Surviving Hairpin Turns



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Welcome back, April,

my old friend.


A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I had to make a difficult decision. Several decisions, actually, but one stands out from April 1st.

I wish I could’ve shouted ‘April Fools!’ but it was no joke. Our counselor suggested I make the change for safety and health reasons; she and I agreed it was best to pray and fast before making such a life-altering transition. I did. And I asked God to show me beyond a doubt if this was the next step. “Plain and clear” is a mild description of what was soon to manifest.

LIFE ALTERING. When you think you’re moving in a certain direction, traveling 90mph, and a hairpin-turn suddenly appears. Shock hits. The next thing you know, you’re on different course, a new trajectory. If, like me, you don’t remember slamming on the brakes or turning the vehicle, that’s because God took the wheel. He’s faithful to those who call on His name. (Psalms for encouragement)

He’s also a great driver. In my case, prayer and fasting gave Him permission to take over where I was completely out of my league. My omniscient Father in Heaven, fully aware of the ongoing affliction and the forthcoming slander, already had a deliverance plan in motion. Yes, He had people and things in place that I did not know I’d need until the time came. I didn’t strive to make anything happen. I had the emotional energy for nothing except trusting Him to take care of the “turn,” and me.

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19  How eagerly do we bind these scriptures to our hearts during life’s easy seasons so that when seasons of hardship arise, the Truth that was established now materializes in dunamis power?


“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Psalm 84:11

“THOSE WHO seek me with all their heart shall find me,” (scriptures). This is a repeated promise, and I believe “all” is the secret ingredient.  ALL is not befitting of the lazy or cowardice. This type of ALL is not natural for the entitled or the self-seeking. The person who has Plan-B in the back pocket in case God’s Plan-A fails has not embraced the freedom and life-altering reality of ALL your heart.

ALL is for the diligent, persevering, and fully invested. (See the ALL blog)


Are you or is someone you love in a dire situation?
Has a hairpin turn popped up on the road before you?
Be encouraged. The Father in Heaven loves you
Press in to His presence, and you’ll fall into His perfect plan.



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6 Responses to “Surviving Hairpin Turns”

  1. Rae says:

    “Be encouraged. The Father in Heaven loves you
    Press in to His presence, and you’ll fall into His perfect plan.”

    Ah I needed that reminder. The past week has had a hairpin turn pop up and I feel like I’ve been through a storm, and all I can do is hold on tight.
    Thanks for being a willing vessel for His truths!

  2. J.A. Marx says:

    I’m so blessed to hear this encouraged you, Rae. May your roots grow down deeper into His love and keep you strong.

  3. Thomas Golz says:

    What is written above leaves me hanging with zero hint at the intensity of the turn. I mean it could be anything from a husband walking out leaving you with no income, three little kids to support, and you are about to be kicked to the curb because the mortgage is behind – all the way to you want to put a purple streak in your hair (there are indeed drama queens who would consider that major). And if you can’t at least hint, I might not read further.

  4. J.A. Marx says:

    Yes, Thomas. And I wish I could share more openly. Maybe some day. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, friend.

  5. I’m a year into this hairspin turn – or maybe it’s the spin cycle on the washing machine. I don’t know what’s going to happen next. But I do know, God’s got this… today and always. Blessings on your writing, JA!

  6. J.A. Marx says:

    Hey Cathy, love the washing machine analogy. Thanks for stopping by.

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