“You have stayed at this mountain long enough,” God told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 1:6. “It is time to break camp and move on.”
There are times in your life when it’s essential to move on. If you stay too long at one place, you stagnate and start to wander aimlessly. When you’re rebuilding your life, you must be careful to advance according to God’s schedule — neither lagging behind nor running ahead.
A reader asked how to know if you’re rushing ahead of God, or ignoring His call. “What does a ‘check in your spirit’ feel like?” asks Debra on How to Figure Out What God Wants You to Do.
To me, a “check in your spirit” is similar to – but more trustworthy than – gut instincts or intuition. It’s a red flag or a feeling I shouldn’t do that thing or go in that direction. Usually, it’s not loud and annoying, like a garbage truck backing up — beep beep beep! But sometimes it’s pretty strong and insistent.
The Holy Spirit checks me with a gentle, soft nudge. Go this way, not that way. Write this chapter, not that one. Vacation in this country, email that friend, draw this Blossy on this banana, not that one.
Think back to your life…have you ever made a decision and later regretted it? You knew it wasn’t the right decision, but you did it anyway? Of course you have – we all have!
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One of my most recent examples is my idea for a new nonfiction book. My agent loved the idea….but now I have a different idea, for a fiction book. I feel led to writing my novel idea first, even though I’ve never written fiction and I already know the structure, style and content of the nonfiction book. I just have a strong sense that the novel is the right book to write next.
I’m irresistibly drawn to it, in a healthy and life-giving way. I know it won’t be easy, and I’ll have to stand firm in my conviction. I may fail, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is how the Holy Spirit guides me.
How do you sense God’s guidance in your life?
If you’re struggling to break free from the past and move into a new season of life, you’re not alone. The majority of my readers’ emails and comments are about the struggle to let go, heal and move on. It’s hard to let go of the past. It takes time, energy, and effort to break camp and move on. God knows. He said it first, way back in the beginning!
The time has come. What do you need to let go of, so you can live in freedom, peace and joy?
On She Blossoms This Week
4 Steps to Recovery After a Shocking Marriage Breakup – In my blog posts, I typically begin with a reader’s comment and five Blossom Tips to help with healing and moving forward in life. This time, however, I’m sharing four different readers’ experiences with marriage breakups. Each of their stories offers a step to recovery and healing.
How to Be Happy Alone After Your Relationship Ends – I wrote this article for a reader, who said: “I am struggling with the idea of being alone in life. My relationship ended years ago but the divorce just came through. My two kids are grown. They live in different cities and have their own lives and children. My mother has gone on to be with the Lord, my father is wonderful but very old. My siblings live in other parts of the country. I’m dating a man casually but it’s not serious. I’m scared I’ll never be happy alone.”
How to Deal With Guilty Feelings After Your Dog’s Death – Even if you didn’t cause your dog’s death, you still feel guilty. It’s a natural response to pet loss. Here, you’ll find help dealing with the pain and grief.
How are you doing? Take a deep breath. Fix your eyes on that which is good, true, right and holy. Don’t allow this world to overcome your faith, peace, and joy! Find small pockets of time to listen and dwell in Jesus’ presence. Have courage to change direction when you feel the Holy Spirit’s check.
Receive love, grace and healing from the Lord God your Creator.
With His Love,
Laurie & Blossy
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.