Bloom where God has planted you

We can make a world of difference every single day, wherever we are, as long as our heart, mind, and souls are in the right place — in line with the loving heart of God! Photo: James Picht

CORAL GABLES, Fla., August 14, 2012 — Do you ever wish you could go somewhere to “do” something for God, to touch the lives of people in a unique way, to share His love, and to share the Good News of His salvation? Right now our ministry team is on such a “mission” as they are in the Czech Republic ministering to people through the outreaches of In His Wakes. Oh how I wish I could have joined them!

Sometimes I struggle with the concept of being used by God. It’s often tempting to think that one has to go on a mission trip or serve full-time in ministry to make a difference for God. 

My responsibilities at home as a mother of three and the surgeries I’ve been forced to endure have made it difficult for me to attend as many ministry events as I normally do. It was hard at first not being able to go to the lake and join my team on the water. God laid this ministry on my heart years ago, it’s like my baby. Working with the kids on the water brings me joy as I see the difference our ministry is making in the lives of at-risk youth.

But as I’ve sat on the sidelines, I’ve come to realize the truth that my “baby” is growing up and it’s time to “let it go”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up the ministry, never to be seen again. I’ve just finally found peace with the fact that God has raised up an incredible team to carry on what He initially placed on my heart 10 years ago. I am blessed beyond measure with the people God has brought into my path and who serve faithfully on our team. I am also realizing that God has other things for me to do, other “babies” He wants me to birth. I am also realizing the incredible ministry opportunity I have at home with my real babies — my children and my husband. 

It’s been so freeing to simply minister-as-I-go, to be a light for God wherever I find myself, whether on a lake, in a hospital room, at the gym, at the office, or at home with my family. How freeing to finally come to a place where I’ve quit trying to “get” somewhere or control some situation and just bloom where I’ve been planted. 

It isn’t necessarily where I am, but rather where I am with God that matters. God is at work all around me. I don’t have to leave my zip code to impact the world, nor do you. We can make a world of difference every single day, wherever we are, as long as our heart, mind, and souls are in the right place — in line with the loving heart of God! 


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Kristi Overton-Johnson


As a professional water skier for over 20 years and the World Record Holder in women’s slalom from 1992-2010, Kristi Overton Johnson has taken to the waters of the world with passion and perseverance. Kristi began her waterskiing career at the age of 4 and turned professional at 13. For 15 years, Kristi dominated women’s slalom, accumulating 80 professional wins and capturing more number one world rankings than any other female skier in history.
Before retiring from professional sports, Kristi founded a non-profit water sports ministry In His Wakes. Since its inception, In His Wakes has touched the lives of over 10,000 at-risk youth across the nation and internationally. This unique ministry brings hope, healing and encouragement through the avenue of water sports and through the message of God's love.
For years, Kristi has travelled nationally and internationally as a faith-based motivational speaker encouraging people through her life experiences as an athlete, wife, mother and ministry leader. Kristi also ministers through song and through her gift as a writer. In Running the Course, her first book, she wrote about her experiences as a top professional athlete and how through faith she found purpose for her life. 
Although Kristi is committed to helping others achieve their God-given destinies, she realizes that her first priority is her family. Kristi has been married to best friend Tim Johnson since 1994. Tim and Kristi have three children, the youngest of which were both adopted from Russia in 2004. They reside in North Florida where they raise their family and serve their community through Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries

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