May I wish each of you a belated happy New Year! I prayer for each one of you is that 2020 would be a year filled with the joy, peace, and wisdom that can only come from walking with the Lord each day.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately. A lot of things were happening in my life all at once — after an extended season where I felt like there was very little movement or forward momentum in my life, everything seemed to happen all at once. Further, during the past month, I have been sitting with a bittersweet truth: I know that my time as a blogger has come to an end. As some of you know, I started blogging back in 2016 came in response to the Lord’s prompting, and I sense a similar prompting from Him at this time — but this time, the prompting is to rest and practice more self-care.
So where am I being led? Well, here is what I have been able to suss out so far:
- I need to enter an extended season of rest. This does not mean that I cease all activity, but rather that I need to be more intentional about carving out time to rest and do things that allow me to relax and bring a sense of joy. Ever since college, I have always been something of a night owl, and rarely (if every) get more than about five hours of sleep per night — often much less. I know that I need to add a little more margin in my life so that I can get the rest that I need.
- The Lord has blessed me with a new job, which I start later today. From beginning to end, the whole situation was orchestrated by the Lord, and those of you who know my story understand that this will be my first full-time, permanent job that I will have had since my medical leave back in 2016-2017.
- Back in October, I alluded to a season of grieving that was deeply painful, and about which I was not able to speak for some time. While I won’t go over the details, here is essentially what happened: Out of nowhere, I was approached for a job and was offered it, and it was an amazing role! Wonderful title, higher rate of pay, and flexible hours. I was overjoyed and gave my notice at my part-time job in the schools. Then, a week later, the head of the organization called me and rescinded the job offer. As it turns out, the decision had nothing to do with me personally or professionally — she had not done her due diligence, and had made the offer of employment to me without first getting the approval of her supervisors. This was all handled in an extremely careless and unprofessional manner. Further, when the offer was rescinded, all the hiring manager could say was “Sorry. I messed up.” So, not only did I lose a job offer, I suddenly found myself unemployed and needing to find work ASAP.
- Then, in November/December, I got very sick. Between the fires (not as bad as last year’s for sure) and just being in a school environment, I was down for the count with a cold that quickly turned into a sinus infection, then laryngitis and finally early stage bronchitis. By God’s grace, I am better now, but it took several weeks to rebound from it all (something terrible really has been going around lately, no?). During this season of rest, things started moving on the job front. And the result? Well, I now have one full-time job as well as a potential consulting project on the side, too — and God gets the credit for the consulting gig, too. Funny how things start to turn around in our lives when we finally take our hands off of the wheel….
- Finally, one of the most painful lessons from 2019 was the dawning awareness that the Lord is likely calling me away from my church home of nearly seven years,. This is a tough one for me, as I love my church family. However, I am not one to make any sudden moves, so until the Lord makes it clear where He wants me to go (and when), I am sitting tight.
So practically everything in my life right now is in a deep season of transition! I just need to rest. And what does this mean for the blog? Well, I believe that my time blogging has come to an end — for now.
I want to thank each of you for your friendship, support, and encouraging words over the months and years. God has used you all more often than you may realize to speak into my life, and I am grateful! I will miss you all. FYI, I can still be reached by email if you feel led to correspond: dailyhopefulblog at gmail dot com.
I look forward staying in touch with you all! Thanks so much for just being you. Truly, you are a blessing to me — thanks again.