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I’m very excited to start this new adventure and growth opportunity! For the past four years or so, I’ve felt like the enemy has had a huge target on my back, so I know God is up to something. THANK YOU, JESUS!

A few months ago, the Lord just kept showing me that to be His disciple, I need to be able to leave it all to follow Him:

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26 & 27 NKJV

I stepped away from my full-time office job to be available for whatever it is He wants me to do, as He asked, and I’m trusting Him every step of the way. I would have never guessed that He had planned an invitation to participate in this 3o-Day Disciple Making Challenge and blogging for my future! It always amazes me how God orchestrates everything to get us right where He wants us. The invitation came from a woman I met at my first 5K Run a year ago that benefitted Missions, of all things! GOD IS SO GOOD!

When I asked the Lord who he wanted to by my prayer partner for this journey, He actually brought two people to mind. He asked, “Why just one?” I know how big of a spiritual fight against the enemy I go through every single day without participating in this challenge, so Him choosing two different women to pray for me is like Him telling me, “I got your back!”  Both women are awesome prayer warriors that have gone through or are currently going through major trials and persevering. They’ve always personally had my back, as well, and I know this experience will be a blessing and growth opportunity for all three of us and even more!

Joni Zabel

Author Joni Zabel

I'm a wife, mother, step-mother, but most of all, I'm a friend of Jesus Christ. He's recently called me to leave my full-time job to be His disciple and be available for whatever it is He has for me to do. I've stepped out of the boat in faith. My husband and I, as well as several of our friends, know that there is so much MORE the Lord wants from us than to be confined to ministering in a church building, and I'm very excited to see what He has in store for the future!

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  • Doug Lucas says:

    Joni, it’s so great to have you aboard … and to read how God is at work in your life! Welcome to the 30-Day Challenge!!!

  • Nicole says:

    Im excited to follow your journey, Joni, as I start this challenge for the 2nd time (there’s always more to learn, right??). Praying for you!!