Hi friends, I’m so glad to be back with you! I went into the summer knowing that I needed to take a rest from bringing a weekly blog to you. Summer was time well spent with family and friends, but there was also an underlying question in my soul –
For the last twelve years, I have had a child or multiple children at home. We decided early on in our marriage that I wanted to be the one to stay home with the kids while they were little. Thankfully, my job as a maternity nurse afforded me that opportunity and then five years ago, God led us to the decision that I would stay home full time. These years at home with the kids have been an absolute gift.
But that season was coming to an end as our youngest was preparing for kindergarten and I still was asking myself, “What’s next?”
Have you ever been there? When you want to see the plan and the next steps and you are fully willing and ready to be obedient to whatever God says, and yet, you aren’t hearing anything?
In my human-ness, I entered the summer expecting that God would give me the plan and my next steps by the end of the summer. I put a timeline on God. Ha! How dumb can I be?! In His God-ness, He did not meet my timeline and He did not reveal the plan…at least not in the five step checklist that I was hoping for!
I came to Him asking for a plan, instead, He came to me with His presence.
His presence is far better than any plan.
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I am used to always having someone with me, so as I entered this new season of all my children being at school, I found myself a little disoriented in the stillness.
But God, knowing me intimately, and knowing exactly what I need, drew me close to Him. In quiet and still moments, He pulls me into worship. He calls me into prayer. He draws me into His Word.
And His presence is exactly what I need. It’s exactly what we all need.
Are you like me and asking yourself, “What’s next?”
Maybe “next” isn’t what we should be focusing on. Maybe instead our focus should be transfixed fully on Jesus. He may not give us the plan as soon as we would like it, but His presence is immensely better.
Thanks be to Him.
“In your presence is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11
As I am asking, listening and discerning what God says to me, I would also love to hear from you! Do you enjoy the weekly blog? Do you want a book? Would you listen to a podcast? Would you prefer a quick Instagram reel? Do you want to hear a longer form message, such as a speaking session at your church? I want to hear from you! You can email me or find me on Facebook and Instagram.
And for your worship, here is a song for you – Your Presence is Heaven