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“Rely on Me.”
Those were the words that came to me as though spoken audibly when my husband and I moved to a small town (2500 population) in Northwestern Colorado in 2007. I had a great life in Texas, had many writer friends, attended a wonderful Bible study, and was active in our church. “Why would you take me away from such a vibrant spiritual support system to send me to this desert land?” I’d asked.
His answer came swift and sharp. “So you can rely ONLY on me.”
I learned a lot about relying on God in the eight years we lived there. My time there taught me to trust God before man in all things. While there, my writing ministry flourished. I had my first book published and five more followed.
Now, He’s moved me back to the same town we left before. We actually live on the same street! How does that happen? But, one thing is certain, I’m not the same person who left the area eight years ago. I understand so much more about God’s will for me and nothing on this earth can substitute what He has for me.
I’ve learned to guard my heart from the things that would steal my time and energy. I’ve learned to say no to the invitations that pull me away from what He has planned for me that day.
I would not have seen the destructiveness of my busyness had I not spent time “in the desert.” After all, those activities, were all good things but they were keeping me so busy I didn’t have time to heed the command from Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God.”
As the New Year approaches, I challenge each of you to examine your life and if there are areas of busyness, cut them to spend more one-on-one time with the Lord. As your relationship with Him alone grows, so will your understanding of His will for your life.
My wish for each of you in the coming year: A fruitful more deeper relationship with the one true God.
Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her tagline, Where the Bayous Meets the Mountains, grew from both loves. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. This Louisiana native writes her Christmas romances and Southern women’s fiction with a Louisiana/Colorado connection from the Texas home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle.
Buy links to Marian’s Books: http://www.marianmerritt.com/#!/cnec