One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 

-Psalms 32:8


I grew up in the woods at the end of a dead-end country road. Clayton Iles Road was unpaved a mile long, and extremely dark on moonless nights.

It’s on that road that I learned one of life’s enduring lessons. This experience happened when I was a sophomore in college and home for a semester break. I had not declared a major and was listed as a general studies student.

It was time to select a major and I felt unsure about making this life-determining decision. Feeling the weight of this uncertainty, I took a nighttime walk on that long, dark gravel road.

As I prayed for guidance, I felt that God spoke to me. Here’s how I interpreted what He said:  “You’re walking on a dark road that you can’t see to the end. However, you don’t need to see the end, you only need to take one step at a time to reach the end of the road. There is enough light for one step. One step at a time.”

I realized I only needed to trust God and take the steps on the road directly in front of me.

That was over forty years ago and I still reflect back on the lesson of that night. The “one step at a time” has served well over a lifetime of decisions and crossroads. I only need to discern God’s will one step at a time

That “One step decision” back in the seventies led me to select teaching as my major. I’m convinced that this was God’s will for that season of my life. I’ve had several careers, but in each one, I’ve felt God’s guiding spirit assuring me of God’s guidance one step at a time


P.S. I’m on another one-step journey in my life. I am the new principal at Alpine Christian School in Pineville. It is an exciting opportunity to serve God, our school, and precious students. You can learn more at or our Facebook page.


Much of my Life Long Learner Journey has taken place on Clayton Iles Road.




  1. We just finished reading “As The Crow Flies”. Do you have anymore books coming soon? We sure enjoy reading your books!
    God bless!

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