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Taking That First Step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” said Martin Luther King, Jr.

My mind wanders back to times when I have taken that first step.

Knees knocking. Stomach churning. Heart pounding moments.

Today, it seems like a dream that I somehow found the strength to step forward

But deep inside I know that it wasn’t something I found

No, it was strength that I was given.

Right then.

Not years before.

No, in that very moment.

I’m not sure why but that walk in the airport that day

to board the plane to Russia

is still vivid in my mind.

Behind me were  my parents, my sister and brothers, friends and life as I had known it.

Ahead of me was a little six month old baby girl

in Russia.

All I had seen was a tiny photo of her

and my heart was drawn halfway across the ocean to her  in ways I could  never explain.

My longing to adopt her pulled me

further out of my comfort zone

and closer to  that staircase I could not see.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 | NIV

 

And as I stepped onto the plane and found my seat that night

with more questions than answers

my own brokenness was clearer than ever.

I knew that I was weak and was walking into a dark unknown.

But I also knew that with God all things are possible

and I had sensed His call to adopt this little baby.

I had no idea how it would all turn out

or if I would even get to complete the adoption.

But God knew and my trust was in Him.

Yes, those first steps of faith led to more and more and more as I’ve climbed that staircase

and have  mothered  her this one who is now twenty three.

Easy? No.

But rewarding? Absolutely yes.

Step by step He has enabled me to climb that staircase

always depending upon Him.

We don’t need to see that whole staircase, do we?

Matter of fact, if we did, it might totally overwhelm us.

Just one step at a time.

He gives faith to those who bring Him their brokenness and pain.

Every time.

The story of my Christmas journey to adopt my daughter is now available on Kindle.

Check it out at

https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Christmas-Journey-Sharon-Brani-ebook/dp/B01LZ6AUWS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474407272&sr=8-2&keywords=the+unforgettable+christmas+journey#nav-subnav

Let’s continue to climb that staircase together

always depending upon Him to provide all that we need.

 

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Shining Moments

A coaching event! Now what in the world is that I am asked.

It’s all about growth

moving forward in life

learning with others

gaining some new ideas

finding a safe place.

Sound good?

We are all on a journey

whether we think about it or not.

From the moment we take that very first breath

until we draw the last one

we are journeying.

Through the ups and downs of life

the high points

and yes, the low

it’s all journey.

But no one gives us a map

and for some

life can simply become a struggled existence.

Holding on for life

‘Sweating it out’ tough time.

Stuck in the same old place

Year after year after year.

But just suppose there was more to life than that.

Just suppose

you are not alone

although your feelings scream the opposite.

And just suppose there is a direction to go…

a way that will bring you peace

fill your life with purpose

and  ignite your passion.

It’s worth checking out, don’t you think?

Many have gotten lost on this journey

Many flounder

not knowing what to do to change things.

So I’m having a very special coaching event

on Tuesday, February 19 @6:30pm

and we are going to talk about this journey.

Yes, we are going to look at someone that got lost

for ten years

but she took a step in the right direction

and that everything changed.

Floundering transformed into purpose

Emptiness became filled.

Boredom changed to interest and a newfound excitement for life.

You with me?

Coaching is for everyone.

Don’t settle for a life of simply existing.

Contact me to learn more.