Along the Path

with Melodee Schwamb

Dirt Road Christian Stock Photos


This path were on with the Father can go from the sublime to the ridiculous in a matter of seconds.  Victory one minute, defeat the next.  Maybe it’s time to stop going it alone.  Let’s share the journey . . .



Unsettle Me

artistic_tree_wallpaper_9-t2Unsettle me.

These words have been reverberating in my head ever since I read them as part of a prayer in my daily devotional. Unsettle me? Why would I pray that prayer?  Isn’t that just the opposite of what I want Him to do? Shouldn’t I be praying for God to settle me down so that I can have peace in my life?  But as I kept reading, the truth leapt off the page. I have areas of my life that I’ve settled in. Areas that, while not exactly “sin”, keep me from being the complete daughter of God that Father has created me to be. 


Choose Joy

popquiz1What is your usual reaction when you face trials in your life?

a.  Fear/anxiety

b.  Anger

c.  Joy

d.  Self-pity


Be honest. How many of you picked Joy? Don’t worry; it wasn’t my first choice either. But James 1:2 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds . . .” So, there’s got to be a way to approach the trials we encounter along the path with rejoicing.


Jump Onto the Potter’s Wheel

Molded In HIs Image Church Stock Photos

Sometimes life sucks!

Pardon my French.

Yesterday I got an email that said, “Although we were impressed with your qualifications, we have identified other candidates who better meet our requirements for this position.” This was a position that, in my opinion, I was waaayy over-qualified for . . .  and I still didn’t meet their requirements! This isn’t the first response like this that I’ve gotten in the past ten months. But this one hit me hard for some reason. I sat on my bed and cried. I got in the shower . . . and I cried. Even now, over 24 hours later, I still cry when I think about it. “Why, God? When is it going to be my turn?” 


I think He’s trying to tell me something . . .

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life . . . Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? . . . Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6: 25, 27, 34 

In my first blog post a month and a half ago, I referenced Matthew 6 where Jesus told us to stop worrying about our life because our Father knows what we need even before we ask. The Father values us so highly that He has already provided everything we need. In the span of 9 verses, Jesus tells us 5 times not to worry and that worrying doesn’t get us anywhere. But wait! There’s more. In Philippians 4:6 Paul tells us we shouldn’t be anxious about anything, but to pray. And Peter says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). There are countless other scriptures that say “do not be afraid,” “fear not,” “don’t let your heart be troubled.”  Why is this repeated so much in the Bible? Because the Father knows that worry is exactly what we naturally do when we can’t see a way out of our circumstances.


Whatever You’re Doing

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11 NIV) 

dark path

This has become one of my favorite verses. I so desperately want to know the path of life and experience the Father’s joy and presence.  However, sometimes the path of my life becomes dark and cloudy. I have cried out to God, “Whatever you’re doing feels hard and lonely.Can you give me some clues about what’s going on?”   I once joked out loud, “How come God never speaks to me through a burning bush?” Think about it.  Scattered throughout the Bible you see phrases like, “the angel of the LORD said,” or, “the LORD said unto . . .” Doesn’t it seem to you that God spoke so clearly back in the Bible times and the person He was speaking to heard Him without any problems?  (I will pause right here to say that hearing Him and obeying Him are two completely different things.  Just ask Jonah.)


Along the Path

Summer Worship BackgroundsI’ve always been a planner.  Just ask my mom.  When I was young girl, I would make list after list weeks before I had to pack for church camp.  Now, when I was nine or ten, I didn’t have a very big wardrobe (I shared one small closet with two sisters!).  I had yet to earn my nickname of “Imelda” because of my love of shoes.  Packing for camp didn’t require a lot of planning. No, I just wanted to be prepared.  I didn’t want to get up to camp and realize that I had forgotten something.

Nothing has changed in the intervening years. I like to have everything planned well ahead of time. I like to see where I’m going and how I’m going to get there.  I don’t like surprises.  I want to be in control with a tight grip on the reins.  I don’t like giving up control to someone else because they might miss something vital only I know about.


3 Responses to “Along the Path”

  1. Shannon Schwamb says:

    I love your heart…your willingness to put yourself out there knowing there are imperfections, but sharing them with us anyways, in hopes that we will have the courage to start out on a journey with you…a journey that will lead us all closer to Father. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. donna null says:

    Thank you Melodee; I needed to hear just those scriptures, and how you put them into perspective. I am not a planner but I do like control of things, just as you said, in case Father doesn’t know all the details, I am really bad about this at work, 🙂 Thank you for sharing my friend.

  3. Alan Langstraat says:

    I really love it when someone trusts in God DURING the crisis. It’s pretty easy to look back when the dust has settled and see God’s hand. But when things are going badly, when you can’t see the outcome, and you still have faith; that’s real trust.

Leave a Reply