Have you ever come to that place that you know what you want to do, and you know how you want to do it, but for some reason things appear to be coming to a standstill? Well, that's where I'm at right now. I came to a fork in the road in my life, and I began praying over the direction that I needed to take. Without receiving clarity, but knowing that I had to take steps, I began to pursue both routes. I had a plan for route A and one for route B. I was extremely excited as I mapped out the path for each. However, both of those areas appear to just be in stasis. See, I'm that person that has difficulty staying still and waiting.
Do you usually map out a plan for your path and purpose, or do you go with your intuition and let the moment guide you? Are you always that way?
As I ask the Lord for further clarification, the only message that I keep receiving is "Keep moving." I don't know if that means to pursue one route, or the other, so I continue to pursue both. At times, I'm receiving confirmation on one particular route, or the other. Great things will occur, but then everything just stops. Then I begin to question is that actual confirmation or is that my heart speaking out loud about it's desire.
Have you been at a place where you weren't certain if it was your heart, or the Lord speaking?
I search the Bible to gain clarity, and Proverbs 21:5 tells me, "The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty." So, then I'm really confused. On the one hand, I'm planning, so I must be doing great. But then again, on the other hand, I ask myself, "Am I being hasty? Do I need to slow down a bit?"
See, I'm kind of hard-headed and I quite often have to ask Him for confirmation, because He knows that I have difficulty following and understanding clear direction. So, I guess I'll just be like Gideon, who kept asking the Lord for confirmation, until I receive it.
I figure if I continue to pursue both routes until I receive clarity, that it will all work out, because His plans will prevail in the end, according to Proverbs 19:21. "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."
Even if neither of those routes work out, I know that He will take care of me in the end. I continue to go back to Jeremiah 29:11, whenever I began to worry too much, because it brings me peace. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
How do you handle internal conflict? Have you ever been at a place where you were completely torn about what to do?
Were you paralyzed by fear, or did you forge full steam ahead with confidence, knowing that it would all work out in the end? Let me know. I need a word from the wise.
In my novel, BeJeweled: A Beautiful Blend, (Book 3 of The House of BeJeweled), Wes faces internal conflict, as well. His heart has been torn on the direction he should take regarding his relationship, but this isn't the first time he's been there. He previously was conflicted about the relationship he had with his father and step-mother, and uncertain what route he should go in terms of his future. Once his decision was made, he never had regrets. However, this time is completely different.
Wes knew that whatever path he chose, someone would be hurt, but he had to make a decision and stand beside that decision. Everyone would not necessarily understand or support his decision, but it was his to make.
Nikki is another character who faces internal conflict. She's not certain whether she should continue to uphold the vows of a marriage that has turned abusive, praying for healing and deliverance, or if she needs to break the chains that bind her and her husband.
About Chelle Ramsey...
Women's fiction author and blogger, Chelle Ramsey brings a refreshing perspective into the lives of her readers and wants them to find entertainment, healing and inspiration in each novel. Using real problems and challenges faced by ordinary people, Chelle wants readers to become empowered to rise above life's adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves.
Her stories are relatable to individuals of diverse demographics, who have suffered a loss, been hurt, have low self-esteem, have lost hope, or need a word of encouragement. She strives to take your emotions on a roller coaster ride, one page at a time. Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her Human Resources role by day, while she writes her fiction novels at night. And in her spare time, she’s a blogger, freelance writer, and ghostwriter.
Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, Nora Roberts, James Patterson and Stuart Woods. Chelle Ramsey resides in a rural community in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys writing, family time, and watching NBA games.
She hosts the annual 20 Days of Love authors’ blogging campaign, March Madness authors’ giveaways campaign, and showcases other authors on her blog at www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog. Her novels can be found online at Chelle Ramsey Amazon.
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