There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
. . . a time to plant Ecc 3: 1, 3a (NIV)
These verses in Ecclesiastes have been some of my favorites for years. Today they couldn’t be more fitting. I am happy to announce that I am following a dream that God planted, watered, and tended in my life. But just like any great garden, I am starting out small and building from there. Starting today, Kandy Noles Stevens Ministries and “got grace? events” begins.
This dream began about this time a year ago, and more details on how it came to fruition can be found in my newsletter released today on Facebook. This is an exciting time in our lives, and it also one that we want to be very careful that we cling close to the hem of Jesus’ garments to know that we truly are following where He leads us.
What does this change for my family? Right now, not much other than I will be taking some weekends away to spend writing the books that have been slowly coming together. It will also mean some travel as several churches have called asking for me to come and share my stories. My blog will continue to be my thoughts and family’s experiences. The reality is none of this would be possible without friends speaking God’s truth in my life and praying that I would be smart enough and bold enough to take the first step.
I’m still me – the girl next door who loves her kids and husband, who laughs at herself, and who loves wearing floppy hats in the garden. I love watching a good football game, snuggling puppies, and donning jeans and baseball hats, but I can pull off pearls while sipping iced tea on a porch with Southern charm. But above all of that, I am just a girl who LOVES Jesus and who appreciates all He and His dad have done for me.
So even though this is not at all how I pictured my life, clearly they have a much better plan than I ever did. With each day, my excitement builds as I learn slowly to let go and see what blessing is around the corner.
Since right now, this is a very small operation consisting of myself and a dear friend working as my assistant, ministry partner, and sister in Christ, we just ask for prayers. Please pray that we are earnestly seeking God’s direction and that we are obedient to his plans.
It took us at least 5 months to settle on a name, and I want to share how much of a family operation this is. When he was in the 4th grade, Sawyer was working on his God & Country supplemental badge for Cub Scouts. There are a series of faith activities that the Scout and his family complete together. One of those activities involved dissecting the verses from the second chapter of Luke. We worked on this side-by-side, talking through each one. When we got to Luke 2:52,
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (NIV)
I asked him how did Jesus grow? You could almost see the wheels turning in his head. (Remember he was smaller than me back then.) His answers went something like this:
“Mom, he got smarter! And, he got bigger. And . . . and . . . (now with a perplexed look on his face) he got grace?”
That moment took place over six years ago, and I still haven’t forgotten it. That same favor extended to His one and only Son is available to everyone. Even in the deepest, darkest, moments, He is there simply waiting to be asked in. The comforter, healer, and friend is a big part of my story. Yet, that is the amazing thing about my story. It is only through the abundant, lavish, grace of Jesus Christ that I have been able to take my mess and make it a message.
Thank you for being a part of the journey.
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