One Day at a Time Devotional

 

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Genesis 12:1

 

It was around February 3rd, 1996 when I walked out of my parents’ home in South Carolina, where my husband and I were living at the time with our two children, and climbed into our burgundy Pontiac Grand Am.  We were headed for my husband’s first duty station on Travis Air Force Base in California. I still remember the tears in my mom’s eyes and on her face, she very rarely cried, as she said goodbye to her nineteen year old daughter, son-in-law, thirteen month old grandson and two week old granddaughter.  It was a difficult, yet exciting time as we traveled to a place we had never been or seen before, but it was my husband’s job and a call of duty he must obey.

Three years later in August 1999, our lives had changed dramatically and there was another call to duty, but this time it was a higher calling that must be obeyed, it was the call to preach the Word of God and to reach the lost in and around Green Bay, Wisconsin. You see, while living on Travis AF Base, we were invited to a Baptist church where I got saved (my husband was saved already), we were baptized, grew in our relationship and understanding of the Lord, and established godly friends at church who became family to us. Afterall, we had left our biological families behind in Wisconsin and South Carolina, rarely to see them and so we established long-lasting relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  So in September 1999, with a call to preach the Word of God, we left our church family in Northern California and traveled six hours south to attend Bible college, where my husband graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in two and a half years on May 14, 2002.

 

The graduation is over now and we are headed six hours north in a large moving truck and a suburban with six children to visit our church family in Napa, California where my husband will be ordained on Sunday, May 17, 2002, four days after the graduation ceremony. We will meet my husband’s parents here, who flew from Wisconsin to help us make the three day drive back to Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is now Monday, the ordination service is over and we are on our way, traveling across the country back to Wisconsin where we will establish an independent, fundamental Baptist church. Five months later after arriving in Wisconsin, we held our first service at the Howard Community Hall on October 20, 2002.

Looking back at the timeline I have provided above, you can see how quickly God moved in our lives as His children and how quickly we obeyed His call to the ministry. God is looking for people who are willing to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” as Hebrews 12:1 states.

As the wife of a preacher, it has been hard at times to leave my parents and siblings, to leave my church families, to obey the call placed on my husband’s life, and therefore mine and my children, and enter the unknown. I can honestly say I know a little about how Sarah must have felt as she followed her husband as he followed God in Genesis 12:5, “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

But, obeying and serving God is an opportunity that I would not trade for anything. It has grown me in understanding, faith, obedience, patience, love, sacrifice and the list goes on. By God’s grace, I want to never be like Lot and his wife, who got their eyes off of God and onto the temporal things of this world, stopped short of God’s promise, who lived around the ungodly and took on their characteristics, who lost their children to the devil, who looked at and longed for the worldly lifestyle they used to have and died leaving and ungodly legacy.

It is nearly thirteen years later and we are still faithfully serving God. The call and the desire to obey God are just as strong as they have ever been in our lives and just like God told Abraham to leave his family and go to a place he had never been or seen, so God does this in the lives of those who are willing to step out in faith and obey Him. I am not boasting of anything we have done, but I am thankful for what God is doing in our lives as we surrender to His will and not this world. My prayer and desire for each of you is that you obey the call of God on your lives to be faithful to go immediately and do what He has asked you to do in His Word and in your heart. This life is not about us, but it is about helping others come to the saving knowledge of Christ as we lead a life that is focused on God’s work and not our way. “ And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40

 

Warm Regards,

Brandy Suri

 

& One Day at a Time Devotional,

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Written by Jennifer Smith