Wow! Can you believe it?!? We are already two weeks into 2015! My goodness how time flies! If you had asked me 15 years ago (you know, in the year 2000, when the world was supposed to have ended) where I thought I would be today, I never could have imagined this! Sure, I thought I would be doing music somewhere, in a church, on the road or just in my living room, but never did I think I would have recorded nine CD's and have a full time music ministry that travels all over the world! Yes, I figured I would be married, but had no idea that God would bless me with such an amazing woman who encourages, challenges and loves me unconditionally! Yeah, maybe I would have kids, but never would have imagined the incredible gift that our sweet Gabriella is; so kind, smart, talented and always finding ways to make every person she meets feel special and loved.

   I could go on and on about how much God has blessed me and our family and make our lives sound picture perfect, but the reality is that it has been a lot of hard work. Just when I think I have arrived or accomplished something great, I am reminded that it is only a small step in my journey with Christ. Sometimes, that makes me want to just scream and give up. Why can't things just be easy? Why can't it all just go the way I want? Hebrews 12:1 compares the life we live to a race and reminds us to run with perseverance. It doesn't say anything about the journey being easy or smooth. It just says to run and keep running. You may be familiar with the verse Jeremiah 29:11 that says 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.” It doesn't say that we will know what God's plans are for us, it says that HE knows, HE is the one with the road map and is guiding us.

   So, did I ever dream my life would look like it does today? Never in a million years! Do I think I have arrived and can now just sit back and coast the rest of the way? Again, a resounding NO! I am just getting started! I am excited about what this next year holds for us as a family and for our ministry! I know that there will be bumps along the way and there is a lot of hard work ahead, but I am going to continue pressing on, just like Paul encourages us to do in Hebrew 12. I also want to encourage you that even though your life may not be where you thought it would be 15 or more years ago, that God has a plan. All we have to do is trust Him. I know that is easier said than done, but I am living proof that God's plan for our life is way better than any plan we can come up with ourself! I am so amazed at what God has done in the last 15 years and I can't wait to see what the next 15 will be like!

   Thanks for hanging out with me today! I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. 

AuthorJustin Graves
CategoriesMy Life, Family