Yesterday, I started a special one-week series considering these ideas:
What does God have for me now?
~ Now that I’m finished with school?
~ Now that my kids are out of the house?
~ Now that my baby is in kindergarten?
~ Now that my spouse is gone?
~ Now that we have retired?
~ Now that I am unemployed?
~ Now that… (fill in the blank)
All of us come to moments in our lives where we sometimes have to ask, “What’s next?”
We get caught in one of those “in between” seasons – a time when we are leaving one season of life behind and entering another one.
How do we find God’s will and learn what He has next for us – one step at a time, one task at a time, one moment at a time.
By way of review, yesterday we concluded that we can begin to know God’s plans by doing these general things:
1) Surrendering all we know of us to all we know of Christ.
2) By purposely spending time alone with God and His word daily.
3) By doing the next thing – all that’s in front of us to do.
Today, we are going to begin looking at some more strategic steps we can take to discover all that God has for our lives – especially when we get caught in one of those “in-between” seasons.
To begin with, we can start by super-soaking our minds and hearts with good material. This material may come in the form of print books, e-books, online blogs and forums, and radio programs and podcasts. It can come in form of great conversations with positive friends, sermons, class lectures and millions of other places.
The key is this - begin to fill your mind with positive and encouraging information during this transition period. When we are in “limbo,” it helps tremendously to flood our worlds with good materials.
Consider a few great print/e-books:
(These are books I am reading or have read and found to be very helpful during transition seasons. Of course there are many others, but these are some that have impacted me recently and personally).
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado…
~ This little gem is both book and workbook. I found it to be a great tool – easy to read and utilize.
Amazon.com describes it this way:
“In Cure for the Common Life, he (Max Lucado) offers practical tools for exploring and identifying your own uniqueness, motivation to put your strengths to work, and the perfect prescription for finding and living in your sweet spot for the rest of your life.”
Surf the Woods by Holt Condren…
~ Holt is a personal and life-long friend who has written a wonderful book about living an extraordinary life. I’m enjoying his book right now.
~ Amazon.com describes the book in this manner,
“Do the dreams you once had feel dead? Somewhere along your journey, you may have abandoned your dreams for the monotony of the "safezone" and now you are just going through the motions of life. This book will give you renewed hope that the dreams you once aspired to can be a reality. Holt's gripping stories and principles will make clear that God designed you for ambitious purposes that you can begin living today.
Holt Condren is a successful entrepreneur, men's ministry leader, and avid wilderness explorer. He is also the lead mountaineer on a team of scientists and archaeologists that are exploring Mount Ararat in search of the remains of Noah's Ark. With his combination of business and adventure skills, Holt helped found TrailblazeNow, an organization that helps move men through their fears and into their God-inspired dreams.”
Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Elliot…
~ This gem is one of those rare books that causes you to allow God to deeply search your soul. The Lord has used this book to impact my life like none other in a long time. I have just finished reading it.
~ Amazon.com describes the book in this way:
“We have a way of making Christian concepts complicated, and Elisabeth has a way of untying the knots with grace. Elisabeth Elliot offers a beautiful and inspiring collection of insightful reflections on living the Christian life. Drawing from her rich personal experiences as a missionary, a wife, a mother, a widow, and a speaker, Elliot illustrates biblical concepts such as hope, peace, and prayer with clarity and grace.”
Consider a few great websites:
(These are blogs or sites of friends I personally know or people I greatly admire. I’m sure there are many others, but these are a few that I peruse regularly).
Consider a few great radio programs/podcasts:
http://www.insight.org (Ministry of Chuck Swindoll)
http://www.daveramsey.com/show/radio/ (Radio with Dave Ramsey)
http://www.lwf.org/site/PageServer (Ministry of Adrian Rogers)
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/(Ministry of David Jeremiah)
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/walk-in-the-word/ (Ministry of James McDonald)
When you are in limbo, it helps to super-soak your world with great material – in every way you possibly can.
Think of it as a thirsty person drinking from a fire hydrant!
That’s all for today, but I’ll return tomorrow with another practical suggestion for beginning to answer the question, “What’s Next”??
Blessings to you as you take the next step,