Spoken from the Heart: The Adventure Continues was published only seven months after Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure.
To say our pastor’s words of “Some people will experience more trials/challenges this year than most” described our family well that year; however, God also showered us with more blessings than we deserved.
I was able to take two trips out to California that summer, within three weeks of each other. The first was to visit my sister and her family who had moved out there the previous summer and the second to help honor my dad as he received national recognition for his faithful service as a police chaplain.
God used those trips to teach me even more about how to fully trust Him, lessons I’m still reaping the benefits from today.
The cover picture for this book is another one my brother-in-law graciously allowed us to use. And after having been out there to visit them that summer, it made both pictures of both books even more special to our family.
The picture for the first book, Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure, has more greenery in it and the second book cover, Spoken from the Heart: The Adventure Continues, looks hotter, drier, and just makes me tired thinking of traveling that trail. That was purposefully planned because that is how the adventure felt to me at the time.
While God continued to bless us as a family and continued to be there, always, there were extended periods of silence, many days that could only be described as “hard,” and I got tired. Really tired.
I found myself complaining and grumbling more because I wasn’t reaching the “promised land” as fast as I thought I should.
This set of stories shares more of the pruning God had to do in my life in order to learn to trust Him fully. I hope they encourage you if you’re going through a season of adventure in your life too.
Maybe you’re a little like me. It’s easy to be thankful and see the blessings when you think the trial is short. However, the longer it continues, does grumbling and complaining set in? How do you deal with long waits in your life? Please share by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you.