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LETTERf rom ourEDI TOR I t ’ shar dt obel i eves ummeri sal r eadyover . What ’ smor ehar dt obel i eve i st hatevent houghi t ’ ss t i l lAugus t ,s t or esar efil l i ngupwi t hf al land Chr i s t masdecor .Any t i meIwal ki nt o Hobby Lobby r i ghtnow my emot i onsgetal lconf us edandconfli ct ed.I ts eemsast hought hewor l d i sal waysrus hi ngusandpus hi ngusi nt owhat ’ snext .Godt el l susal ot i nHi swor dnott oworryaboutt hef ut ur e,notevenwhatwewi l leator dr i nk( Mat t hew 6: 3134) .So,asyouembar konanew s c hoolyear ,t ry nott oal l ow your s el ft orus h.Taket hedayss l ow,pr act i ces avor i ngt he moment sandmemor i eswi t hf r i ends .Bef or eyouknow i t ,you’ l lfind your s el fs ayi nggoodbyef vort hes ummeragai n.

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Wi l lYouGo?DevotionDay1

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UncommonGi r lfeaturingMeganSikes

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Wher eAr eYouLooki ng?DevotionDay2

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UncommonThr eadsfeaturingBayliStewart

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Fr eedom byLeahStinnett

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De v o t i o n a l s

On e

WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

I t ’ st hatt i meofyearagai nwhent hef r eedom ofnos c hedul ei sexc hangedf ormaj or r out i ne,t i mecons t r ai nt s ,deadl i nes ,andendl es seventbui l dupsi nourcal endar s .You gues s edi t . . .bac kt os c hool !Everyt i meIwal ki nt oas t or eI ’ m overwhel medwi t ht hevas t amountofbac kt os c hools uppl i es ;t hepenci l s ,pens ,not ebooksandbi nder si neverycol or anddes i gnyoucani magi ne. Gr owi ngupIl i vedr eal l yf arawayf r om myhomec hur c h,aboutf ort yf i vemi nut es .Iwoul d al waysgets os adwhens c hools t art edbac kbecaus eIwas n’ t“ l i vi ng”atc hur c hcampany mor es urr oundedbyal lmyf avor i t ef r i endsandt hebes tcompany;t hos ewhol ovedGodas muc hasmeandmor e.Iwoul dal wayswonderhow Iwasgoi ngt os ur vi vet hes c hoolyear wi t hnoonear oundmet ot al kaboutGodwi t h.Al t houghIhadar eal l ygoodr el at i ons hi p wi t hHi m,Iwas n’ texact l yt heonegoi ngar oundwi t nes s i ngt omyf r i ends .I nMat t hew 9: 37 Jes usi st el l i ngHi sdi s ci pl esabouthow t heKi ngdom ofGodi sbi g,butt hewor ker sar ef ew. I ts ays ,“ Thenhes ai dt ohi sdi s ci pl es ,‘ Thehar ves ti spl ent i f ulbutt hewor ker sar ef ew.As k t heLor doft hehar ves t ,t her ef or e,t os endoutwor ker si nt ohi shar ves tf i el d. ’ ”Yous ee,I s houl dhavebeenal lgear edupandexci t edt ogetbac kt os c hoolt os har eaboutGod.Imean, af t erendl es sweeksofc hur c hcamp,Is houl dhavehadonet hi ngt os har e.Sc hoolwasmy har ves tf i el dandIneverpl ant eds eedst her e.Inevert ookadvant ageofwhatwasatmy f i ngert i ps . Thi ss c hoolyear ,Ihopeyoucanl earnf r om mymi s t akes .Ihopeyoudon’ tgetboggeddown t hi nki ngnooneher eknowsaboutGod,how wi l lIevers ur vi ve.I ns t ead,s eet hehar ves t f i el dt hat ’ sbef or eyou.Don’ tbeaf r ai dt os har eyourf ai t h,t el ls omeoneaboutGod,i nvi t e t hem t oc hur c h.As kGodt ous eyout obeawor kerf orHi sKi ngdom.

T o d a y ’ sPr a y e r :

Jes us ,Ic hoos et obeexci t edaboutt hi ss c hoolyear .Nomat t erwhathappenedl as tyear ,I t hankYouf ort henew opport uni t i est hatwi l lbebef or emet hi syear .It hankYouf ort he har ves tf i el d,hel pmet os eei t .Ias kt hatYouwoul dus emet obeawor keri nYourf i el d, gi vemecour age,andhel pmet oDOf oryourKi ngdom.

T h i n ka b o u t i t w r i t ea b o u t i t :

Makeal i s tofpeopl eyouknow t hatar enotf ol l owi ngJes usr i ghtnow.Makei tpr act i cal ,not overwhel mi ng.Then,wr i t eouthow youcoul dwi t nes st ot hos epeopl e.Makeapl ant os har e Jes uswi t ht hem.

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Afewyearsago,Ihadheardfrom a

coupl epeopl e,“ Ohyouneedt omeet t heSi ke’ sgi r l s .Theyar eawes ome! ” Thr oughaf ew corr es pondi ngevent s , Iwasabl et omeetMegSi kesataFar Fl ungTi n Can Ret r eat .Al t hough we wer eonl yabl et os peakf oral i t t l ebi t , Iknew s hehad,andwass omet hi ng uni que.Is aw her r eal l yl i vi ng out God’ s new pl an f or her , and not knowi ngt hef ut ur et hats heoncehad pl annedt oaT.Iwasabl et oi nt er vi ew Meg,a f r eel ance phot ogr apher and curr ent s t udent at Lee Uni ver s i t y, and getmor ei ns i ghton her s t ory, how Godi sus i ngherandhow s hei s dai l yl earni nghow t obeopent oHi s pl an.

Ir eal l ydi dn’ thaveanyi nt er es ti ni t unt i lIpi c ked up a camer a my dad us ed f ort r aveland s t art ed pl ayi ng ar ound wi t hi t .Ihave al waysbeen veryi nt er es t edi ns t oryt el l i ng,andI qui c kl yf oundt hatphot ogr aphycoul d beus ed t ot el lal lki ndsofs t or i es .I never s t udi ed i t but l earned a l ot onl i ne,butal otmor ef r om j us tt ryi ng out new t hi ngs and cons t ant l y mes s i ngup.Il ovel ooki ngbac kont he phot os I was t aki ng when I f i r s t s t art ed,whi c h has now been t hr ee year sago,ands eei nghow muc hhas c hangedi nmyowns t yl e.

Ihear daboutFar Fl ungt hr ougha f r i endand i mmedi at el y want edt o hearmor e aboutt hi s gr oupt hat t r avel edal l overt he wor l ddoi ng mi s s i onswor k andmadebot h al bums document ar i es-i t s oundeds oi nt r i gui ng.Iwat c hedt wo oft hedocument ar i esandendedupi n Kyl e’ sof f i ce wher e we t al ked about t he gr oup and how I coul d get i nvol ved.Iknow t hatGod i sal ways good and r ealbuthe r eal l ys hows Hi ms el ft omet hemos twheni tcomes t ot hi s gr oup.Ther e have been s o manydi vi nel yor der edappoi nt ment s wheni tcomest oFarFl ungandt hat hel psr emi ndmet hatGodi sl eadi ng meandt hatI ’ m wher eI ’ ms uppos ed t obe.Si ncet hatmeet i ng,Ihavehad t he opport uni t i es t o go t o Mozambi que, Br azi l , and mos t r ecent l y,Thai l and.Ihave got t en t o meetandwor kwi t hs omeoft hemos t amazi ngpeopl edoi ngal ls ort sofgr eat t hi ngsf orGodal lovert hewor l d. cont i nuedont henextpage

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Wh a tD i dy o ut h i n ky o uwo u l db ed o i n g ? Ihat et hecl i c hét hatpeopl econs t ant l yus e t hats ays ,“ i fyou woul d have as ked me 5 year sagoi fI ’ dbewher eIam t henIwoul ds ay no…”butt hat ’ sact ual l yt hecas e.It hi nki t ’ s eas yt o get caught up i nt he dayt oday r out i nesandf or getabouthowf arIhavecome s i nceIt rul ydeci dedt os urr enderandf ol l ow God f ul l heart edl y, but when I s t op and r ef l ect ,i t ’ s al mos thar dt o bel i eve.Ihad gr aduat ed f r om a r eal l yc hal l engi ng pr ep hi ghs c hoolandwasont het r ac kt ogot oa r eal l y good col l ege outofChat t anooga l i ke everyone el s e ar ound me -becaus et hat ’ s whatIt houghtIhadt odo.Ihadal ls ort sof pl ansf orwher eIwoul dgot ocol l ege,whatI woul ds t udy,wher eIwoul dwor k,et c.But ,as i tus ual l y goes ,God had ot her pl ans .And whi l ei t ’ s been r eal l y har d at t i mes ,t hi s j ourneyhasbeenr eal l yi ncr edi bl eandIl ove bei ngabl et ol ookbac kandbepr oudoft hel i f e t hat I am l i vi ng and knowi ng t hat I am maki ngs mal li mpact sar oundme.I t ’ sal mos t f unnyt ol ookbac kandt hi nkabouts omeof t hepl ansIhad.Theywoul d’ vebeenf i ne,but Goddoes n’ twantust obe“ f i ne. ”Hewant sus t oexcelandl i ver eal l yamazi ngl i vesf orHi m andwhenwet aket hats eemi ngl yi ncr edi bl y daunt i ngdeci s i on t ol etgooft hepl answe gr i pont os ot i ght l y,Ij us ts eeHi ml ookdown and s mi l e, s ayi ng, “ f i nal l y…l et ’ s go do s omet hi ngs pect acul art oget her . ”

Oneday,I ’ m s i t t i ngi n my ps yc hol ogy cl as s andanot herdayI ’ m vi s i t i ngar ef ugeecampi n Thai l and -God wor ks i n cr azy ways .Ido phot ogr aphyonal loft het r i psandal s ogett o hel pwi t hf i l mi ng-i ts t i l lf eel ss os urr ealandI am s o bl es s ed t o be a s mal lpart oft hi s i ncr edi bl eor gani zat i on.

I t ’ sa l mo s tf u n n y t ol o o kb a c ka n d t h i n ka b o u ts o me o ft h ep l a n sI h a d

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O n eo b s t a c l ewi t hy o u rwa l kwi t hg o d ? Ahugeobs t acl eIhavef acedi st rus t . Wh a two u l dI s a yt og i r l wi t h Iam a per s on t hat r eal l y enj oys bei ngi ncont r olandl i kesr out i ne,s op e r f e c tp l a na n dg o dl e a d se l s e wh e r e ? whenal loft hepl ansIhads t art edt o crumbl e,Ihad a r eal l y har dt i me t rus t i ngt hatwhatwasi ns t or ef or mewasmuc h gr eat ert han whatI coul dhavecomeupwi t honmyown. I t ’ ss t i l lapr oces s ,butnow Icanl ook bac kands eeGod’ shandsmovi ngi n myl i f e,s oIcanr eal l yl eani nt ot hat and know t hat He i s cons t ant l y wor ki ngf ormygood.

D oy o ue v e rF e a ro v e rf u t u r e / wh e r eg o di sl e a d i n g ? Becaus eIam a cont r olf r eak,Ido s omet i mes f ear whatl i es ahead.I l i ket oknow whatmys t epsar es oI can t ryt opl an everyt hi ngout .But t hat ’ snotal wayshowGodwor ks . I ’ m not s ur e why we t hi nk t hat God woul dl eaduss omewher et hatwoul d makeusmi s er abl e,ort hatourpl ans coul ds omehow compar et ohi s ,butI f eell i ket hat ’ sar eal l ycommonf ear . A quot eIl ovei sbyC. S.Lewi sandi t s t at es ,“ Wi t h ourmout hswe pr ay, ‘ t hywi l lbemi ne, ’ butwi t hourheart s wehope,‘ t hywi l lmat c hmi ne. ’Why woul dbel i mi tas over ei gnandhol y God t o our human condi t i on? We mus tl earnt ohopef ori mmeas ur abl y mor e. ”Somet i mesIj us thavet ot ake t hef i r s ts t epands ay,“ GodIwantt o gowher eyouwantmet obe. ”Ij us t havet ohavet hef ai t ht obel i evewhat Hi s wor ds ays and t hathe never l eavesusand t hathehasourbes t i nt er es tatheart .

Iwoul ds ayIknow exact l yhow t hatf eel s becaus e Ihave been t her e,and am s t i l l t her e.I fyou’ r el i ke me and you l i ke t o know what s next ,t hen i tcan be r eal l y f rus t r at i ng and di s appoi nt i ng t o have t hes epl anst hats eem s oamazi ng,onl yt o s ee t hem begi n t os l i p t hr ough your f i nger s .I thurt sandi tcancaus eal otof ques t i ons ,ori n my cas e,angert owar ds God.It hi nkwhathel pedmet hemos twas t al ki ngt oGodasi fhewasr i ghti nf r ontof me,nots omeunr eac habl ef i gur el ur i ngi n t hecl ouds .It al kedt ohi m andas kedhi m whyt hi ngswer ehappeni ngt hewayt hey wer e,Igotmybi bl eandr eadaboutpeopl e whos uf f er eds omuc hbutwer es omehow s t i l labl et ocl i ngont ot hei rf ai t hbecaus e t heyknew t hei rGodwasbi ggert hant hei r curr ent s i t uat i on, and I came t ot he concl us i ont hatGodi scal l edFat herf ora r eas on-l i keaf at her ,hei st her ef orus ,he cr i es when we cry,he l aughs when we l augh,hewant st hebes tf orus ,butmos t i mport ant l y,he never l eaves our s i de. Havet hecour aget ot al kt oGodands ay youwi l ll aydownyourpl ansf orhi s ,you wi l lempt y your s el fofyour s el ft o make r oom f orhi m,andi tmaynotbeeas y-but i twi l ldef i ni t el ybewort hi t .

V e r s e sy o ul o v e ?

Ical lt hem my anc hor ver s es becaus e t hey’ r ewhatkeepmes t i l landgr ounded dur i ng t r i al .Ot her ver s es t hat ar es o s i gni f i cantt o mear eHebr ews12: 13,1 Pet er5: 611,Ps al m 30: 5,2 Ti mot hy 4: 7, andJames1: 28.

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De v o t i o n a l s

T w o

WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

Wear et eac hi ngmyl i t t l egi r lwhoi sf ourhow t or i deabi ke.Shel ovest or i deherbi ke.Even t houghi thast r ai ni ngwheel s ,s hes t i l lwant ss omeonehol di ngont ot hebac k.Shel ovest o gof as tunt i ls heget soutofcont r olands l amsonherbr eaks .We’ vebeent ryi ngt ot eac hher t or i deatas t eadypace,t hatways hecanact ual l yenj oyt her i de. I nExodus2: 12Mos eshasl ef thi shous ewi t hPhar aohandi soutwat c hi nganEgypt i anbeat oneofhi sf el l ow men,anI s r ael i t e.Mos esi ss oanger edbyt hi si ts ays ,“ Gl anci ngt hi sway andt hatands eei ngnoone,heki l l edt heEgypt i anandhi dhi mi nt hes and. ”Yous ee,God hadpl ansf orMos esal lal ongt odel i vert heI s r ael i t es ,buti nhi sownangerwhennoone wasl ooki nghet ookmat t er si nt ohi sownhands .Hewasl ooki ngt hi swayandt hatway, i ns t eadofj us tkeepi nghi seyesonGod,andGod’ spl an.WhenWi l l ow i sr i di ngherbi ke,i f myhus bandi s n’ thol di ngont ot hebac kands hecan’ ts eehi m,s hes t art ss cr eami ngand pani c ki ng.Shewi l ll ookbac k,“ DaddyDaddy! ”Het el l sher ,“ Lookaheadl ookahead! ”When s het akeshereyesof ft hepat haheadofher ,s hepani csandl os escont r ol .Wecan’ tgo f orwar dwi t hGodi fwear eal waysl ooki ngbac kbehi ndus .Weneedt oqui tl ooki ngi not her di r ect i ons ,andkeepoureyesonGod. Asyous etoutt hi snew s c hoolyear ,Iknow t her ear egoi ngt obemanypat hst hatcome yourway.Youwi l lhavet oc hoos e,“ Am Igoi ngt ogot hi sway,t hatway,orGod’ sway?”I wi s hIcoul dt el lyous t ayi ngGod’ swaywi l lal waysbes oeas y,butt hatwoul dmakemea s l i ghtl i ar .I t ’ snotal wayseas y,buti t ’ sal waysmor et hanwort hi t .Whi c hwaywi l lyougo?

T o d a y’ sPr a ye r :

AbbaFat her ,Iam decl ar i ngt odayovermys el ft hatIam yourdaught er .Ias kf orcl eareyes t os ee,andwi s dom,t hatImayal waysl ookandgoYourway.Iknow Youhavet hebes ti n mi ndf orme.Il oveYou,andIc hoos eYou.

T h i n ka b o u t i t w r i t ea b o u t i t :

Ref l ectoverat i memaybewhenyoudi dn’ tc hoos eGod’ sway.Whathappenedi nt heend, andwhydi dyoumaket hatc hoi ce?Exami neyourmot i ves .Wr i t eoutwaysf ort hef ut ur e whenyouar ef acedwi t hac hoi cet omake,t hi swayort hatway,how canyouc hoos eGod’ s way?

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Whati syourf avori t es t oreorpl acet os hop?

Myf avor i t epl acest os hopatar eFor ever21,PacSun,andUr banOut fit t er s .

What i st he har des t as pect you f ace i n buyi ng cl ot hes ? Thehar des tt hi ngIfindwhenbuyi ngcl ot hesi sfindi ngj eanst hatar en’ tt o l ongf ormys hortl egs .

Whatwoul d you s ayt og i rl soutt herewhof eelt hey havet o" s how i tal l " t obet rendy? You don’ thave t o dr es sany t ypeofwayt obenot i cedort o “ beont het r end” .Yous houl d neverf eelpr es s ur edt odr es s i nappr opr i at el y. God di dn’ t des i gnust oat t r actt hatki nd of at t ent i on! Ther e ar es o many awes ome t r ends out t her et hatkeep you cover ed andcut e!

What’ st hebes tadvi ceyou woul dg i ves omeonewho f eel svery i ns ecure i nt hei rs el fwhen i tcomest o l ooks ,appearance,et c. Don’ tcompar eyour s el ft oanyoneel s e.GodmadeYOU uni queandi nHi s perf ecti mageandt hat ’ senough!: ) 13|UNCOMMONGI RLMAGAZI NE A u g u s t 2 0 1 9


Yesterdaymymom sentmeapictureofa

s c hoolwr i t i ngas s i gnmentIcompl et edi n5t h gr ade.I ni tIdes cr i bedmyf ut ur egoal sand dr eams .Theyi ncl udedaf ew t hi ngsI ’ ms t i l l wor ki ngon,f orexampl e,owni ng12 cat s … ha.Sever alot her sI ’ veal r eadycompl et ed:I wentt ocol l ege,wor kataj obIl ove,marr i ed awonderf ulman,l i vei nTennes s ee,owna3 s t oryhous e,andhave1outoft her equi r ed 12 cat s .Was t hi s my des t i ny s i nce 5t h gr ade? Di d God pr edes t i ne f or t hes et o happen s i ncehemademe? Maybe,maybe not .WhatIdoknow i st hatGodgi vesust he f r eedom t oc hoos e our pat hi nl i f e.That f r eedom i s n’ tj us tt ot es tus ,i t ’ sal s obecaus e heTRUSTSus .

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Par ent sdon’ tt rus tt oddl er st o makewi s e deci s i ons .They hol dt hei rhandsand l ead t hem wher et heys houl dgo.Ast heygr ow, t heygetmor er es pons i bi l i t i esandt heabi l i t y t o make t hei r own c hoi ces .God does t he s amef orusaswemat ur ei nhi m.Hegi vesus f r eedom.Heal l owsusf r eedom t oc hos ewho wel ove,ourcar eer ,ourf ut ur e,andevent het hi ngst hatbr i ng us pl eas ur e.Ther ei sf r eedom even i nt he des i r es ofour heart s ! Fr eedom f r om Godi shi ski ndnes st owar dsus .Het rus t sust o makewi s edeci s i ons ,andwhenwedon’ t ,he’ spat i entt ohel p usdownadi f f er entpat h.He’ sagoodf at her ,andhei sexci t ed f orc hoi cesyou wi l lmake.Seehi m bec koni ngyou f orwar d, “ You’ vegott hi s ,honey!It rus tyou,andI ’ mr i ghther e.I fyou s t umbl e,I ’ l lhel pyouup! ”Enj oyyourf r eedom t ol earn and dr eam andc hoos eyourownpat hi nl i f e.Godi st hr i l l edt os ee wher ei tl eads .Whoknows ,maybei twi l ll eadt oahous efil l ed wi t h12cat s .

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