What's next?

"What's Next?" by Deanna Bartalini (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini. All rights reserved.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do next. I’m standing on the edge, in a liminal space, neither here nor there, waiting and wondering. You see, I am officially an empty nester. Both of my wonderful children are married: my son nine months ago and my daughter barely two months ago. My husband and I are now back where we started 33 ½ years ago. Just the two of us, only with lots more stuff!

On one hand the possibilities are endless, and on the other hand, I just want to be still. What will win? I pray, drink tea, wait, ponder, and have a conversation running almost constantly in the back of my mind as I go through my daily tasks. “Is this it Lord? Is this what I should do? No, wait, what about this?” It’s tiring. And exciting. And this big part of me says, “Do the scary thing” because, hey, what do I have to lose?

In the end, the scary thing just might win. Because if Jesus gave his life so that we could have an abundant life, and the scary thing is a way to live out that abundant life, we should do it. There is no one way to live your life. Each day we are given many choices and chances to serve God. All equally good. How do we choose? If we always go to the comfortable and familiar, what are we learning? We don’t grow into the best possible person by never moving out of our comfort zone. We need to give ourselves the little push, listen to the Spirit as you are nudged or if like me, pulled, kicking and screaming, toward the next thing. God knows our hearts and our desires; he wants us to succeed.

Do the scary thing because “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45).

What is the scary thing God wants you to do?

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini


About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog, and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com. Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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