What path are you on?

Blogging everyday for 30 days is tough. I always want my messages to have meaning and substance. Some days I feel like I am just throwing words down on the page and trying to get them to make sense. Today I did a little Christmas shopping by myself. Once upon a time, when I was married to Adam, I always did most all of the Christmas shopping alone. He truly despised shopping! Matt on the other hand LOVES being in the middle of all of the holiday cheer, crazy and chaos! I do love a good day of shopping alone. I did some fun stocking stuffers. I also ate lunch in a restaurant alone. My twenty-something self, would never have enjoyed or even considered that. My forty-something self, LOVES lunch by myself. I love the solitude, and people watching. I am comfortable enough in my own skin that I can enjoy it! That being a totally introverted thing to say, not everyone can do that, nor would they enjoy it. To each his own. I am not saying this is for everyone, but have you ever done it? Try it, you may like it!

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”

Some of my best conversations with God happen when I am all by myself! I can hear Him way better without distractions. Life is full of noise and distractions. Find somewhere that you can shut out all of that. Listen to that still small voice. I have heard God a handful of times, speak audibly to me, and every time it was because I was being still. Once it was “walk away”, from a relationship that I was struggling with. Once it was prepare for something big that is coming, Adams cancer diagnosis came that year. And “taste and see” and I ran into Matt at church and, well, you all know how that worked out. There have been other moments, but these were big ones for me. They all changed the direction of my life drastically. I am a true believer in Providence, which means, the hand of God. I know that God has had a hand in every instance of my life. I know that I am following the path that He has directed me on. What path are you on? Is it one of your own volition or is it the one God would have you on?

Psalms 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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