Saturday, November 27, 2010

Guest Post by Author Cathy Bryant: Need Direction?

Today I'd like to welcome author Cathy Bryant to A Few More Pages! A Path Less Traveled, book 2 in her Miller's Creek series, was released this month. Cathy's post focuses on the Bible verse that inspired her book. Thanks for joining us, Cathy!
Thanks so much for the opportunity, Katy!
Need Direction?
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." ~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
I don't know about you, but I constantly crave direction. My hubby has referred to me as "can't-make-a-decision-Cathy." And I know what the problem is.

Fear.

I'm so afraid of making the wrong decision that I end up in the sad condition known as the paralysis of analysis. 

Praise the Lord that there is hope for me (& people like me)!

TRUST IN THE LORD
The best cure for fear is trust in God. However, an untested faith isn't faith at all. I can trust a chair to hold me up, but until I actually put my weight on the chair, my faith isn't proven. In our daily lives, we must live in such a way that proves our trust in God. Lean on Him.

WITH ALL YOUR HEART
In an age when so many people and things vie for our affection, it can be challenging to have an undivided heart when it comes to God. But it's more than a suggestion. It's a command. When a Pharisee asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest, Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37, NIV)

LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING
This is where I falter the most, and I don't think I'm alone. Our society is big on going with your gut instinct. The only problem with that philosophy is that our guts can be dead wrong. We can't follow our based-on-human-understanding plans and expect God to bless them. In every decision we face, no matter how big or small, we need to seek God. We can't see the big picture. He can.

IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
Admit that He is, always has been, and always will be. Recognize His sovereignty and authority. Express your gratitude for all that He is. Know Him and make Him known.

HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT
This path-straightening is the benefit of an undivided trust in God, seeking after Him, and acknowledging His Presence in our lives. His plan will prevail. He alone can clear obstacles from our paths and allow us to move forward. He alone--if we follow the truths in these verses--can truly direct our paths.

Why fear? Instead trust Him, seek Him, acknowledge Him. He'll make our paths straight.

Dear Father,

Thank You for being trustworthy. Help us to lean on You, confident that You will hold us up. Give us undivided hearts, Lord, to love You with all that we are. May we seek after You and Your desires in every decision we face. May You be glorified through our acknowledgment and confession that You are our God. Thank You for the abundant blessings that are ours because we belong to You.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen
Thanks again for visiting A Few More Pages, Cathy! This was a great reminder that we can lighten our load by trusting in Him.

For all who are interested in Cathy's newest book, here's the description for A Path Less Traveled:
Trish James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she’s determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help. But will that mean leaving the place etched on her heart?

Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared for falling in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.

Will Andy and Trish be able to see past their limited human understanding to take . . . A Path Less Traveled?




About the author:
A Texas gal by birth, Cathy Bryant lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband and a phobia-ridden cat. Cathy’s first novel, Texas Roads, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist. Her second book in the Miller's Creek novels, A Path Less Traveled, was released in November 2010. Cathy has written several devotions that have been published in books, magazines and online. To learn more about Cathy visit her website at  http://www.CatBryant.com.

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