Today I asked the Lord what grieves His heart about me? His answer was quick and direct. I haven’t been dedicating myself to writing. He has urged me to write on different occasions, and I have. I have written through storms, peace, trials and victories.

Now that my husband and I have moved into our “retirement” home, I have more time, but have not sat down to really write about what’s on my heart. I don’t have the clamor and involvement of our home of the past 19 years; the established relationships, work, and service that were built into our lives.

Getting connected in a new place creates a rhythm of its own. Resting in the unknown is something I haven’t gotten entirely comfortable with. Our retirement is a new experience which is happening a ferry ride away from our loved ones. A month after we relocated, my mother and brother moved out of state to Kansas. And in about 30 days, our daughter and grandson have plans to do the same. My husband doesn’t really see himself retiring, so he’s begun the interview process for positions offered locally.

More of life’s rich pageantry, right?

Writing is the best thing that I can add to my prayers and Bible study. It is what keeps me current with heart concerns, and my relationships, beginning with God. It is about doing what is right in God’s sight. He is the One to turn to for love, truth, and therefore the proper course of action. The correct course doesn’t always feel good, but is for our good nonetheless. The correction being dispensed may be unpleasant, even unexpected, and yet with surrender to the process we can reach the “lessons learned” side quicker. We will be introduced to the benefits of alteration as we obey and trust that our loving Father knows what He is doing.

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Maybe the Lord has been urging you to write, paint, begin a blog, a book, or to dedicate time to study. Perhaps you are feeling compelled to learn an instrument, continue your education, or change careers. Whatever the case, if you will follow the still small voice within, He will usher you into your destiny.

He is trustworthy.

Trust, obey and worship the One and only, true and living God Almighty.

Our loving heavenly Father.

We are on this journey together with Him. He has plans to bless and not curse us, He tells us this in Jeremiah 29:11: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). This is an excellent promise to anchor us in the midst of trials and corrections, don’t you think?


Dear God, I want to thank you for always knowing what is best for me. Please help me to submit to your process that I may become more like You. My heart is to say and do only what You say and do. Amen.

“I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me” (John 8:28b) (NLT).


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