Devotional: Crossroads of My Life

FreeImages.com/Cheryl Scott

FreeImages.com/Cheryl Scott

For I know the plans I have for you”— this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11. HCSB)

Do you ever look back at different times in your life and think about how things worked out? Ever notice if it was a time you were praying hard for something? What about times you didn’t pray? Did things work out?

There have been times when I prayed for God’s guidance and I can look back and see how He worked things out. When I was young in my prayer life, I sometimes could almost see it happening before my eyes.

As I have learned to develop a prayer life, I still find myself looking back at the crossroads of my life and playing the “What if” game. Every time I do, I think about the decisions I made and how I could have done something differently. Yet, every time, I can’t find a better solution to where I find my life now. Was God making things work out despite myself?

In the book of Ruth, we learn about a husband, wife, and two sons. They traveled to Moab to live. Then, the husband died and the two sons married Moabite women. Before having children, the sons died.

These three women were at a crossroad in their life. Naomi decided to return to her home country of Judah where she would be homeless and without a means to obtain food. After she and her daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, were on their way, she stopped to try and persuade them to return home to their families.

Orpah and Ruth would be faced with the same situation as Naomi, only they would be foreigners and outcasts. If they stayed in Moab, they would have the chance to find new husbands and even have children.

Orpah was persuaded, but Ruth was not. She replied, “Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yahweh punish me, and do so severely, if anything but death separates you and me. (Ruth 1:16-17 HCSB)

The book of Ruth doesn’t say anything about praying first, but that Ruth chose to stay with Naomi. We don’t know when Naomi’s husband died or when her sons died. Neither do we know how long the sons were married. We only know that Naomi’s family lived in Moab for about 10 years. I believe in the small amount of time Ruth was with this family, they showed her that God was the one true God. Maybe through actions, deeds, and a daily prayer life.

Ultimately, Ruth chose to follow God. It could have been through her devotion to Naomi, but look at the blessings Ruth received from the hardships of her life. If you continue to read Ruth, this is what happens. She found a cave for Naomi to stay in, found a field to collect leftover grain, which happened to be owned by a man who could marry her, was married, and had a grandchild for Naomi.

Ruth became one of the most important females in the bible. Her story is not devoted to a few chapters in the Bible but is a whole book. Also, she is listed as one of the women in the genealogy of Jesus. They didn’t list women unless it was important.

So, does that mean I don’t need to pray? Of course, not. Remember, I said before I learned to develop a prayer life God worked things out in my life. Sometimes we don’t know exactly how to pray for something. Sometimes we are faced with a decision and there is little time to think, much less pray about it.

Just like God knew deep down in Ruth’s heart she chose Him, God knows our deepest thoughts and needs. In the end, He will work things out the way they need to be for our good. But, we still need to develop our prayer life. It’s one of the ways we grow.

Lord, thank you for taking care of me in the times I didn’t think to pray or didn’t know how to pray. Thank you for bringing me to where I am now. Help me to keep my thoughts more on you in the future. Continue to guide my life.

Ruth became one of the most important females in the bible. Tweet This.

I still find myself looking back at the crossroads of my life and playing the “What if” game. Tweet This.

Advertisements

Writing Historical: How to choose a year?

 photo HRM_01_zps7a79319d.jpgWhen starting a new story, you always have to put time into setting. One of my favorite Eras happens to be the Medieval Era. You know; knights in shining armor and all that. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because of the belief that men held themselves to a strict code of conduct. Not that they really did. Perhaps I know they didn’t, but I prefer to look at it through rose-colored glasses anyway.

Discover: Medieval Era lasted about 10 centuries!

It wasn’t actually that hard to find the time of castles and knights. It was deciding on how much history needed to be included into the story to make it accurate.

Learn: Famine, Plagues, and War diminished European population.

For the heroine to find herself in the predicament she is in I had to have a reason. Humm . . . which one should I use?

Write: To find out you’ll have to read my first chapter.

So, this will be something new and dangerous for me. I’m going to put my work up one chapter at a time. I’ll have someone check for misspelled words first, but it will be up to you to tell me if its good or if it stinks.

I’ll need ground rules though. Any suggestions?

Having a Plan

There are several blogs that I like to read on a regular basses. To do that I’ve subscribed to them and it’s sent to my email address. It gives me a lot of emails, but it’s easier for me to read them. One of the blogs I read is Michael Hyatt. He is a great source of information for author and want-a-be authors. Lately he has been writing about creating a life plan. Though I didn’t sit down and write out a life plan for every aspect in my life, I did jot down a list of goals for my writing because I felt I wasn’t really getting anywhere. I started with what I needed to get done first and moved from there. Here is what I came up with:

1.  Finish the short story. (I’m at the end now)
2.  Make my final changes to “The Search”
3.  Have a local consulting company proofread the story.
4.  Find a couple bada readers and have them read it.
5.  Make a list of agents to send a query to.
6.  Write a query.
7.  Send out my query
8.  Wait

If you want to learn more about life plans you can go to Michael’s post.

What about you? What do you think about a life plan? Do you think it has some value?