Clarity & Direction

The Language of Letting Go ~ by Melody Beattie 

In spite of our best efforts to work out programs and lean on God’s guidance, we sometimes don’t understand what’s going on in our life. We trust, wait, pray, listen to people, listen to ourselves, and the answer still does not come.

During those times, we need to understand that we are right where we need to be, even though that place may feel awkward and uncomfortable. Our life does have purpose and direction.

We are being changed, healed, and transformed at levels deeper than we can imagine. Good things, beyond our capacity to imagine, are being prepared and brought to us. We are being led and guided.

We can become peaceful. We do not have to act in haste or urgency just to relieve our discomfort, just to get an answer. We can wait until our mind is peaceful. We can wait for clear direction. Clarity will come.

The answer will come, and it will be good for us and those around us.

Today, God, help me know I am being guided into what’s good about life, especially when I feel confused and without direction. Help me trust enough to wait until my mind and vision are clear and consistent. Help me know that clarity will come. 

This comes from one of my favorite daily reads by Melody Beattie. It is crazy how sometimes you read things that hit home more than you can imagine. I have been looking for clarity and direction for a long time. It is reassuring to be reminded that we are right where God wants us to be at this moment. Clarity will come. I find myself pushing to find the answers. When I get too anxious, I find myself messing up what God is doing in my life. I am learning to relax and not have to have a moment by moment plan for my entire life. 


Define __________. What does it mean to you?

Here lately I have had an obsession with certain words and what they mean. I am not just talking about the Webster dictionary definition. I am looking more for way to describe these words, examples of these words, details or generalities, or anything else that may encompass what these words mean to others.

Faith is one of my spiritual gifts. Thank you God for giving that one to me. I know I wouldn’t be able to weather these storms without it! But…there are so many ways to define faith. Another one that I am obsessed with is passion. What an amazing word. What is passion? Why and how does it exist? What does it mean? How do you find or create it? What do you do with it?

I would love to know how you would define either of these words. I am curious for some examples that I would never think of that would feed my obsession. What do these words mean to you? Do you have any words that you are obsessed with?

Faith to me is knowing that everything will be ok. Faith that God has a plan and I just have to trust him blindly. Faith is knowing I will not always hurt. Faith is not knowing the outcome, but knowing there is one. Faith is reassuring. Faith gives me peace in times of tragedy. Faith catches my tears as they roll down my face. Faith holds me when I can’t take any more. Faith is my comfort.

Passion is a burning desire and having a indiscribable feeling. Passion is a smile. Passion is living without regrets. Passion is what gives me courage to do the things that I am not sure about. Passion is what I feel for my family. Passion is my heart breaking when I see people less fortunate than I. Passion is what drives a person with limitations. Passion is what allows people to reach their potential. Passion is what God feels for me.

Begining something new…

Well, life has thrown a few difficult things at me in the last few years. I can see and feel God doing a lot in my life. Sometimes there is so much going on, I can’t keep it all straight. When I was driving home the other day, I decided that I needed to start writing down my thoughts, my trials, my lessons, my struggles, my pain, my happiness, so that I can remember where I was and discover where God is taking me.

At church Sunday, I learned that I need to stop asking God why and begin asking what. Wow, that hits home.

WHY: Why did my grandfather have lung cancer and pass at a young age?

WHAT: What is God wanting me to understand and learn through my grandfather becoming ill?

WHY: Why did my marriage not work out the way I wanted?

WHAT: What life lessons can I take away from that experience?

WHY: Why did my friend since second grade get diagnosed with brain cancer at 26?

WHAT: What can we all learn from someone who is told they have an illness that cannot be cured?

WHY: Why did my best friend have to die just days after her 27th birthday?

WHAT: What did God show me in my friend as she touched many peoples lives?

WHY: Why is my uncle on Hospice at 49 because he has dilated cardiomyopathy?

WHAT: What is God doing in those people’s lives that are so close to him?

WHY: Why did my grandmother have a stroke at the same time my uncle is ill?

WHAT: God, what do I need to do to show my family your love during this time?

I have so many whys! I know that my faith is strong. I know that God is our Master and he is in complete control. I am continuously seeking WHAT He wants me to learn and how He will use my experiences to encourage others. This is why I decided to begin a blog. I need to get some of these things out of my head and on paper (virtually). Then, if anyone who reads this can relate to my experience or find comfortable or encouragement, I feel like what I am going through is not in vain.

With this said, look forward to more thoughts soon!