The Story

Key Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

I love a good story. Not just any story, but the ones filled with all the action, adventure, romance, and comedy; every aspect all rolled into one storyline. I love reading these stories to our girls and watch their faces as I turn the pages. There is a sense of amazement as they watch and listen to each of these stories unfold; even if they have heard the story a million times. Just like these stories that we read or watch in movies, each one of us has a story to tell with our lives. My story has been one that has had unexpected changes in it the last year or so. To get through these things, we have not only been learning to trust Jesus even more, but my husband and I also decided to make an encouragement jar. My husband sprayed painted the jar and for nearly the past year we have been writing down anything in our story that has been encouraging and uplifting happening in our lives, no matter what. We may not always enjoy what chapter in our lives we are in, but there has to be at least some part of it that we can be thankful for. What chapter are you at in your story? Even if it’s not the place that we want to be at in our lives we can’t skip ahead because we might miss what God has for us just a few pages ahead. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” This means that we need to trust that our Father God knows our needs, wants, desires and that He will never fail us. God knows our whole story before we do. He is the best editor in the world; editing out parts of our story that we try to write without His help and putting in surprises just to have that sense of amazement and wonder at everything that He is about.

Enjoy every part of part of your life. No matter what chapter you may be in, look for the positive in each part of your story; good or bad. My husband, Joey, said, “Ministry is a journey, not a destination.” I think the same can be said about our lives. I challenge each of you not to focus too much on what the next chapter of your life or destination might be, but focus on every part of the journey on the way to what God has for your life every day. Love God, live life, and enjoy the adventurous journey God has for you! Jesus, I pray for each person that reads this blog that they may be encouraged. Jesus, help each person to think about what their story is and how their story is making an impact in other people’s lives! Jesus, help each of one enjoy every part of their journey and trust You to direct their paths. In Jesus name, Amen.

Mikayla Winafeld

Mikayla has a heart for student ministries and seeing lives transformed as well as a passion for worship ministry.  Mikayla and her family make their home in northwest Missouri where she grew up.  As a couple, Mikayla and Joey, volunteer at their church in student ministries and Mikayla is also a member of the worship team.  Her heart shows through in all she does and that is how she is seen; with a huge heart for people.  Mikayla is a graduate of Central Bible College with a bachelor’s in Children’s Ministry and a minor in Music.  Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 and says, “Trust in the Lord with all Your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”
Mikayla has a heart for student ministries and seeing lives transformed as well as a passion for worship ministry. Mikayla and her family make their home in northwest Missouri where she grew up. As a couple, Mikayla and Joey, volunteer at their church in student ministries and Mikayla is also a member of the worship team. Her heart shows through in all she does and that is how she is seen; with a huge heart for people. Mikayla is a graduate of Central Bible College with a bachelor’s in Children’s Ministry and a minor in Music. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 and says, “Trust in the Lord with all Your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

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