About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My Resources

My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
from Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Pound to Palace

My book, Little Halos, is available for $5.99 from Proverbs
31 Ministries.

Little Halos

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Monday, March 16, 2009



Mary moved back home and settled into the life of a typical Jewish wife and ordinary woman. Of course we know her heart had to have held her Son close. I don’t believe she ever forgot the words Simeon and Anna spoke about Jesus’ future. Had I been Mary, I would have plugged my ears and refused to think about tomorrow. For sure I would have lived day to day instead of smiling at the future.

And then Jesus left home and invited those who would follow Him to participate in a journey like none other.

Imagine being one of the women who moved from city to city with Jesus! I cannot begin to visualize what an experience it must have been – glorious, miraculous, joyful…

I also know that because Jesus suffered He let his disciples know that part of the joy of living close to him included suffering. I guess that included the women who travled with him.

We don’t know how he called women. There is no account that he found fisherwomen or tax collector women. We do know that women were included in the group who traveled with Jesus.

Luke 8:1-2 “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”

I think of the wonderful opportunity to be included in the group of followers. I also am reminded that life with HiM as Lord has its trials. I guess that is why I think of

Ginny Ownes' song,

If You Want Me To

whenever I consider the women who Jesus called.

I encourage you to listen to it and use it as your prayer today.

Jeus calls us to follow Him. Are we willing and ready, regardless the cost?

If You Want Me To ~ Ginny Owens

The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why you brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I will go through the valley
If You want me to

Now I'm not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise
You're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to You
I will go through the fire
If You want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my own
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I'll never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear You answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the valley
If You want me to


Shanda said...

The moving truck comes today and it pulls out tomorrow to take my family and I home. It was one year ago yesterday that we left home to come here and now we are already going back.

Thanks for your Moving On After Moving in Mondays posts... they've really helped during this time away from home. I'm no Mary on a donkey, but I am a mom with a 2 year old and 3 month old driving for 4 days... would you pray for us? Thanks again!!!

Julie Coleman said...

How the song you posted ministered to my heart this morning!! Thank you so much for sharing it. "You never said it would be easy-- only I would not go alone." As I walk through a valley with my daughter, I am comforted beyond words that even when God is silent, He is right with us. Thanks, Van, for such an encouraging post.

Laura said...

A beautiful song! I have never heard it before. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to be a woman called by Jesus. Surly must have been filled with trials as well as joys. But He was worth it.

Oh, so worth it.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of the song, so I thank you deeply.