It's time for change in 2012: Accepting God's plan

Now is the time to move forward in your life towards your victory. Why wait? Photo: Photo: Big Stock

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fl. January 6, 2012 - Recently during my morning prayer walk with my faithful companion, Mater, (my yellow lab), I heard two words that stirred my heart … “It’s time!” These words spoke volumes and erupted a verbal response that stirred my emotions and encouraged my heart.

“Mater,” I said as his ears perked up, tail wagged, and head tilted curiously, “It’s Time!”

“It’s time to truly live. It’s time to lay aside fear, guilt, pride, unforgiveness, past circumstances, habits, thoughts, addictions … anything that is holding me back. It’s time to be free!

“It’s time to get focused, eliminate distractions, and be productive for God. It’s time to embrace who God made me to be and quit trying to be who the world thinks I should be. It’s time to quit doubting my decisions and worrying about my future and trust God is in control and leading me right to where He wants me to be.

“Mater, It’s time to get my priorities straight. It’s time to maintain balance and health in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life. It’s time to stop letting people and circumstances steal my joy. It’s time to enjoy life, to experience joy and peace even in the midst of the chaos!”

On and on I spoke encouraging truths to my soul and to whoever else would listen (the dog, the birds, the horses on the side of the path), to get up and start moving into the realm of victory Jesus Christ desires for us to live in. During that walk, something snapped in my heart and mind as I suddenly realized that the time to move forward in life is NOW, not tomorrow.

Friend, let’s throw off anything that hinders us, strip off every weight that slows us down, and run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1). It’s time! What are we waiting for?


Kristi Overton Johnson is a wife, mother, and the world record holder in water-skiing from 1992-2010.  Having retired from professional sports, Kristi now helps others fulfill their God-given destiny.

She is the founder of Champion’s Heart and In His Wakes, divisions of KOJ Ministries. Kristi currently resides in the Lake Area Region with her husband, Tim, and their three children.

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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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