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Brooke is a 30-something single woman who loves Jesus and is just trying to follow Him every day. She works full-time in the publishing industry as a managing editor and spends her free time making pretty things, writing and attending as many Vince Gill concerts as she can. You can follow her on Twitter (@magnolia615) and visit her blog ( http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com).

A Quiet Season

Brooke Smith
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Brooke is a 30-something single woman who loves Jesus and is just trying to follow Him every day. She works full-time in the publishing industry as a managing editor and spends her free time making pretty things, writing and attending as many Vince Gill concerts as she can. You can follow her on Twitter (@magnolia615) and visit her blog ( http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com).

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Last year at this time, I was involved with ballroom dance lessons, an online psychology course, working full-time, small group at my church, an intensive Bible study and a new romantic relationship. Given that my church and dance lessons were 45 minutes away, I also spent a large amount of time on the road each week. Life was busy, but it was also fun, exciting, new and felt full of possibilities.

I have a tendency to feel like life is only filled with possibilities if I’m trying to make them happen.

When I want something to happen, I try my hardest to make it succeed doing whatever I need to do whether it’s researching, asking questions, learning a new skill, etc. I’m a big believer in that saying about “Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel!” I believe God can do anything, but I also believe that many times He wants us to put some effort towards making dreams come true.

However, He alone can also make things happen when nothing seems to be happening at all.

Sometimes, it’s in our quiet times of life when He is preparing us more than when we are busy.

Currently, God has me in a quiet season. I quit dance, I’m not taking any classes and I’m making the 45-minute drive to church only once a week instead of three. Besides my full-time job, I’m spending my time doing things around my house and with family and friends.

I feel like God is asking me to be still, to rest in Him and not be trying to figure everything out.

Being still is difficult for me---it’s not a part of my nature, but I’m trying to make it a part of my life right now.

I know this quietness won’t last forever. I know He has plans for me. I know that He’s using this time to mold me, shape me and prepare me for a future that only He knows.

I rest in the truth that He is working all things for the good of those who love Him including me.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. –Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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