Nancy Rohart’s memoir of how their family found and followed God’s will spans six years, three years of searching and three years of preparation. It’s a time that tested their faith while it taught them God is faithful to the promises He makes in His Word in spite of outward circumstances. Her story of “blessing and hope” was written at the urging of the Lord late in life.
She begins with how they learned to discern God’s plan and the accompanying doubts disappoints and questions that followed. Such as whether Paul should check into seminary’s and seriously consider preaching or remain in teaching and, if he did, the impact it would have on their family and their marriage.
The chapter on “Peace” looks at “open” and “closed” doors, reading Scripture and the importance of including spouse’s in life-changing decisions. Although that sounds like a given, many times such decisions are made in spite of spousal objections.
The rest of this small book is about making “the decision” and waiting on the Lord when logic says decisions are irrational. The narrative illustrate that when a decision to obey God’s will is made, that’s also when the enemy’s attacks increase.
The chapter on “Satan’s continued Darts” contains examples of satanic attack, their journey of “trial and tears,” and putting what is learned from Scripture into practical application. She writes, “…it’s important to remember…Satan confuses and discourages…depend on the Holy Spirit…don’t expect it to be easy…wait on the Lord and His timing.”
I think perhaps the most important part of Nancy’s message and the one most neglected is the daily reading of Scripture, prayer and making time to spend with the Lord. Her book reminds readers God does provide, does care for His children and always walks through troubled waters with them, something we all need to remember.
‘Finding and Following God’s Will’ by Nancy Lindgren Rohart, WestBowPress, 2012, 70 Pages, 978-1449743734, $9.95
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Finding (and Following) God's Will is a picture of how "God leads His dear children along." Through three years of patient searching for God's will and three more years of preparation, Nancy tells the story of God's faithfulness to them and their family through many trials and disappointments. Have you felt God's hand on your life but have not had the courage to make a decision that seems too difficult? Or do you know someone who is struggling in this way? Many of us never experience God's full blessing on our lives because we are not completely resting on His promises-the sacrifice seems too great.
Nancy's account of God's faithfulness through thick and thin will strengthen and encourage you to step out in faith, overcome your fears, and take God at His word. God often takes frail vessels and molds them to be used for His glory. The strength will not be your own; God will provide, and you will see that He still performs miracles today through those who are obedient to His call.
Paul and Nancy Rohart were public school educators for the first thirteen years of their married life when they began to feel God's call into full-time ministry. Then, at age thirty-nine, with three children in tow, they hesitantly heeded the call and herein record God's miraculous ways of leading and teaching them. Paul retired in 2001 after twenty-five years in the ministry. They now reside in Gresham, Oregon, where he continues to teach three Bible studies each week.
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