by Niki Turner
If you've ever driven through the mountains, you've probably seen signs like these:
The smell of overheated brakes is as familiar on our mountain passes as the scent of pine trees. It's a pretty clear indicator that SOMETHING IS WRONG!
If so, don't just keep rolling, picking up speed until you crash and burn in a tangled heap of hurt feelings, broken relationships, and a weakened body! Be smart. STOP. It's time for a complete check-up, a full 360 degree examination of your personal sphere to determine what needs repaired, what needs maintenance, and what is in good working order. Don't feel guilty for stopping, and don't feel pressured into moving again until you are good and ready!
So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19 AMP
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If your life has been static and smooth, you might not need to stop. But if, like our truck drivers in the mountains, you've been through a lot of ups and downs, stopping before you have to hit the emergency ramp is an excellent idea!
When was the last time you stopped? Really stopped?
Niki Turner writes romantic fiction, Christian non-fiction, blog posts, articles in the local newspaper, lengthy grocery lists, and Facebook status updates. Her first completed manuscript won second place in the 2009 Touched By Love contest for contemporary category romance. Colorado natives, Niki and her husband of 20+ years have four children (three at home) and are new grandparents to a baby boy. Currently, they share their home with three teenage boys, two black Lab mutts, and Niki’s absurdly spoiled Westie, Archie. Niki can be found at In Truer Ink, her personal blog and website, here at Inkwell Inspirations, and at The Pastor’s Wife Speaks