The Right Decision

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “right.”

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When I started blogging five years ago tomorrow, I had no idea what I was doing.  It just felt like the right thing to do.

I had been sensing the call to write for a while, but I had no idea where to start.  I didn’t know if I’d be good enough or if anyone would want to read my words.  My knowledge was very limited.

But I stepped out in faith and got going, and I’m sure it was the right decision.

I’ve learned so much, I’ve made some wonderful new friends, I’ve grown in faith, and I’ve had some opportunities to share my writing that I’d never have dreamed of five years ago.

Five Minute Friday has been such a key part of that journey.  It has kept me writing almost every week, and the community here never fails to inspire and encourage me, so thank you to all of you who are part of it whether you’ve been involved far longer than me or joined in more recently!

To be honest, I’m still not sure where my writing is going.  I have no master plan for the next five years.  I’m learning to take it one step at a time, to try to follow where God leads, to commit to doing the next right thing without knowing where the path will lead.

I love how Emily Freeman describes it in her book, “The Next Right Thing”:

“God often gives a faint vision of things before they ever come to be.  It’s not a full form, more of a shadow, not focused or clear.  It doesn’t come with steps or money or sure things, but it does come with hope.  And hope is what keeps you going in the fog.”

Thank you for journeying with me!

This post is part of a mini series celebrating five years of blogging here.  Read yesterday’s post to discover the book that inspired me to get started, and come back tomorrow if you’d like to read some more.

23 thoughts on “The Right Decision

  1. Congrats, friend on half a decade of blogging! I love connecting with you from afar. For sure.

    And isn’t it freeing not to have a plan or a whole bunch of goals, just inviting the Lord to lead you to where He wants you to go, step by step!

    ‘The next right thing’ has been such a comfort and hope as we’ve learned to embrace that kind of walk.

    Best to you as you venture on! You know I’ll be following with you …

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I’m so glad we’ve connected too! There is freedom in letting go of control and seeing where God leads (when I can manage to do that! 🙂 )

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  2. Lesley, I look forward to your Life In A Spacious Place blog every time it appears in my email. Writing has always been something I aspired to do but I never took the plunge. I’m retired from teaching. Now might be the time! One of my favorite topics you wrote about was the Japanese art of fixing the cracks. (I’m not recalling the exact term😳). Could it have been a topic you wrote about during the 30 Days of Writing in October?
    Let God lead you in your next writing venture. You will be shown the way.

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    1. Thank you so much, Becky! I hope you give writing a try! The series you talk about was on Kintsugi and it was one of my October challenges – 2017 I think. It is one of my favourite topics I’ve covered too.

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  3. I am so glad you decided to heed God’s call to write, Lesley. I have enyoyed reading your posts for several years now. Love the Emily Freeman quote. It’s something I certainly can identify with.

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  4. That is a great quote by Freeman. I am having a “foggy” moment in my life that I’m sure is a result of the unmistakable prompting of God. That first moment was totally clear, but every moment after has been a step of faith. I trust God to lead me the right way.

    Amie, FMF #21

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    1. Thanks, Amie! I’ve had times like that too where I’ve stepped out, sure that God is calling but then it’s all got very foggy. Now that I think about it I have a situation like that right now. But I love that we have hope in God and that we can trust he will lead us one step at a time.

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  5. Lesley, you have given thanks
    for all that you have learned,
    but out here in your readers’ ranks
    you’ll find that you have earned
    the kind of love that permeates
    the God-centered soul;
    from Alpine wastes to Kedah state
    you’ve helped to make us whole
    in our faith and in our trust
    of the God you praise;
    we who have been raised from dust
    are grateful for these days
    of which you’ve been a vital part
    with the grace shared from your heart.

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    1. Thank you, Andrew, for your lovely words! You are such a blessing and I’m grateful to have connected with you. God has definitely used your words to bless me and many others.

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  6. Lesley, you know that I always look forward to your writing and am not disappointed. You leave me with inspiration and something to ponder each time! Happy 5 year anniversary! I’m looking forward to where God leads you in your writing journey!

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