“I never thought I’d be here. Now what?” This thought rattled around my head when my life seemingly derailed. I was speeding along but had no idea to where. The tracks were gone and I was hurtling into a different future than planned. Have you been on this same train? If life doesn’t look like you envisioned, maybe it’s time to slow down, shift gears and find a new track.
I shifted gears then from wondering “why me” to “what’s next”. I knew I couldn’t stay on this speeding train without direction, so I sought guidance from the One who knew the way. I let go of “why me” and very quietly asked Him “what’s next”? God answered my little question in a big way. A small decision to seek and follow Him led to bigger steps. Those led to larger leaps and here we are together over ten years later.
Within my shift to “what’s next” was the realization it wasn’t all up to me. This revelation lifted a heavy weight I no longer wanted to carry. God had a plan; I just needed to seek Him in a deeper way to find it. When my plan aligned with His, life became an adventure beyond my wildest dreams. But I never did it alone; God walked with me every step of the way. By no means is this plan fully known to me, even now. But I have found when I follow Him; each step leads to the next.
Life is not about the things or what of this world. It’s about the Who. First and foremost, life is about my relationship with God and His plan for me. This is found by following Him and seeking His will. But I don’t live in a vacuum and neither do you. We are meant to do life together with family, friends and all those God inserts into our days.
Choosing Jesus and other people over the things of this world is always a better choice. Does this mean I don’t do the things I need to? Not on your life! There are lots of things to do, but now which things I do flow from God’s plan, not mine.
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My “what’s next” season helped me realize this truth. I’m hoping I can help you find your “what’s next” plan, too. This is part of the focus of my upcoming Spring into Wellness Challenge starting next Monday April 18.
The challenge will be just that: a challenge. I’ll be challenging myself as much as all of you. I need encouragement in my soul, mind and body wellness and maybe you do too. Won’t you join me? I’ll help us all carve out moments of mind, body and soul wellness in our everyday lives.
Check out the details on the Spring into Wellness Challenge and sign up for four weeks of encouragement to jump start our wellness this Spring. I’ll offer inspiration, encouragement and tips which helped me and others on the path to wellness.
Whether you are in a “what now” moment or looking for encouragement to stay on the track, sign up! Let’s choose to challenge each other, choose people over things and live the life God intends for each of us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
Linking up with Suzie Eller at #liveFree, Dawn Klinge at #GraceandTruth ,Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus Carolina Cisneros at #OpenMicMonday Jaime Weibel at #SittingAmongFriends, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart and Jennifer Moye at #JesusandCoffee
22 thoughts on “Move into What’s Next”
Very powerful post today – I love it. Thank you for your words, Jill!
Aww, thanks Chelsey! Hope it inspires others follow His footprints too!
Such a great re-training of the brain and the heart!
Thanks Michele! Have a wonderfully well day and thanks for stopping and commenting!
Sounds like a great challenge Jill. Enjoyed your post and yes I agree life is about our Who.
Thanks Debbie! Hope you’ll join us on the Challenge as we explore and Challenge each other to wellness and seeking His will for our lives and wellness!
Beautiful post Jill! Through God’s grace;I have learned the necessity of both physical and spiritual wellness since my stroke. Thank you for sharing such an honest and heartfelt post. May God continue to bless you and yours in all your endeavors!
Thank you! Yes life is so much more than physical health. I hope you’ll join us on the Wellness Challenge as we seek wellness in mind, body and soul. Continued blessings on finding your wellness too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
I love how you explain this choice we have. Thank you for encouraging and challenging me today! #DanceWithJesus
Thanks Bethany-yes we always have choices, sometimes it’s to be challenged into what’s next. Thanks for the comment and stopping by! #SpringintoWellness
Thank you for your post. I feel like I need a wellness year to get me back on track. I know God wants us to be physically, spiritually & emotionally fit so that we can serve Him better. Headed out right now to take a walk and pray. Have a wonderful day!
Thanks Sandra for the comment and encouragement! Way to start you day off right with a walk and a conversation with God-love it! #SpringintoWellness!
This is truth. I love this post so much. It’s a great reminder to remember the WHO not the things. Thanks so much for linking up to Open Mic Monday for the soul at Cisneros Cafe. <3 Have a blessed week, Jill!
Thanks Carolina! Love what you’re doing at Cisneros Cafe! Let’s always remember Who is first!
Such important truth. It’s always about Him. Thank you for sharing and look forward to hearing more! (Stopping by from Jesus and Coffee linkup.) Have a blessed day 🙂
Thanks, it is about Him! Looking forward to continuing the journey and thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Blessings to you today!
The Who in our lives are both a support system and a sharpening tool! This is a great reminder to be intentional about where He is guiding and who is on the journey with us! Blessings, liz
Thanks Liz! Love where He leads, even if it’s through the valleys of life. Let’s continue to be intentional in following Him! God’s blessings to you!
Jill, I am really enjoying the emails so far this week! Thanks for your encouragement!!
Thanks Jen!! Love encouraging and hearing about everyone’s journey! Be Well, my friend!
Great post, Jill. I especially liked this: “Choosing Jesus and other people over the things of this world is always a better choice. Does this mean I don’t do the things I need to? Not on your life!”
Looking forward to reading more.
Thanks Gwen! Here’s to choosing Jesus and people over all our other ‘stuff’! Thanks for stopping by!