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Wives World ~ Are You Hesitating?

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Already only 15 days into the New Year and I’ve had to learn a lesson…a.k.a. “heard from God.” I was at a “crossroads” as to how to proceed with what I call my “passionate, money-pit, hobby.” Many of you know in the secular world I promote the subject of grief after abortion. This message is an attempt to help women needing permission to grieve this culturally volatile subject and soul-shaming event that clouds the identity of so many women in our culture.

I’ve put so much time and effort into a little piece that “God told me to write.” Yes, time, effort and oh did I mention money? If you are an Al Gore or other famous politician you can make millions writing a book. Little people like me…not so much! If you have a book in your head you want to write, be prepared to consider it an expensive hobby much like re-building an old car or taking up golf.

So again this week I was at a crossroads. I did everything free I could do in an effort to do some promoting for the week of January 22, 2014. An opportunity came along that I wanted to take advantage of. Trouble is …it cost $1450.00. I wrestled and wrangled. I could easily grab my “plastic money” and use it. Yet there was a hesitation…I could find no peace in that simple solution. Finally, the answer of me “letting go” and “letting God” did come, but not without a lot of mental and emotional wrestling on my part.

This morning these wise words came to me: “if my present agenda is making me hesitate—is it really for Him? If I’m not willing to change directions, is that a sign that I’ve now claimed my activities—my life—as my own? Am I living for God—or for me?”

God showed me…the hesitation was from Him. He did not let me jump into my easy, quick fix without a fight. The peace that passes all understanding flooded my soul. I was overwhelmed that we have such a good, good Daddy that He restrains our decisions when they are heading in the wrong direction. It’s a great thing to fall into the hands of the living Lord! I can only hope and pray he will keep me hesitating as I take pause to hear His voice in the midst of every ounce of my life!

Author: Anesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals

Trudy Johnson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado and Tennessee. Her passion is to help women recover from past abuse and trauma with the goal of living productive, transformed lives. Trudy is a Master's Level Trauma Specialist with several trauma resolution trainings at her disposal. She has a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling and adheres to a Biblical belief system and theologies.

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