Thursday, November 05, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

I have no idea what to post on today. Things are very slow and yet at the same time there is so much going on. I am standing at a crossroads in my life right now, specifically my job/career life. And it seems the decision of which way to go is what is taking up much of my mind and heart. It will take faith to go either way. There is much unknown no matter which fork I take. I am usually not a huge risk taker. I mull things over way too long. Weighing pros and cons. Trying to think of all the consequences of both choices. And of course, one can only see so far down the road. Once that first bend is there only the Lord God knows what is around that corner. And I guess that is where trust and faith come in, isn't it? I have to believe when He tells me in Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

And it's really funny how He brings around just the right encouragement when we need it. Just when you feel you're going to go under in panic. God is a good God and doesn't want us to flounder. If we would be open to it, He sends encouragement in all sorts of ways. This time, for me, happens to come in a book. And we all know how I love books. Is there such a love language as books? If there is, that would be me. Anyway, awhile back I recieved a couple of books for a blog tour. I didn't have time to read them at the time so just posted what the publisher sent me and then put them into my book basket. I remembered them when the Fall Into Reading came up. I chose this one. And wouldn't you know, it's exactly what I'm needing right now. I've only finished the first chapter and already it's speaking directly to my heart and stirring up some much needed encouragement and faith.

The book is all about offering hope and peace for the person waiting on God and helping us remember that God is always faithful, worthy of our trust and never late with His help. And it's done in a setting of humor. One of the very first quotes that got underlined by me (yes, I'm one of those underlining maniacs) in the book is:

"Humor is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles."

And I definitely need that because I can tend to be waaaaaay too serious in these times. Which breeds worry. Which breeds health stuff and a grumpy face. And we don't want that now, do we?!

So enough about moi. What's new on your farm?

9 comments:

ellen b. said...

God is good to give you hope in the form that you love...books! He really is amazing. Praying right now that you can relax, rest and choose joy in the midst of your decision making...

Karyn said...

Worry is NOT something that makes decision making easier. I'm so glad God put in your hands just the right book to encourage you at this time.

I pray you will have peace and faith to make your choice and faith to believe that God will be with you whatever path you choose.

Thom said...

Glad you got the right book. And it's good to be serious but not all the time. A big part of life is all the fun :) It's going to be busy for me and Quilly the next week. Jientje arrives tonight :) WOOT

Laura said...

Sounds like the book I need to be reading right now. Change is hard isn't it.

Melli said...

Worry helps nothing. HOW many times does the Bible tell us to "fear not"? 365! Once for each day of the year! So glad that you opened THAT book just in time! (imagine that!) I might have to get a copy too! I will pray that you will reeeelaaaax, be still, and knOw that He is God... and He will lead you to the correct choice. You can be sure of it! :)

Faith said...

I love how your love for books is encouraging you this week!! God is FAITHFUL that is for sure.....life right now is crazy. The HizKidz show is in 3 weeks and ick.....I just had the experience of treating a daughter for head lice...our very first time ever dealing with this....ICK...SO MUCH WORK! I am on my 7th load of laundry and have 2 more to go. sigh.....but....thank God we seemed to have conquered this.....

Barbara H. said...

I am the exact way with decision-making. And I never thought of reading as a love language, but if it wee it would be mine!

I've had that experience, too, of picking up a book that has been sitting and waiting for ages only to find it just what I need at the moment. God is so good!

One of my favorite verses for major decisions is Psalm 16:11: "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." I often put it on graduation cards. Of course, there are times I wish He would show me the path a little more clearly -- like writing it in the sky or sending a prophet to my door. :-) But He does eventually lead us in the way He wants us to go. I'm trusting He will make the path clear to you and give you peace about it.

Karen said...

Decisions can be so stressful, but it sounds like you're on the right path, trusting in the Spirit and welcoming the tools that come before you. God won't let you down! You'll know when the time is right and then just go with it.

nikkipolani said...

To talk about God's amazing timing seems trite somehow, and yet SO TRUE! His timing will be right for your career as well, Susanne. Praying that He will guide your every step.