What to do When You’re Lost in the Wilderness

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Karen Ball and Erin Taylor young

04 – What to do When You’re Lost in the Wilderness

The wilderness seems dark and frightening, even dangerous…unless you’re trained for it. When you have the right training and tools to use, you can not only survive in the wilderness, but you can find wonder and beauty there. So get ready…your training starts now.

Scriptures for Reference
The wilderness:
  • Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”
  • Deuteronomy 8:16 “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.”
Searching your heart:
  • Psalm 4:4 “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
  • Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”
Trusting God:
  • Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”
  • Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Seeking God:
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13 “’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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”
  • Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
  • Habakkuk 2:3 “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

Have a question? A comment? How can we pray for you?


    • Karen Ball says:

      Ginny, so honored to know you’re sharing it with the people you’re helping. May God bless you–and them!

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you dear Ladies for sharing this podcast and the wonderful reminder that God is always in control of our times. This is so timely because I am in this writing wilderness right now and truly searching for what God wants me to write. After a few contest successes, I still remain uncertain of my path. Prayers appreciated for my submission to His leading and listening.

    • Linda, I totally hear you. We’ll be praying for you. The beauty is that although we don’t know the twists and turns of our path, God does, and he lights the way–a little at a time. : )

  2. Thank you for your words of encouragement! Your servant hearts shine through in these wonderful podcasts. As a newbie, there are plenty of overwhelming days that slide into doubt-filled nights. God is good though and there is often renewal in the morning. Your website is a gem of resource for those of us who feel compelled to keep at it.

  3. Ivane Luna says:

    I’m in tears listening to this. I can’t express enough how much I needed to hear this. At a point in my writing, where I feel like I’m wasting my time writing what no one would ever read. But He’s been telling me to finish. To finish strong. Because I’m good at starting and not finishing, and it’s been difficult to obey. This has been such a piercing reminder.

    Interestingly enough, one of the projects I’m trying to finish is entitled, The Woman in the Wilderness. *smiles* This message has been a true-blue nudge (more like shove) from Above.

    • Erin Taylor Young says:

      Ivane, I love hearing how God is speaking into your life. My prayer for you comes from 2 Thessalonians 1:11. “And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds.” The wonderful thing about that verse is the phrase “by his power.” God does not intend for you to do this on your own.

    • Karen Ball says:

      What a great reminder that God is at work, bringing together all that we need before we even ask for it. Thanks, Ivane.

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