Not-yet . . .

There are individuals who make me want to go further and do more.  I don’t even know if, any of them are aware of their impact on me by just knowing them, let alone being with them.

It’s essential to be around those who  inspire us to see beyond what is known, familiar,  and comfortable in the “now”  of life, giving us vision to what can be in our “not-yet.”  

By the way, the word, yet, is another favorite word of mine.  It’s a word of belief in the with-God life.  It’s a huge piece of faith, a catalyst to move forward with certainty there is more than what is seen in the “now.”

It takes courage and creativity to believe in the reality of possibilities, refusing to be stuck in what-was or what-could-have-been in our yesterdays, celebrating the gift of today, anticipating tomorrow, energized with mountain moving faith.

This is underlined in Jesus’ red-letter statement: 

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, NIV).

 These words are awesome . . . BUT . . . there are days and months when the view of the “not-yet” is blocked by more than one mountain.

YET.   According to Jesus faith will move our mountains, even a small amount of faith.

I have a list of mountains which need to be moved.  The thing is . . . one of the mountains has moved.  When I left the church because of health challenges, I did not know if, there would be another way to share the message anchored in the depths of my soul.  I had an opportunity; however, in reality it seemed impossible.  The mountains between “now” and “not-yet” were big. 

The belief of others helped me to find my way.  They saw the opportunity free from mountains.  Our conversations focused on “when it happens” rather than “if it happens.”  

 So, the open house on December 16 for tablethink is a faith-marker day, a celebration that the mountain moved as well as the wide-opened door to the dream God planted deep within me.  Yes. it will be different than I imagined in my past.  

BUT.  It’s awesome and unique.  

And. I’m grateful and amazed.  

I pray this will encourage you to dream, to believe there’s more, to know God is the mover of mountains and the maker of possibilities in all impossibilities. 

When you get down to it, the birth of Christ–Immanuel, God with us— seems impossible.  It’s been questioned and doubted before and after.  So.  Today’s advent thought–reflects what was, what is, and what will be:  “Nothing is impossible with God.”  

And, what I know to be true is this:  Never give up!  God is at work in your “not-yet.”  The mountains will move and the impossible will be made possible–Kerrie

The dream of then, now, and not-yet continues . . . 

1973 . . . that’s all I’m going to say . . . 1973

If, you have access to the Salem, Oregon area Joshua and I  hope you will stop by between noon and four at our open house on December 16.  For details see  I will keep you updated on my public Facebook page @

Advent Thoughts: 

  1. Party.
  2. Surprise!  
  3. Do you know?  (This is long but worth thinking about.) 
  4.  All Is Well.  
  5. Five Words . . . And More.
  6. The Problem Is . .
  7. Transparency And Trust. 
  8. Red-Letter-Day.
  9. Best Advice. 
  10. Lean In. 

My Advent Writing Place

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 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.