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“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.” Exodus 3:1 The backside of the desert can seem like a place of barrenness. When your journey takes you on a path you are not prepared for, such as disapproval, criticism, health problems, or relationship woes, your calling may be challenged. Natural gifts and abilities no longer seem strong enough to keep you going and the emptiness you have witnessed in the eyes of others…

“But I will not drive them out in a single year … little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.” Exodus 23:29-30, NIV. These scriptures are not on the highlight reel of the Bible but when I read over them the other day the words, “little by little” lit up my spirit. God promised the nation of Israel that He would give them land abundant with material wealth and promised to provide their day-to-day necessities. They probably thought, “Wow God, that’s awesome – thanks.” What they didn’t know at…

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23, KJV. Growing up my dad taught me how to play chess. I’m still an amateur but I love spending time with him, so I’ll sit there for hours knowing I don’t have a winning chance. It doesn’t matter how many steps I think ahead, he is ten steps ahead of me. Our relationship with God is very similar. We can have our future mapped out with personal goals and a step-by-step plan, but God has a purpose for our life that…