What to do when you’re at a CROSSROADS in life….

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This is a PANTSER post.

I’m normally a PLANNER.

For those not skilled in writerspeak, I’ll explain! There are two types of authors. Those who carefully plan out their books or articles before they begin writing, like me. A planner. How can I know what to write if I don’t know what I’m writing toward? And then there are pantsers, those who write by “the seat of their pants” letting their characters go wherever they want with no structure in mind.

Sounds downright scary to me!

But THIS post? It’s a pantser, because I can only pray that by the end of it, I’ll have answers not only for you, but for myself as well.

I find myself at a crossroads in life.

Not exactly a life-or-death, do-or-die conundrum, but a choice that may affect the trajectory of the rest of my life.

There’s no obvious right choice and neither go against God’s will. But I believe that one option is preferable to the other.

I just don’t know which one that is.

The scales of balance are so evenly weighted in this decision that I’ve changed my mind no less than 137 times per hour for the last few days. I ended up taking a rare midday nap today because it is weighing so heavy on me I’ve made myself sick.

Have you ever been in that place?

I may not know which choice I will make but I do know these three things:

  • The Lord wants us to be wise in decision-making but not to lose our peace. We are not alone in ANY decision as long as we remember to include Him.
  • Many times we cannot hear that still, small voice because our flesh is drowning out the sound. The chaos and confusion comes from us, not Him.
  • A road that seemingly splits into two opposite directions will likely merge again at some point. All roads lead to Rome.

So there…I think I’ve just answered my dilemma. Or at least the part that’s keeping me up at night! Whichever road I take, the Lord will be there. If it’s a misstep, He will get me back to where I need to be.

The only thing that I can do WRONG in this whole situation is to stand here at the crossroads paralyzed.

Happy Labor Day!

FUN FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

THE FIRST LABOR DAY CELEBRATION WAS SEPTEMBER 5, 1882 IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE HOLIDAY IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH “MAY DAY.”
Most other countries celebrate International Workers’ Day, or “May Day,” instead of Labor Day. The concept is the same, but it is celebrated on May 1 around the globe.

THE THEORY ABOUT WHY WE CAN’T WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY IS HIGHLY DEBATED.
Class separation, the end of summer, and magazine promotions of fall clothes are three prevailing theories!

LABOR DAY IRONICALLY CAUSES SOME OF THE LONGEST WORKING HOURS FOR RETAIL WORKERS.

LABOR DAY IS THE OFFICIAL END OF HOT DOG SEASON.
Who knew? It’s recorded as such on the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council website.

IT IS THE SECOND MOST DANGEROUS HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO DRIVE ON U.S. HIGHWAYS.
Be careful out there!

Labor Day is a great time to rest and have fun with friends and family. Even Jesus rested.

Mark 1:35 gives us just one example.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Whether you spend Labor Day relaxing in solitude or enjoying the company of others, give yourself that spiritual rest needed to go into Fall renewed and refreshed!

Gear Up: Me Time

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on ME TIME!

Many people think it’s impossible to carve out alone time, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have young children at home, enlist a friend or family member to help with them for a couple of hours a week. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the house, find a young teenager to play with the kids while you slip away for a bubble bath or to read that book that’s been on your nightstand for weeks.

If you work 60 hours a week and just want to come home and crash after work, just stop and treat yourself to something simple like an Icee after work.

One day I was tackling my long shopping list at WalMart when I passed by the toy aisle. How many times had I begged my parents for a toy when I was little, only to be told it wasn’t on the list? Well there I was, list in hand, and was old enough to decide that I could buy something that wasn’t on the list after all! I perused the toy aisles for about 15 minutes, settling on a new Barbie doll that ended up in the grandkids’ toy bin. (But not before I secretly played with her first!)

 

Groupon is also one of my favorite apps. I’ve gotten full body massages up to 90% off. A $10 massage is not a splurge; it’s an investment! I also bought a one-hour game play (think: virtual reality) at a nearby mall for $6. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned playing to rejuvenate your spirit!

If cheap outings are still not in the budget, free ones are! Parks, trails, libraries, lakes…there are an abundance of places to go for a little me time that don’t cost a dime.

We are better for others when we are good to ourselves and that starts with taking care of YOU!