The Way Things Work Out . . .

This conversation has been my “pastor” talk all week long.  I don’t think the pastor part of me is ever going to leave despite the fact that I only have tomorrow and next Sunday, December 24, before I step down as lead pastor of Red Door Church.

So.  As, I’ve been visiting with people this week, I’ve ended up having the same  conversation despite the different ages, circumstances, and ongoing challenges of each individual.  Here it is in writing:

It’s seldom perfect.  Life that is.


What I can and will say without reservation:

There’s always something wonderful about life with-God.  Always.

The thing is . . . it requires surrender of hanging on to what we WANT it to be like . . . to experience the MORE.    And, surrender is never easy when things are not going as planned, especially when everything is HARDER than HARD.

Surrender comes from the decision to trust, which is an essential of living well every. single. day.

So.  Today.  Take a breath . . . surrender it all . . . and trust God for more.  Because.

Surrender releases the GOOD.  It may not look anything like what you wanted.  BUT.  In the end, it will be the catalyst to moving into what God has in the “not-yet” of your life.

It’s the way things work out with God and what makes life wonderful in the messiness of this world.

To keep the promise of GOOD in the center of your thinking and response to all the stuff, I recommend reading the words of these two scriptures, underlining the truth deep within your soul:

Romans 8:28–We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something GOOD and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan (Voice).  

James 1:17–Every GOOD gift bestowed, every perfect gift received comes to us from above, courtesy of the Father of lights. He is consistent. He won’t change His mind or play tricks in the shadows (Voice).  

These GOD-words belong to those who unite their life with God.  And, I am telling you this is truth, even in the worst of things.

God has GOOD planned for you–it’s one of the reasons life is wonderful–Kerrie

The original Palmer-5. God’s GOOD in the story of my life. (Shelly Mackerell Photography in the Red Door Church sanctuary–decorated for our series, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE)

Let’s connect:

RED DOOR CHURCH Sunday @ 10:30 am @ 1219 3rd St NW. Salem 97304 (upper floor in the historical United Methodist Church building)

 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Author: Kerrie Carlisle Palmer

Hi there, I am a Life-Story Teller, Co-Developer of TableThink (, co-host of TableThink and Think On This Podcasts, Pastor, Church Planter, Founder of Red Door Church. I love to be with my family, friends, and anyone I meet along the way. Two musts are coffee and celebrations. I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

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