Where You Belong

What’s just over that hill? You may not know, but I do. These are my own words, as I know there’s a river just on the other side. But God would say the same thing. You can’t see what’s up ahead but He knows the plans He has for you. 

…”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

As the river above bends in two directions eventually we meet bends in our lives that require choices and direction. Sometimes the way God answers makes that path very clear, other times we must try different things and have some faith that He will open or close doors and lead us to our promised land. 

Sow your seed in the morning, and do not rest your hands in the evening, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or if both will equally prosper.

Ecclesiastes 11:6

My own Journey

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my own personal pilgrimage publicly. The journey hasn’t been easy. Depression and anxiety were the pits, but thankfully I’m in a far better place. I’m learning to drive and I’m becoming more and more comfortable behind the wheel. 

What’s next on the agenda? Income. Employment and something that will fill my days with meaning and purpose. I struggled with this one. Where do I fit in? I’ve never really known. However, many years of working from home and becoming too isolated brought me to a place where I desperately needed to leave my nest. 

On a recent ladies retreat I saw an arrow shaped sign that read “path.” I mentioned to my walking companion that I so wished my life had one of those signs. I’ve been in the process of applying for a college course: Early Childhood Education Certificate. I didn’t choose this because I had a light bulb moment. I saw an employment ad for a daycare that runs out of our church. I wondered if this might be something I’d find fulfilling. After looking into certification to work with young children I quickly found myself enrolling and signing documents, everything started happening so fast. Then there was a sudden delay: my student loan account was in my unmarried name and needed to be changed.

Currently the financing process is at a stand still and my start date has been moved forward to October 24th. Some bumps in this process made me feel so unsure that this is the right path. While I’m waiting to find out if I even qualify for a student loan,  and can begin studies, I’m preparing as if I AM going back to school. My future is in God’s hands. I have hope that what’s over that hill will lead me one step closer to where I’m meant to be. 

In the waiting I have the assurance that with Jesus I’m always right where I belong. ❤ 

The words to the song below are so perfect. The video makes me smile as well. I hope you’ll have a listen to the words as if God were singing it over you.

The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will save you.
He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; he will sing and be joyful about you.”

Zephaniah 3:17

17 thoughts on “Where You Belong

  1. I wish you the best in the next step for you. Just trust in God to lead and direct you. Bends as you said are bound to come, that’s life but those bends make us lean on God more. I pray that your loan will be sorted out and you can start without a problem. Hugs and prayers Tina 💙🙏🏽


  2. Tina, best wishes on your new journey! I am happy that you are moving forward and beginning a new path. Don’t be defeated by bumps in the road; it happens to all of us. I will keep you in my prayers, praying that the loan comes through soon and that you find much pleasure in early childhood education. Cyber Hugs and Blessings! ❤️🦋🐝🌺


  3. Praying for your continuing journey as God opens another opportunity for you. Tina, thank you for sharing your excitement. Even though I am now retired, I can vividly remember many times in my teaching career when God opened a door as His plans saw fit for me.


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