Every person’s life tells a story. Sometimes our lives—quite unexpectedly—become part of God’s larger narrative.

The potential is there at any time, in any moment.

Prepare yourself now for what you may least expect—for the voice of God to join with yours in telling the story that is your life.

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By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

Hebrews 11:11-12

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Dear Diary,

Sometimes I ask God for something but nothing happens, so I get frustrated. God’s not listening! What’s wrong up there? Does this ever happen to you? If so, you’ve got just a little taste of Sarah’s life.

Sarah felt even more abandoned by God because, well, she’d been asking for much longer than any of us. She had been pleading with God for 90 years! Yep. Sarah had wanted to be a mom, but her cradle was still empty after all that time. So when a visitor (who turned out to be an angel) promised Sarah she would have a son, you can understand why she might laugh!

So nine months later, you can understand why she named her son Isaac—it means he laughs! Abraham didn’t become the father of a great nation all by himself!

Steve Cothran

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God of the impossible, remind me everyday that with you all things are possible! Amen.

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It’s easy to think you are alone, that no one else experiences life like you do.

But go now into your day knowing this: God has not left you alone, and your struggles are much the same as everyone you know and those you don’t know.

God understands. God accepts you. And God is leading the way.

Steve Cothran

Starting out as a summer camp counselor and serving on church staffs for 20+ years in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina, Steve Cothran has worked with youth since his youth. He enjoys relating life to Seinfeld, dreams of becoming an extra on The Walking Dead, and names his pets (including current dog Brooks) after former Furman University roommates. His wife Nancy is also a minister, and they have three semi-adult children: Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

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