New Journey

Hello, my friends…I’m back…

Since I last wrote this blog, quite a bit has changed, most of it for the good like having major surgery and discovering no cancer but still healing…praise the Lord.  This taught me that God is in control no matter how scary life gets…

Then, in the midst of recovering, I learned that I would be finishing school earlier than planned.  Yep, I’m done…my last two classes were on care ministries where I learned to counsel, shepherd, and care for people; then, Small Groups, where I learned how to set up and maintain small groups.  Both classes were amazing and I learned a lot but then as quickly as they started, they ended and now no more classes for me…except eventually to take a few for credentials.  My last class wasn’t done up to the standards I was used; however, I did pass and learned that I do not always need to be perfect and life still goes on…

Then in the midst of finishing my classes, I also had to complete paperwork and a portfolio required to graduate…that was a major project itself since it took me back through looking through three years’ worth of final papers as well as collecting information and figuring out where to find this information.  The exercise taught me to be a bit more organized in the future…

So, now I’m done…my portfolio was approved and one of the next steps is to walk in December so now I need to make travel plans to California, which should be fun as I decide to drive, fly or train?  While making the trip fun…

So, now that I’m done, I need to find a ministry Care that comes with many questions since I don’t know what’s around the next river bend…but I am learning to seek God and His desire for me and my husband.

After all, according to Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


  1. Are you struggling with your own future or next journey in life?
  2. What fears do you need to overcome?
  3. If you’re not sure of which direction to go, have you prayed and read scripture?

So, what’s next? Well, I hope to continue writing a blog about the journey including following God’s lead on deciding our future so that I am able to use the degree that I’ve worked so hard for, with God’s and my husband’s strength, while fulfilling His purpose for our lives…


God’s Path of Life

Big Four Ice Caves Trail near Granite Falls, WA

Big Four Ice Caves Trail near Granite Falls, WA

Years ago, I wanted to know my own path in life so I went for a drive up into some local mountains near some ice caves.  He gave me answered through the following poem as I drove along a road that was indescribably beautiful with trees, water, snow, and rain and finally sunshine peaking over what is called the Three Fingers area near Granite Falls, WA.

God’s Path of Life

You set a path before us – called Your Purpose and Direction in our Lives

Sometimes we stray from this path and become list; however, You continue to lead us back

Sometimes the path is smooth and we feel Your Presence; however, when the path is rough we sometimes do not feel You but You are still there helping us through those rough patches.

On this path, You give us warning signs of danger through the Holy Spirit – we can choose to heed or ignore these warnings; however, when we ignore, You there to catch us as we slip.

We think You are leading us in one direction and as we get comfortable, You lead down another path when we least expect it.

Sometimes as we travel this path, we expect so little from You; however, You have much more to offer than we could ever imagine.

Sometime we go too fast on this path; however, You want us to slow down and enjoy life.

Sometimes the path is foggy and cloudy; however, as we seek Your Wisdom, through prayer and the Word, the fog of confusion lifts and things become clearer.

Sometimes we want to quit or go back the way we came; however, with Your Help, we continue to go on.

Sometimes we carry too much baggage called fear, sin and guilt on this path causing us to be weighed down and not reaching our potential.  You want us to give it all to Him.

Sometimes storms descend upon this path; however, You are there to keep us safe and secure and when the sun comes out, we feel the warmth of Your embrace.

Remember that as we travel this path, You are in control and will give us wisdom to make the right choices.

Sometimes we grow weary on this path; however, as a stream bubbles with strength from rushing water, so our Joy and strength comes from the You – oh, Lord.

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  Ps 16:11

Thank you, God, for loving us so much that you created such a beautiful place to live.  It’s like you took a paintbrush and painted such a beautiful Masterpiece; however, as we bask in your creation, we must remember to worship the creator and not His Creation. 

Copyrighted 2005 by Ann M. Stenbak Cole


So where is your path, or purpose in life leading you?  Is it through a desert?  The mountains?  Or to a large metropolitan area? 

Stay tuned for my next blog as it starts to describe the path that God is leading my husband and I as we help those who are thirsty and are unable to quench that thirst.