By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Of the eighteen novels and novellas I’ve written over the past twelve years, a predominant theme in my characters’ lives has been finding direction. Choosing the right path.
A few of my heroines have known exactly what they wanted and headed straight for it. But most found themselves questioning which road they should take.
I can relate with those women.
I’ve had several junctures in my life where I had to make a critical decision about my direction. Often I’d ask, “Which way, Lord? What is Your will for my life?”
The right answer always came when I stayed consistently in God’s word, soaking in His wisdom and imprinting His promises on my heart.
One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 16:11 –
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Another directional favorite is Proverbs 4:25-26 –
Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
Stay on the safe path.
I copied that scripture on the inside cover of my journal several years ago, unaware at the time that it was a key to the next few months. If I had looked more at what the Lord had laid before me and less at what was off the path, I would have done better and avoided painful pitfalls.
It was a hard way of proving that God knows what He’s talking about. Yet, in His mercy, He rescued me.
In my upcoming book, A Mistletoe Christmas, both of my main characters ask God for direction at a time in their lives when you’d think they’d know just what to do. They are experienced and seasoned, yet they understand that it is never too early or too late to seek God’s plan and stay on the path of life.
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“But it’s God’s business, after all,” Dave said, “and it’s His will that matters most, not what I think I want.”
Georgia most definitely agreed with him and had come to that conclusion many times in her life, particularly since her husband had passed.
“It’s a risky thing to say ‘Your will be done.’” Dave spoke to the tree, but when he turned and looked at Georgia, she knew it was a double-edged message meant for her as well as himself.
“Yes, it is,” she answered softly. “It requires trust.” ~A Mistletoe Christmas – sweet contemporary cowboy romance
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