What if?

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

This two-word query is one of the most important questions a novelist asks while writing a book. Various answers propel characters into riveting plot twists or brain-throbbing conflicts.

But for those seeking to live faith-led lives of obedience in the real world, “What if?” can be the most derailing question of all.

How often do we ask, “What if?” when God tells us to do something? Because—let’s be honest—He’s asked His people to do some challenging things.

Like march around a walled city for seven days blowing trumpets.

Or feed a crowd of thousands with a kid’s sack lunch.

Or invite a neighbor to church.

Sometimes God asks us to be unlike everyone else because He wants to lead us on a different trail, often referred to as a path of righteousness.

But instead of stepping out in obedience, we start asking “What if?”

What if it doesn’t work?

What if my timing is off?

What if people won’t like me?

These worry-inducing questions can stop us in our tracks.

When it comes to walking the right path, it helps to remember that we’re not alone. The same God who said, “Let there be light,” is lighting our way.

Peace rushes in when I do what God whispers in my heart.

It’s just a two-step process, like the old song my parents used to sing, “Trust and Obey.” 

It may not be easy, but it really is that simple.

What if we just do what He says?

He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Psalm 23:3

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ALT="Hope Is Built" book cover man on horse with cattleBy the time they rode down Main Street, Mary’s head hurt from trying to smell the past. Hugh pulled up in front of the Denver and Rio Grande train station, set the brake, and came around to help her. Secretly relieved, she arched her toes to keep the shoes on as she climbed down, using his hand for support.

When she landed successfully, he didn’t let go and enfolded her hand in both of his. “Remember.” His voice dropped to an intimate level. “Not a word to your brother about what I told you.”

She resisted her instinctive reaction to his husky tone and tried to look away, but neither would he release her gaze.

“Promise.” He held on.

“I promise. But why?”

“Trust me.” A quick squeeze of her fingers.

Could she? Could she trust this big, not-always-so-brazen cowboy with her future? Her inheritance? Her heart? ~Hope Is Built

Inspirational Western Romance – where the hero is heroic.

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2 thoughts on “What if?

  1. Karen Gee

    God’s Grace is sufficient. He is with us in every moment whether we realize it or not. There is none better to look to or rely on. Doubt and fear are first cousins and like to stop us from doing God’s will.
    When we are weak, He is strong. With His help victory is near!

    1. davalynn

      Amen, Karen. Thanks for reading.


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