It Ain’t Easy, but It is Simple

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There’s this line in my newly released novella, An October Bride, where Emma Tate and her father are having a fire-side chat about the concept of trust…


This is another thing cancer has done. It’s taught my father the art of living in each moment. He doesn’t look ahead. He doesn’t let himself spiral into a storm of what-ifs. He relies on God’s strength for today and trusts him with tomorrow. For me, it’s a constant struggle. I let out a puff of breath. “You make it sound so simple.”

“Trust is simple.” He holds up his pointer finger. “Not easy, but simple.”


There is nothing complicated about putting your trust in someone.

It’s like that trust exercise, when a person stands behind you, and without looking back, you fall. You trust that the person will catch you.

Falling is simple.

It doesn’t take a lot of thought. It doesn’t take a lot of planning or figuring or solving. It’s just something you choose.

That’s trust. It’s not complicated.

But like Emma’s father says, it’s not easy, either.

I don’t know about you, but this is a lesson God has been teaching me these past twelve months.

Again and again and again, He’s asking me to trust Him. Even when it’s difficult. Even when I’m scared. Even when I don’t feel His presence behind me.

As you read these words, I’m probably high up in the air, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Or maybe I’m headed from Brussels, closer to the equator by now.

Why am I high up in the air above the Atlantic or the equator, you ask?

Because I’m on my way to visit my daughter, who doesn’t live at home with Ryan and Brogan and me, but lives instead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

She became a Ganshert on July 17, 2013. But because of reasons too convoluted to go into here on this blog, she remains in the DRC. We pray every day that God would allow her to join our family.

And every day that she remains there and we remain here is another day God asks me to trust Him.

Some days are easier than others.

We started this adoption process three years ago. Nothing about it has been easy.  And yet, if there is one thing that God has shown Ryan and I as we walk this journey, it is His goodness.

Which might sound funny to outsiders looking in.

I mean, our little girl is 6000 miles away in a country where 1 in 5 children do not make it to their fifth birthday.

But there it is.

The mercy and grace He has extended to us, and our daughter too, has been undeniable.

So on the days when trust feels like a particular shade of impossible, I hold tight to that goodness. I hold tight to that mercy and that grace. And I remember that thus far, God has never dropped me.

In the words of that very very VERY popular song by Hillsong…

“You’ve never failed, and you won’t stop now.”

What is God asking you to trust Him with today?

You can purchase An October Bride (an 88 page novella) on e-book or audio wherever e-books and audio-books are sold. Please check out the An October Bride book page for more information and buy links.

Wishing on Willows Devotional: Moments

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Excerpt from book:

I had this terrifying thought that something could happen. That moments were fleeting and with the snap of a finger, he could be gone. ~Robin Price, Wishing on Willows


It’s hard to believe that my son will be off to kindergarten in the fall. Something about this milestone, more than any other, has me pondering the speed with which time travels. It honestly feels like just yesterday I was lying in that hospital bed, cuddling his tiny, warm body in my arms.

Moments are so quick. I think this is something anybody who’s ever lost a loved one realizes. This world and our lives are fleeting and temporary. We are here today and gone tomorrow—truly like a breath.

What do we do with this truth?

I think it could be tempting to despair. Or maybe question our significance.

But let’s not mistaken smallness for irrelevance.

Every moment we have, every breath we breathe, is given to us from a God who gave us life. He knows the hairs on our heads and He bottles every one of our tears. He’s invited us to be a part of the biggest, grandest story of all time.

So let’s be intentional with this breath of a life we live. Instead of going about our days with a heart of ingratitude or fear or indifference, let’s use every moment God gives us to live courageously and love recklessly and worship fully and pour out our lives for His glory. Let’s not dwell on the past or worry about tomorrow, but embrace the gift of today.


This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24


Lord, thank you that although we are small and our lives are short, they are not meant to be insignificant. May we see our lives as an opportunity to take part in an amazing story told by an even more amazing author.

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Wishing on Willows Devotional: Identity


Excerpt from the book:

“…you take heart that failure doesn’t define you. Neither does your past.” Mom fingered the silver cross hanging around her neck. “When that truth sinks in, you dust yourself off and get back up again.” ~Maureen McKay, Wishing on Willows


The past is a hard thing to escape, especially when failure is part of it.

I don’t know anyone who likes to mess up. We all want to succeed. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make the people in our life proud. That is a natural desire. The problem comes when we hang our identity on it.

For those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, our past—no matter how inglorious or ugly—does not define us. Neither do our failures or our peers or our parents or the expectations placed upon our shoulders.

Yet I find it all too easy to forget this truth. I find it all too easy, in the midst of living life, to forget who I am in Christ. Am I the only one who could use a reminder?

The Bible tells us that we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), beloved (Col. 3:12), redeemed (Eph. 1:7), the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21), a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), God’s children (John 1:12), heirs to the throne (Rom. 8:17), His spotless bride (Rev. 19:7-8), His masterpiece (Eph. 2:10).

How can we be the light of the world or a city set on a hill (Mt. 5:14) if we let shame and guilt hold us captive? Why wear those chains when Jesus already broke them on the cross? When we live as if God has not set us free, we are placing our faith in the Father of Lies instead of the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

If you’re struggling with mess-ups from your past, meditate on David’s prayer. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). Let’s plug our ears when this world attempts to define us and instead believe the only One who can redeem.


Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy… ~Psalm 103:2-4 


Lord, your benefits are numerous. Give us faith to believe we are who You say we are.

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