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One then done!

Maybe two then I’m through!


Those were my plans as related to having children. I’ve always liked kids but when I envisioned family life it revolved around my husband and me, our careers and perhaps a child or two. That was until I heard Him say, “Your womb belongs to me.”


The birth of my first child was a carefully calculated event. Like everything else in my life at the time, having a baby was placed into a little box of my own making. I was used to meticulously planning every facet of my life. Throw in my professional training of facilitating time management courses and it made for a well-plotted life.


That was until baby number two came outside of the plan. You see, my plans were written in ink and not pencil. As a new believer, I hadn’t learned Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” My veneer of planning and control had been cracked and out oozed fragility and vulnerability. As I came undone, I clung fiercely to my new faith, praying for answers.


And the answers came. God showed me that He loved me just as I was. He taught me that my works wouldn’t get me into heaven. He modeled for me how to love and accept others. And He was very clear that discipleship was a high calling. I understood very early in my Christian walk that He seeks for believers to be wholly committed and that’s what I intended to do. Yes, that’s what I intended to do, until He called me to do something that made no sense at all.


Join me over on Katie M. Reid’s blog as I share what God revealed to me, as part of the Listen Close, Listen Well series…

3 replies
  1. Thandi
    Thandi says:

    Tyra your surrender and obedience to God has taught me how to put my trust in God too. Learning how to walk by faith sometimes feels like walking on a tight wire without any safety net in sight. Learning to trust that Gods got me and will never let me fall has been an ongoing lesson for me.
    Thankfully living by faith helps me sleep better at night. It takes the burden of having to figure everything out off of me.
    I definitely don’t have things figured out but I know that He does…

    • Tyra Lane-Kingsland
      Tyra Lane-Kingsland says:

      Indeed Thandi. And can I add, even if you were to fall off the tightrope, the angels who’ve been charged with protecting you would swoop in and buffet your landing. Who knows, if you took a fall, you may unfurl wings and begin to fly. Every day I’m learning more and more to see through the eyes of faith. I pray you will continue to rest in your faith in the ONE who does not disappoint.


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