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This month marks the three year anniversary of Counseling 1820 and my work as a full time Christian Counselor.  In May of 2010 I was finishing a 10 year career with Love's Travel Stops and a 19 year career in the retail petroleum world.  I remember so much anxiety and fear not knowing what was to come.  God had called me to this time and place, but did I have what it takes.  I was taking a tremendous leap of faith with no guarantees.  But I also recognized deep down in the lowest area of my heart, that to truly know God and to experience His wonderful plan and purpose, I must be willing to sacrifice my own comfort and security. 

A scripture that never left my side in 2010 was Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with al your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."  I didn't know at that time what a "straight path" would look like, but I did know that to trust Him could not come without denying my own thoughts and understanding.  Nothing about leaving Love's, or entering a career I had only started studying in 2006, made sense.  It was extremely illogical.  But I also had no doubt that this was the direction I was being lead.

And He did make my path straight...Today I have watched as God has blessed.  I have a full time practice that allows me each and everyday to have a positive impact on troubled hearts.  I have watch countless couples, men, women and young people grow before my eyes as God uses me and my willingness to be used.  I have grown so much in my ability to help others, and am eager to continue my growth.  I have watched as God produced a book through my life and experiences, and I have had the unique privilege to share my journey with countless people through "Ask Donnie". 

The last three years has exceeded my expectations, but not God's.  I will admit that in 2010 I short-sided God's ability to do amazing things with my life.  But I am glad I let Him have the chance.  I often wonder where I would be today if I had not made this momentous change  to my career, lifestyle and family back in 2010.  It is very hard to say.  But I know where I am today and I know what it feels like to watch God make so much out of so little.

I pray that someday each person reading these words will experience the same.  God bless you and yours.

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