Where are you headed today?
Are your steps hesitant or are they sure and strong?
Are you moving forward or do you feel stuck?
I see a path in sight – simple, straightforward, free from obstruction. Walking forward on this path will be uncomplicated. Go ahead-see where it will lead you!
But where is the path going and are you willing to follow it without an end in sight? As far as you can see there are no barriers and you can make your way easily. It’s a beautiful day and you could walk forever. But do you wonder what is around the bend? Do you have the courage to go forward when you do not know where the path will take you?
Sometimes the path is hard and you need help to take that next step. The trail that was clear, lit by sunlight and easy to traverse a minute ago now is shadowed by clouds, trees and requires a bridge to cross to the next point. God speaks to us through David in Psalm 25:4 – He will show us the way- we just need to ask for help!
Sometimes the passage that we travel requires more than we can manage. Sacrifice, surrender and submission are necessary to continue on our way. My story embraces each one of these and continues to wrap around these three “S’s” each day.
You see my story describes me as a divorced mother of two sons but it doesn’t stop there because two years after the divorce my sons lost their dad and now I became the mom and the dad for two sons who desperately needed their father to guide them during their pivotal high school and college years. Fast forward to a year ago when I lost my job and was led to believe that my value and worth was nonexistent in a job I performed for five years. This led to another job that I was told was my only choice and I could take it or leave!
I sacrificed my marriage, surrendered a job that wasn’t mine to hold onto and submitted to being placed in a new job that was dictated as my only choice. I didn’t understand my path and felt many days that curling up into a ball under the covers was the safe haven I needed. I soon learned that God had other plans for me and it did not involve extended time in bed. God pulled me up out of that bed and taught me that He was my safe haven and He was going to help me through the yuckiness that surrounded me. This is just a brief glimpse into my story, which isn’t by any means finished. The path that I have been on for the last eight years has been unsure, unsettled and only God’s willingness to work with me in my brokenness has shown me a straightforward path.
The three “S’s” are areas that I struggle with everyday. By sacrificing in my daily life, I strive to become closer to God, whose love and grace are my source of strength. By surrendering myself to honoring God in all I do, I yearn to move forward to all God has called me to be. Finally, submitting to God allows me to allow Him to lead me on the path that He laid out for me even before I was born.
As you move forward on your path be encouraged that many are traveling along side you – you are not alone. Hold these words from Psalm 143 close to support you as you stay the course:
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best. Proverbs 3:6 (MSG)
I will be praying for you as you move forward. May God guide us all each day and may our eyes be on Him, the Great Leader, who will show us the level ground we need to follow Him and ultimately find our path of life.
Blessed to be linking with these wonderful women today!
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