I will instruct you and teach
Several months ago, my husband and I were driving on the interstate and the traffic was heavy but flowing smoothly. In fact, all three lanes were traveling the same speed with no one in the left lane passing. This was highly unusual and we couldn’t figure out what everyone was doing. Then, I spotted the State Trooper traveling at the posted speed limit. Every driver was on their best behavior and traveling at a safe speed behind the officer. No one was zooming past the officer and risking the consequences.
The Lord brought this experience to mind when I was reading Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eye” (NKJV). This is a promise that the Lord gives us. He will instruct us; He will teach us; He will guide us. My actions show that I believe this promise when I stay behind the Lord; wait for His instruction; follow Him closely, and not anxiously speed past Him. He desires to instruct us in the way of wisdom and lead us along straight paths (Proverbs, 4:11, NIV). Following Him is my desire, not only for my safety but also, for His perfect will to be accomplished.
As I was reflecting on this truth, I remembered another driving experience. Several years ago, I was traveling with a coworker to a convention. We were caravanning with two other co-workers. They were several cars in front of us when they unexpectedly took a wrong exit onto a toll road. We called them and asked where they were going. They replied that they were following me and thought that I was taking that exit. My incredulous response was, “How were you following me when YOU were in FRONT of me.” Sadly, this also describes my tendencies with the Lord. I desire to follow the Lord, I intend to follow the Lord, but oftentimes, I get in front of the Lord - looking back and trying to guess which way He wants me to go. Or, maybe, I go the way I want to go and ask Him to follow me! (That doesn't go well!) I thank the Lord that in His mercies and unfailing love, He lovingly leads me when I take wrong turns.
The Lord desires to lead, instruct and guide - for His glory and because that is what’s best for us. I must choose to stay behind him, watch Him closely and allow Him to lead. He is a good, good father and only wants the very best for His children.
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.