Roundabout

Friday, November 12th, 2021

Hello friends —

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
— Colossians 3:15

It has been far too long since I’ve shared words with you. I could provide you with all the usually excuses but I will spare you the details. I certainly have missed this community of support and common ground where words can indeed soothe an aching soul and be a place where words can transport you to new and exciting places. I follow several bloggers and they all contribute to my continued growth as a writer and in becoming a better human.

I follow a blogger that travels a lot, the places he shares with his audiences are glimpses into places many may never be able to physically visit. You can find him here: https://travelingpersecond.com

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I follow a lady from Montana and she has such a beautiful spirit and promotes goodness in all she does. She can be found at: https://janbeek.blog

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There is another woman that I follow and she invites me to look deeply at life and to reflect upon it. I am intrigued by her writing abilities and her keen insight of bringing the reader front and center into her stories, poetry and photography. She can be found at: http://growingupsideways.blog

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One last blogger I would like to share with you is Sharvina.y and her blog is sharing with her audience, “tips to make your daily life easier!‘ (her tagline). There you’ll find tips on life, self-improvement, and self-care. She can be found at: https://tipsfromsharvi.com/

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Source: https://gifer.com/en/Ag87

What is a ROUNDABOUT? ⚠️

• A roundabout is a type of circular intersection or junction in which road traffic is permitted to flow in one direction around a central island, and priority is typically given to traffic already in the junction.

Source: Wikimedia

So where does “roundabouts” fit into this post(?) you might be asking…

I often feel like I am on a roundabout constantly going in a circle, never exiting. A never ending cycle of the same ole same. I know in my heart it is not true because every day is a new day with new and different experiences. I know it can be easy to fall for the traps we set for ourselves, thinking we are more robotic than human. It is this conditional world that misinforms us, the evil that resides here and wishes to claims our souls. I am a person who struggles with depression and I am fully aware of its impending gloom and grip it is capable of. I have been receiving services for my depression for over 3 decades. It has shown itself in many different ways through the years and I have learned and developed ways to deal with it. Just like other things in life, change in inevitable simply because we are always in a state of change. God’s Word provides a great passage for us in Ecclesiastes 3.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Life can seem cyclical, much like a roundabout going in a constant circular motion. We can exit where we like or simply get caught up in going round and round; in effect never going anywhere. That is no way to live life. Recently, I have been spending time evaluating/reminiscing my life (past/present/future) and my purpose. I have determined that life plain and simply is a gift as well as is a series of opportunities presented to us. I have to determined that I need to let go of things, specific things in order to move forward. I even need yo let go of people in order to more fully live into the person God has called me to be. The past has always been difficult for me to let go of, this will not be an easy task for me but I am going to try my very best. I’m learning that holding onto a memory is healthier than trying to maintain something that just isn’t there or growing. People change and that’s okay, when someone touches your heart in a special way embrace it do not suffocate it. Let it be free to do what it needs to do. I have friends from high school and college that touched my heart and for a season we were in constant contact but life happens and time passes. My fondest for them did not change, and they will forever be in my heart. I miss them and wish nothing but the very best for them. I’m thankful for the seasons of my life, they have taught me lessons that we help me navigate whatever season is yet to come. I do not have any mystical insights into what the future holds; however, I absolutely know that it will include CHANGE. I look forward to whatever “change” may happen. I trust God to show me the way. It’s not bravery that calls me into this unknown season of change, it is a desire to become more fully engaged in the life God has for me and the opportunities that will present themselves as I move forward in life.

I see “roundabouts” as exit opportunities to pursue God’s Will. It may be a path that leads to a other “roundabout” or simply a different path. No matter where they lead, God’s promise is to never leave us alone.

Deuteronomy 31:8

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

God speaks to each of us in very specific ways. I feel closest to God when I’m writing. I also feel His presence when I have lunch with my “JULIETS” women’s luncheon group from my church and with my “Esther’s Circle” women’s Bible study group from Church. I think and feel God’s presence in all things. Even in those times of anger and disappointments, God is present and indeed, there are times I wish to hide from God. It is the difference between being human and being the Divine. We, humans are sinful creatures and just as children like to hide and keep things from their parents to get out of consequences; we, God’s children have the same reaction to our Heaven Father. I’m not just a sinful human, I am also very stubborn human. It has taken a lot of years to figure out that punishment and consequences are not meant to hurt us but to help protect us from harm. The Bible gives us many examples of correctness and why it is important. Below are some references found in the Bible.

Sparing the Rod

https://www.openbible.info/topics/sparing_the_rod

Obedience to Parents

https://www.openbible.info/topics/obedience_to_parents

Obedience

https://www.openbible.info/topics/obedience

The Consequences of Sin

https://www.openbible.info/topics/the_consequences_of_sin

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Thank you friends for all the support you give me. I appreciate you and this unique space using WordPress. God bless you today and always. 💜🙏🏻

“I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.”
— Ephesians 1:16 —

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Support for Depression:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depresssion-support

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression/art-20045943

https://www.top10.com/online-therapy/free-comparison

https://www.biblegateway.com (NRSVA)

https://www.openbible.info/

4 thoughts on “Roundabout

  1. Good morning, {{{Charlotte}}} – Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for you and your blog. Today I was touched by this thought in particular, “…when someone touches your heart in a special way embrace it do not suffocate it. Let it be free to do what it needs to do.” As you know, this year my blog’s theme is “Embrace.” So, I embrace the way YOU touch my heart with your affirmation and your transparency. Thank you, my friend. God bless you! ❤

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