The more days I live on this planet, the more I realize how difficult it can be to complete anything with determination, and see it all the way through.  It almost feels like there are so many excuses not to finish things well, many of which I have heard coming out of my own mouth.  

I know that God placed a call on my life from an early age.  Sometimes when I’m not sure which direction He is leading me, I get lazy instead of leaning in.  I remember during my first few months of having 2 children evaluating how this affected the call of music ministry on my life.  I could not see how those two things could coexist.  God used someone to speak into my life at that point.  I don’t remember the exact words, but it was something like this:  If you follow your dreams, you will teach your children to follow theirs.   We made the choice soon after to finish an album and continue ministering in small churches.  

One story that is really impacting me lately is found in Nehemiah.  Nehemiah left his position as King Artaxerxes’ cupbearer to go home to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls.  He says that God put it in His heart to do it (Nehemiah 2:12).  He was opposed by so many, even despised!  He was continuously distracted—sound familiar?   His reply to those he knew were scheming against him was this,  “I’m doing a great work.  I can’t come down” (Chapter 6:2  The Message.)  Later in the same chapter, He prayed, “Give me strength.”  

All of us carry a call or a dream that God Himself placed in our hearts.  All of us face distractions, opposition, and sometimes we are even despised.   Let us never, never forget that the work God has called us to is a GREAT work for His kingdom.  And just like Nehemiah, it might be a brick at a time, but don’t let anything stop you from building your wall.   He who started the work will be faithful to complete it, and give you the strength to do it.

Krissy Nordhoff is an independent artist and songwriter.  She’s most well known for her song “Your Great Name”, which is currently one of the most popular worship songs in the country and made popular by Natalie Grant.  You can contact Krissy on and

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