by Joi Copeland
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
When I first became a believer in 1990, my faith pretty much exploded. I knew that God could do anything, even the impossible. I’ve seen God work so many miracles in my many years of following Him, I still believe He can do the impossible.
Yet, as my family and I prepare for the mission field, I have found my faith wavering. We are supposed to leave by the end of August, and we don’t have all of our support raised. This has been tough. I began to doubt. I began to listen to what others have been saying. Things like, “You aren’t going to make it by August.” Or “What happens if you don’t make it? Do people who support your get their money back?” or “What if you never make it to the mission field?”
To say the least, this is discouraging. VERY discouraging.
And so I became Peter. Peter, the man who had faith to walk on water. I’ve got the faith to walk on water. But like Peter, I took my eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. I sank for a few weeks. It was tough.
Then one day, all of it began to change. No, not because God provided all the money we need. But because I’ve started focusing again on Him. I believe we can still make it on the mission field by the end of August. I’ve seen God do miraculous things! But no matter what, my eyes will remain on Jesus, His calling, and His timing. My eyes are back on the One who controls the sea, the wind, and the challenges.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes the wind and the waves of our lives take our focus off of You. As we go through these storms, help us to look to You, to trust You, and to know that You are always with us, guiding us, walking through the storms with us. We love You, Jesus, and will trust in You. Amen.
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Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.
Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.
Joi’s books include:
- Hope for Tomorrow, book 1
- Hope for the Journey, book 2
- Hope from the Past, book 3,April 2013
- Letters of Love
- Christmas Rayne, a novella
- Sheriff Bride Rob's Story, a novella