faith Wednesday Wishes

A few more steps

October 22, 2014

Is this collage not the perfect visual for the different phases of fall?! Both of these pictures were actually taken on the same day, on the same street, just a few blocks apart. I’d come across the leaves in the bottom picture first, in which I began snapping away at because I just thought- if this doesn’t scream FALL I don’t know what does. After I took most likely 2398742 photos of the same scene, I declared my walk to be over. I didn’t want to keep going any farther because I was towards the end of my walk and the pictures I’d taken for Project 52 were so pretty, I thought- how could it get any better than this?? But something pushed me on, and I did keep walking – only a few more blocks – and the minute I saw the fiery, orange and red leaves covering some lucky home owner’s yard, it literally took my breath away. It was gorgeous, brighter colors than the previous yard where I’d snapped a million pictures. It was that “cliche fall leaves” picture I’d hoped to find that day.
What a difference a just few more steps can make. 
Sometimes I think about the times I’ve asked God for something, He’s said ‘no’ and I’ve thought, well this is a mistake. Surely I need to ask Him a thousand other ways so that He understands what I’m asking for, and can see why this would be SO good for me. Plus, I’m tired and I really don’t think I can go any farther, which makes this “xyz” perfect for me… if only it would just happen NOW. And God says, No. Keep walking…. I have something so much better in store for you. 

As humans, and if you’re like me- type A who surely has so much of it figured out when it pertains to my own life and what’s best for me (uh huh)- sometimes it’s hard to hand over the reins – over and over and over again – to God. To say (and believe), over again every day, I’m giving this to you, Lord, because I know you care for me way more than I could ever care for myself. 

Our job is to keep praying, asking, thanking, praising, questioning, and then to take another step. When we feel we’ve gone as far as we can, and we think, “No this is good enough!” … keep going. Keep believing that His plans for you are so much better than even the grandest ones you could write on your own.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

Today, as I link up with Anne for Wednesday Wishes, my wish is that you keep walking. Don’t settle just because you don’t want to wait any longer. (And I’m preaching to the choir here, trust me.) If you’re tired, take a pause and a deep breath, but then keep pushing forward. Keep following Him.  Have faith in His mighty plans for your life. They are so much more than you could ever imagine. 

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  • Jae

    Thank you for always being an inspiration, Emily.

    P.S. Those colorful leaves… I wish I'd see them first-hand very soon.


  • You always have the most beautiful insight, friend.

  • I love this! I have such a hard time believing something better is a few steps away. I can tell myself over and over again that this is true but I won't believe it. I love this message. I needed to hear it and I should probably read it daily.

  • It's posts like this from you that make me love your blog even more. You have such a wonderful heart and beautiful spirit. I'm so blessed to call you friend. 🙂

  • How are the bottom leaves so multi-colored?!? So beautiful!

  • Thank you for this encouragement, friend 🙂

  • The photos, the words, the message…all beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I need to remember this. It's so easy to want to give in and throw in the towel. I just need to remember to keep walking. Thank you!

  • yes to the words and the message! I talked about this yesterday…about when God says wait. I hate waiting, but I've learned when God says wait .. he has something so much better than I could even imagine. 🙂 Thanks for this post and for using my favorite scripture. It always speaks to me.

  • Amazing message, and something that is so easily forgotten. Thanks for the reminder – I will definitely "keep walking". 🙂

  • I so badly needed this today.

  • I love these photos!! And yes, a few steps can make all the difference in the world.

  • Just what I needed to hear today. Your words – again – lay right on my heart. Thanks Emily xo

  • I love this post! a lot. I always ask God different ways, for a different answer obviously. haha. It doesn't ever work but I do try. When we just keep going and have faith a little bit longer there is usually a promise on the other end.such a good analogy because, obviously fall is everyone's favorite right now 🙂

  • Thank you for reading, Jae 🙂 I hope you see them first-hand too!

  • XO. Thank you for this sweet note, Chelsea 🙂

  • It's something I have to remind myself of daily, too… but I find the more I remind myself, the more my heart DOES start to believe it and I really do put my trust in Him. We are a work in progress, we are! 🙂

  • This note means so much 🙂 Thank you, friend – I feel the same!

  • I know! I don't ever remembering seeing teal leaves before, but one was there! 🙂

  • Thank you for this note 🙂 xo.

  • Oh, exactly- I need to remember this daily, too! XO!

  • I just read your post, Faith – so good. You and I seem to do this often- we must be on the same wavelength at times! 🙂

  • 🙂 Your note made me smile, thank you. I'll be walking too!

  • This is so true. Thank you for this reminder. Needed it today.

  • xo. Thank you for your note. I'm glad this found you at the right time!