Embrace the Journey

Is it okay to make a decision without knowing the answer?
If you had asked me that question a year or so ago, my answer would be different than it is today.

List maker. Planner. Goal setter.

That’s me. 

You can check off and highlight items on a list. 

What happens, though, when we come to a crossroads in our lives and we need to make a decision? Do we make the “safe” decision with a clear path and answer? Or do we dare make a decision that once we check off the “safe” things, we are left with more questions than answers?

What do I mean by this? 
I mean those times when you feel God tug on your heart towards the other direction…the one that doesn’t feel safe and that doesn’t have the clear end to your destination. 

I am on such a journey. A step of faith…one I don’t completely understand or even like at times because it’s hard, really hard. I know the desires and dreams in my heart. They are written down. Remember, I said I was a list maker? Even my dreams are recorded in a notebook. Especially my dreams. They are tucked away in the sacred pages where I record the whispers of my heart.

As I wrestle with the path I am on and where it will lead, I am humbly reminded I do not need to know the end result. I need to be faithful in my response. This is what God asks. It is a lesson in releasing fear and choosing to trade anxiety for trust. 

I don’t believe in coincidence so I wasn’t surprised when my writing friend sent me the link for a blog post. The blog post entitled “How I Made a Hard Decision,” spoke to my heart. It reminded me that God-led decisions require us to relinquish control. Knowing the destination is less important than the journey to find our way there.

I also found myself meandering through the bookstore last night on a rainy night with coffee in hand and a son enthralled with the Star Wars section. Again, not a coincidence. My eyes wandered to this little book which I have already started reading and reflecting over.

What decision stands before you?

A journey starts with one small, brave step in obedience. The journey is always about the journey.

God will lead you to the destination, but I think He has so much in mind for the journey.

God already knows where you are headed.

Write down your dreams.

Embrace the journey.

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Reminders of Grace

Ever had a moment where you were suddenly so very aware of how much you really have changed and grown?

That’s what I love about journaling. You have your written story you can look back on. Tonight, I was searching through a notebook I have written Scripture in. During a difficult time in my life, this book was my lifeline. It reminded me I was not alone. Not once. Not ever.

As I made my way through the book copying down favorite verses for a scripture box, I came across this:

How amazing is this? Coincidence that I should stumble upon this as I write 31 days on grace? I don’t think so.

Almost two years ago I wrote this. It was shortly after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was fighting the exhaustion. I was working a stressful job with only a few weeks left before I would embark on a new chapter in my life with a different organization. 

Despite the challenges I faced, I knew to cling to His grace. It is still what steadies me and pulls me through the difficult moments.

Since the almost two years that I penned those simple yet profound words in my Scripture journal which were really lessons for my soul, I can recall countless moments of grace.

Tonight, I worked on a scripture box filled with words of His promises of love, mercy, peace, hope, and grace. Tomorrow, I will take it to work to sit on my desk. As a visual person, it will be my tangible reminder He is always with me. In moments where I need steadied, I will have His words at my fingertips to remind me that I am exactly where He needs me.

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go… Joshua 1:9