Just Step Forward!

Maybe you heard the familiar phrase God doesn’t call the equipped, God equips the called. Or at least I think that’s the way it goes. Anyway, I am here to testify that if God is leading you to do something and you step forward He will provide and equip you along the way. So, what am I talking about? My recent time spent in Pennsylvania, for Global Awakenings Summer Intensive. God knows that I like adventure and for something to be familiar.(Sounds like a contradiction but it’s not, hang with me.)

I have only spoken in Pennsylvania one time, but I collected a friend and prayer partner from the church where I had the engagement. We’ve been in touch for about five years. So one day while seated on the couch in my upstairs loft, I clicked on Instagram to find out more about this summer intensive. Much to my surprise and delight, it was held in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The only place in Pennsylvania I have ever spoken. I actually laughed out loud. Oh my goodness that is where my friend Lisa lives! She and I have been trying to figure out how to spend more time together. So I texted her and a mutual friend to see if they would be available if I were to come visit. Both of them cleared their calendars and said they would be available for the three weeks in June. One of the BIG needs I would have was immediately taken care of. Where would I stay?  I could stay with them. So here are some of the obvious steps and ways it worked out:

  • apply and get accepted, 
  • pay the application fee
  • pay the tuition
  • find housing, 
  • secure a car, 
  • book flights, 
  • find someone to pick me up at the airport, 
  • find someone to return me to the airport for the flight home, 
  • meet with my two sister-in-laws,

Another interesting point is that I have a friend who is taking classes online through the same organization, Global Awakening. I however, am so relational that I wanted to be in person in the class, on campus. This was the perfect fit for me. God knows who I am, someone who likes adventure with a mix of familiar.

So, next time I think about stepping forward I will rely on the verse from Proverbs: “the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” Boy, oh boy! I saw how God ordered my steps so clearly. Every need I had was met every question I had was answered and the desires of my heart were met exceedingly and abundantly far beyond all I could’ve asked or imagined.

Here are a few pictures of my greeting committee to pick me up at the airport.  My dear friends Lisa and Tabitha. 

My host family on Father’s Day
I did get to have some time spent in Gettysburg with my sister-in-law.
Some of my classmates that I met from around the world while I was attending GSI 2019 as we were about minister on the streets.

I sure hope I will always remember the ways in which God clearly provided and equipped me. I think God does equip the called and provides abundantly for them. So…Just step forward! 


What are You Waiting for?

I had put it off for weeks or maybe months, I wasn’t overly concerned but had one thing I was thinking should just be checked out. One evening, at prayer group, a health related prayer request of mine led me to blurt out,” Yeah, I am due for an annual check up.”

“So… Rachel when do you want to have made the call by, like next week? “One of the guys asked.

I fired back, “Sure! Next week is fine.”

Accountability is quite powerful. I knew I was going to be asked, “Did you make that doctor’s appointment?’

A definition for accountability immediately came to my mind:  ACCOUNTABILITY-  “account for abilities”  

Rachel, what are you waiting for?  You are able to make an appointment!  My thoughts spurred me on. So I made it the next day. BOOM,BOOM, BOOM!

  • I gladly sent prayer group this text  FYI…Just made an appointment for my full physical!
  • I had the blood work done a few days ago.
  • Although I am not a doctor, I read the results.
  • Today was the day for my physical.



After my name was called the nurse introduced herself and said, “Follow me this way, please.” Then she stopped and said, “I’ll have you step up on the scale to get your weight.”

“Okay, let me take off my coat and boots first. As I unzipped my boots I began to laugh. I said, “I’m chuckling because my husband likes to take off as much as possible when he weighs in.”

To which the nurse commented then inquired,  “I think I know him! Does he take like his pants off and everything?”

“No, no, no… I just meant that he removes his boots and watch and any coins in his pockets too.”

We did all the regular health history stuff and updates to the chart information.

“Oops! I didn’t check your height. Sorry! Let’s do that now!”


“Five foot two…aaand a half!” as she announced it I felt like doing a cart-wheel because at least I’m not shrinking .

The whole physical went really well in fact, when my doctor was going through my blood work results, she exclaimed, “These numbers are incredible!” As she finished she headed me a printed copy and said, “You should frame this paper when you get home!” She spoke through her giggle, “Girl, you should have some cheesecake!”

As I exited she said, “All really looks good, just remember to make your mammogram appointment.” Oh, boy! Here we go again. 


I took this photo thinking, Well, that’s behind me and it was a great visit!

So let me ask you…What are you waiting for? Is there something you are putting off?

  • Could you clear away distractions and make a forward step now or in the morning?
  • Could you invite someone to hold you accountable?
  • What is one little step you could make today? (Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it…”)

Remember the answer to this question, “What is the best way to eat an elephant?” answer. “One bite at a time.”

If I’m being honest with you I still have many things that need forward momentum applied to them:

  •  Steps I need to be taken to make a manuscript a published book.
  • I have loose ends which must be tied up before I can launch a podcast.
  • I have videos that need to be worked on for an on-line course.
  • I have Christmas presents to wrap.

But let me encourage you to get the ball rolling. Overcoming inertia is the hardest part. Once we get started it’s so much easier.  So let’s be encouraged together! God is working in advance and he goes before us in the things we are to do. (one of my recent blogs was about this.)

Oh, and know this, I am  very happy to report,  I have already made my mammogram appointment for early January.