When I graduated from high school in rural Northeast PA, I decided to go to college to be a teacher. It's what most women chose to do in my town--that or nursing or stay home and be a wife. But after one semester and an A in Psychology, my heart shifted. I changed my major and counseled adults for fifteen years.
During my last two years in college, I dated a wonderful man and planned to marry him. But after one night out with friends, I met another man and again my heart shifted. I changed who I loved, married him and still call him my best friend after thirty-one years.
Time and time again, I find myself on one path and then I a shifting in my heart takes me to another place. I like to think that shifting is a whisper from God.
One of my favorite verses is "Be still and know I am God." (I'd have to jump out of bed and look up where it is found so I'll leave that to you.) I have a plaque on my office wall to remind me that sometimes my own ideas aren't always the best and if I am still and listen to what He is telling my heart--the better choice will be made.
When I write, I try to put words on the paper that my heart tells me to share. Sometimes, I want to write about one thing and then I shift to something totally different.
I'm experiencing one of those weeks. I had fully intended to work on my fiction but the whispering is stronger and now I find myself more excited to shift over to some nonfiction articles.
What about you? Are you listening and writing from your heart today?