You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
~Psalm 32:7 NIV~
I’ve been gone. Not sure where I was exactly, but I’ve been watching things from the sidelines and wondering if it will ever be safe to get back in the game again. For a while, I was busy all the time and I was working on so many projects that I couldn’t breathe. I had to slow down and think about which direction made sense. After all, I can only go down one path at a time.
For the past year, I’ve been doing a bit of mental and spiritual de-cluttering. Well, not just a bit…a whole bunch of de-cluttering. I’ve cut some people loose. I’ve abandoned some projects that no longer made sense. I’ve begun to rethink the path I was on and to evaluate where it was eventually going to take me if I continued. I decided that it was all wrong. Just about everything in my life was making me unhappy or at the very least, uncomfortable. So, I started making some plans. Yes, my escape is imminent!
The answer, at its most basic level, is that if it hurts then it has to go. If I spend even one moment feeling less than because of someone or something, then I need to figure out how to remove that someone or something from the path I am on. Or, I just need to change my path. Granted, when you are a single parent and you have one source of income, it isn’t always easy to switch tracks in mid-stream. Our obligations don’t stop just because we have an epiphany.
Sometimes, we have to just pray and make our plans and wait for God to open the doors we need Him to open. We can go about our business even when we’re not happy, and then one day, when everything is in place God will give us a nudge to set out in a new direction. So, I’ve been making some plans. And yes, I know that my plans really don’t mean much if it’s not in God’s plan for me. I definitely ask Him for direction and to show me where He wants me to be. He’s been pointing me towards something new and I’m happy with the idea of moving away from where I’ve been. Mentally, Spiritually, and Physically. I’m ready to chart a new course and get started on the next leg of this journey.
There are many things that I need to do and once the plan is set in motion, there will be no turning back. God has given me a new vision for my future and I’m waiting…somewhat impatiently…to set out on that journey. For now, He’s making me rest and recover from all the things that have done damage over the years. He’s been helping me to clean out all of the toxins and to see some things more clearly. I know that where I now want to go is where I am truly meant to be and I can’t wait to get there.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
~Isaiah 42:9 NIV~
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.