. What was God trying to show me? What was He trying to warn me about?

God had shown us that we would be going through a time of darkness. I now believe A PART of it was this time of isolation because of COVID-19.

I believe he warned us firstly, to pray. Secondly, to be ready for unsettling times ahead. I was a little nervous as to what the “darkness” may look like, (okay maybe a lot nervous) but I knew God had it all in control. I just had to trust Him.

Little did I know we would have a world pandemic. This would cause everything except grocery stores to be shut down. I didn’t realize I was about to attend my last church service for 10 plus weeks. I had no clue what was about to happen, all I knew is that it would be “dark”.

Isolation. Addiction. Abuse. Fear. Anxiety. Depression. Whatever it may look like for you, there is hope. Jesus is the light. Call out to Him and He will hear you. Get in touch with YOUR Creator.

Tell Him your hurts. Tell Him your pain. He has already taken up the wooden cross to bear them. He shed His precious blood so you, my friend, can be free. Ask Him to show Himself real to you. He will do it. He breaks yolks. He sets captives free.

Isaiah 58:6 says “Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?”

We are called to be the light because we have God in us and He is light.

His Word says, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

God gets all the glory when He shines through us. Be encouraged today. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love and peace. He is about to break through your darkness.

“Your appointment is greater than your disappointment.”- Robert Tisdale

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Isaiah 43:2

What darkness has God helped you get through? What is an area in your life where you have been a light to someone? What light can you see as the dawn breaks?

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.
Thanks for reading!

Let’s Go Morel Hunting

photo by Randi Perry

My family has roots in morel hunting. My uncle puts his treasures on homemade morel mushroom pizza. My Granny fries them in butter and they are the most delicious thing you’d ever eat. They are melt-in-your-mouth good!

Since moving to Milwaukee I have been eager to find these delicacies in the forest. I have yet to find them.

It’s a challenge to spend 2 plus hours in the woods with my 3 children, ages 5, 3, and 1.5. My good and faithful husband every year tries his very best to fulfill my dreams. He helps carry the toddler when he gets tired. When they start the “I’m hungry” chant, he gets out the snacks. Soon after, the “I’m thirsty” parade starts.

My kids and Rob, yes even my hubby was napping this time, in the car. I couldn’t hold back my anticipation to get out in the woods. So I went ahead of my tribe.

In the woods I started talking with God. The warm Wisconsin air hit my face as I sat on a green moss covered log. (the morels are supposed to be there.)

I began to question God.

Why doesn’t everyone find what they are truly longing for?

We try to fill our days with busy schedules and seek out thrills. When they come to an end we are back where we started. 

Since Covid19 we are told to stay home and stay safe. In doing so we are bound to the fact that there’s a hole in each of our hearts which we can’t ignore. 

Matthew 7:7 says, “seek and ye shall find, ask and it will be given you, knock and it shall be opened unto you”.

As I was still keeping my eyes peeled for morels,

He said in a still quiet thought, “They aren’t looking in the right spots”.

We need to know where to find God. We should start with His Word. His Word is alive and true. The Bible is His written Word.

I felt impressed, “They don’t go deep enough.”

For some, the search is a short lived fad. Only when they are hurting. Just when they are bored.

The deeper you venture into the woods, the thicker it becomes. God may reveal things in our hearts that He wants to purge. He always reveals and then waits for our permission to remove. He is a gentleman. He doesn’t take it without our consent and submission to Him.

While hunting with my Granny, when I was a child, she would tell me “Sometimes you need a different angle. You need to get down on your hands and knees sometimes. You’ll get dirty. It’s work, but some mushrooms are so tiny you won’t see them otherwise.”

We need a different perspective. We need to humble ourselves before God. James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you”. 

We are not doormats. That’s not it. It’s about humility and meekness (for the record, meekness is NOT weakness.) We can not be too high minded and prideful. If our noses are up in the air, we think we don’t need God.

We have a nice job, nice clothes, a nice house, nice cars, good health. What do we need God for? We need to humble ourselves; if we don’t do it on our own, God will do it eventually to get our attention. 

The next thought He gave me was, “They ask direction from people who think the same way they do.”

I asked my Dad for tips and tricks to find morels. He told me where to look. Mossy shaded areas on the south side of the hills.

My Granny taught me the time of year they pop up and which trees they tend to grow beside.

My Mom cooked them growing up. She would dip the Morels in egg wash, roll them in crushed saltine crackers, then pan fry them in butter. She told me, ” If you eat too many your belly will hurt.” (she was right.)

In searching for Jesus or striving to go deeper with Him we should not only talk to Jesus Himself, but also surround ourselves with people who are on a greater level with God. “Mentors” if you would, who have more experience with God than us. That’s part of being humble, like I stated before.

The thing about the journey is that there will always be people ahead of you and people behind you. We are all in it together. We need each other. 

Distractions keep us from finding God or growing closer to him.

Finding morels can be nearly impossible if you are not focused. It can even be a “good” or “okay” distraction. But nonetheless it’s still keeps our eyes off God.

When my kids are whining and having to stop and go potty; then I think “wait, I know I packed hand sanitizer in this back pack somewhere, oh there it is.” They find their treasured rocks and sticks. They pick weeds and proudly present them to me, So sweet, really. Nonetheless all these things are distracting me! They are keeping my eyes from finding these forest delicacies! 

The next thing I felt him say was “They’re impatient”.

A relationship with God doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to build trust. We need determination and a desperation for God. We need a strong hunger for him. We need him all the time. Not just when we are hurting or at a dead end. That’s selfish of us. We should desire Him when life is good and peachy too.

I felt like giving up trying to find morels after 2.5 hours of trampling through the woods. My thought was what if my next step is when I find a hill side full of them? Even though I would have been content finding just a single ONE!

I wish I could tell you I found a mushroom hotspot that was gorging with these sponge bodied vegetables. Oh! That would have been quite the ending. I could have made up “fairy tale” happy ending, but I’m all about being real. The truth is I am still on a quest to find my morel. I haven’t been able to spot them the last few years.

It doesn’t help when my cousin sends me a pictures of her 2 FULL bags of her prized mushrooms, she found them in half the time I searched.

I guess it goes to show we are all unique in the process. We reach milestones at a different rates. We can easily compare to each other, but that’s harmful. Just simply keep striving after Jesus. For you will indeed find him! He will reveal himself to you. I know it.

What childhood traditions did you keep to share with your family? How did your children or spouse respond to the idea or adventure? What is God working on in you?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for reading!