June 4, 2017

The Turning Points in Life

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:14 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isa 30:21)

It’s been over a year since I’ve updated this blog, and I’ve decided to stop being so neglectful and revive it. A lot has happened in the last year – a job change, a move to the big city, and a book release! Thank you to all who have stuck with me during my absence. I plan to catch up, one story at a time. So let’s dive in, shall we?

When I first entered the professional world right out of college, I took a job I really didn’t want as a secretary. I had applied for writing jobs at several businesses, but most were far away from my hometown, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to move. Like most young college grads, I wanted to use my degree and not feel like I’d just wasted the last four and half years of my life. However, when my mom saw the ad for a secretary in the paper, I applied and then got the job.

Little did I know at the time that I and one of my friends would become the go-to people in this agency of about 60 people for all public relations materials. I became known as the “grammar expert,” which was a title I fully embraced. Writing news releases, annual reports, and grants wasn’t my primary job, but it gave me years of valuable experience that I now put to use running my own freelance writing and editing business, Prestige Prose.

When I look back over the turning points in my life, I can see how the Lord brought all of the pieces together. At the time when events are occurring, though, it is impossible to see the outcome. The Lord brought me to each job that I’ve had, with supervisors who have allowed me to do the thing I love – write. And he has brought people into my life to encourage me as a writer and to help me sharpen my skills. Even the addition of my furry companion, Lilly, seven years ago has provided life lessons that I have used in this blog and turned into a 30-day devotional ebook, Echoes of Joy: 30 Days of Experiencing God’s Grace.

Whatever you may be going through right now, remember that it will only last for a season – both the good and the bad. The Lord can use any circumstance: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28). Even if you can’t see it now, the Lord knows the outcome. Pray and seek his wisdom. While you may not be able to see clearly the path in front of you, you will look back and see God’s footprints as he guided you on the path behind you.

Dear Jesus, thank you for guiding me each step of the way, even into things that I didn’t want to do or that were out of my comfort zone. Thank you for allowing me to look back and see your sovereign hand. I pray for wisdom and clarity when the path is uncertain. Amen.

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