I love turnovers of all kinds, but this week I especially like when my car “turns over” and actually starts. How many times have you put your key in your ignition and turned the switch only to hear, ruh-ruh, ruh-ruh, ruh-ruh! It’s not a fun moment. This happened to me on Monday. I ended up having my car towed because the choke was broken and needed to be fixed. I had to change my plans. I ended up staying home more than I normally would because I had no means of transportation. I was able to get my Christmas decorations taken down and put away. I got caught up on my writing after a long holiday break. The fact that my car wouldn’t turn over ended up being a good thing for me. I slowed down and took inventory of what needed to be done right here, right now.

Compare this to traveling Route 66. I begin the year with a goal in mind. I start my car and down the road I go at a speed I determined. Until one morning I awake and the words on the page are a blur. Reading at my normal pace is difficult. My thoughts are drawn to everything BUT the Word of God. It is as if my car won’t turn over. I’m stuck! What do I do? Slow down and ask God what He is after in the obvious break down. We often think when our car won’t start that it messes up our plan. But the truth is, God’s plan is never thwarted. He is with us when our cars won’t turn over, and He is with us when His Word is a blur to us. All we must do is ask for His help to get towed through these types of days. There is something of good in the process whether we recognize it or not.

The point is are we on this journey to see if we can finish? Or are we on this journey because we want to spend the time with God? If it’s the former – there will be many frustrating days ahead. If it’s the latter, be encouraged to know He is with you when your car stalls and when your car moves at full speed.

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b ESV

Published by Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.

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  1. SO, I heard you speak in Gainesville last week. I was wondering where should I start on your blog. I wanted to follow along and go thru the bible with you this year as I have never read all the way through the bible. I also have a few girlfriends who are going to do it with me. So a little direction for us would be helpful! Thank you!


  2. Hi Ashley,

    I’m so glad to welcome you here! If you go to the tab at the top for Bible Reading Plans and choose the plan you’re going to follow, then e-mail me at debiwalter (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll add you to my mailing list for 2012. It’s up to you to follow your plan. I will simply send out encouraging e-mails from time to time with a link to the blog to help you stay the course. That’s it! You could all plan to have a celebration dinner next January with all the ladies in Gainesville who finish with you. It is an added incentive. You could even talk to one another throughout the year to see how it’s going.

    Have you friends e-mail me, so I can add them to my list as well. Thank you for taking this challenge. I pray God will meet y’all in a very special way this year!

    You’ve made my night!


    1. Bonnie, the address I have for you in my e-mail list for Route 66 is this one. If you’re getting this sent to your e-mail, you have to change that. Just unsubscribe to the blog and then sign up again with your gmail account. 🙂


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