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Wow! Time has flown by. It's already been a year since I sold Johnny's Bar & Grill and moved into a new life. So much has happened since I turned over my keys to Pete Lago and walked away. I didn't set foot in the building after the sale for seven months.
I broke my ankle, took a three-month cross-country road trip in our motorhome with my husband, launched a small group coaching experience, and have started writing my long-awaited devotional.
My writing has been on hold for a few weeks while I prepare our home to sell. I can't believe how much STUFF we accumulated in the fifteen years that we have been in our house. It's bittersweet because it is a little oasis in the middle of Hollister but after spending five months in a 40-foot motorhome I came to realize that I don't need 2400 square feet of space to keep clean and take care of. I was able to clean my entire motorhome, with a broken ankle, in the time it takes me to clean the bathrooms in my big house. There will be lots of advantages to downsizing.
I will miss my yard the most. With its koi pond, pool, majestic trees, and general entertainment areas, it is truly a paradise for a social butterfly like myself. Tommy's heart left Hollister for Shingletown, California, where we have six acres of property long ago. Up until our return from our road trip, I didn't believe that I could ever walk away from the home I loved so much in Hollister. Alas, the town is growing leaps and bounds. At least the body count is. The unchecked growth is another reason that I'm ready to move on.
I found that without the connection of Johnny's Hollister doesn't have anything that I can't do without. Don't get me wrong, I will miss my son and grandson, my friends and my church family. I'll only be five hours away, and I'm hoping that when we aren't on the road in our RV, many will come to visit us.
What I am amazed by the most is how easy it has become to trust God with our plans and our future. I was so excited to start my devotional, and I had a clear idea about how long it would take me to write it with daily dedication. Then the push to get our home packed up and ready for the market put the kibosh on "my" plans. I get started early in the morning packing and cleaning, and I don't stop until dinner time. The desire to write just isn't there. All I can think about is the massive task of sorting through years of accumulated stuff.
Whenever I start wondering about whether I'm following God's path I remember Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God never asks us to do something that He doesn't give us the strength and desire to do. Right now, that desire is directed to preparing our home to go on the market. All of my passion is channeled there.
I pray every morning for God's guidance, and I believe that I am doing what He would have me do. You might be like the person I used to be. You may second guess yourself constantly, wondering if you are in God's will. Being double-minded is truly exhausting. But if you will do as Proverbs 3:6 says and acknowledge Him in all you do, He will keep you on the right path.I wish I could impart confidence into you that if you ask God for guidance, He will lead you to the life that He has planned for you. It is a life of prosperity and full of hope. You don't need to wonder if you are getting right. If you miss the mark, He straightens you out and directs you back to the right path.
I hadn't written anything, except to journal, for about ten days. But then God placed a desire in my heart and writing came easy. Psalm 37:4-5 says: Be delighted with the Lord. Then He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it and He will. This morning I asked Him to help me write a blog post. It was the desire of my heart, and He made it come easy. Yesterday I couldn't write a sentence. I wanted to pack and clean, and God made that easy.
The point I'm hoping to make with this post is that if you will just trust God with your life and lean on Him and not your own understanding, as Proverbs 3:5 instructs, life gets good. Hard things will come easy. You will know the peace that surpasses understanding, Philippians 4:7.
I hope you've enjoyed this post. If you know someone that is struggling with indecision I hope you will share it with them. And please do stay tuned for updates about my devotional. I'm sure that with God's help it will be available in His timing and it will be a huge blessing to many people.
God is good all the time. Blessings, Cat
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