What Were You Put on Earth to Do?

What Were You Put on Earth to Do?

January 11, 2017

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

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When you set out to plan your day — or even your week — what is it you want to do most? Even deeper than that — what is your dream?

I didn’t ask you what your dream is for your friend, kids, spouse, church or work — I want to know what your dream is, if you still even know what it is? What were you put here on earth to fulfill?

Now, if you struggle with answers for any of the above, know you’re not alone. Especially if you are a busy mom, knee-deep in daily duties and driving demands, you … are … not … alone.

And yes, I was never a mom — but I was a very involved dad in our four kids’ lives. Every morning, it was my responsibility to get them ready for school, bundle them into the car and drive them where they needed to go. And every evening after work, I focused on dedicated family time — devotions around the table, playtime with them on the floor wrestling or doing board games. (Sometimes I even let them win!)

And for years, I had homework duty, too. So I understand how it feels to sit for hours after a long day at work — glued to the dinner table with a restless child night after night, year after year — trying everything to help the one who struggles with attention-deficit-disorder grasp the importance of perseverance and learning.

I understand the things that keep parents up at night, unable to sleep — concerned with whether or not their children will be equipped to fulfill their dreams. These concerns and passions of parenting, marriage and relationships at church or work can be all-consuming for so long that eventually you wake up one day and realize you’ve forgotten about your dreams, passions and your destiny to fulfill. Just making it through the day is enough.

I get it. I know how it is to give so much you simply do not have enough energy left to think about yourself anymore.

Dream? Only when sleeping.

Purpose? Passion? Eaten up by the daily demands of living a life for others. Which is good. It’s easy to forget what used to inspire you, drive you or even bring you hope.

It’s easy to forget the you in you.

God has a destiny for you. He has a purpose and a plan for you. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “we are God’s masterpiece … so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” He has something that maximizes your skills, personality, experiences, passions and compassions in a way like no one else ever could.

Sure, it may not happen tomorrow. Nor will you get there by going in a straight line. This is because God sets twists and turns in all our lives that provide opportunities for us to grow, mature, be humbled, learn, develop, surrender, gain confidence and more. I call these twists and turns “detours.”

Detours are unanticipated routes that take us another way to our intended destination. It’s either a sign you come upon, a person who steers you elsewhere or a police car with lights flashing, sitting there to let you know the road you are traveling is no longer available. Inevitably, they are also road bumps to our emotions. Because of the detour, we must go off the beaten path, take longer than we had wished, and be inconvenienced more than we had hoped.

Few of us like to be stalled, for any reason. Even if it’s just someone cutting us off in traffic and forcing us to slow down. But detours are necessary to make any improvement on the paths we travel. Or to clean up any wreck or avoid hazards. Detours are designed for our own good on the roads of life, regardless of how we view them.

Detours are a good thing that often feel bad.

This is because it’s in our detours that we’re developed for our destiny.

We learn patience, compassion, kindness, gratitude and all those wonderful things that empower us to fully live out our dreams. You may feel that your life right now is on one ongoing detour from fulfilling your dreams … while you’re serving the needs of others, setting your own hopes aside. But, just like Joseph whom God positioned from the pit to the palace (read Genesis chapter 37-50), God has a plan for every moment in your life as well. Yes, even the most mundane and monotonous ones.

God is taking you straight to your destiny … in His ever God-like-zig-zagging-sort-of-way.

Father God, help me keep my eyes open and learn to look for Your hand in the midst of happenstance, so my hope remains steadfast and my heart remains full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
How do you find the destiny God has designed for your life? How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you? Learn how detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how we view or feel about them. Get your copy of Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny by Dr. Tony Evans today.

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What detours has God allowed you to face in recent months? How could God be using this detour in your life to fulfill His greater purpose?

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Comments

  1. Need hope in ongoing time of crisis to remain steadfast to find my destiny in God. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

  2. Katie Smith says:

    What a perfect time to read this! God is good all the time even in these times that seem not so good for us!

  3. Mary Kaci Kerr says:

    Through this difficult disease He has shown me so many learning experiences that have been so difficult. But I am seeeing relief in sight down the path.

  4. I’m sitting in the middle of the mundane daily stuff right now, it’s hard most days to see past the pull-ups and arguments. I can’t wait to read this book!

  5. Irene Spizzirri says:

    I became legally blind about 7 yrs ago due to macular degeneration I have lost my job and was really too young to retire but had to and it was the biggest detour of my life because I’m still trying to figure out what I can do now.

  6. Hope Dover says:

    I needed these words today. Thanks! I’d love to have the book too.

  7. I’ve been struggling with that very thought-what am I meant for? I can see how the detours refine me but I also know that God gave us free will and I hope I’ve not made choices that steer me away from His plan for me, though I’m sure it’s inevitable.

  8. Shelly Hoard says:

    I truly enjoyed?? he devotional.

  9. Belinda Krenz says:

    Pressure is a privelege & God makes a way through

  10. Thank you

  11. I’m a 48 yr old mom of 6 children and had forgotten my dream. Thank you for this devotion on reminding me to remember this as I go thru all the detours that pop up along the way.

  12. Detours have left me wondering what was going on my life.Thank you for the timely reminder that God is at work in my life.

  13. Kim Villalva says:

    I can not believe how timely this message is! I’ve been struggling with wondering if I”m on the right track. To be honest, I don’t even know what track I”m on. For example. I say I”m a writer. I love to write. And I write quite well! But I’m not making it a priority in my life. I could do so much more with it. I’m wondering, if this is really a talent I should be using for God’s Glory, why am I not? Oh sure, there are many challenges which get in the way, I get that. But I feel like if it’s truly something I want to do I’d be making time for it…wouldn’t I?

    I would love to win this book! I need to read it for sure! Thanks for a great article and intro to the book!

    • Joycelyn Rose says:

      The truth of Dr. Tony Evans devotional took my breath away! As a child, the admonition, “Don’t be selfish and lazy” was on an endless sound loop. I learned the lesson very well…too well. I am so dedicated to helping other people that I struggle when someone asks me what would I like or what do I want. My answer to the question, “What were you put on earth to do?” has become “To make sure everyone else is okay”. But, I’m sure God has something else for me that doesn’t require me to ignore myself! I want to discover my purpose AND rediscover my passion.

  14. Indeed the spirit is one, this is what I actually woke up to think about this morning when I saw the topic I smiled…even though am not married yet but I just ask myself what is God’s purpose for sending me down here…I realize that God has a purpose for everything ….this write up makes me realize am not the only one and I wish to read more…thanks..

  15. When I was in my 40’s, I was still dreaming. Now that my health has fallen and my desire has shift to something I ve never dreamed of. I’m lose and sought of stuck.. anyway, my main dream or goal is to make a difference in my nieces and nephews life…

    • I totally identify with your comments. I’m now 47, and due to repeated health issues, I’ve spent most of my adulthood either too ill to function, or concentrating my energy on rebuilding both health and career after long bouts of being sidelined. I always thought I’d be a wife and mama, but haven’t had the energy to pursue this while trying to maintain my career, so I tried to direct my passion and fullfill my purpose through work. Soon after I turned 40, I became too ill to continue working, and lost the one area of my life that was fulfilling. In loosing it, I also grieved the missed opportunities to have a family, (and still do). But 4 years ago, my brother and his wife adopted a newborn, and I became an aunt. Life is still feeling like more of a detour than a a clear path, but I know that my presence and my passions have purpose now… I am here for him.

  16. I would love a copy of This book!!!

  17. I would also love a copy of this book 🙂

  18. Thank you for this devotion today. With the current things going on in my life this was most helpful in reminding me that the Lord hasn’t forgotten me and he is still working in my life.

  19. Mirella Keast says:

    I am so lost right now. Have been looking for work since graduating over a year ago. I don’t know how to keep going.

    • Maumo Mubila says:

      Hi Mirella Keast!
      I just read your comment and just felt the need to encourage you to not give up and use the time you have without much distractions from work to seek God while you wait and you will feel less lost. Also, during your time of waiting, I would also encourage you if you haven’t already, read the book by Wendy Pope (Wait and See) which was used for an Online Bible Study last month and has great tools to help you during this time. That book is very powerful and I have no doubt that it may help you wait well for your job.

      God bless you. Lot’s of love all the way from Zambia.

      Maumo

    • Mirella, don’t give up. Look at how far you have come. You have graduated, that is behind you now. I remember when I went back to school after 25 years. My daughters were following in my footsteps of being a drop out teenaged mom on welfare. I had to do something to show them that there is something better out there. After graduation, I could not find a job in my field of study. I took other positions to keep the bills paid. It’s been 3 years since I graduated and 2 jobs later. The position I’m serving in now was not what I applied for in this company, but I realized that it was where God wanted me to be. I have been here for 2 years and 4 months, my bills have not been behinhd, my daughters have gone back to school or gotten jobs and are taking care of their families, their friends say that I’ve been a roll model for them and I’m up for a promotion. So don’t give up, God is using every situation for his purpose. Ask God to lead you to where he wants you to be. He will open doors to the job that no man or demand can shut.

    • Mirella, U are never lost, if U know The Lord as your personal Saviour. 2ndly, my future husband looked 4 a job over a year b4 The Lord blessed him with a full-time job. Jesus will do this 4 U. Continue 2 have faith n trust in His word. I will be praying 4 U and know Jesus is with You and He cares. Your 1 step closer to Him blessing U more than U could imagine. Rest well, leave your heavy burdens on Him, his yoke is easy. God bless!

  20. Minister Jacquie Landrum says:

    A detour will place you on the correct course, if you follow the new direction’s path. Trust in God’s Ordained Plan and experience His devine love for you.

  21. Debbie Moore says:

    Your reading was perfect for what I’ve been through these past 7 months. God’s timing is never late & always perfect.

  22. Justine Jones says:

    The word detour has such a negative connotation, but the destination and even the sights along the way can be quite beautiful. We must learn to cherish every moment for their is always a reason.

  23. Kaydee Farmer says:

    My destiny is in constant development 🙂

  24. These words spoke truth to me!

  25. Don Lamkin says:

    This subject has been on my mind for a long time. I feel that in my life I’ve accomplished so little for the Lord. I’Ve always wondered if God’s plan for my life is something that I have to discover? Or is it something that I will just find myself in the middle of if I live obediently?

  26. Cynthia Salas Rodriguez says:

    God’s timing is always perfect. This devotional was something I needed to read. As a single parent, it is tough to remain hopeful when the demands are constant. The total exhaustion at the end of the day leaves no room to continue to dream or pursue. It saddens me because the dream is alive in my heart but dormant on my mind. This battle of the heart and mind are at a constant war with each other. The heart ponders the dreams once spoken while the mind extinguishes the fire of those dreams. The heart always wins because it remembers the things once spoken. I would love a copy of this book.

  27. I am on a detour that I didn’t want. My husband died 2 months ago and I have no idea what my passion is now. I’m just lost. Maybe this book would help me.

  28. I first heard Dr. Evans speak about “detours” last week, and the message spoke loudly to me. My detour began with an unanticipated divorce, and I’m afraid I’ve been detouring in the valley ever since. My life was my home, my marriage and our children. I knew who I was when I was a wife and mom. I raised my children, and I tried several educational-career pursuits, but, God and I must not be seeing eye to eye on what my destiny is. I thought I had chosen fields of service that would honor Him, but, no. I want to drive out of this Valley, navigate the detours God’s way, and find out what God’s plan is for me. If Dr. Evan’s book on detours will shed light in my Valley, I would love to have a copy to guide me out of the Valley!

  29. Tonya Brown says:

    Very timely word for this point in my life. Rather I win or not I will be purchasing this book and many more. God directed me here for a reason. Thank you so much. Continue to be blessed.

  30. What a brilliant article, exactly how I feel too. I had severe depression for years and through it all, I knew I would get better one day and I promised God that I would help others through what I had learned. Well, I am now 59 years old and God is only just using me now, after putting me through many tests on the way. His timing is always perfect. Thank you, I am going to read more of your articles.

  31. Tim Griffith says:

    I don’t know what my passion is now. I was in the Fire Dept for 30 years, but for over a year now, trying to retire on service related disability. One detour after another. But even going to 1/4 of my salary (and from living paycheck to paycheck) God has been faithful and has kept us fed and clothed and a roof over our heads. But still searching for that passion.

    • Dear Tim,
      I read your comments from Dr. Evans message, and I’d like to invite you to pray for your healing with Pastor Neal in Alaska. He and his healing team meet for prayer mid-day most weekdays. Please let me know – Jesus can heal you!
      God bless you,
      Barbara

  32. Gail Taylor says:

    Some may think that it is merely a coincidence that I just concluded the reading of Joseph being reunited with his brothers in Egypt. But it is not. Today’s devotional was timely and very personal. I’m always inspired with how God uses Dr. Tony Evans.

  33. I know God has a plan for me, but still cannot help but get frustrated by the detours!

  34. I positively couldn’t have read this devotional on a day I needed it more than now!!! THANK YOU??❤

  35. Jim Waters says:

    Yes everyday life gets in the way of my dreams. Serving others in our family, business or spiritual lives takes about 18 hours a day. There are days that I feel I want to just walk away and do nothing for the rest of my life. But when my 5 year old Grandson comes and sits on my lap and wants me to watch him play a Video game, I can feel God telling me that this personal time with him is the best thing I should be doing right then. When I stop and look at everyone I help each day I can see part of my dream coming together by making me aware how through God is guiding me inch by inch to my dreams. When I am able to work on my dreams, I am more greatful for the time I am spending planning, doing and achieving the small goals I have.

  36. I just try to take life one day or moment at a time. I’m in the daily grind and trying to figure out how to make it all work. You know? Keeping all the balls in the air without dropping too many.
    My passion is to figure out how to do what I do well. Praying that I’m making the father proud as I grow and learn from the detours.

  37. This hits so close to home, as I’m sure it does for many of us. Thanks for posting this today.

  38. Heather Sullivan says:

    Yes please! My life took a major detour when my husband left me and our children (a newborn and a toddler) for another woman. I still have not recovered from this devastating sideswipe, but I am praising God knowing He has something wonderful in store for us.

    • Catherine Hayes says:

      Heather,
      I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you! The same thing happened to me. I ended up on welfare, standing in lines at Christmas to get presents for my children……

      The ONLY thing I had plenty of was faith and hope. I was blessed to have that time to renew my relationship with my God, complete with rantings of, “why me?” …… to which He replied, “why NOT you?” ?

      Since then, as a result of what I thought was the worst thing that could happen, God has shown me the way to get through college and a Masters degree(still paying on it, but it’s worth it!), another marriage, two more kids and a divorce (my choice) AND another husband, who IS my Mr. Right.

      Heather, God didn’t do this “to” you…your husband’s actions did. (If you’re like me you had a part to play, too) But, if you let Him, God will use this detour to lead you on a path that will bring you way more happiness and joy than your marriage would have.I promise! More importantly, He promises! Blessings!!!!!

  39. Dee Ann dodson Prichard says:

    I have two adopted kids, adopted last year from foster care, age 8 and 10. I feel my husband and would benefit from the book to help rekindle our passion for children. Thank you !

  40. Wait! Children are not detours to our calling. They are our calling for those whom the Lord has given them!!

  41. Funny, the timing of this post. My niece and I were just conversing about “what we want to be when we grow up” because other family members believe working to put bread on the table is enough. We think God has something more for us; we see a deeper meaning to what we do on the day to day, a purpose and a plan. As soon as I saw the title of the post, I knew I’d have to forward this one to my niece. Thanks!

  42. Waiting to go back to school as God has blessed me with not one but two jobs doing what I love; knowing which road to take is hard since I feel He’s blessing me with many options.

  43. Awesome way to wake up! Thank you.
    I am at a point in my life that I have been asking who am I? Where is me? Most of my life I have lived for everyone else. I raised 2 children, worked 2 jobs( and now 1 where I work 12-15 hrs a day), take care of my disabled husband, and take care of 2 households.
    Most all the people in my life are not there when I need someone and so I feel like I’m not me anymore. I will re-read this article again and again. Thank you Father in Heaven for knowing what I need and when I need it.

  44. Great perspective

  45. Great devotion. I think the key is to keep our eyes on Jesus and not our circumstances. We need to remember that God is using the circumstances to help us grow closer to Him and closer to being like Jesus.

  46. This was truly a blessing this morning!

  47. I’m in the middle of a detour right now! I lost my job just this week..it was a job I had just taken a few months ago from leaving a job I had been at for 10 years and loved. ..I was very unhappy at this new job but was doing what needed to be done until I could change..this job didnt allow me to be the mom i felt like i needed to be..i have a dream of being a nurse but with 4 children right now and for the last 18 years I feel like I just need to be a Mama and I’m ok with that..I couldn’t think of a better thing to be destined to be..and even if that means me waiting until they are all grown to pursue my dreams that’s ok..and it’s also ok if I see from there that it wasn’t ever meant for me to be a nurse..I pray all the time for God to speak loudly to me about this lol..and I believe after this week, he couldn’t get any louder..this was just what I needed to read even if I did read it a 3 am!! Thank you and much love ?

  48. Peggy Kirk says:

    Wow, I never looked at the what I considered negative experiences as ways to become exactly what God had planned for me to do! I have sometimes kicked and screamed (figuratively) about what didn’t go as planned not realizing it was all His plan for me! Thank you for this timely reminder of God’s divine direction for my life.

  49. This devotion really spoke to me. I’m 55 years old and still don’t know what Gods will is for my life. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and I have a full time job. I’m feeling very unsettled and frustrated.

  50. Diane Dayer says:

    God’s timing is PERFECT! Thank you, Lord for leading me through not only detours, but hairpin turns! Whew! They make me dizzy and anxious! I have a dream and no one is in my way…but ME! Having “busy brain,” the bees are a buzzin’ round the hive compliments of ADHD…I was, however, able to focus on this message…thank you, Dr. Evans!

  51. Thank you for your necessary insight. Your words about detours struck me at the right time. God is the pilot.

  52. Donna Holbrook says:

    Child has grown, grandchildren are getting older, no longer need grandma. I was very involved in church at a stage of my life, then I allowed work and the world take over. I would like to know what God’s purpose or how he can use me the remaining years of my life here on earth.

  53. Sooo many “detours” and still hope

  54. cathleen winter-rafalko says:

    I love 2cor 4.17…thanks for the reminder to persevere ♡ thanks for a lifetime of service, Dr. Evans♡

  55. linda hayes says:

    My life exactly!

  56. dennis Hill says:

    Detours can be discouraging, disheartening and painful. However when we consider that whatever happens comes through God’s permissive will, we may find a hint of the detours purpose . Help us Lord to always remember that You love us and have great plans for us. Thank you for reminding us that God is in control. God Bless

  57. These detours in our lives are the blessings that we can not yet see. Thank God for the shaping, molding, and strengthening that it causes, when we let it.

  58. I just read the devotional ‘What Were You Put on Earth to Do?’ and literally wept. For the past many years I have been full time carer to my Mother. I love her dearly. She has always enjoyed good health but is now moving into the area of dementia. I am finding it hard to cope with the loss of sleep when I have to repeatedly get up to check that the back and front doors are still locked and not left open as has so often happened when she had wandered in the night after being left safely and warmly tucked up. We’ve had rodents come in and had to get pest control involved, all of which has caused me stress. My own health is not good. My marriage is almost permanently strained as I try to balance my love and concern for an ageing parent, and a husband who regrets inviting her to move in with us. For many years now we have not had any kind of social life, and he rarely spends any time with me and doesn’t seem to understand my need for spiritual growth and nourishment. I do not know what marital love means any more.
    Detours? Sometimes it feels as if my life has been or is being derailed. Going nowhere. Achieving nothing. Treading the mill. I have lost the you in You. I can’t remember what my dreams were. My heart is broken and my mind feels shredded. Still, I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that I am serving Him as I serve them. I know that there is purpose in my pain and answers for my anguish.
    The devotional spoke to me so deeply that if I don’t win a copy of the book, I will buy it anyway. I feel that the LORD is speaking to me through it.
    God bless you for conveying His words.

    • Praying for God to give you his supernatural strength. I have aging parents and teenagers. Trying to balance it ALL is a challenge….and not neglect my husband at the same time. ~Lisa~

      • Immediately following my prayers this morning (in which I asked God to speak to me about my destiny), I read this. That was no accident. It encouraged me to keep marching. We never know God’s plan, but I know He has one for me. I am encouraged as I know many others were after reading this.

      • Thank you for your prayer, Lisa. I have not neglected and will never neglect my husband. He seems to be living his own life, which is part of my heartbreak as our relationship is really suffering. But we have a Mighty God. And so often the Bible says “But God…” In my life I am learning to trust that there are also times when there is a “But God…” for me.
        My prayer is that we all will trust in His Presence moment by moment, even when life seems hard and the road ahead dark. In the world, people live from day to night – light surrendering to darkness – but in the Bible God arranged it differently. It says “and the evening and the morning were the first day”…Darkness always surrenders to light. Day always follows night.
        God is always First and Above all things. May He be so in all our individual circumstances, in Jesus Name’. Amen xxx

  59. Our church service was somewhat about this this past week. Taking that leap of faith to pursue a dream or passion we have bottled up. And all week long I’ve been struggling with what mine is. I have forgotten my dream and I am struggling to find my purpose. I love being a wife and mom, but this past year has made me feel I’m not doing well at it. Thank you for these words this morning. They were exactly what I needed.

  60. Would like to have the Tony Evans Detours Book. I am thinking what if I created detours that were not intended by my Savior and Lord?

    • I wonder the same thing. I know God can use our self-created detours for the good of others and for our on destinations. However, I do think he allows us free choice to make wrong decisions.
      My prayers is that He will not leave me here, but will continue to make me into His design instead of my own misguided situation. I pray for God to use any and all mistakes I have made. I will pray for you also. May God bless you!

  61. Chris Stephens says:

    God took me from the pulpit to the pew. Been on this journey for 6 years. He’s been faithful. At times I’m discouraged but Jesus is encouraging.

  62. I’m suffering deep depression and have lost my way. My son is suffering schizophrenia and is currently incarcerated. His problems have taken over my life. Even though I’ve been a Christian for over 30 years, I am losing my direction and all hope and friends. No one wants to deal with my problems. God have mercy on me, my son and family. I’m greatly heartbroken and feel I can’t go on.

    • Praying for you and was praying for inmates this morning. Sometimes, just because we are not in an actual prison, we feel like we are in our own prison with our circumstances. I’ve been on a detour for almost 7 years and I am slowly learning to speak the truth about myself and not believe Satan lies. Hold onto God’s truth. He will keep his promises and will never leave you or forsake you. ~Lisa~

    • Martha- do not give up! God will get you through this and he is closer than a brother at all times! My son struggled wit addiction and died Nov 10 this year leaving behind an 8 year old grandson- I am in a battle to fight for what is best for his future and know God will provide an answer in his time- he will for you also! In God’s love??❤

    • Martha, my mother’s heart of a son with troubles reaches out to yours. I pray God to wrap His arms around you and fill you with peace that only comes from Him. I read a devotional awhile ago that said to crawl up in God’s lap, talk to Him, cry to Him when you are struggling….oh the number of times my son’s situation, and our family’s as a result, has led me to crawl onto my Heavenly Father’s lap, and I have found that it always helps me. I understand no one wanting to deal with your problems as well. God cares and loves you. He will listen and help you. I am lifting you in prayer!

  63. Regina Major says:

    As a woman with a lot on her plate, this devotion was right on target for me. So many things are going on and I know God wants me to focus on where He is directing me. Thanks for this word. Would love to win the book!!

  64. Having raised my children and getting ready to retire in a year I wish I had dreams but I can’t seem to remember what they were.

  65. I would like Dr.Evans book because I see detours in my life and would like to understand them

  66. Sheena Strudwick says:

    Thanks Dr. Evans for explaining DETOURS in life. I look back at my life and see detours that I wondered why is HE doing this to me. Right now I feel like I am on a detour. Not sure where it is taking me but i keep on asking God to give me the patience & obedience to wait upon him and not try to run ahead, Thanks again

  67. I would love to win this book.

  68. Thank you for sharing this devotional today. I would love to win a copy of your book to share with my daughter.

  69. Colleen Burns says:

    God has been taking me on a detour-filled path to medical school for the last 30 years. Honestly it’s exciting to see the path unfold.

  70. A year ago this month I was called to leave a job my family depends on to write for God. After almost a year of praying and trying to change God’s mind, I quit. A year later we are swarming in debt and I have the opportunity to go back to work but Hr has clearly told me He is going to handle this and for me to stay at home. It makes no sense but I am trusting the detour and waiting on the promises of God. He will not fail me.

  71. Rensia Venter says:

    Thank you God – I have been on a journey and every day I realise how Good God is.
    I am 54 years single mom to a teenage girl and know God has a plan – but in my daily duties , it feels God is silent and when I do Dream it is when I am half awake and know I must focus on gratitude and Gods Blessings but life ssms to overwhelm me most of the time.
    Blessings for your word from God. Amen

  72. Carmen Anna Maldonado says:

    Detours in life are sometimes in the form of trials and one becomes humbled by them- yes I would very much like to win this book!

  73. God has taken me on a detour with disability with both son and husband. My desire is to serve God – God is showing me people are more important than programs!

  74. I can certainly relate to Tony’s devotion today. I am an empty nester now, having raised three wonderful boys, and still haven’t found my dream yet. I am waiting for my sign from God to use me in a way that I may honor him.

  75. Thanks for this timely devotion! Seems like there have been many detours in my life, some of my own choosing due to sin, but God has redeemed the lost times. Learning to fully trust God is a challenge and a delight!

  76. Kay Kramer says:

    I would love a copy of the book Detours. My oldest is a sophomore in college and I have a high school Junior and Senior. It could almost be time to find my dreams and destiny again.

  77. I would love to have a copy of Dr. Evans’ book. I’m at a point in my life that I’m questioning God’s plan. I’m at the stage in my life where all my children are grown and am four years from retirement. I have a stirring in my heart that this can’t be all…God has something else planned for me, but it’s a bumpy road right now.

  78. As a primary caregiver to 4 teens and a house keeper I have total lost any idea of what God has planned for me. I exist on autopilot serving my family.
    This reading has challenged me to even more prayer. Yes, being a mom is my calling but the Lord has great plans for me.
    Whenever I talk to my husband about working outside the home it is dismissed as he is busier at work. Yes I am his helpmate and accountable to my Lord and Master for the job I do. I have reminded of my position enables my husband to work more and I contribute to supporting that. He doesn’t agree with me even though I know the Lord knows better.
    I’ve been left with a void where I’ve had my family as an idol where only God resides.
    God will make a way for His great work in me. Thank you for this timely devotion.

  79. I often wonder what my purpose is. My vision board and writing down my goals help me to stay focused on what i desire. All my life I’ve motivated others to take risks and try new things. I’ve spoken at several events over the years even as a child. This article validates what I’ve been thinking for awhile: it’s time for me to jump and live my dream as a public speaker.

  80. I am now in my 60s. I raised 3 children and getting ready to find my dream, what the Lord had planned for me. But my oldest son was killed 3 years ago and left his now10 year old son with a mother who does not care about him. Not only am I stuck in grieving but I am exhausted from caring for a young boy who is really struggling. We care for him much of the time but he is filled with anger and his mom will not get him any help nor let us. He is hurting badly and now is beginning to fail at school. I have lost sight of any dreams and just try to survive each day waiting for the Lord. Please keep my young grandson in prayer. I cannot feel that my dreams are even important anymore while I watch this child suffer so.

    • My heart goes out to you as I grieve the death of my son- Nov10,2016 who left behind an 8 yr old son! His mother has been in and out of his life and in Nov said she did not want him- changed her mind so her mother could get him and in battle for what is best for him now! They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength- they will mount up with wings like eagles ! You too can do this as you depend on the Lord for his strength and answer in his time!❤??

      • Melanie, thank you for the encouragement. I am sorry for your loss as well, there is none other like it. I will continue to trust the Lord for he loves my grandson and I know he has a good plan for his life. I lift you and your family up to the One who cares.

    • Anne Marie says:

      Praying for you,Dianne. May the light of the Lord’s love shine into your life and into the life of your grandson. May He bless you and keep you as you continue with this incredibly important journey. And may the God of all comfort surround your heart and mind with peace.

  81. Debbie Sump says:

    Would love his book.

  82. This mornings devotion really hit home for me. Thank you.

  83. Dana Pikey says:

    I would love to read another book by Dr. Evans!

  84. Very timely devotional. Thank you!

  85. Jodie Harper says:

    I hope to win this book,even if I don’t I’ve been praying for the extra resources to purchase it. As a stay at home mom of 2 young boys ubder the age of 2 I often find myself wondering what am I supposed to be doing? I’m thankful for a husband that allows me to stay with our children and I certainly don’t mind being here with them but I have place my dreams on hold to serve my family first; in doing so I can not begin to think of what my dreams were or are. I just mentioned to my sister yesterday evening, I don’t want to lose myself in my kids but I want to be a good mom and wife so a part of me is happy to be given away.

  86. Would love to read it. I’ve gone through many detours in life.

  87. Donna Morris says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I would love a copy of this book.

  88. Cristal Clark says:

    I would love a copy of Detours by Tony Evans! I also love your article about detours. Have a great day! :0)

  89. This devotion truly spoke to my heart. After a year filled with detours, I am slowly realizing how God has broken me down in order to build me back up. Thank you Tony Evans for this inspiring devotional!

  90. Joanne Pierce says:

    This was so encouraging for me this morning as I am struggling with an unexpected detour in my marriage. Have been married for 36 years .. thank you !!!

  91. Linda Henry says:

    Just what I needed this morning. I’ve been feeling like everything closing in on me. Needed a reminder that my life has purpose and God is in charge.

  92. Markie Smith says:

    I have just started my yearly Fast. This book could help me in determining my purpose. My detour has been being a caretaker for my elderly mom. She passed away last January and I am struggling with what my dreams and future is going to look like. Thank you for concidering me for this book.

  93. Dawn Dorsey says:

    My husband and I tried for 21 years to have xhildren… WHen I was 38 years old we adopted our son!!! It was a BLESSING and a SHOCK to my system. I prayed and dreamed for so long, but that child did a LOT of screaming, and was very demanding of ME. Then at 39 I became pregnant for the only time ever in my life!!!!! BLESSING! I had TWO miracles and I tell thier story every day. Thier demands are different now, and I can not even remember my life without them…
    But at age 50 I am finally feeling like a person again. People are calling me by my name again, instead of someones mom. It takes a lot of energy to be a mom of two boys! But I’m finally at a place where God is reminding me that I am more than just a mom <3

  94. Ellenia Mautsa says:

    This so encouraged me. God is developing me on this detour, i praise him

  95. Linda Wilson says:

    Thanks for your devotion today, as I lay here in the middle of the night unable to sleep worrying about a 21 year old that is still finding his way. I’ve lost my ability to imagine MY dream. I hold on to God that He is working it out for his good

    • Elizabeth Young says:

      Wow Linda- I join you in prayer and encourage you, as I have a 20 year old in the same place as was his brother before him…but God… Hold on and keep praying. Our Lord will reveal
      And fulfill His destiny for you and for your son. He is faithful.

  96. Elizabeth Young says:

    All I can really say is “amen”. Thank you for sharing this book and these insights as the Lord has given them to you.

  97. Thank you Tony for your encouraging words. I’ve been in a detour for almost 7 years. I actually thank God for it as it has brought me closer to him than ever before. As Aaron Schust’s song says Your Praise Will “Ever Be” on my lips. ~Lisa~

  98. Ego Osagie-Erese says:

    Very timely for me. It is heartwarming to know that the detours in my life are used of GOD to get me to fulfil my purpose in life. I will love to read the book. GOD bless you.

  99. Misti Livingston says:

    Really encouraging

  100. Thank you for the reminder that God is working during the detours and the mundane. Taking the time to embrace the mundane moments and rest in Him, knowing He is ALWAYS working even when we can’t see it at the moment.

  101. Dick Lamberson says:

    I would certainly enjoy reading Bro. Tony Evans book and will share it with others of our church. He’s a great communicator.

  102. Shaunna Harter says:

    I would love a copy of Dr. Evans’s book.

  103. I’m on detour from detours and for long can not begin to imagine what I want. It’s easier putting others needs ahead of my wants, but often hard to distinguish their wants from need. At 62 and out of work (not retired), I need prayer and some kind of exercises to identify my deepest wants, calling and next path for income.

  104. Would oh so love to know how to find what the rest of my life is to be about. Have prayed and questioned so many times. Need so much help in trying to find my direction!

  105. Misty Dosch says:

    This was spot on this morning!!!! Would love your book.

  106. Karen Elofson says:

    Thank you for your good word on detours! It helps me recognize the good when I am beset by frustration.

  107. Thank you Dr Evans for these timely words. I didn’t see my detour coming and still processing where it may be leading.

  108. Debbie Lindquist says:

    Just what I needed to hear this morning.

  109. Thank you this was a blessing to read today❤️

  110. Marilyn Huff says:

    Surrendering to God’s will to have faith that all my detours will lead me to my destiny….

  111. Kelly Mendez says:

    Thank you so much for that word. I receive it and I know God is in control.

  112. Always trying to figure out God’s plan for the next step in my life 🙂

  113. I believe that everything is connected, so this message speaks very loudly to me. All that I experience, good and bad, shapes who I am today. God knows about my detours before I travel them. I am so thankful he is in control.

  114. So timely to have read this. Would love a copy of the book!

  115. Susan Font says:

    Well, I’m 50, looks like the company I work for may be going under, husband not getting at present contracts we had hoped for & 21 year old daughter making decisions that don’t know if she is even clear on. Other than that, life’s great! God is in control, (Right?)

  116. Would love to win this book.

  117. Great reminder to trust God to get the boat to the other side. Thank you!

  118. Iné Harvey says:

    Thank you for the morning devotion. I was about to skip it devotion and move on to my workout because I had a laterrible start this morning. I am so glad I didn’t! This was just what I needed. Thank you

  119. That was a good article to read it sound like my life I need to read more of this it seem like it was intended for me. My God continue to bless you!

  120. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  121. LAURIE MANSFIELD says:

    Thanks for your insight. My life has been full of detours which I like to call taking the scenic route to my destiny, knowing I won’t arrive until I get to heaven. When I keep my spiritual eyes open I discover the beauty of the path God has allowed me to discover filled with amazing people along the road, even the ones filled with potholes where His faithfulness rescues me. While I don’t always understand why the map takes me on detours, I know I can trust the Mapmaker.

  122. Struggling with wanting to further my education, but not wanting to feel selfish and neglectful to my three small (5, 3 and 1) children and husband of seven years, I have forgotten that I could possibly have a purpose on this earth outside of the homelife . This devotion touched my heart deeply and reminded me that while doing my duties to take care of others, it is ok to recognize and venture after my own dreams.

  123. So grateful for these words this morning on the journey through life. Hoping my destiny will be clear to me soon.

  124. Brenda V Branch says:

    So many times when my children were little and even today I have put my dreams on the back burner. I am now raising my grandchildren. I’m always helping others accomplish their dreams and forgetting about myself. Dr. Evans your talk on detours will touch so many lives because that’s life it’s always a twist or turn that takes us off the path we desire. I’m allowing God to guide my path. In Jesus name amen.

  125. Joe Hartman says:

    Thank you for the encouraging thoughts.

  126. Stephanie says:

    My detours have been negative and hurtful. I would love a copy of this book to see how I could look for the positive side.

  127. Tommie Long says:

    I have always felt my destination was teaching which I have done for 34 years.
    However, I feel like it is now time to retire. It is scary to think about not going to school each day
    to see the children I love to work with and my school family, but I am excited to see what destination
    God has planned next for the new chapter in my life.

  128. Michele Oleary says:

    Love, love the reminder…God has a purpose for us even in the mundane. Thank you, Dr. Evans for your wisdom and reminder.

  129. Mindy Erickson says:

    I love these devotions. I’ve been on a detour for almost a year and I struggle to find my way. Thank you for shining his light.

  130. Yesterday I turned 50. When you reach this stage you look back at your life and consider all that you have done, all the road blocks you have faced and wonder what difference it has made. But recently I was reminded that God does not judge us on our accomplishments but on our faithfulness. He is guiding His children’s lives and all we have to do is follow Him faithfully and He will do the hard part. This truth is such a comfort! 🙂 http://versesfrommama.com/2017/01/when-you-turn-fifty/

  131. Beth Byrd says:

    I don’t know that I have dreams. I can’t figure out My purpose either. I don’t have a deep calling in anything. It’s very difficult.

  132. Julie Nye says:

    Thank you I needed this today. God Bless!

  133. This devotional is a blessing to my spirit. It speaks to my soul. For several years I have wanted to school back to college. Am now 51 andbhave been thinking maybe it is to late. This devotional has given me renewed hope that I still can achieve my dreams. Jeremiah 29:11 is my theme scripture, and I know my God and Father has a plan for. Thank you for these words of encouragement. I will coñtinue to praise Him no matter what the çircuumstances maybe. I Thessalonians 5:18 tells me that is God’s will for me in Jesus Christ.

  134. I love listening to Dr.Evans on the radio. It was awesome to read his devotion on Proverbs 31 today! His book sounds great! Would love a copy!

  135. This really blessed my spirit this morning. I’ve been grumbling and working to accept a “detour” in my professional life, but reading the analogy that those could be an opportunity to fix the path ahead and predate it for me – like they do with construction – gave me a new outlook, a positive one.

  136. It seems life has been one bit detour for the last year but God’s been in it with me. I am still waiting to see where this will head! Thanks for the message today.

  137. LaVette Bell says:

    Thank you Dr. Evans for reminding me that GOD’s plan is still in place for me.

  138. Cathy Mayer says:

    Oh how this spoke to my hard! I am disabled and struggle now with not being enough. I would love to read more in your book.
    God Bless!

  139. Got me thinking about my dream, forgotten it seems!

  140. Miriam Thompson says:

    After reading this powerful message I am encouraged. It seems like I have been on detours for quite some time. Maybe some was of my own doing. However, I know God has been placing opportunities for me to see Him. I am ready to allow Him to take full control and have His way.

  141. Mary Jean says:

    What a wonderful surprise to hear from you, Dr. Evans, this morning! I really enjoy your preaching and there is always a message for me within!
    Detours can be a pain, but I remind myself that everything happens for a reason, and since I am a child of God, God must be the author of my “detours”. I am amazed as I look back on the times God has done this in my life and what happened (or didn’t happen) because of them. I am thankful that my Heavenly Father looks after me so well! Thanks for this sweet reminder that God loves us so much He handles the details and the detours!

  142. Doug Smither says:

    Thank you for this reminder, it put everything in perspective for me at a time when I was questioning myself on what my purpose is.

  143. Shortly after God revealed His will and destiny for my life, I was detoured. My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, I lost my job and health insurance and our home was damaged in a recent flood. Through all of these trials my faith is stronger but I’m still waiting for my revealed destiny to manifest. When I am overwhelmed, I have to remember to “cast my care” on Jesus who is our burden-bearer. Thanks Pastor Evans for this lesson! When God has a word for me its always perfect timing.

  144. Barbara Rees says:

    Thanks for reminding me of the reasoning behind the way God teaches us and reminding me that I have dreams for my life.

  145. Love Dr. Tony thoughts and words of wisdom.

  146. Gwendolyn Scott says:

    I have enjoyed readings by Dr Evans for years. I would love a copy of “Detours” to assist me in understanding the occurrences in my life. Thank you.

  147. Michele Wheddon says:

    This really encourages me. I am going through a detour myself at the moment. A couple of years ago my then husband had an affair and left me and our four children then ages 6 to 14. I muddled my way through the divorce with God’s help. Since then I have been trying to figure my life out again, finding who I always was but had lost sight of. I still have a long way to go. Only God’s grace keeps me going Day by day.

  148. Easy to get caught in the day-to-day, but refreshing to keep His eternal perspective.

  149. Kenneth Roper says:

    God’s purpose and destiny will prevail!

  150. I really appreciate today’s message
    I have been struggling with understanding the answer to this question since university.. I remember my philosophy lecturer(2005) giving us a one page test on this question (30mks); asked us not to get religious.. it was by Grace that I passed.. “I remember my answer tailored towards still on the process to discover what am here for..” lol.

    This message has relieved my young heart of that burden.

    God bless you with more Grace and Inspiration, Amen

  151. I honestly needed this reminder today. I sometimes forget to expect and be grateful for discomfort or failures in life. I’m glad God is working on my mindset regarding both.

  152. joy Causey says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for sharing the talents God has given you.

  153. thank you for the message – sometimes it’s hard to understand a detour but it helps to know that God is always with us even when we don’t understand it

  154. Bea ouellette says:

    Thank you for providing me with this eye opening comparison of detours. My recent detour was the loss of my husband. It has been 7 months and I still can’t find myself. This has been my life’s biggest detour and I ask for prayers to help me be patient as to where God is leading me. Thank you

  155. Ranelle Wiltse says:

    I recently have begun reading the devotions thanks to my niece. I recently lost my spouse and these are very helpful.

    Thank you

  156. I am definitely on an extended detour and have grown so much closer to the Lord because of it. And though I’m longing to get to the “main road”, I am thankful that God has spent this time with me to grow my faith and trust in his plan. I’d love a copy of the book.

  157. Tony, you have a way of explaining the complicated in a way that my simple mind can comprehend. At 77, I’ve been learning through my own struggles with “what am i doing here, Lord” so long that I’m beginning to believe there is no quick fix and I may never know if, in fact I ever accomplish what He set out for me to do. That said, I would love to be one who is picked to receive this book because my grand daughter is forever asking “what is my purpose in life’ and giving it to her might save her many years of struggling. I want her to know what that answer is in the way that only you can explain!

  158. Alison Merryweather-Clarke says:

    Wow, I wondered why I, a biological scientist after redundancy and recovery from a broken hip, suddenly found myself in an interview for an engineering post on the day my 90-year-old Mum went to A&E with a broken heel bone and I had an agonising gall stone attack (and the new dishwasher went wrong but that’s hardly worth mentioning). Of course, it’s a detour developing me for my destiny. What or how, I have no idea, but you’re right, it is time I opened my eyes again to look for God’s hand in the midst of happenstance. Thank you.

  159. Donnie Corbett says:

    My detours in my life have been great and a blessing from God most of the time we don’t understand why things happen in our life that bring pain and disappointments. Positive thinking even in the mist of our trails and tribulations for me have bought me positive result. I would love to have a copy of your book.

  160. Melinda Gabbard says:

    God has placed me on a detour and this devotion really spoke to my heart. Would love to have the book.

  161. I would say 2017 started with a bang. So many detours but i trust and know God is in control. I would love to read the book youve written. Ty for the devotional..timely.

  162. Thank you so much for this message. It hit so close to home. I love your easy reading style of writing. Thank you again!

  163. Wow. What a great message. I especially love “But detours are necessary to make any improvement on the paths we travel. Or to clean up any wreck or avoid hazards. Detours are designed for our own good on the roads of life, regardless of how we view them.” I would love to read this book and then pass it on to others who are in the middle of detours in their lives. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  164. Your reminder that the detours should be welcome was great. My life is very confusing right now. Knowing God is in control is my lifeline.

  165. Maneatta Jefferson says:

    I would like to be entered in the drawing for a free book by Tony Evans. I have read his books before in the past, he has so muck knowledge and wisdom. I pray that God continues to bless his ministry.

  166. Patricia Covington says:

    Wow this is just what I needed to reminded of because my family is in transition and we are not sure where we are going but we know God we are following Gods leading. We left our church of 15 years please keep us in prayer. Thanks

  167. Michelle keiffer says:

    Currently finishing up Wait & See. Would love to follow up with Dr. Evans’ book, as I can definitely use more work in this area!

  168. Keschia Martin says:

    This comes at the perfect time. I don’t like detours much at all. But this devotional helped me to better understand and surrender to my detours of life.

  169. Donna Abernethy says:

    Yes, please. We are in a detour right now.

  170. Elaine Steeves says:

    Hi really enjoyed this devotional today

  171. Detoure-have had a few major ones. But have been blessed abundantly as well. Would love to hear more of your perspective on this subject/

  172. I have faced many, many detours….many of them painful…but now, I can see where those detours WERE for my good and helped me to develop character and strength.

  173. Tamra Barria says:

    It’s 3:30 am, I can’t sleep so I’m checking my email and read this. It seems you were talking right to me, I always put everyone before myself. Maybe that comes from being a wife and mother! I know GOD has a plan for me, I just get frustrated when I think things aren’t going the way I think they should. I talk to GOD all day long, sometimes I think he gets tired of hearing from me! I try to have patience and live moment to moment, but life is hard, things always get in the way. I’m always greatfull I have GOD on my side, I would be lost without him!

  174. This was just the devotion I needed this morning…to know I’m not alone. Thanks!

  175. Mary Beth Barnett says:

    I fear detours in life. I would love to be more open to the plans God has for me.

  176. Dawn Malone says:

    Oh how this spoke to me… After a year filled with detours, and yes some of them were so painful, inconvenient, and annoying… Yet as I reflect upon them, I realize that each one was important and it’s own way. Now more than ever, I pray daily to act on the zig and the zag of every day lifeand the way that He would have me respond.
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder… I would love to dig deeper with this book !

  177. ‘Our detours develop our destiny’ – what an encouraging concept! Thank you for opening my eyes, heart & mind to this possibility, suddenly I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

  178. Karen Persson says:

    After losing my mother to cancer 40 years ago where I nursed her until she left this world God has blessed me with having my father live well into his 90’s and I am busy with him in an assisted living home. I’m there every second day and have made many friends there who I also visit with – old people who don’t have anyone to come and see them and spend awhile making them smile and talk. I hope it brightens their day – they all wave and smile when I come so for now I think that is where God wants me.

  179. Wanda Tilly says:

    That was a wonderful devotion. At 66, it is good to be reminded that I still need to find what God has for me to do. I had not thought about detours in the manner Dr. Evans taught. Thank you for your ministry.

  180. Christine Skorupski says:

    Would love to dream again for ME!

  181. Natalie Bendall says:

    Great Word! Detours are necessary to build you into the person that will fulfill your destiny. Follow God’s lead. Stay humble. Learn. Make an exponential impact on God’s Kingdom!

  182. With all the things life throws at us as parents, it’s so easy to forget the passions and dreams we had before kids. our kids become our passions, yet we feel that restless spirit once in awhile that says, “yes, your family is important now, but there is something out there for you too.” Work, school, carpool, afterschool activities….the list goes on, but we were made for more than this.

  183. I would love a copy!

  184. What a great message of HOPE and reminder that our loving God is in full control! Thanks so much for your encouraging words!

  185. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me about the “detours” in my life. In the mist of trials it’s often hard to keep my focus on the purpose of Gods plan in my life.

  186. Natalie Howard says:

    My what an awesome Word this morning! Just what I needed to start my day. I so needed to hear this.

  187. Eve Adams says:

    At age 53 after raising 5 kids and still in the midst with an 8 year old, I need to be reminded that God still has plans for my life. I need to allow myself to dream again and look toward the future with excitement and expectation. I’ve been tired and weary. The realities and struggles of life have zapped my enthusiasm and child like wonder and trust. Thank you for reminding me that it is not only okay to dream, it is necessary.

  188. What a great reading for today, would love to read the book!

  189. Tracie Hamersley says:

    This is a really good & true word that spoke to me this morning – thank you! Would be interested in reading the book 🙂

  190. Janet Butts says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks In advance and keep letting God use you Blessing Janet

  191. This devotion and concept about detours is very timely and important one for me. This morning I am on my way to do something that I feel will result in news that will detour my entire family’s lives. Reading this makes it a bit easier.

  192. Michelle Morgan says:

    Just the reminder I needed that God is in control of the crazy path my life has taken!

  193. Suzie Perrier says:

    Yes u r right détours bring use finally in Gods well

  194. I’ve known for some months now that a change was going to have to take place in my life what I thought I would have control over was of course taken out of my hands and all of a sudden my life was changed by one simple mistake paying a bill or was it a mistake or my detour to a different way of living

  195. Christina says:

    i so needed to hear this today. this is the one area in life that i am struggling with.

  196. Thanks for the great word!

  197. Charon Frazier-Parks says:

    Detours? I have been inundated with detours, dizzy by all of the zig-zagging, and trying to help my son who is also on the same roller coaster has really put a twist on reaching the goal of finding my destiny. Dr. Evans I think you wrote this book for me. I know my God had you write this devotional for me today! There’s still hope!!! Thank You Jesus!

  198. Fonda manwell says:

    Would love a copy

  199. Leila Hobbs says:

    It seems you were talking right to me, I always put everyone before myself. Maybe that comes from being a wife and mother! I know GOD has a plan for me, I just get frustrated when I think things aren’t going the way I think they should. I talk to GOD all day long, sometimes I think he gets tired of hearing from me! I try to have patience and live moment to moment, but life is hard, things always get in the way. I’m always greatfull I have GOD on my side, I would be lost without him!

  200. Sounds good but I’m unable to see or testify to that. This life is to be hard and then we move on from here. Dreams are like fairytales, nice n sweet. Kinda like A love story

  201. Clarissa Parrish says:

    You spoke to me today. The last few days I have been revisiting dreams that I had in my past and wondering if it isme to pursue them. Your book may be the key to that answer along with prayer. Thank you for you thoughts today.

  202. This is exactly what I needed to hear today because I have been discouraged. But I realize that all of the struggles that I am going through are helping to develop me in His wonderful masterpiece.

  203. Brenda jackson says:

    Thank you DrEvans I would love to have this book.

  204. Would love a copy

  205. I would love to read more of your wisdom.

  206. I have learned that unexpected situations, problems, disappointments, and lost loved ones are all detours of life. The storms of life will happen no matter what, but it’s how we choose to go through them. It took me a long time realize that I don’t have to get upset just because my plans didn’t work out the way I wanted them too. The storm I’m going through now hurts deeply, at times I’m lonely and even feel deserted but this too shall pass.

  207. I have enjoyed this site.

    Truly blessed

  208. I would love a copy of this book for my husband who is currently experiencing a detour.

  209. Toia Banks says:

    Thank you. This is right on time. I’ve been struggling with the dream in my heart, but i currently don’t feel the passion for it. Recently uprooted from a church that I was growing in for 8 years, I’m learning to totally rely on the LORD through every step of this process. So this message reminds me that all is well, God is good and has good plans for me. Thank you, Jesus!

  210. Thank you for the reminder that we are his workmanship!

  211. Marie Davidson says:

    This message goes right along with devotions I have been doing the last few weeks.

  212. Carol Richardson says:

    Thank you Dr Evans for for insight and wisdom. I always look forward to the next time you write our devotional for Proverbs 31 Ministry. Your words are touching even to a “Nana” who has raised 3 busy adults and helps with her precious grandchildren. Bless you and your family.

  213. This was needed this morning, thank you. After giving up my career to raise my children, having my husband divorce me because if that and later re entering the work world, getting remarried…. I’m deciding if going back to school is what I should do.

  214. Thank you

  215. Lesa Paddack says:

    I enjoyed Dr.Evans’ devotion today and the truth that we need to keep our eye on knowing the Father does have a plan and that detours from Him are working in us!
    That is a very hard thing to admit some days but we know He has a good plan for us to give us hope !

  216. This site has become a very important part of my day

  217. Lori Lambright says:

    I have a very dear fried who over 7 months ago was permanently laid off from his job (of over 20 years). Please help me to pray for my friend to find the reason for this “detour” in his life. That God will give him hope and direction.

  218. Devotion was very good and gave me a lot to think about detours. Would love a copy of your book.

  219. Rachael Howell says:

    I am trying to find my purpose in life. I would love to read his book!

  220. Niki pless says:

    What an amazing devotional, I really need to read this today as it was very appropriate for me. I would love to read this book and share with my fiancé as I believe he needs this also. Thank you

  221. My marriage is crumbling. We seperated a week ago. This is a very painful detour and as a mother of four, I could use some reassurance of my purpose in life, besides being a mom.

  222. Melissa Ellis says:

    I feel detours are an important part of our lives but as I get older they also frighten me more. Sometimes it seems more like a dead end. I know that is where my faith should become stronger and with the Holy Spirit I want that peace and assurance that God is in control. Thank you for the devotionals every day, they always make me think and inspire me to keep reaching and believing that God is right beside me in every small part of my life.

  223. I am on the longest detour of my life right now. I am emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. I feel forgotten/overlooked/unwanted. And angry. Today’s post cut through that just a little and opens my mind to the possibility that I may not be merely a disposable tool in God’s economy, but a treasure. Maybe.

  224. I truly appreciate the words of encouragement from this devotion. Assures me in knowing that my dreams matter and God cares enough to make sure they are fulfilled despite life’s challenges.

  225. I agree, I feel as if much of my life has been filled with detours. The kids are all almost completely out of the house now. I would love to know my destiny and purpose. A copy of this book would be most helpful.

  226. Michele Reinke says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I’m at a crossroads of life and what choices I need to make and for who. My husband had an affair 2 months ago that lasted for 5 weeks. Not sure on where God is leading me. Our son doesn’t deserve a broken home.

  227. God Bless you.. and thank you for this opportunity to recieve such a thoughtful gift.

  228. My detour right now is retirement. 24/7 with the husband makes me wonder if I am fulfilling my purpose. God is good all the time.

  229. I have listened to Tony Evans down to earth messages for years. I would love to have his book. We are having a detour now. We have family living with us temporally and seeing the good.

  230. Although difficult to experience sometimes, the detours God gives us are true blessings!

  231. pam heacock says:

    We heave a daughter that went off to the school of her dreams to play field hockey and it led her to feelings of being destroyed. We are praying that she recognizes that she is a masterpiece of God in his zig zag plan for her is going to lead her to a wonderful ending.

  232. Linda Drake says:

    Thank you for this timely thought provoking devotional… it was written just for me!! My detours have been many, a new zig or zag every few months, but I’m trying my best to focus on the real destination!

  233. Today’s devotion was a reminder for us to trust God. Life can sometimes make us doubt they we have a purpose or even consume us to the point that we forget that we do indeed have a purpose. God designed us with a specific purpose in mind, and He created us to do something that no one else could do. We must remember this and press on.

  234. Kim Vaughan says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. I guess a detour ceases to be a detour when I am fully aligned with God’s roadmap for my life. He Is so patient and gracious as He helps me gain His perspective day-by-day. Thankful that He is with me step by step gently “teaching me to number my days that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

  235. Jacqueline H says:

    Never thought about detours being part of the plan. Would love to learn more.

  236. Royce ONan says:

    I love encouragement for the day!

  237. Robert Junell says:

    I needed this in my Life Today!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love this Ministry

  238. Donald Moore Sr. says:

    I am truly blessed by this word, “detours”, today. It helped me to understand what’s happening in my life today. Sometimes if seems like my life is at a total stand still or I have regrest. I know who I am in Christ Jesus, more than a conguer, and I still have hope. I also realize that obidience is better than sacrifice. Please keep me in your prayers that I may reach my goal in Christ and complete my purpose for the kingdom.

  239. The words in the picture says it all…”Our detours develop our destiny”. Amen! Great and timely message for me. Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man lans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

  240. Sounds so good.

  241. Deby Dries says:

    Lord help me roll with the detours of life.

  242. Thank you, Tony for your message today. I am well past the years of dealing with a house full of kids, but your message today reminded me of those years. It also put on my heart a desire to be more aware of, and prayerful for, the moms and dads in my sphere, mostly my church, who are today dealing with these challenges. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  243. I have been on a long detour, and it’s hard to see the end of the detour. I would love to read Dr. Evans’ book.
    Maybe this isn’t a detour, but what my life is meant to be.

  244. Lynda jones says:

    Would love to read this book as I don’t understand the detours I am on and have been for a while. Thank you.

  245. Sarah Rollins says:

    This book sounds like a wonderful read! As a busy Mom whose life certainly has not gone as planned, this sounds like a book that can help re-ignite/help discover some dreams!

  246. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are higher than our ways. Despite the detours, God is good, God is good at being God, and He can be trusted.

  247. I have had many detours which usually are health related. I try to make this a blessing by the insight it gave me at a young age. Health is wealth both physical and mental. I don’ t know what the future holds- my kids are beginning their own chapters and I am feeling very lonely and lost. Hoping God will show me my purpose.

  248. Finding joy in the midst of our family’s detour.

  249. Would love to win this book!

  250. Towera Loper says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional. I thought about how sometimes I get frustrated when I am
    headed out and I come across a detour. What makes it more frustrating is if I am not familiar with the area to find my way around. Thankfully, there are signs showing us the way out. Likewise, God does the same for us. He leads us through the unknown areas to still put us on track towards our destiny. He is faithful!

  251. I needed to read this, this morning. I feel I have been on one detour after another as a single mom. Now married for the 2nd time after 15 years of being single, I am struggling with a controlling and very demanding husband and I feel I have lost myself in the process. I have been seeking God trying to find my out of this haze that blinds me from seeing anything ahead. I feel lost, so to understand that maybe it’s a detour really helps.

  252. Karen Cunningham says:

    I am one of those people who is so caught up in the dailiness of my life that I’m not sure of my life’s purpose any more. Am I on a detour right now or is this my life’s highway?

  253. I needed this reminder toady! Would love a copy of the book.

  254. Julie Martin says:

    I’ve always struggled with my dream & purpose. Father, I pray for guidance. I know that teaching is involved but not sure I have found my niche.

  255. Counting my detours all joy!

  256. William O'Brien says:

    We must open our eyes, ears and the spirit within our hearts to allow Jesus Christ to lead us down our path!

  257. Cassi Taylor says:

    Through my husband’s incarceration I have been able to see God’s hand guide and redirect our paths. I am now working with students when I was waiting tables. I went back and forth knowing what I was able to do and longing for something else. Since getting in this position I’ve been wondering if and when I should go back to school to get a teaching degree to have my own classroom. As a mother of five, I’m trying to balance a whole lot of needs. Thank you for your words and insight!

  258. Carmeka Benning says:

    I would love a copy!

  259. Denise Francis says:

    This extract on “Detours” is so on point as this is my current experience after 30 years being in pastoral ministry. My husband and I clearly heard God saying that we need to step out of the Pastoral ministry and for two years we found ourselves questioning our decision as we have been forgotten and isolated from the broader community. Reading on Detours gave me a sense of peace and significance knowing that all of what we have been through is God’s dealings and doings in our lives.
    I would love to get a copy of this book as I believe that the pieces needed to complete the puzzle lie within its pages.
    Thank you for your timeous encouragements and words of inspiration.

  260. I honestly can say that I feel lost. I don’t have a family to raise and it’s just myself and my husband. I have no idea what my purpose is in this life or what God’s plan or purpose is for my life. I could really use some direction so that I am not at the point of hopelessness. I don’t want to give up. I know that God has plans for me and wants to use my life in some way. I know that I have dreams that I would love to see happen, but part of me is afraid because I don’t want to fail. I thought that I knew what I wanted and pursued those things only to feel like I failed because things did not work out the way that I thought that they would. I really need some direction and maybe this book can help. I don’t know. But I do know that I do not want to give up hope.

  261. So true. And It made me chuckle when you wrote “in His ever God-like-zig-zagging-sort-of-way.” 🙂

  262. Thank you for the encouragement. I would love to have a copy of your book to study.

  263. Carmeka Benning says:

    I would love a copy thanks

  264. Sonja Ahuja says:

    I often wonder about the detours in my life. I know some were opportunities to meet individuals who I could help or influence in a positive way, while others were learning opportunities for me. It is the detour I’m on now that has me questioning my purpose and dream. I feel stuck in the detour with no end in sight. Perhaps your book would help me answer a few of those questions.

  265. Debbie W. says:

    Perfect timing. Definitely feel like I’m on a detour not knowing which direction to go and so I don’t – go that it. I feel stuck in a ditch. God is good though and is the ultimate map designer of my life so I am trusting him to show me the way, knowing His way is always right, and I will be right where I’m supposed to be . . . whether I know it or not.

  266. Jackie Gonzalez says:

    Thank you Mr. Evans for this beautiful word today! Learning to see the beauty in all of His detours! Would love to read your book!

  267. Awesome encouragement!

  268. Lori Waite says:

    God Bless you, Dr Tony Evans! The words in your devotion were as if you were sitting with me in my quiet time this morning. The words were my exact feelings and put me in tears. I know that God has a plan for me, yet I am so tired just meeting my current responsibilities that I struggle to dream. God has created circumstances that allow me to have faith and trust Him, while I make some changes in an effort to find time and space to dream, and dream big! He is such a good God! Such a funny thing to move from tears to hardly being able to wait and see what He does in my life!
    Lord, please bless anyone who reads this. Thank You, Jesus!

  269. My life has certainly taken some detours. Would love a copy of this book.

  270. Thank you for the encouragement to persevere through the detours of life; gives them meaning instead of allowing them just to be a source of frustration.

  271. I NEED THIS!

  272. Christy MUSSELMAN says:

    I loved hearing a male perspective today for our devotion. Thank you!

  273. Deesha Lockett says:

    Thank you for those words of encouragement.

  274. Susan Mathew says:

    What a beautiful and inspiring message it is. Sometimes I feel my life is only about detours, with some obstacle at every step I take forward. But looking bacK and forward, I realise God is working in me to mould me and make me better. I needed this message today as I have been feeling quite depressed for the last few weeks. Thank you. Would love a copy of the book. God bless u.

  275. Enjoyed your devotions. Learning to appreciate the detours of my life

  276. Sherry Hayes says:

    Dr. Evans,
    Thank you so much for this wonderfully encouraging post. From 5th or 6th grade right through college, I thought I would either be the first female president or own my own PR firm. Somehow, I also wanted to be happily married with 2.4 children and a house with a white picket fence and a dog.

    Over time, I realized that though I certainly was capable of being President, I was unwilling (and ill equpped) to do what was necessary to win even a County Election. Since my first job was in local Government (which I knew a ton about but didn’t realize it), my dream job shifted to Public Information Officer. I was only 25 when I applied for but did not get that position. At 28, when I had my first child, I was glad I didn’t get that job, because it would have been VERY HARD to quit that job and stay home with my son. He was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at 3, ADHD at 4 and got his first IEP in first grade. We have done OT, Spech/Language Therapy, Social Skills Training, Individual and group therapy. In October 2016, as a 5th year senior at an early college high school with a 3.0 GPA and 30 hours of college credit I thought we were finally hitting the finish line and he would be ready to go to college like a “normal” kid. Then he experienced his first manic episode and was diagnosed as Bipolar. His younger sister who also has adhd and anxiety, became depressed due to a series of events in late 2015 and started seeking attention from strangers online and began cutting. Though both are doing better now, all of this has been an incredible strain on my marriage (which was super happy before we had children) and as the stay at home parent on me.

    Instead of focusing on how blessed I am that we have awesome health insurance and awesome therapists, I find myself angry with GOD because I was raised in the church, married a Christian, made sure we were always involved and connected to a church. I’ve worked through Power of a Praying Wife and Parent twice and I love the Lord and try to seek him and obey him, and yet 23 years into my marriage there is anger, resentment, and a total lack of affection and intimacy from my husband because all of this has been overwhelming for him.

    I haven’t asked myself what my dream is in decades. My dream is to survive, which again is why I’m angry & frustrated. Jesus promises life more abundent, and yet my marriage and my family continue to go from one crisis to another. My dream is for my children to be healthy, happy &, functional adults and Christians who love the Lord. Both like to dress in black and talk about death & destruction and like to read & watch dark things. I have taught them whatever is good, whatever is pure, whatever is true is what we are to think on, but they think that is lame and boring.

    My dream is that we would be kind & gentle to each other in this house instead of snippy and argumentative, that we would have fun like we used to when the kids were little, that my husband would fall head over heels for me again instead of being annoyed & frustrated by almost everything I do. My dream is that my kids would not be picked on, left out, or see themselves as less than. My dream is that my husband and I will survive raising our teenagers and have something left so that we can enjoy the rest of our lives the way we enjoyed our first 5 years without kids.

    I love to be useful, any way that I can. But, I really enjoy serving my church and my community and working in my kids schools.

    Thank you for reminding me we are supposed to have dreams. I will aspire to that.

  277. Susan Keeney says:

    God’s detours for me have led me to 3 continents and a rainbow of positions that have made me into who I am now. I am still journeying. This I know. But He has been with me all the way, even when I didn’t acknowledge Him. But I have learned to always lean into Him when overwhelmed and lean on Him even in good times because I know whose I am. There are still bumps in my detours. He is not done. But I trust God to take care of me because He is faithful and loving and forgiving and true. Thank you for the reminder.

  278. Candace M Land says:

    Thanks for the reminder to keep hope in Gods zig zag plan…my detours are preparing me for my destiny.

  279. What a wonderful devotional yet as I read it, I said, yes this is good for someone who is young, with a precious young family. As someone who is almost 60, I wonder will I ever get to my dream. I tried very hard to be a godly mother and wife. I spend those early years, working, cleaning, cooking, doing homework, going to PTA, soccer games, vacation Bible school, Sunday School, Church etc. I am still trying to be a godly mother for a son battling addiction and my husband who is struggling with our family business. I continue to try to serve others in my church and anyone I can, yet the detours I have experienced have sidetracked my dreams which at this point, I do not know if I will ever achieve. Going back to school to finish my seminary degree, not enough money to pay the school, helping my son so that he will not be on the street and hungry and so he can be healthy again, working another job. Yet, in all of this, I am still thankful, for even if I do not reach my dreams, I want to help others do so to give so others will be blessed. Maybe my dreams just need to change!

  280. Karen Dietrich says:

    I am a 64 year old widow who is looking for her destiny. I am on a fixed income and I have a special needs son who lives with me and who I provide financial support. I borrowed a copy of The Power of God’s Names and am learning a lot. I would really appreciate a free copy of Dr Evans book on Destiny.

  281. Kristen Lester says:

    This is exactly where I find myself. I like how Dr. Evans said “lost the you in you” I have felt lost. Not that I have felt God can’t find me or vice versa. I feel as if the detour derailed me from the ministry that I was sure God had set in place for me. I need to embrace my detour!!

  282. Laura Smiley says:

    My accomplishments in life came through detours I surely did not fully understand. Thank you Dr. Evans

  283. Sandi McCarter says:

    Enjoyed this devotion and thanks for the chance of receiving the book.

  284. Mallory Allen says:

    What a beautiful reminder of God’s plans for our lives. Taking the time to remember the dreams and plans we have for ourselves is something we need to do once in while to take care of ourselves to in turn take care of others.

  285. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for these words. I have been struggling for years, because I have been consumed in being a homeschool mom. I feel guilty for even saying that out loud, because I know that God has called me to do this. However, even though I have selfish moments, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I cherish every moment with my kids. Praying for God to reveal Himself to me and His ways for me.

  286. Thank you, for the wonderful encouragement! Detours are not the end, they just send us a different way than we expected. I needed that reminder this morning.

  287. Fran Livingston says:

    Thank you for this great article! I woke up feeling despair this morning, but now I know I am in the middle of a detour and about to come out on the other side. Blessings to you!

  288. Carolyn sutton says:

    Thank you for helping me see that in the midst of all the detours that are in my path, there is a tremedous amount of learning that has taken place. I’m able to be the person God intended for me to be, but only with his help. I want to build my relationship with the Lord and I’m willing to listen to any help I can get to do that. Thank you.

  289. This was the perfect message I needed to receive this morning. I am so thankful God not only allows these detours, but sees us through to the other side. Thankful to be reminded God is always there for us, seeing us through those troubled times, giving us hope always! Would love this book! Can’t wait to read it!

  290. Thank you for sharing your insight Dr. Evans! My sister and I needed this as parents and guardians.

  291. Valerie Allen says:

    I am a proud veteran and have a non profit organization that addresses Veteran homelessness. Veteran Connection will change so many lives, veterans and civilians alike, in God’s name – it is done!!

  292. Thank you for this devotional. It be really spoke to my heart and encouraged me to keep persevering.

  293. I’ve never read one of Dr Evan’s books. This one sounds PERFECT for me at this time in my life.

  294. Dr. Gini Barnett says:

    I appreciate the perspective on “detours!”
    It provides a missing piece for me!

  295. I am currently on a detour, or a slow down, waiting to see what route God will send me down next. I am anxiously waiting!

  296. Great timing for this post. I’ve been exploring the possibility in the last month that my purpose may be more than serving as a wife and mom. God has shown me some gifts and planted some dreams in my head that only make sense now after some of the detours I’ve taken. I’m prayerfully working through some new possibilities – so thankful for God’s faithfulness!

  297. Corrine Sirls says:

    Thank you so much for this message, it was needed especially today. I understand God has a plan however, I struggle with how to survive the journey. What do I do while I am being perfected? How do I find the strength to make it through the trial? Please keep coming with these timely messages inspired by God.

  298. Ronald Brooks says:

    Good Morning Dr. Evans,
    Thank you for the encouraging word this morning. I have been unemployed for 3 months and haven’t had a full time position in a year. God has sustained me through these trying times. It words like your that keeps me a float, knowing that God is still on the thrown. Thank you for your words of encouragement

    Ronald

  299. Roy Blevins says:

    Your thoughts are a lot of what I am going through at 67. Too many past failures in my life.

  300. Amy Jeffers says:

    My life was turned upside down six years ago when I found out my ex was having an affair and it has not been right side up since. I am remarried to a wonderful man but life is always complete chaos; nothing ever works the way I have it set in my mind – I changed jobs, thinking God was finally opening a door for me, only to find it was a horrible choice; it’s a monthly struggle paying the bills and they keep piling up; it is completely impossible to make any plans without something being changed; etc (adapting to a blended family is hard). I just feel like life is working against me all the time in everything I do.

  301. Kim Quarles says:

    I appreciate what I read in the devotion today. I feel stuck a lot, like I’m not moving at all. But, I keep plugging away. As I continue to walk with the Lord, I’m seeing how the Lord is using my talents and gifts in ways that I couldn’t of imagined. Also, I have a love for seniors and He’s allowed me to serve them and, in turn, I benefit from their wisdom and experience. I encourage you all to never give up. Detours are difficult by keep moving. Thanks Dr. Evans. #detours

  302. Priscilla says:

    Good reminder that God’s paths aren’t always straight but He’s with us every step of the way.

  303. Thank You. I needed this reminder!

  304. I have gone from a busy mom to a busy grandma and now I am a busy daughter taking care of my parents; Especially my dad in my home so I am juggling 3 jobs! Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who takes care of all of us. I know that I am learning patience in this detour! Since I started my married life and being a mom really young, I don’t know what God has planned…. I earned my bachelor’s degree and started on my masters but didn’t feel a driving need to get it done. Now between doctor visits and physical therapy sessions for my dad, I just don’t know what’ dream is anymore. I would love a copy of the book!

  305. Debra Alexander says:

    I have always been a fan of Dr Evans and was delighted to see his devotion here today! Detours is an excellent way to describe my life…it has been quite full of them. However, I have not always envisioned them as God’s plan. Thank you for this reminder!

  306. Jessi Stucke says:

    I think a lot about what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I’m just treading water with two kids, a full-time job and just struggling to be productive come 5 o’clock. I’m going to continue to pray to God to give me enough energy to do what He wants me to do, and mental strength to find some focus and motivation.

  307. Julie Taipalus says:

    This was awesome

  308. Jo Enyeart says:

    Even as a grandparent we sometimes get so busy with grandchildren we take a detour from the paths God has given us. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  309. Very timely for me to read. Need some life changes to happen, and I need God’s timing to be with me. Thank you.

  310. Katie McIntyre says:

    Love the Evans’ wisdom!

  311. Lisa Hedemark says:

    Several ysars ago, I felt as though God was calling me into ministry. At first, I thought ‘great, let’s get started.’ But my everyday duties, husband , kids, home, homeschooling. Continue to monopolize my time. I see no doors flying open as I had expected. Over time, God has reminded me that all things happen in His time. Though I have not seen doors open, I have seen changes in myself. God is preparing me through the everyday tasks and only when I am ready, will He open the door.

  312. This devotional is SO where I am at today. How did you know!?! It’s a new take on patience and waiting on the Lord, knowing HE knows our future.

  313. Ashley Clark says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, looks wonderful!

  314. Melissa Taylor says:

    Thank you for this devotion today. I’m a 50 year old mother of three grown children still trying to figure out my purpose.

  315. Emily Powell says:

    Thank you for the encouraging reminder that the crooked path of my life’s journey is part of God’s plan for my purpose.

  316. God’s timing is always so perfect. I needed to read this today. I hope I get to read the book soon also.

  317. Thank you for a on time encouragement not to give up on Hope and dreams, no matter how old we are. Being use by God along the way.

  318. YES! Such wise and encouraging words! Thank you Dr.Evans!

  319. great perspective – would love tk read the whole book

  320. Most of the time I feel lost in my detour. However, unlike following a confused gps, I know my God is not confused, He knows exactly where he is taking me….I just needed to be reminded of that truth.

  321. Lisa Ann Williams says:

    Good morning, Thank you for this message. I would love to win a free copy of your book.

    I am in the detour of my life, I am a singlee parent of my adopted daughter…living life when I became solely responsible for both of my aging parents. It’s a challenge but I knowill it’s for the season of life I am in.

    I feel guilty that it’s never enough with working full time to support us all.

  322. Jill Pruett says:

    Thank you for that timely devotion. It was very appreciated!

  323. I needed this Spirit check today. Today is my 20th wedding anniversary and my life looks very different than I imagined at 25 years old. Thanks for the encouragement that God is using today’s journey to shape me for His work. I would love to have a copy of Dr. Evans’ book and go deeper on this topic. I am always inspired, encouraged and challenged by his teaching of God’s word. Thank you!

  324. Marcia Reed says:

    I look forward to following your inspiring work. I serve in a ministry called “Career Seekers” at Aldersgate UMC in Wichita, KS. I have already forwarded your biblegateway devotion to some of our seekers, and will be encouraging them to connect with you for inspiration and guidance. Blessings!

  325. Prescilla Cassidy says:

    Such a great read and reminder, this is exactly the season I’m in. Thank you for the encouragement

  326. Cheryl Howitt says:

    I saw Tony Evans speak last spring and was very inspired! I’m sure this book would be equally inspiring for a busy mom! Thank you!

  327. Whitney Holder says:

    Thank you for that devotion! It was very much needed today!

  328. Carol Nannen says:

    Thank you for the reminder that detours are part of the process!

  329. Kevin McGillicuddy says:

    I enjoy what Dr. Evans has to say, but I often feel that we/I make changes in our life’s direction that do not include what God has in store for us. It is like a driver who always wants to control the car. I am trying, and have been for many years, to stay out of the drivers seat and let God drive. I feel like God has to lock me in the trunk.

    I try to listen to Dr. Evans every day on the radio when it comes in so I can hear it.Thanks, Kevin

  330. LaVonne Martin says:

    I am nearly 60 years old and after raising 5 children, the youngest who is a sophomore in college, I am wondering how I will fulfill my calling in life which as I recall, was to house missionary families as they return home on furlough. I had a vision of this house which was also a house for healing. It was in a wooded area where there was a stream and a small bridge and it was very peaceful. But it seems like nothing more than a dream. I would love to read Dr. Evans’ new book to gain any insight about this dream.

  331. Tony Evans is a powerful voice for God. I listen to him frequently via podcast or on my local Christian radio station. God has taught me so much through the voice of Dr. Evans. My husband and I have been going through a ‘detour’ for the past several months and Dr. Evans has allowed us to see God at work through his sermons. I thank God for so many wonderful Christian media outlets that can be accessed for folks in need. Proverbs 31 ministries and The Urban Alternative are two of my favorite!
    Thanks for all you do to get Gods Word out to hurting people!

  332. Theresa Heath says:

    JUST LETTING YOU GUYS KNOW, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO READ THIS MORNING! ALL DEVOTIONALS ARE INSPIRING TO ME, BUT THIS ONE TOUCHED MY HEART IN A WAY LIKE THE OTHER ONES HAVE NOT. THANK YOU SO MUCH TONY EVANS! MAY GOD BLESS YOU & EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR THE KINGDOM!!

  333. Laura Stafford says:

    I have no dreams other than to get through every day. I’ve failed my marriage, my children, myself, God. I can barely get out of bed and get the kids out for school and me to work. I have no energy for dreams and purpose. Survival is all that there is right now. I just can’t do anything more than that and it’s been like that for a long time.

  334. Anonymous says:

    What if your “detour” is an attack of Satan on your marriage?

  335. Thank you for the reminder that God is with us always…. even in the detours.

  336. This was a timely devotion as a detour has just been set before me. Trying to keep to my knees while also helping my child navigate the “whys” as this situation directly affects her. Thank you for the reading and opportunity to win the book.

  337. Stephanie Y says:

    Thank you for this read! I am trying to wait patiently for God to show me his way..by helping me and my family with our dreams and needs.

  338. I really really need this book. God please let me win a copy! Amen

  339. This was so meaningful to me. Happenstance is my word of the day. Thank you for this message!

  340. This post was exactly what I needed. As a mom I am always seeking and planning for my kids’ futures but never my own.

  341. Great devotional! We minister to young women with life controlling issues, often incarcerated or just coming out of incarceration, and this book sounds like it would be a great resource for them.

  342. I would love to learn how to be thankful amidst the detours in life, to see the blessings they hold, to be less stressed about it and to thank God always.

  343. Alicia Canestra says:

    I have several devotions and daily bible verse apps and email set up for me. The P31 email devotion is one that I rarely read because I have been doing the First Five daily devotional. But this morning God had me open the devotional about my destiny and, wow, did it hit home. I have a daughter with bipolar disorder that has taken us down a path of a suicide attempt, substance abuse, criminal charges, inpatient treatment at a residential facility, quitting school, losing friends, depression, anxiety, not being able to find her way. The majority of my energy, emotion and focus has been for my daughter for several years. I lost a job that also allowed me to serve that I believed was my calling for the rest of my life. Other than trying to keep my daughter afloat, I have had nothing for me, my life, my destiny beyond caretaker. I believe God had me read this devotional for a reason, for my benefit, not for my daughters benefit (which is so often what I do – think of how the devotion applies to my daughter, not me). I am so thankful today that the Lord grabbed my attention for me.

  344. I gave up a teaching job due to back surgery and family obligations. I’m not sure what God wants me to do next. Would love to have a copy of Dr. Evans book to read while I wait.

  345. Rose Johnson says:

    This was so pertinent to my life right now thank you for your message. God Bless

  346. Thank you for sharing this this morning Dr. Evans. Couple months ago when the capacity of my work I felt sluggish and distraught and questioned why I return to the particular job I had 6 months prior. For a whole host of reasons I ended up feeling like I was lost, not effective and not really living meaningfully. I felt like giving up in the end in terms of the effort that I put into my job especially since there was a whole host of things adjustments that I was making with in my life that were keeping me very busy and feeling many times overwhelmed. However, that’s my example of a bump in my road at that time but a small Christmas holiday break enabled me to refocus and regroup from. The detour – broken engagement and end of a relationship will be official next month. I still hurt thinking about certain aspects about it particularly in struggling with thoughts and feelings of unworthiness. However I realized those feelings exist to keep me humble and appreciative of what I have gained from these lessons. You’re right, I am more patient, I am more appreciate it and I have restored broken friendships from my past due to my changed perspective after allowing God to speak to and in me. Thanks be to God.

  347. I would like to possibly win the Tony Evans book detours. My husband and I have been separated for 10 months plus and God is really stretching me but I am still so deeply discouraged at the same time. Proverbs 31 emails Have been a tremendous blessing to me during this time thank you!

  348. Pearl Castaneda says:

    Tony Evans is definitely a tool of God.

  349. Melissa Fierro says:

    I’ve been struggling with this daily! I want to know my purpose! From my mother leaving me at 3, abused by my ex husband, to being sent to prison for a crime that never occurred, getting so sick and stuck in the hospital for almost 7 months, losing my children only to gain them back, to stumbling upon a new life in Hawaii from Texas. I want God to reveal what I’m to do here!I truly believe God allowed all of this to occur because I have something to teach others, I’m here to be corrected, to learn for a purpose, but I can’t understand why.. I’m too tired and blinded to figure it out.this was the most interesting read I’ve read in a long time. Thank you!

  350. Tracey Greenland says:

    Such a timely message! Thank you for this encouraging post.

  351. I needed this message today! Thank you!

  352. Melissa Riddle says:

    Thank you for these uplifting reminders. I spend most my day just hoping to get through it upset and bitter that my dreams no longer exist. It’s good to remember I’m still on the zig-zagging road to achieving them through God.

  353. Although detours are often frustrating at the time, I have learned much from them over the years.

  354. Terri Cowell says:

    This writing has really spoke to me this morning. I am at a point in my life that my kids have grown and don’t need me like they did before and I am trying to now remember what my dreams are, my passions and my purpose. I have stepped out on faith and accepted a position at my church to chair a new Committee we have started “Women’s Ministry”. I have prayed and read and God keeps leading me to things that make me feel like I am on the right path but I know there will be detours.

  355. Suzanne stevens says:

    I always gain wisdom and am reminded, by you, from the Bible, our hope is the Lord!
    I listen to you on the radio and like your animated presentation and humor! So real! God bless you brother! Amen and Amen!

  356. Maria Fonseca says:

    This really spoke to my current employment situation where I’m going to be let go soon from a company that recently acquired my old company. I was in an executive position and key person in the success of the acquisition but had to accept a junior position with a plan for promotion for a year–but that didn’t happen. I’ve been dealing with hurt and disappointment over being used and then rejected by a company I helped select because I loved and believed in their core values.
    I’ve been praying for the Lord’s direction in a new job opportunity that looks like I’ll have to build up a struggling company from the ground up instead of moving up from where I was as I had planned. I’ve surrendered this potential detour to the Lord as my life is in His hands and I’m willing to go wherever He sends me. Maybe it’s an opportunity of a lifetime for me to rebuild a company in a manner that would marked by the hand of my Father.

  357. Angie Riquelme says:

    Encouraging and much appreciated reminder. Thank you!

  358. I went to bed with the thought that serving others is all I do and there must be a greater purpose, and I wake up and read this! Amazing how God sends us messages in the words of others! Excited for the opportunity to read the book! – Cindy : )

  359. Melissa weill says:

    Book drawing entry.

  360. Thank you for the encouragement. Our children are pretty much grown now. Our youngest is in her second year of college and I’m not sure what her future holds, but God is in control. Now is the time to remember my dreams and purpose here, He has a plan?

  361. Those “words of encouragement” could not have come at a more perfect time. My detours have been painful and exhausting! Thank you for the reminder of how God works in them.

  362. Just the reminder I needed this morning! Thank you Dr. Evans and I would love to read this book!!!

  363. Jane johnson says:

    I have experienced many detours that have delayed my dreams. Looking back on them I see God putting other people in my life I need and using me to possibly shape another persons journey. Sometimes I wonder if I should continue. It’s a risk, I know.

  364. Thank you very much. I could not help nodding to myself as I was reading your article. This is so true. Detours are temporary setbacks. I have experienced them from losing a spouse, being disinherited by his family to abandoning my plans to develop myself so as to fend for my two kids. I believe that this shall come to pass – the suffering. God is so full of intention so everything happens for a reason, He has never left the driving wheel of my life for a nanosecond!

  365. Jennifer Harden says:

    This is the story of my life! I would really like to have the Detours book. Thank you for giving them away.

  366. Melodie Pochmara says:

    That is an amazing devotion. I am struggling deeply with depression and a relationship problems while trying to keep up with kids and work. Thanks for reminding me that these detours aren’t the end. God has plans, even for me!

  367. Tim Padgett says:

    I really like the concept of detours. This really puts life in perspective.

  368. I speak to today’s devotion from past experience of proof of how wonderful God’s detours work in your life! Anger, loneliness, fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and damaged family relations during a significant crisis involving our first born Grandson was the biggest and most painful “detour” of my life – but, as God’s plan is fulfilled through it, it has become the most precious and cherished gift of my life as my relationship, hope, trust, honor, and faith in God has been(and continues) to develop and grow because of it! All the pain and sorrow has become a blessing for sure!!! Sorrow to joy and hope; Fear to peace and courage is possible when we embrace God’s detours, knowing they will strengthen our faith, hope, and love in him. Thanks for this awesome reminder of how God works in our lives and of how we can achieve peace in knowing that He is with us through all of life’s situations, with his plan – “to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) And….My Grandson is doing awesome as the blessings from God have been/are cast upon him!!!!! God is good all the time; All the time God is good!!!!!

  369. Great devotional,
    Reading this reminds me that what I’m going through with my grown boys is getting me to where God wants me. I have to trust him that I have raised them to know Jesus and they will come back!!

  370. no longer a mom says:

    I am divorced. We went to three different marriage counselors and separated and reconciled. I DID NOT leave for another man. I couldn’t take the verbal abuse and accusations after 20 years. But, I lost my 17 year old son who will no longer speak to me. I thought I was doing what was best for both of us. I don’t know about this detour. I don’t know if I took a wrong turn. I couldn’t live in the marriage any longer, but now I can hardly breathe out of it. I don’t miss my ex-spouse, but I just don’t even want to go on any more without my son in my life. I can’t even begin to think about dreams when my life feels like a nightmare. I pray constantly and I feel like God is not listening. I am so sad I just want it all to end.

    • So sorry. Praying for you to find strength and for your son to find wisdom, so that, in time you can both be whole and be reunited. Someday you will be a grandmother, most likely, and it would be worth it to hang in there & continue to pray for restoration and healing. You are needed, and certainly will be needed down the road. Mostly though, I don’t want you to give up on the chance to enjoy that blessing someday. It’s worth the effort, and worth the wait.

  371. I love and need these daily reminders that God is with me every single day. Viewing these detours differently is my goal for the new year.

  372. Judy Jackson says:

    Praise God for the detours! I didn’t know why God had me up at 3:30am, but now I know. The article that spoke about dreams was so directed to my life in every facet. My life has literally has been nothing, but detours, raising children. Tony Evans, article from Bible Gateway was so on point. Thank you Lord for waking me up to clarify the detours in my life.

  373. Rhonda Johnson says:

    I appreciate these words of encouragement! Even though I love the opportunity, I have been full time nanny to our 1 year old grandchild for the past 8 months. I feel like the new mother, where my list of things, visits, tasks, is never completed; or if time available, feel the need to catch up on physical rest. Thank you, again!

  374. Jennifer Brown says:

    I would really live to win a copy of your book!

  375. Darlyce Fuchs says:

    My detour this morning is a late start for the school district where I teach…Gave me extra time to read this devotional! God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good! I’d love the book!

  376. Janice Dubois says:

    This sounds empowering. This is me at the end of raising three daughters and now being a big part of eight grandchildren’s lives. I often never think of what direction God had for me now. Thank you

  377. I currently sit at a detour. I listened to God tell me what to do, I followed and yet I sit. It’s uncomfortable being here. I’m a doer. But, what this pause and discomfort has lead me to, is a deepening desire to know God. So, today as I sit I spend time in prayer and thanksgiving. I trust that this is where He wants me to be.

  378. With my travels I meet & mentor young people as God Places us in each others’ paths. This week I met a young man in Savannah, GA who will soon graduate from college. He shared he sought purpose. I was inspired to pray from this ministry –that I continued to be placed where God sees fit, and will send this inspirational ministry along to this young man with hopes that he too will be moved. Thank you for this ministry vehicle; perfect timing!

  379. Detours: what a great way to look at the many challenges we encounter along the way!

  380. cameron k says:

    I would love to have this book. Thank you.

  381. Christianne McCall says:

    Wow! What a great post. I wish I knew what my dream was…I lost it long ago.

  382. Geneva Fry says:

    Thank you for reminding me that I am not the only one who worries whether or not my children will be well-equipped for life, especially those with ADHD and assuring me God is with me in every moment, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

  383. I would love a copy of this book!

  384. Christina says:

    My life GPS is a detour expert :). Thanks for the devotion on the P31 website, and I’d love this book…sounds encouraging!

  385. I am grateful for a new perspective on the detours in my life.

  386. Rachael Jackson says:

    What a powerful message and reminder that even detours can still lead us to our destiny! Thank you for sharing.

  387. Last year was an exceptionally stressful year for me as I helped my son with the care of his children after his separation. I know that God placed me in the position to help, but since school started I’ve had to start thinking about what does God want me to do next. I’m taking the opportunity of this time to rest, have started crocheting again, focus on being a wife again, and enjoying being grandma again, not caretaker, and visiting mom in nursing home more. I would love a copy of this book while I wait for God to reveal to me what plans he has for me next.

  388. Heather White says:

    This devotion made me smile as only last week I asked myself whether my purpose was being fulfilled. I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for what I thought/think my purpose was or is.
    I resolve to read (again) the story of Joseph because he is one of my favorite in the old testament.
    Thank you.

  389. We are currently living out one big 1 1/2 yr detour. Church, business. After about a years worth of confusion and struggle with our church it’s beginning to look like we need to do an out of state move because of the business. Sometimes we laugh about it. Sometimes we cry. And a lot of confusion. So this book sounds really good.

  390. Just what I needed to hear this morning! I would love to read this book!

  391. Thank you for your 1/11/2017 post on destiny and God’s detours. No one expects to get deep into adulthood and forget the passion they had as a young adult. Yet, the roles we play in the lives of our loved ones become so truly overwhelming. These roles begin to feel like destiny. Your article reminds me they are but detours albeit needed and deserving.

  392. Julie powers says:

    What a great message. I’ll cherish the detours and lesson in them more.
    I’d love to explore this book further.

  393. Tonya Kuffel says:

    A timely devotion! This detour we’re on (guardians of a special needs child) is part of the zig-zag path.

  394. Gabrielle Nickerson says:

    This is probably one of the best devotions I’ve read! I am at the point in my life where I have figured out my purpose and I’m ready to fulfill it!

  395. You know this seems to be a destined moment for me to pour out and share. I recently met a man after being divorced for 1 1/2 yrs. As time went on one day he asked me what was my goal? I said to what I wanted to do but never a goal. He asked me several times, he said that I hear what you are saying but what are your plans for the next 5 years? I didn’t have an answer. For the what seemed like to me the 1st time in my life I didn’t have a plan for my life after divorce. I thought I would be sharing a dream of being active in some form of real estate. Since the divorce was over it seemed that there was nothing left for me to do but church, a few social activities and work. My children and grand children have goals but I still couldn’t see what I wanted to do. For 10+ years I had a cleaning service after I shut down all I thought about was being a wife and taking it in stride. I never focused on my ministry of helps even though that I worked in it. I have a passion for helping people speaking into their lives. So now with the nuggets I’ve read today I can begin to focus on how I can expand my gift of encouraging others. Thank you Dr. Evans for a timely word for my life for ‘TODAY”! May God continue to bless you even the more as you speak into the lives of others for an “in time, on time” word.

  396. Brenda Sprinkle says:

    Thank you for those uplifting words.

  397. Karen Cantner says:

    I read your devotional a every morning before I start my day. I enjoy them so much! God bless you for sharing them!

  398. Joy Tharp says:

    I want to live up to my name, Joy, but life’s detours have drained my hope. I can not afford this book but truly desire it’s insights. Please choose me for a free copy.

  399. Love this massage. Just what I needed to hear this morning.

  400. Anna Rygalski says:

    I am on a detour right now and ask God everyday to direct me in the right direction. Ive lost focus of my dreams…my purpose and have asked God to lead the way..thank you for this devotion today!!

  401. How is it that you know me so well?! I wonder what I will do when my daughter leaves for college and after. Retirement will happen at about the same time. What does God hold for me as I have forgotten my dreams? Not in a bad way, they have just been replaced by all those everyday things you describe. I must practice patience and have my listening ears on!

  402. Rebecca L Cromwell says:

    Wow! This devotional slapped me right in the face! I have been considering pursuing a life-long dream but fear stops me. I have set my goals aside to help raise four children – now married with children of their own and to help my husband fulfill his goals. Now at a time when I would like to think about MY goals I find fear and guilt stopping me. Fear that I will fail, and guilt that I will not be as available to my disabled husband as I think I should be. I need to know if it is too late to pursue a dream…

  403. Awesome advice!

  404. Hope Glenn says:

    Awesome article. Praying for wisdom and confidence to step outside of my comfort zone and walk into my purpose.

  405. Mary Kavusak says:

    When I was at my lowest point, Jesus came to me in a dream saying “Come Back to Me”.
    That is when I saw an old friend who invited me to a lunchtime Bible Study.
    That was 10 years ago and I am still attending the Bible Study.
    Praise Jesus!

  406. Hi Tony Evens!
    You do not hear from me, but I have lessened to you for years. Thank you for all you do for the Lord.
    The Lord gives us all Gifts, and we have to learn how to use them, Yes he gives us more then one!
    Our First mission is to bring souls home to the Lord. The most import end one is to Pray Daily and about All needs. I was not like I am know, I was a Gig sinner, and did what I wanted to do. The lord has been working on me but I was Blind. for 35yrs. But then one day in Feb 86 the lord come knocking and I Opened my Heart to Jesus. and the Training really began. Know I have all the Time in each day to go out and thank God and share the Good News: Jesus Leaves. and He wants you to come HOME!

  407. Merrette Dowdell says:

    My adult life began with a with a detour that made me a mom, wife and took me across many state lines. The birth of my daughter and my marriage happened in one fell swoop. I was shaken to the core but rested solely in God’s patience and love. My now husband and I took this detour with the hope for God’s plan in our lives. We have now been married going on 6 years and have added another member to our family, who’s now 10 months old. When I look back I am astounded because it is only God’s footprints that I see. He has bared the burden and carried me across the sand to this very moment. I rejoice in the detours that gave me a daughter and committed me to a wonderful man!

  408. Denise Hurosky says:

    How often do I realize that the detours are actually God ordained? Not enough. What a beautiful reminder for me today! Thank you..

  409. Martha Parrish says:

    I loved this encouragement today! My daughter is going through a breakup for the first time and it’s breaking my heart. I believe your words will help her and it will help me encourage her. I would love to read your book. Thank you and God bless you for your ministry.

  410. Tamara Hyder says:

    The devotion today was exactly what I needed my husband and I are both caring for two elderly parents with Alzheimer’s so we have many detour’s and often feel defeated. Thank you Tony for your encouragement.

  411. Patti Blankenship says:

    Even though I know that God is in control of everything, I tend to forget that includes the detours in our lives. Thank you for the reminder?

  412. Kimberly Braine-Tillem says:

    This is a very relevant article for the sudden detour I am traveling. I am focusing on what God is teaching me through this aspect of my journey. Dr. Tony Evans created a video that I watched not too long ago that helped me understand why a dream I had been working on for 6 years, is now a part of my history and no longer a focus of my future. Thank you, Dr. Evans and Proverbs 31 Ministries for helping me navigate through life’s twists and turns and sometimes dramatic detours. Your devotions and testimonies inspire me and encourage me as I keep my eyes focused on the Lord’s plan for my life!

  413. I just recently and finally took a step into what I believe God is calling me to do so I would love to win this book and read it!

  414. I have been enjoying Dr. Evans’ podcasts on this topic of detours and destiny. As I’ve listened to him sharing, I have been looking back on my own detours and I can now see the growth, development, and protection I experienced in those situations. I’m thankful to God for guiding my path according to His will and not my selfish desires. Amen!

  415. Karen Pope says:

    There have been so many detours in my life. None of them have been easy, but God’s hand has been on all of them. I am so thankful that I am in His hands. Without Jesus, my life would be a total disaster. Because of Jesus, I am a wife,, mother, grandmother, daughter-in-law, and teacher. I am living this life because of Him. Thank you for this wonderful devotion today.

  416. Heather White says:

    I smiled on seeing the topic of today’s devotion because this question is all too familiar to me. I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for what I thought my purpose was.
    I resolve to read the story of Joseph (again) and pray for revelation.
    Heather

  417. Thank you! I didn’t even realize I needed to hear your message today, but your reflection really spoke to the dreams of my heart. Peace be with you.

  418. I so needed to hear this today. I have no idea what MY dreams are any more, but I can certainly wrap my head around detours. Thank you Lord for this timely message.

  419. Debbie Parrish says:

    I needed that this morning.

  420. I am anxious to read Detours. I have read Tony Evans books for many years and listened to him on radio. Thank youTony Evans for your ministry. The detours in my life have been many!! God is truly in control of the wheel.

  421. Thank you so much for this, perfect for where I’m at right now.

  422. MICHELLE PETTIT says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragement. I’ve been listening to Dr. Evan’s Detour sermons on the radio and they had truly been a blessing for my chaotic crazy life.

  423. Debbie Parrish says:

    I needed that, this morning.

  424. Linda Hilker says:

    Just what I needed to read to start my new day! I often ask God to use me each day for His Glory. Right now we are going through a valley as my husband of 35 years is going through chronic lymes disease. After 3 yrs of oral antibiotics on and off the drs agreed a picc line was the way to go since it is in his brain and central nervous system. We have had to put many dreams on hold! Lots of medical expenses! Yet we have the Joy of Jesus. Don’t get me wrong…watching my husband suffer has not been fun or easy but we know who holds our future. Thank you for this devotional for today!

  425. I enjoy reading the daily devotions & they always help me to stop and think- Reminders are a must for that!

  426. Kathy McDaniel says:

    Just love this! So profound…detours develop our destiny! So that’s what all these detours have been about…makes sense now when looked at this way. insightful and inspiring!

  427. So relevant to my life right now. Just got a detour and it stirred up what are my passions as well as a lot of tears. In 2 years my last kid graduates and I’m like what’s next God.

  428. Chantelle Mackay says:

    This devotion has confirmed what God had planted in my heart. I can’t stop smiling. Thank you so much for your obedience to God’s calling. Chantelle Mackay

  429. Becky K Blankenship says:

    I’d like a copy!

  430. Every “zig-zag” in my life has always benefited me in some way. I don’t always see it that way…as I have gone through it …but I look back and see the growth and awesome lessons learned. I would never have chosen them, ever, but I can honestly say I am thankful for them. I have even prayed and thanked God for them because without the “zig-zags” in my life I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I still have a LOT to learn…but I am so thankful He is with me for the “ride”.

  431. First I would like to say thank you for being a man of the lord and helping others To see thenposiyive when most only see the negative. Not to long ago I fell off the path I was on. One decision not even mine changed my whole life over night. I thought my life was perfect and the plan the lord had for me. But it wasn’t. Since then I have had a hard time and lots of struggles with why this happened and now what at my age. This has been a huge roadblock for me and until Now I hadn’t looked at things any other way then my failure and allowed myself to constantly replay what I could and should of done differently. Questioning why this happened to me when I gave up so much to do for my husband and kids. Never once regretting the choices I made. Until i hit head on into my roadblock. Your book will definitely be in my house today. I would love to win a copy but not willing to wait another day. I do have a dear friend who needs your words in her life. ao please add me to the drawing. The lord helped answer my prayers and is helping me see n change all I’ve felt and thought since my life changed. You are a blessing from the lord. Thank you.

  432. Christine says:

    I was just thinking about my purpose in life last night, I had so many dreams and now I just want to survive the week. I now he has a plan for my life, I feel it in my heart, but when? I really want this book, I need to understand that it takes time and that eventually I’ll get there.

  433. TLC

  434. Detours may not feel like the best solution at times, but needed for me to grow into what Jesus wants for me to be more like Him. Thank you for the reminder!

  435. A much needed message this morning. My life thus far has been many detours, some good ones and some not so good. Throughout all, I have found beauty in some of the wrong turns. Some of the wrong turns have left deep scars, scars that sometimes become open wounds again. It is those times when I see God the most. Still praying God would reveal Himself to me and I would find my true purpose in this life.

  436. Venessa Barber says:

    I would love a copy of this book! Thank you.

  437. Kim Jones says:

    Enjoyed the devotion today. I’m very much in that season of life. I would love to read more in your book!

  438. Well I’ve never had any dreams in my life due to my childhood, but I can say I’ve had lots of detours. I became a mother of a special needs child 14 yrs ago, and about a year ago found out another child has a learning disability. Right now I’m struggling to stay above the waters. Struggling yet pressing! I could really benefit from some prayers of the righteous. Thank you!!

    • I am praying for you. Keep pressing on–one day at a time. I have been where you are, even though the circumstances were different. Sometimes the best thing you can do when you are overwhelmed, is do whatever is in front of you–like doing the dishes, the wash or making a bed. Some how doing the simple tasks helps you feel like you can do something to have control over your like. God must be building you for a very special purpose, because you are in difficult circumstances which aren’t resolved quickly. You are blessed because Jesus is going to bend His light through you ever do brightly.

  439. Thanks for the devotion today.

  440. Lesa young says:

    Enjoyed reading this!

  441. I needed this today (and everyday).

  442. Looking forward to reading this great book!!

  443. Yes, God does take us on detours for his glory. This past year when my husband was in hospital for 3 months and passed away I was journaling and telling God how I was feeling. In that time I could God teaching me patience, compassion, kindness, and gratitude. We don’t know why things happen the way they do, but God does and it is for his purpose and glory. I think about someone referring our life as a quilt. We see the not so nice underside, but one day we will see the top and all its beauty as God sees our life.

  444. Brenda Baird says:

    WOW! I went on the search for a daily devotional and landed here! And I could barely stop crying while I read today’s devotional. I feel like I am on a huge ‘detour’! Was not planning on retiring for another 2 1/2 years but, for a number of reasons, I am now retired-my husband was suppose to retire first! Or so we thought! God has other plans for us and I am waiting, anticipating what he has in store for us. Was blessed in reading this devotional and have signed up for the daily devotional! Excited to see where this detour is leading me!

  445. Leandrita Ortega says:

    I was so blessed by Dr. Evans’ devotion today! I am a busy physician, mom, wife, Bible study teacher… I am doing all the things I’ve always wanted but sometimes forget that in the midst of the busyness each day brings. I would love to read his book for more insights into finding joy in the right now, even when life throws us a curve ball (currently awaiting a biopsy result). Thanks for your ministry!

  446. This is so true for what is happening in my life right now – feel like I am in the wilderness/ on a detour trying eagerly to hear / follow where God is leading me to go / or do next – have printed this devotional and will read it daily to keep me focused – faithful – moving forward – thank you for the reminder

  447. Brenda moes says:

    Great information and very encouraging!

  448. Brandi White says:

    Fantastic devotion. It is easy to forget that God puts roadblocks and detours in our paths for a purpose. Thank you for sharing with us. One thing that I will take away from this is the thought that we are developed for our destiny in our detours.

  449. Karen Imhof says:

    This is so helpful. I feel my past and detours were all wrong decisions I made and I messed up. This devotion helped me see a little better that it’s ok. Thank you for letting God speak through you.

  450. Daisy Alexiee says:

    Good day,thanks uou for that detours,now i realize that in the mist of my struggles detours are good thing that is often bad,because is the point thati develope my desting.Like Joesph who was taking to the prison he thought that was the end but that was the begining of his life journey which enventually took him tohthe palace.

  451. I have always been a late bloomer. I did accomplish some of my goals earlier in life, although a lot later than most. I had retired and moved to my dream location, when God called me to come back to where I left to help a family member get back on their feet. I have been here 8 years and know I am in the place God wants me to be. I am not sure what God has for me next, but I know He is in control and now my dreams are in His hands.

  452. Thanks Dr Evans for the reminder that even though your a mom to four kids and constantly running and chasing that you should still have dreams of your own not just be wrapped up in theirs.

  453. Nancy Ray says:

    Love listening to Dr Evans on Moody Radio!!!

  454. Lillian De Jesus says:

    I like that thought of “detours”. We’re still headed to our destination but not the way we want or hope for. It’s interesting to think of my own dreams, I haven’t thought of them for some time now. Just as you explained, life gets twists and turns with mommy demands. Thanks for reminding me!

  455. Lois Witkowsky says:

    Today’s devotional really resonated with me in light of some soul searching, faith stretching experiences over the past six months. Thank you for the wise insight regarding “detours.” God has been faithfully and patiently walking me through some challenging changes. I’m glad He has a plan for every moment of my life.

  456. I feel like my whole life has been a detour, and it’s been so frustrating I shut down and stopped paying attention. I’m a very linear thinker, and zig zags are frustrating. Currently I have a toddler, and while this is my greatest and best job in life, I know it isn’t going to be my only job. I just don’t know when to take on moving towards my purpose and juggle parenting. Because I put 150% into everything I do, and bow I only have limited time for me now.

  457. Connie Hastings says:

    Love this!

  458. As a home schooling mom to 11, ages 26 to 8, I have to assume this is what God put me on the earth to do, although much of the time it feels like one long detour. What God put me on this earth to do and the detours I’ve had to take are one jumbled mess. I am content though, waiting on God to show me where to head.

  459. Marilyn Bucci says:

    I am in a detour right now seeking God for the purpose He has literally moved me to a different town,and I’ve noticed that I am seeking Him harder than I ever have before,which is bringing me more knowledge of him and His wisdom. I believe the Detour book would help me greatly in this time Thank You.

  460. Denise Moser says:

    I have been struggling with this question for several years now! I just turned 60 and too many friends, family and close acquaintances have passed on. I pray every morning seeking my passion, purpose and dreams before it’s too late for me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. This devotion may be for me!

  461. I would love to know how my current job that I’ve had for the last 17 years is a detour to Gods plan for me. I wonder about that a lot. So i volunteer and donate but still feel like there is something missing or something more.

  462. What a wonderful reminder! Thank you!

  463. Aimee Richards says:

    Thank you! Very encouraging words. Some days I struggle with all the demands, motherhood, work, service at church, leading a small group. I will be sharing this with other ladies in my life.

  464. This is so what is happening in my life right – feel like I am in the wilderness – or on a detour trying to understand what is next and/or where he is leading me – this devotional is so right on the mark I am printing it/ saving it to read daily to help me in this walk to be focused / faithful / and keep moving forward – thank you so much!

  465. Avis J Hearon says:

    Wow! Never thought about happenstance in the way of detours. God is so loving and allows things to happen to keep us safe. Awesome God He is!!!

  466. Lauren Nanney says:

    Thank you for this in site. I never thought about it this way.

  467. Misti Jacobsen says:

    This devotion spoke so directly to me today! I have felt for so long I have lost the ability to dream for myself and I struggle when I try to think about what I desire for myself or what I am meant to do. Thank you for this! Every moment God is working together for our good even moments when we don’t see it in the natural!

  468. So good. Thank you for your wise words and such a gift to use everyday things to help us understand and picture gods plans easier. Its true he is in total control! And best of all is looking for our good because he loves us.Honestly the older i get (and im only 33) i realize the dreams i once had dont compare to how god has blessed me with a beautiful family , and yes even in the mist of crazy schedules, sports arguments and battles , god has made brok Ed n look beautiful in my family. I know im living my dream right where god has me! Thank you Jesus!!!

  469. I would love to have a copy of Detours. This devotion spoke vvolumes to mr. Never thought my stalled time my questions of wondering what am i suppose to be doing could be detours.

    Thank you
    Jamie Bridges Lee

  470. Great devotion! Thank you!

  471. Teresa Soto says:

    Wow was this message for me ! I am that mom knee deep involved with my kids. I am alo a working mom, whibh I do not know how I get thru the day sometimes. So a dream… For ME? I almost laughed but then I read through your essage. I have forgotten all about Me. When did that happen? So I would love a free copy . I am ready for a detour and to realize when its in front of me.

  472. I have been so busy trying to figure things out so things go as I plan them that I forget to enjoy the journey to where God is taking me thru these detours and bumps. Thank you for the reminder that God has everything planned out and I need to trust Him. Thank you it’s what I needed to hear this morning to get my day going

  473. Gerald evans says:

    Your words of hope help me with the life problems I encounter

  474. My life took a detour when my husband left me 9 months ago. He still hasn’t decided if he wants to divorce or reconcile. I feel like I’m a a fork in the road. I can see how my relationship with God has grown, and I have hope for my life and my children’s life. It’s hard to see through a the muck, and it’s exhausting. I would love to dreams again, but right now I just want to make it through the day.

  475. Sandra Grimes says:

    I so needed this today. I have many dreams within me that I desire to see fulfilled, especially after a very challenging 2016. This is a reminder to me that God has not forgotten what is is my heart, while He continually shapes and molds me to reflect who He is here on earth.

  476. Trudy Parini Wang says:

    detour/ n / F / destor / desstorner to divert; to turn/ a deviation from a direct course or the usual procedure; a roundabout way temporarily replacing part of the route/ around road construction/ to avoid by going around: bypass
    God’s detour (NOUN):
    1. A change in the usual self-determined course or procedure; limited by human perception of the whole picture, past, present and future and self- oriented wisdom of one; to a God-determined route; directed by the Creator of all wisdom, knowledge, love, beginning and end, alpha and omega, all knowing, all seeing; All!
    Heeding the wisdom of Charlie Brown: let God be the adult driving the car while you, the child, fall asleep in the backseat knowing that you’ll reach the perfect destination, safe and sound.
    He may take you through the road construction instead of around. It’s going through the agony of reconstruction of a broken and useless route to the narrow path of trust, love, servanthood, thankfulness in all situations, strength in all battles, and humbleness before the Author and Finisher of our fate, that brings us to His glorious kingdom.
    His by-passes keep us from stopping at amusement parks of sin and restaurants of junk food and trash.
    His detour may take us through the desert; for an undetermined time; to strip us of all that blinds us and binds us to this temporary world; to seeing, hearing, and understanding His divine and eternal plan. God’s scenic route is life; ours’ is death.
    I choose life through death!

  477. Thank you for sharing what the Lord has spoken and taught you. It was such an encouragement and spoke to where I am in my life right now!

  478. Maisy Diegnau says:

    Thank you for these wise words. Being a college student in the midst of ‘what the heck am I going to do with my life’ is a daily struggle.

  479. God has helped me grasp the understanding of answering prayer even though it may be no. I’ve had a few detours in these recent months. New changes of unknown territory. And when I think about how God is going to use this to fulfill a greater purpose to share with others my stories, my experiences, and my faith. He is also fulfilling my love and trust in Him in the process. We have to remember to understand that Gods ways are better than our own desires. We need to trust in His ways and not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

  480. Melissa Dedic says:

    Perfect timing for this post. After 10 years of raising kids (one special needs), I’m back to work full time. Last night my special needs daughter who fought many medical trials including Stage 4 cancer was telling me after reading the story of God creating Eve, how He must have created her. Sometimes God uses our children, and devotions to speak to us. Thank you for this post.

  481. Melanie Fuller says:

    Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway! Detours sounds like a wonderful book and definitely one our family can relate to.

  482. As a grandmother raising my grandson I have completely given up on ever having a dream for me. Your message makes me think a dream is possible. Thank you

  483. Gloria Sheff says:

    Thank you, your devotion really moved me. As a mother of three a lot of times I feel inferior to others because I don’t really have any dreams or plans of my own at the time. At the moment I am just working very hard on doing my best to build up my children with God ‘s help of course. Your devotion really made me feel like I’m not a letdown and as long as I trust in God’s plan and timing it will be just fine.

  484. Angela Axtman says:

    I would eat ryanheidtke@yahoo.com terested to read a new perspective on this topic. I am assuming right now that I’ll reach my destiny when I’m 85 and don’t have the strength to enjoy it!

  485. Stacy Kamerer says:

    Thank you I needed this!! I am a mom 16, 8, and 2 (by marriage 20 (18 mon grandson) & 15), work full time, and have 2 businesses I’m trying to grow. SBC sassymomma3.sbc90.com and leggings stacykamerer.mybuskins.com and http://www.shopabbyanna.com?afmc=1kw. Many days can get overwhelming if we let them and I needed this to refocus!

  486. So overwhelmed right now, all I can say is Amen.

  487. I love this!!!

  488. thank you for your devotion today…what I needed this morning

  489. I would love to win a copy of Dr. Evans book. I have recently retired and feel it would be very helpful as I begin this next stage in my life as I search for God’s plan in my life.

  490. Tavares Carnet says:

    What an on-time devotion! I’m almost an empty-nester and it is high time I start honing in on my purpose. I have come into the knowledge that detours are definitely not roadblocks.

  491. Arlene S. says:

    This question has stumped for many years…too busy to think about!!

  492. 🙂

  493. Jacqueline Everett says:

    What a wonderful surprise to finally put a face to the the man I have enjoyed and been inspired by on the radio for almost a year. I love your message on life’s detours as I have been on a detour for a few years now. Although I have a wonderful Godly spouse and family, dealings with an ex spouse has been exhausting. I find such comfort in your Godly messages that speak to me and fill me with hope. Thank you for realizing your destiny so that you can help others not give up on reaching theirs! God bless you

  494. Amanda Melton says:

    Wow! As I sit here reading this tears were falling from my face. The entire thing sounds like it’s describing my life to the T! As a wife and mother of seven young children it’s so easy to become distracted by their wants, needs, desires and dreams that I eventually lost who I was as an individual. I don’t even remember what my dreams were or even recognize who I am as a person if not their mother, or wife. This is something I have just recently started praying about so to read this at this point and time in my life was God’s perfect will. I would love a copy of your book, maybe it is the “billboard or sign” I have been asking God to give me. Thank you for this post.

  495. Laura Stout says:

    Good food for thought. I struggle with the “detour” that our son has. Mental health is the label and from time to time I wonder if it will ever change. Are we just enabling or really supporting his journey to get well? Is it his detour and we jumped on board to ride it out with him? Again, just things I am pondering.

  496. It is also hard to watch detours and-what I may view as-slow/no progress in the path of my child. I am trying to be patient in the wait and know that God is in charge, He has a plan, and His timing is perfect. Every time.

  497. Jennifer A says:

    Loved this message! Detours this past year have been miscarriage, finding out we will probably never be able to have more biological children, and major uncertainty at our small struggling church. God is using it all to draw me closer to HIM and I’m thankful for that. Praying for my husband who’s in ministry to have a deeper relationship with God as it’s so easy to always be focused on the doing of ministry and neglect your own time with God.

  498. Francisca says:

    We started a fast at my church today and my focus is that God opens my eyes to see what He wants me to do with my life. So, reading this devotional is very apt. I pray I win the book.
    God bless you

  499. Sara VanWychen says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read this morning as I try to see what God’s path is for me. I often find myself confused. Just when I think I’ve figured it out, there is a “detour”. For now, I’m slowing down so I notice the little ways God speaks to me and am just showing up every day.

  500. This devotion was exactly what I needed today. I’ve been frustrated and questioning my purpose since yesterday because even though our grade from the the state went up a little my school did not meet the district’s attendance goal or achievement growth goal and we worked so hard. My boss made it clear that he was not happy about it and I made it clear that I wasn’t either. I daily pray for guidance on how to get my students and parents to take education more seriously. I’ve implemented new programs to motivate them. know that God has placed me here for a reason and I pray every day for all of my staff and families. I’m asking God to please uplift my spirit and also open up opportunities for me to minister and speak more in church and my community.

  501. Bonita Compton says:

    I do fell like my life has been a constant detour. I don’t even know where I was headed when I started.
    I do know He has never left me.

  502. Mary Christopher says:

    I really enjoyed today’s devotion and would love to read this new book!

  503. Brandi Schwartz says:

    I needed this this morning thanks 🙂

  504. This was my prayer this morning. I never felt like this path I’m traveling on as being a detour. I just know that I’m lost. I needed this reminder this morning. It was the confirmation I needed. Thank you Holy Spirit.

  505. Tonya Rozelle says:

    Thank you for this devotion. It is very timely for me as I will be an empty nester in a few short years.

  506. Lisa Dobrovolc says:

    I needed this word today. I often get to busy with “life” that I don’t stop to think about God’s plan and purposes for my life.

    Thank you for the encouragement today!

  507. Christine says:

    This was a great reminder that detours happen but God’s plan will prevail.

  508. This really hit home for me. It seems my life has been one big detour on the path to my destiny. Some of which I have caused myself. So ready to get my life together. Always helping others without a clue or without energy to help myself.

  509. Detours are very hard especially when it seems like most of your adult life there has been one detour after another.

  510. Latoya Evans says:

    Thank you so much for this great message! My God you are so good to me even when I may not deserve it. I took a detour that caused nothing but heartache and pain causing me to loose my way, and my focus but once again my loving and forgiving God showed me the light and I fell better than ever. I found my peace and joy in Gods word. my God I can’t thank you enough ??

  511. Karen Mason says:

    Thank you, Dr. Evans for sharing this special message about detours. This is very relevant for me now. I appreciate the prayer. I believe that it will help me understand God’s path more. Thank you for spreading the “Good news!”

  512. At 61, I don’t even remember my dreams due to the twists & turns throughout my life. I’m thankful for the ever present blessings of hope & love that sustain me. I do believe it’s never too late to start remembering my dreams and with that, keep close to my Lord for guidance & strength to keep on going after my dreams. Thanks for the reminder!

  513. I cannot even articulate what my dream is. I struggle with the idea that having my own dream is selfish. I also know that we are told that God will give us the desires of heart. This is a good word indeed.

  514. This has definitely made me think differently about those detours I’ve encountered. Thank you!

  515. I would love a copy of this book. Like the devotional I have no clue what my dreams are, my gifts… I have been struggling with this for some time…I’m older and wonder off I’ll ever know, thank you for this devotional.

  516. Sue Schneider says:

    I would love to be selected to receive this book!

  517. Candace Hibbitts says:

    Super excited about this book!!! The devotional today was SCREAMING at me! Felt like I wrote it!

  518. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Thank you!

  519. Mary Harvey says:

    Thanks for this reminder that the detours have purpose.

  520. Gina Morrison says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I’m 52 and your devotion nailed it! Also my 22 year old son is trying to find Gods purpose for his life…it would be perfect for him too? Blessings.

  521. Hearing Dr. EVANS speak about our destiny’s being fulfilled reminds me of the warrior in us all looking for our path. Lol. This is the first I’ve ever heard of Dr. Evans but I loved this devotional. May his book be truly inspiring to whoever reads it and best wishes to whoever the free winners are !

  522. Thank you Jesus I know this was you! Progressivly loosing my lover body strength and ability to walk, bend and lift. This detour has turned my life upsidedown. But today I know God has spoken to me and this is only a detour.
    Father God, help me keep my eyes open and learn to look for Your hand in the midst of happenstance, so my hope remains steadfast and my heart remains full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  523. Shelli Salinas says:

    I’m one of the individuals still waiting to find out what God’s purpose is for my life. I’m living out the mundane, every day living, while reading His Word and seeking His truths and promises. But, I still have that longing that I’m destined for something greater. I think this book would help me to see how all of the detours in my life are leading to where God wants to use me in a powerful way.

  524. Darlene Ruthenbeck says:

    Thanks for sharing that from a male perspective and hope your wife gives you a great BIG hug helping ~their your children too!. Bringing up 3 children was a difficult task before giving my heart to Jesus (former catholic)when my EX husband of 17yrs did not participate and was very selfish. I have always been a servant without even knowing it. God has given me the opportunity to serve and be an advocate without the college/training education. simply by living from experience. God has a plan, what’s next, asking for guidance DETOUR: the last 9 yrs I’ve been taking care of elderly gentlemen Bobby because his family DID NOT and now because of some family drama I had to walk away. I have peace just asking God to watch over him and that he speaks up to take his home/life back! God’s plan ?/Challenge New Year, time for me, husband Ken both believers seeking God will! Peace, Darlene

  525. We don’t like detours, but they are often for our own good.

  526. I really have forgotten my dream. This devotion had trying to remember if I ever had one. Thank you!

  527. I love what you said about our “hearts remaining full”. I have 5 kids, and now that 4 are out of the house and in college most of the year, I am not sure what my “dream” is. But I am reminded that my heart can be full of Jesus:) I guess that is my dream…..

  528. Shannon ambs says:

    I loved your morning prayer today. Reading your lesson for us today truly hit home. I’ve been thinking about what I am supposed to be doing with my life
    A lot in the past recent months..
    Father God, help me keep my eyes open and learn to look for Your hand in the midst of happenstance, so my hope remains steadfast and my heart remains full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  529. Thank you! Detours 5 months after my wedding my husband was diagnonwith a type of bone cancer.

  530. Sure, I had dreams… it has been a struggle… and we watch them fade away as life goes on … or not. I have persevered and I hope that I can find my way through Gods will in my life; I pray daily, study the word and try my best. I truly believe that God is preparing me for something?

  531. Jennifer Ivey-Crickenberger says:

    Enjoyed todays message, it was timely and encouraging. Thanks.

  532. Wonderful insight this morning!

  533. Definitely would like to read this book

  534. Rachael McGarvey says:

    I loved the devotional today!! I would live to win a copy of this book!

  535. Sharon Casavant says:

    You are soooo right about detours! I have had my share of them. I have learned patience, how to help people, and compassion for souls. The detours in my life were raising children and past ex’s. I’m still learning. I’m still praying how to serve God with my abilities. But sometimes I feel like there are still detours! I imagine they don’t end all that soon, but we grow along the way, learning and growing all of our lives. Thank you for this lesson!

  536. I have been thinking about this for weeks, maybe months. I have no idea what my dreams are. I’m 56 years old and can only remember ever wanting to be a wife and mother. My kids are all grown up. I’m home. I look in the mirror and don’t see me anymore but a stranger with empty eyes. Who am I? Why am I? What’s my purpose? Oh Lord please fill in the empty places of my heart and life.

  537. Just zig-zagging away here in Kentucky! 🙂

  538. Dr. Evans, thank you for your words. My husband and I have both been listening to your Detour sermons, and this devotion geared toward moms was what needed this morning. After raising 4 kids (3 of whom are now adults), I have lost who I am and what my dreams are. I, my family, my marriage have been through several detours over the past 22 years. It’s tiring and at times frustrating not knowing what God is trying to show me, build in me, and where he is taking me. We would love a copy of your book, but more importantly prayers.

  539. Yes! It has taken years, but i see that in these detours I am growing, my faith is growing, and my relationship with God is growing!

  540. Betty Randolph says:

    Thank you! I am at the stage of life children grown, have grandbabies, married 42 years, now I find myself looking for me. I am taking Bible courses, lots more prayer and building a closer relation to Jesus. I fight a painful arthritis daily, can’t and won’t let it stop me. I know God has a plan just need to listen and learn.

  541. Candice Morris says:

    I am definitely on a detour of life and while its very hard I know the destiny God has for me to be a nurse is the ultimate goal of life.

  542. Amber Tolar says:

    Thank you for this today. I resonate with so much of what was shared and would love to read more! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  543. I struggle with what I was put on this earth to do. Your daily read made me feel like I’m not alone.

  544. I would love to read a copy of Mr. Evan’s book.

  545. Roslyn McElroy says:

    Dr. Evans I really enjoyed your devotion today. I have had and do have what your describing as Detours. I would really like to know more and receive your book for free in this drawing. My life hasn’t always been the best but God has always been there.

    Thanks for your words of wisdom.

    Roslyn

  546. Great words this morning. Would love to continue to process through this book. Thank you!

  547. I want desperately to be passionate about whatever purpose and plan God has for me. I am 46 years old and have prayed about and sought out what that would be, but can’t seem to figure it out.

  548. Carla Loomis says:

    Its so comforting to know He hasn’t forgotten our purpose or destiny. In the midst of single parenting I sometimes wonder what my purpose is, and I certainly don’t remember what my dreams for myself were. I’m blessed to be a Mama and I know sharing His love is essential but I want to show my daughter about living your purpose as well.

  549. Thanks for this reminder today – I admit I do not enjoy this detour I am currently on but I know God has a plan for my life – even the days that drag by in waiting. Some days I just need a reminder!

  550. Tasheema LaNell Fair says:

    Thank you so much for this one. I really needed this today.

  551. Latecia Leavy says:

    When Im faced w obstacles, I often ask “why me?” or “what did I do to deserve this”. Today’s devotion was just a reminder that God is preparing you for a path He built. Lord knows I’ve had many detours in life and would love a book to remind me to stay prayerful, that this is just a test to see how I pass them…I have to remain faithful and just walk His path not my own.

  552. Thank you for your words of encouragement and a reminder that I’m not just a Mom.

  553. Thank you for sharing your very relatable story. It is encouraging and just the words I needed to pass on to others. Thank you so much!

  554. Earnestine Thompkins says:

    I’m just plain confused about what is (are) the detours for me. Why can’t I hear and feel God like others. I think I know him, believe I’ll seen him work in others. I’m confused.

  555. This was a great devotional; just what I needed. I would love to read his book.

  556. Thank you for today’s devotion. Very much words in due season… I’ve wrestled with thoughts on this subject for months now. Our youngest child is now in college and it’s been difficult to see where my path leads for the future when I’ve been a full time mom for so long. My dreams have gotten buried, deep – hard, if not impossible to find so far. Would love to read Detours. Maybe it would give some insight to the detour of this season in my life.

  557. thank you for this message! I have had 2 detours with my job in the last 3 weeks with potentially more to come next month. and one on my health; prayers are appreciated. awesome message!

  558. I’m sending this message to my son in college. He was recruited to play FB and is waiting for FA issues to be worked out so he can register for Winter classes. God gifted him with amazing talent. His dream is to play college ball and get a degree and coach. This FA issue is a detour to strengthen him. The quote is perfect. He was created to do amazing things. Thank you!

  559. Ok so I’m a sexist ! I never dreamed a MAN could hit the nail on MY head and describe my life and give me such an inspiration to enjoy the detours that usually make me nuts. Thank you, sir, for pointing me in the right direction….until my next detour.

  560. leslie dorsey says:

    i am excited to have the opportunity to read Dr Tony Evans book because I am in a detour right now since I just had knee replacement God Bless! Much love!

  561. My husband and I are currently separated and it’s very uncertain as to what path I will be taking. However I do know that God has gone before me to check it out. I’d love to read the Detour book, as I believe I will be able to relate to it a lot in my own life right now. Thank you!!

  562. Thank you for this devotion!

  563. Nancy Polinoski says:

    Detours are so necessary in our lives. They remind us of God’s control in our lives and His abiding love for us. Detours are reminders from our Lord to recognize our past blessings (though we may not have appreciated them when they happened) and have faith and hope in the future.

  564. I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling like I’m just going around in circles, getting nothing done and going nowhere. Seeing things as a detour that will bring me to the place I’m meant to be gives me a chance to trust and lean in to God, and to appreciate more fully where I am right now. I’m going to start seeing these detours as opportunities to see and learn things I might otherwise have missed and bless people I might not otherwise have shared the journey with. Thanks.

  565. Jodi Smith says:

    This fit so perfectly with my life right now, thank you! I would love to win this book for my husband who has sacrificed many of his dreams for our family. God has led us in a different direction then our own plan. We do know God’s plan is greater then our own but I think he would enjoy this book.

  566. Robert Vance says:

    What a detour to have read this book!

  567. I’ve had many detours in my life do to my sons drug addiction. I feel like I cannot have a life of my own. I’m consumed by this disease and trying to help him. I feel god has a plan in all this. I pray that god will help me to stay strong. Some days I feel like I’m losing my mind.

  568. Very good daily devotional- I already made a bunch of notes

  569. Carmila Shelton says:

    Wonderful message! And at the right time.

  570. Wow, what an amazingly timed devotion! Not that I’m surprised. God is speaking to me through so many sources, confirming what He is doing in my life. He has awakened a dream in me and is revealing the path to it step by step while also allowing me to see how what I’ve been through in life was part of the plan to prepare me for it. So crazy amazing, thank you for sharing!

  571. I have truly been blessed today by your devotional. My daughter forwarded it to me and how grateful I’m she did! A few years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic depression. I have felt that for the past 20 yrs. my life have been one “detour” after another, caring for three kids after my husband passed away. It’s hard for me to set even a minimum goal much less to dream but I do believe that God’s Word is Truth and He will be forever Faithful to His Word. That brings me hope and He knows how much I needed that today. Thank you so much for your ministry.

  572. Favia Hicks says:

    What a nice surprise to see Dr. Tony Evans on proverbs 31 this morning! His words are so welcomed today as I pray for a friend who has just lost her 25 year old daughter. I will certainly forward this .

  573. So needed this morning!!! Would
    Love the book thank you!!!

  574. This was perfect for me today. I have been questioning my path for a while now, asking God what the purpose was for my delay or detour, it’s comforting to know that He’s still with me and nothing is out of order.

  575. Claire Fischer says:

    The devotional for today hit the nail right on the head. Thanks.

  576. This was a great reminder. This is my first yr as a sahm after teaching for more than a decade. I love my kids but I feel like I have lost my identity a bit.

  577. Latoya Hamilton says:

    I definently been going through so many detours in 2016 that I know 2017 WILL be a blessing. The devil is trying to keep me from something, but my God is good. I will be still until that time comes. Remaining steadfast in prayer. I will love this book to get more insight to being detoured and more insight on it. Thank you Lord.

  578. This sounds like where I am now. Caring for my children and their dreams and putting mine on the back burner. Thank you for this wonderful devotion to help me change my perspective.

  579. What an encouragement to this grandma who has in many ways forgotten how to dream.

  580. Julie Herbert says:

    Detours are difficult, but as I grow I am learning to be thankful that God is changing me through the detour. Thank you for the reminder
    Blessings

  581. Sandra Newkirk says:

    Amen yes so many detours just have to trust God along the way and lean on Him!!!

  582. I think this book would help all of us in our walk in life and I know that it would be a blessing to me.

    Vickie

  583. Amanda Branch says:

    I’ve been going through a very difficult divorce for 2 years, was a stay at home wife caring for mother & mother in law while husband worked out of town. So definitely a huge detour and confused about what I do with my life now. I’m working PT and need a FT job to pay bills. I was praying this morning for God to show me what His plan is for me.

  584. I was a teacher for 16 years and had to quit due to anxiety. That was four and a half years ago. I have been stumbling along trying to figure out my path since. Does God want me to go back and try it again? I feel that is my calling, by I am afraid.
    Thanks,
    LeAnn

  585. Latasha Burrus says:

    Thank you for this devotion. It’s very easy to forget about “you” when going thru life. And the detours,well sometimes I don’t like those but God, he knows better than I. Thank you for sharing the word of God and giving hope. Be blessed.

  586. Suzi Carlton says:

    As I read this devotional today, I felt as though God was actually speaking to me through the words. I am that mother who gave up her career 18 years ago to stay at home and raise my children. My whole existence has revolved around them, and now, as they begin to leave the home I find that I am lost without a compass. Thank you for being God’s messenger and placing a light in my path so that I can see where He wants to take me.

  587. Christi Duncan says:

    This sounds like a book that I definitely need to read!

  588. Dawn Jones says:

    Thank you for your ministry. I’ve lost my passion for life and am looking for some guidance. Writing on the wall is preferred but not likely so I’m trying to find ways to hear what God has for me. Maybe this book will help. Thank you.

  589. Would love to have this book!

  590. This devotion speaks to me in many ways. I like the term detours for all those twists and turns we experience along the way. Those detours are times of growth – although I sure didn’t see it at the time. Looking back, I can see the growth and opportunities provided on those detours.

  591. My son Died Nov 10, 2016 and left behind an 8 year old son ! I love him more than anything in this world and his mother and her mother are pulling him away from me! I am in a battle for what is best for him and trusting God’s provision! This Detour is the most difficult I have ever experienced! All prayers and support are essential to me each moment of every day! Thank you

    • I wanted you to know I am praying for you.

    • Oh goodness Melanie, that sounds like the most difficult situation to be in. I’m not a mum but I’m truly sorry. November isn’t that long ago, so I’m hoping that with time, you will be able to get a long term relationship with your grandson, along with a his mum and her mum. I hope you have good support around you too. I’m hope this doesn’t seem stupid, but I wonder if you journal, write your thoughts and feelings to God. Be angry, ask questions, and don’t feel guilty for the good moments in your days, allow yourself to smile or laugh. So write it all out to God. Praying for you and your family.

  592. Dr. Evans – I had to chuckle – when I first read your question, “What is your dream?” the first thing I did was start thinking of my children’s dreams and all they are working towards! I had started down a path a few years ago (working on my MDiv) and had to stop for a few different reasons. Maybe I was going the wrong way for what God has planned – or maybe I am just on a detour! 🙂 I should probably read your book and spend some time thinking about my dreams again! Thank you for your encouraging devotion today!

  593. Roseanna Miller says:

    I really appreciated the remarks for today about detours. I have been a bit frustrated that my desires for retirement have been derailed in caring for my husband (yes, sounds selfish does’t it?). It was a good reminder, that God knows how I feel, and also knows my weaknesses that need shoring up, but that detours usually take us to our destinations via another way….
    It is so wonderful to look above at all the comments and know I am part of a huge sisterhood:)

  594. Tamara Bowen says:

    Perfect for me to read today! Thank you.

  595. Jimmie Dodd says:

    Would love to read and gain knowledge of God’s plans for me

  596. Barbara Quinton says:

    Thanks for the reminder that the mundane tasks are preparing us everyday for what God has planned for us to do.

  597. I wondering if this is a destiny book with a difference. As my dream job ended for various reasons, main reason ill health. Though I was missing out within the profession. I loved the kids and families, but didn’t “fit” within the profession, with my colleagues, missing out on promotions etc. So overall, it’s hard not to feel I wasted my nurse training, even though I know I made a difference to many kids and families. Detours of ill health is quite big, and now that it is chronic, I don’t know what my destiny is anymore.

  598. I love this, as this is a reminder that we all have gifts from GOD that need to be shared. Although it is a struggle at times, we need to share our gifts with love and grace. Thank you for the reminder and would love to learn and read more. Blessings to all!

  599. It has been since March 2001, when God put dream in my heart, with many detours along the way and glimpses of what that future looks like. I know its getting close but I’m still facing a few obstical, please pray that I continue to be persistent and stay focus.

  600. Deneen Wells says:

    I needed to hear this today – thank you!!!

  601. I would love to read this book and find my way through the detours of life that I am experiencing.

  602. Thank you – this will stick with me for awhile. I always knew the detours were how God was shaping me, I just don’t have a clue what He is shaping me for! Would love to read your book.

  603. Dawnielle says:

    Life is certainly full of detours. We can allow God to use them for His glory or we can allow Satan to use them to harm us.

  604. Julie Klose says:

    I needed this word of encouragement today. Thank you!

  605. Beth Gibson says:

    Growing up I had all the materialistic things but no love. So I associated luv with anything that glittered. When I was old enough I bought a business , condo, fancy cars, jewelry, fancy clothes, etc. after running my business for 26 yrs,I got sick with mental illness. I lost everything including my infant daughter. At the time I thought this was the worst thing to ever happen to me. Went thru a lot of anger and bitterness. After a lot of therapy and people praying for me for over 40 yrs, I finally accepted Jesus in my heart!! If I hadn’t lost all those things yrs ago I wouldn’t have been able to accept the lord and be grateful for the loss of all those things!!’ Praise the Lord!! More happy and content than when I had those “things”. Beth Gibson

  606. Jennye Lumpkin says:

    I enjoyed your devotional. I would enjoy reading a copy of your book.

  607. I would like to win a copy of Dr Evan’s book. I have experienced many detours inf my life and many plans have gone awry I think I’m where I’m supposed to be in my work life but know God has more plans for me in my spiritual life. I believe he has a leadership role for me with younger women and am patiently waiting for him to reveal his plans. Thanks for your devotion and encouragement to know he has a purpose for my life. God bless!

  608. Thanks for the reminder that there are detours, not dead ends along our journey.

  609. Thank you for blessing me and so many others with your ministry. You are such a source of encouragement. God has used you and your family to grow me in my walk with Him and I thank you for that.

  610. This devotion was very timely as I am trying to rediscover what my dream is and working on my goals for 2017. As a relatively new empty nester, I feel that I have lost touch with what I want to do with my life, and I am trying to be more focused in 2017. I want to identify my passions and areas of service. I would love a copy of Tony Evans book to help me in this process.

  611. I NEED to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  612. Thank you for this great devotion on detours. Such a great perspective-blocking where you’re meant to go…just not yet. Love your ministry! Love your family! Priscilla & Anthony came to my church to minister–what a great blessing! The fruits of your labor are apparent!!

  613. Raven Gates says:

    Still learning to look for Gods hand in every detour and seeing it as a blessing that is teaching me perseverance or patience or some other life quality!

  614. Maribeth Deese says:

    Dr. Evans, your post today has so inspired me. I love your definition of detours and how they can help us become more Christ-like by learning humility, patience, love, and gratitude. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  615. Tracy Hill says:

    As I grow older I realize how much focus everyone puts on the wrong things (including myself). Yes, there are priorities that are designed by God that we are commanded to be responsible for(such as our faith, family, and living out the Great Commission). However, there is a lot of unnecessary worldly stress that so many of us put on ourself. Some people learn that early in life. There are others of us who are a work in progress. If only we could all realize that our life is like a vapor here on earth. We need to be ambassadors for God. NOTHING is more important. Thank you for posting and reminding so many of us why we are put here and also how there are the many detours in life. Also how the detours are or can be painful learning curves.

  616. Thank you, Dr. Evans! Love you and your heart! Back at you! 🙂
    Happy “Summer”! 🙂

  617. Deb Gallegos says:

    Thank you.

  618. Melissa Freese says:

    I would enjoy this book! Two years ago my husband lost his job and then our teenage daughter died.

  619. Elly Smith says:

    I loved this devotion and all the allegories. One that jumped out to me was about the you in you. How about the”u” in you, u suggesting a smile, happiness, fulfillment. “y” could remind me of the forks or detours in the road and “o”, a hole in the middle that can only be filled by God.

  620. Karen kroske says:

    I feel so much theses days confused about what path I am too be on… I know there is a reason I’m at where I am… sometimes hard to understand.

  621. Cathy Tucker says:

    This really hit the spot for me today. I don’t know what I am put here to do? I used to think that it was to be the best mother that I could be and show kindness, compassion and love to others as I fulfilled my duties as a Registered Nurse. Another duty of mine has been to be best care giver I could to sick family members. My children are now 30 and 35 years old, most of my family has passed away except for my mother who has cancer, my husband began a new career at 55yo and is all consumed in his job and my health is failing to the point that it is hard to fulfill my work as a nurse. I struggle to survive every day. I don’t know what purpose God has for me at this time in my life?? I know that my relationship with the Lord needs a lot of work and I pray that He will show me the way, the way Home….

  622. Darlene O'Lena says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I’m also trying to figure out if 2017 is my year of change. I’ve worked for my company for 23 yrs. I’ve always felt that God had me here for a purpose. But now I’m getting strong feelings that God wants me somewhere else. I’ve been a widow for almost 15 yrs. Change does not come easy for me. But, I feel God wanting to lead me down another path….. what ARE my dreams for myself?

  623. First off i want to thank you for writing such topic that i never thought would speak to me. We can all read scripture or have someone comfort us through wisdom and truth and all of that us helpful and we need that…however this analogy you used “Detours” is exactly what has been going on my life! I went to marrying 4 years ago, taking on a new step child 2 and a half years ago, to working from full time to part time and now eventually stay at home mom, wife etc. I have moved from one city to another far away city within the last 5 months. My family has been under attack within the last 2 months….severely oppressed with hate, and just plain evil doing afainst us. The list goes on of this constant detours. My emotions in all if this have been so overwhelming…i have had my fair share of living victorious and overcoming many obstacles in my life. God has been so good. But these sudden constant Detours have gotten me cornered, have wounded me to the point that im limping on this path….i trully believe this book would help me and speak to me.

  624. Becky Lucas says:

    So thankful I read this today … just what I needed to hear! I will be sharing with others too 🙂

  625. This takes my breath away and gives me more hope than I thought possible. Thank you.

  626. Charlotte Hill says:

    This was very encouraging and uplifting to read. I feel as if I’ve been on a ongoing detour for the past 10 years. I believe that I know what my true purpose is, and I know that God is behind me every step of the way. Just not sure how to get there anymore. Would love to read your book.

  627. I am THAT mom you just described! Thank you for this devotional, I needed to hear it today.

  628. My mom sent me this devotion today, just a few days after I sent her a lament. I realized that the “free” time I have since my kids are in preschool together will be disappearing when my daughter enters half day kindergarten. My hopes and dreams for the next year are on pause as I put on my taxi driver hat and drive to two different schools 4 times a day. I know that God has a plan but getting through this season is going to be tough…

  629. After finishing schooling this past December, I’m finding myself sweeping floors, organizing what’s been run amuck for five years, making better dinners, doing laundry–the mundane has swept into my world. I had purpose in my studies and as I wait to know God’s path, it’s been refreshing to have encouragement like yours, Dr. Evans, to keep pressing on. Your book sounds like a good catapult to be patient in God’s leading. Thank you for stopping to encourage those of us who feel we are waiting for something big to happen…maybe it’s the little things all piled up that will make one big mountain of a life!

  630. Sandy Yates says:

    If it wasn’t for the detours sometimes, life could be very boring

  631. Currently trying to find me again. Thankful for the chance to win this book and grow even further.

  632. Life is filled with detours and distractions. Thankful that we have a God that is always in control.

  633. Karen Lackey says:

    I am reminded of Ester 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. and who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” NIV God places us when (2017) and where (wherever you are now) he wants us.

  634. This is something really struggle with. Thank you for the reminder that I’m not alone.

  635. I really need this book! My husband lost his job. We are waiting to hear back on several and God just keeps closing doors. We are staying in our family’s vacation condo but have to be out March 1st. After that we do not have any direction as to what happens next. We are trying to be patient and enjoy the Island we have been brought to to rest and relax in God’s plan. The unknown is so hard. We have a 9,5, and 6mo old. I am a SAHM who homeschools. Our money is running out but we are trusting in God’s timing. I can’t even think about my dreams right now just trying to survive.

  636. Gutted!!!! Awesome devotional!

  637. Great timing…I’m really trying to discern my calling in life. I would love to read this!

  638. Heather Burenga says:

    This devotional hits on everything I’ve been going through lately so thank you. I pride myself in having the faith in God’s design for our detours but it is so easy to forget day by day by day. Thank you again for the verses & reminder.

  639. I would love to read your book! Learning to find blessing and purpose through a major detour…

  640. This devotional email is just one more way that God is pressing this subject on me – that I need to trust Him and lean into the detours that He has set before me. I got a big smile on my face when you mentioned Joseph – the Lord has led me to read his story daily and Joseph has just been popping up everywhere lately. Thank you for your message and I would love to receive your book.

  641. Jessica Hartley says:

    Thanks so much for this devotion. It spoke directly to me as a mother of 3 teenagers. We do forget our dreams at times. Even though it’s hard we have to wait upon the Lord.

  642. Thank you for these encouraging words.

  643. Roxanne Walker says:

    I’ve never written anything less me this before, but I feel called to say that today’s word was written just for me. Thank you for the blessing.

  644. Barbara Clark says:

    There are times that I wonder why this journey called life takes so many turns. Dreams placed on hold because I feel I am being pulled another direction. Not knowing if I will get back to my own dreams because I feel pulled to help someone else achieve theirs. God gave me a gift of compassion and caring for others and when I see someone in need I turn to help. I know God is watching over me and one day in his timing not mine he will show me.

  645. Detours? Oh my, yes!

    A detour of my husband leaving the house whole, and 24 hours later, in the hospital with a major stroke that he lived through, but wasn’t ever the same from physically or mentally….

    A detour of falling on black ice and breaking my pelvis and wrist, 1 year, 1 month minus 5 days ago, being laid up for months then in physical and occupational therapy several more months….

    A detour of education and work plans falling through due to illness a semester and a half shy of graduation….

    A detour this morning of having a cold and stomach bug both at the same time and ON MY BIRTHDAY!…

    Yes, life is full of detours, but no matter the course, I am grateful to walk hand-in-hand with the One who sees what I cannot, and will guide me on my path, for, though to me it seems like detours, to Him, it’s the way I needed to go all along.

    Blessings to you, thank you for reminding me today, that I am God’s workmanship. 🙂

  646. Linda Spatz says:

    Is that what I’m in–a detour? I’m a great-grandma who volunteered to keep her great-granddaughters after school. My husband died two months ago and I figured I might as well be useful. I’m not sure how to relate with them as they are quite strong willed. I am also going to have to move as I will not be able to continue to make my mortgage when my savings run out. I don’t know where I’m going to end up. I would like to read your book.

  647. jennifer radford says:

    As a new “empty nester”- third child is a freshman in college- I would love some guidance in the new detours in my life.

  648. >>>~~(. ) >>>> Detour sign ahead….will I ever get to my destination? Thank for today’s encouragement. 😉

  649. Michelle pina says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I’d love to read more about how to find out what my destiny is with God.

  650. Denise Cocking says:

    This is exactly what I need in my life. I am struggling to find my path.

  651. I’m not a busy mom but a recently retired professional who has invested too much of my identity in what I “do.” I feel like I am in a major waiting room, and so don’t want to miss the purpose that God has for me. I don’t want to waste any more time, and my heart longs to be in that place that “maximizes my skills, passions, experiences …” for the Kingdom of God!

  652. Thank you for sharing this today. It touched my heart and I will also share with my 3 daughters.

  653. Kim Mills says:

    I am so intrigued by Dr evans devotion today that I would love to read his new book Detours.

  654. I would love a copy of this book, 2 months ago my husband had me served with divorce papers after 33 years of marriage. I was totally blindsided. So my life has for sure taken a detour, one I never dreamed of. This devotion came at the right time for me to remember that yes God does have a plan for me and I will just need to keep my faith. Thank You

  655. Is it possible that serving opmy family and others is my purpose?
    Thanks for the insights.

  656. Wonderful devotion today. Thank you!

  657. mahen tilloo says:

    It was nice reading this present devotion about detours in the life of Christians. I am deeply concerned as I believed I am in a detour with my right ankle plastered and my vertebral column mobilised with a corset since one month and I am on for more months. So I am asking myself and God what”s the purposes of it all.
    I am a fat allther with wife and daughter of 11th grades at school. We love God and we want to see the purposes of it all………

  658. Kristen Nix says:

    Would love to read this book! Great devotional

  659. I am so thankful for this message. I feel like the last few years have been a series of detours, and I don’t like it. I know that God is working, but I feel stuck!

  660. Piper once wrote, “The road to glory is not a straight line.” I wrote a song based on it. I KNOW that steadfastness is what God requires of us; but when that seems purposeless, this verse reminds me that God has things for me to accomplish that only I can do. If not, I’d give up. 🙂 I am grateful for your cheerful reminder.

  661. Karen Overton says:

    I’ve been watching, listening,and reading Dr. Tony Evans’ messages on “Detours”. It is a timely message for me, as I continue to “wait&see” my heart’s desire and destiny. Being on a fixed income, I can’t afford to buy Dr. Evans’s ; I have been praying for extra money to do so. It would be a tremendous blessing to receive this book. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win a copy, P31.

  662. Andrea Taylor says:

    Today’s words resonated loudly & have given me a new outlook today.

  663. Thank you!!! Before I read this I was literally wondering why my dreams of being a mom are taking so long to be fulfilledone and why every time I think it may be close something comes up to remind me that it is still years away. My husband doesn’t want to try until he graduates from school and he will be 40 in March!! He informed me yesterday that he now needs 2 more classes than he thought and now won’t be graduating until May 2018!!! My dreams keep getting pushed back and I feel like I am running out of time. I need this book. I need encouragement and I feel like God placed this devotion in front of me in His perfect timing like He always does. Thank you!!!

  664. I’ve been in a detour for at least the last 11 years but wasn’t until I faithfully started following Dr Evan’s teachings that I understood that my circumstances were not punishments but yet detours and I am ever so greatful that I made the decision to look to the Lord for help and not the world!! Would absolutely love a copy of this new book!!

  665. I have taken a huge detour and taken my family with me, and I have no idea what my dream is…

  666. Thank you for the reminder that detours still lead us to where God wants us to be. Thank you for reminding me that I do have my own dreams! Would love to read this book!

  667. Elaine Segstro says:

    I loved the devotional today and would love to read the book. Thank you for sharing how detours are God’s way of helping us to grow. Hard to see it at the time!

  668. Zoe Siperly says:

    I would love to receive a copy of Detour, as with my recent retirement and with my husband and I having medical issues… I feel like I have taken a “detour” and need to get back on the right road. Blessings, Zoe

  669. Such a timely message for me as I am struggling to find my passion again to move forward.

  670. Devotion was very encouraging. Would love to read the book.

  671. Lisa Wallace says:

    Great message. I’m experiencing some “detours” right now. Your message has helped me to think about my forgotten dreams. Would love to win a copy of your book!

  672. Such a timely reminder… Thank you!!

  673. Andrea Mathews says:

    This hits home. Detours. Even though Im single Im currently walking and experiencing that. I feel God’s calling in my life and then i feel the detours I feel like I have been on. I would love to dive deeper into understanding Detours.

  674. Taryn Collins says:

    God has truly blessed Bro Tony Evans, my husband and I listen and watch him on TV. What a great family he also blessed him with, we love them.

  675. We were on a major detour for a few years and came out stronger in God because of it! Would LOVE a copy of your book! Thank you!?

  676. Linda Henneberry-Jones says:

    Well I may have a detour today. I have a chance to get a new job? I feel like God may be changing my lanes. Pray for me.

  677. Julia Carvalho says:

    Oh my .. detours, bumps in the road, wrong turns, I’ve used this analogy of my life for years. I love it. Now I’ll add the “zig-zaggy ways of the Lord. He tries my patience and tests my trust .. but He never fails to bring me to His best. ?

  678. Katrina Thomas says:

    Divorce is one of the biggest detours a person can take. In the midst of this detour, I am trying to remain hopeful that the dream God has placed inside of me will still come to pass. This was a timely read for me this morning.

  679. Linda Yeager says:

    My friend was placed on hospice care yesterday and today’s verse was one of the life verses of her youth ministry. Thank you God for using this ministry and this author to talk to me today.

  680. This devotion was right on time and very encouraging for me. I know God has a plan and I do trust that every detour is getting me where He would have me be!

  681. Mary Fruge says:

    Thank you for reminding us to remember God’s purpose in the midst of the day to day. Even in the empty nest, God is and will continue to use me.

  682. Have had lots of detours in our marriage/family and experienced often the wonder or questioned my role in this life for ministry and discipleship….thanks for sharing this encouragement.

  683. seems like my life has been a very zigzag road

  684. Thanks for the reminder that detours are there for a reason. I have recently had some very big ones and I love the image of God placing them there for a reason. He is omniscient!

  685. Thank you for this encouragement today. Knowing your not alone in the trials set before us and knowing God has a plan is what keeps me going every day. Without faith in what God has instore it would be a struggle.
    Blessings
    Sue

  686. Would looove to win it!! Praise the Lord!

  687. Would love to read this book for guidance. Thanks!

  688. Wow! I feel that this was written for me. Thank you for giving me exactly what I needed today:)

  689. Thank you! He’s an on time God, yes He is!

  690. Debra L Johnson says:

    Great affirmative that God plans for us to go through things in life while preparing us for our destiny. No smooth sailing

  691. I have been pursuing my purpose and passion it seems forever, but don’t feel I am doing it. Would love to receive this book. Thanks for the giveaway

  692. Kayla Jones says:

    This devotion definitely touched my heart and was right on time. I’m in a place of detour and transition in my life right now job wise and I have realized that I have stopped dreaming and seeking the Lord to know my purpose. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  693. Kellie Pacella says:

    I’m so thankful that as I travel along my detour, I know that it has all been a part of God’s plan, and I’m confident that He will continue to lead me as His purpose for my life is fulfilled!

  694. Dan Connally says:

    I am a pastor and need this book.

  695. Julie. A. says:

    Today’s devotion and your reference to detours was an immediate direct answer to prayer. I have been planning an out-of-state trip for months and this week obstacles keep popping up one after another so I decided to pray and ask the Lord maybe I should not an? Now this is something I did not want to do. I have been looking forward to this trip for so long and really want to go but now I understand through this devotion that a detour is a good thing even if disapointing. It looks to me I have a detour now. I need to read this book thank you

  696. Thank you for this encouragement! Several friends and I will get together soon to begin the Detour bible study.

  697. Rachel hack says:

    Very good. Would love to read more.

  698. My friends have been encouraging me to do something for ME lately. I am struggling to find what that should be.

  699. What if we never get to the path to the dream we were aiming for. We spend all of life doing what seems important and necessary and our dreams just fall by the wayside.Is that ok or should we work toward our goals even if it seems like it would upset the lives of those around us.

  700. Mary Ann Barnes says:

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  701. Jayme Beyer says:

    inspirational words that I needed to read this morning <3

  702. Janelle Volkers says:

    This is such a great reminder in the busy times if life! It helps to not get discouraged by the ” detours”. Thanks for the reminder He has a plan in it all!!

  703. Thank you for the devotion. It is a pointed reminder that our road may be wiggly but, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, that road will be the best one for us. I would enjoy receiving your book.

  704. paula womack says:

    Love the thought that we have detours…thank you for sharing and reminding me that the detours help us to grow.

  705. As always, God has used a daily devotion to speak to my heart. Thank you!

  706. Michelle Vasquez says:

    I was a single parent for over 17 years. Now I have an empty nest, and an estranged, wayward adult child, and I have no idea what my purpose is anymore. I was a single mom for so many years that I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with my life now.

  707. Edna Salazar says:

    It is easy to forget what Hod has called us to do in the midst of the mundane. Thank you for the encouragement.

  708. Stefani Smirnes says:

    This series Detours has really been helpful to me but especially when Dr. Evans talked about how we can know that the detour we are on is of God’s design. My life is on a MAJOR detour just now and it is very painful but ALMIGHTY GOD has revealed Himself in it through answered prayer and affirmations. Though painful He is redeeming the time and I am learning to lean HARD HARD into Him for even the ability to put one foot in front of the other. I thank God and pray for The Urban Alternative and Dr. Tony Evans. Thank you God for this ministry. Amen

  709. MomofThreeLittleOnes says:

    Thank you for this devotion. Sometimes I feel like I’m running in water – like when I was a kid at the lake with my siblings and we’d try to play chase in chest-deep water. Hard to get anywhere fast! Oh Lord, guide me down the path of your perfect plan. Help me not to get frustrated when things don’t move as fast as I’d like, or when the needs of my children and husband seem overwhelming.

  710. Margaret Masuwa says:

    Powerful devotion Sir, just what I’m going through. Thank you. May The Lord continue to use you in Jesus Name!

  711. Thank you for allowing God to use your talent of writing so that others can. E drawn closer to Him.

  712. I’ve been wanting to write for years and never have the time as we are busy raising four kids. I really needed to read this! Thanks for the reminder! God bless and good luck to all!

  713. I would love to read this book. This page really spoke to me. I may read it every day as a reminder.

  714. Incredible, incredible, incredible!!! I do hope I win the book because this small example was very inspirational!

  715. Dr. Tony Evans,

    I have grown very fond of your teachings. I started listening to your teachings on One Place and I’m currently listening to detours, already it has inspired and impacted me in spiritually. I examine my own live and realize the situation I’m currently experiencing is a detour. I must admit that I had become lapse in my spiritual journey but God has a way of refocusing us and I praise and thank him for that, as he is rekindling our relationship. I’m thankful that I look forward to our time together in whatever manner that may be.

    Yesterday I listened to Proof of Detours Part 2, and Im a witness God will use the very situation your are going through to ministry to someone else, and that’s exactly what he did. A lady at work was struggling with unforgiveness and I shared my testimony and just ministered to her. The next week she said after praying to God she felt that he had removed that situation out of her life….Glory to God.

    So I am truly thankful for your ministry, I pray God will continue to rain in your life to lead and guide others in their spiritual destiny.

    God Bless you!

  716. Wendy Allen says:

    Thank you for this spot-on devotion. I stepped away from college when I fell in love and now 21 years later I can’t get back because I need to put my husband and children first. I can’t wait for the day when I can return and finish the 3 semesters I lack in getting my BS in Sociology; an area I love to study as I love people and am very mercy-giving. I pray I can share my graduation day with my parents, husband and children.

    So many days I feel like I’ve missed the boat, like I wander aimlessly and like I’ll never know what I want to be when I grow up. I stay home with my two sons, ages 15 and 10, and manage the home as best as I can. When I’ve worked I’ve held administrative/bookkeeping positions but it doesn’t fulfill me. It’s just a job.

    Today I’m claiming this devotion and trusting the Lord along my detouring-path. Thank you again.

  717. Abbey Webb says:

    I needed this devotional this morning. I have been struggling with the “detours” God has been putting me through. I logically know this should be a time for spiritual growth, but I have been fighting Him instead of taking it to Him. I have been encouraged to dig deeper into this topic so that my heart will soften to the plan He has for me.

  718. Amen!

  719. ..”But, just like Joseph whom God positioned from the pit to the palace, God has a plan for every moment in my life.” I receive that! Amen.

  720. I love the idea of looking for God in every detour…. thanks for the encouragement!

  721. Kahty Johnson says:

    challenging thought – detour – I hadn’t placed that perspective on my current “condition” before, but I can see that is exactly what has happened. Just when I thought I was living in a ton of patience, I know I need more in order to maintain daily. I now only God can provide this and I pray for a closer walk with Him as I get through this current detour…. thank you.

  722. Thank you for today’s devotion… My hopes and dreams were recently detoured and I am still struggling with understanding God’s plan for my life. I continue to pray for His will. Your devotion this morning was a wonderful blessing, thank you!

  723. Joan mcwhirter says:

    That was so helpful. Sometimes it can feel like a delay or change is a mistake or problem but God is in full control.

  724. Jacqueline Owens says:

    Sometimes we need roadblocks to just slow us down so that we can be aware that we are on the wrong path for the moment.

  725. sandra smith says:

    Perfect timing— trying to decide if it ‘s time to quit working fulltime so I can devote time to things that are more meaningful to me. Trying to really envision what I want MY life to be… would love this book!!

  726. Terri Koch says:

    I loved this article!! I’m trying to find my dreams again. A little over two years ago, I retired from teaching. Two years ago, my husband died. All my dreams were tied my husband and spending time together. Still searching.

  727. Genecia Davis says:

    Wow. I promise that this sermon series has been following me everywhere I go, from the radio countless days in a row to now my favorite women’s devotional! I must say this is confirmation for me that I am clearly on a detour. For me, (as a new college graduate) the last few months I have been bombarded with thoughts of how silly I am for CHOOSING to work at my church (under 200) part-time with little $$$ pay to serve and see the ministry grow, INSTEAD of use my hard earned degree that will easily make over 60k a year entry level. I just know this is a DETOUR and have to trust God that I am being refined and learning how to run an organization, that someday will be a great use for His kingdom!! I’m encouraged by the radio recordings and now this Devo. Thank you dr. Evans and P31 🙂

  728. This devotion was very timely. I am a 52 year old woman married to a 52 year old man. On 12/21, my husband had a stroke. The last three weeks, we’ve been navigating a major detour in our lives. I’m being stretched beyond my comfort level daily. It’s been a learning experience to say the least. But I’m seeing God’s hand in everything and I’m taking one day at a time trusting He’s going to guide us through each step. Thank you for this reminder.

  729. I really enjoyed your devotional Dr. Evans. It was some much needed perspective.

  730. Lee Ann Burney says:

    Funny how the right devo shows up in my morning email just when my heart has been struggling.

  731. It’s comforting to hear him say God purposes the detours. Just to remind us that we didn’t screw it all up. Lol

  732. leslie says: