Transitions

Dear Friends,

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 Then, a week later, the head of the organization called me and rescinded the job offer.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.

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32 thoughts on “Transitions

  1. Good mornin to you dailyhopeful.

    God bless you sister, you do what you gotta do. And from what you’ve written, it seems to me like you’re on the right track.
    And I’ve been through the decision to leave a church too. You’re not weird to feel that uneasiness.

    (I’m sharing this in case it’s something that you need to hear in your situation).

    I was once in two churches that I loved, and loved the pastors. (At two different times, not at the same time).
    But God opened my spiritual eyes to His marvelous grace more and more, and what I was coming to understand in greater clarity…just wasn’t compatible with the teaching at the churches that I was a part of, (one baptist, and one presbyterian). Both had their own form of legalism, and mixing old covenant law (and church law) with new covenant grace.

    So I was left with the same choice in both cases:

    Do I suppress what God is showing me to keep my union with the group who mixes law with grace?
    Or do I leave the group to run with this thrilling message that God is showing me?

    I left the group(s), and ran with what God has been showing me.

    I won’t dilute God’s grace to appease anyone’s religious sensibilities. It is the truth that set me free from my horrible sin guilt, and the yoke of religious bondage.

    So that example that I shared may not even be similar to your situation, I don’t know.

    I wish you all of the best dailyhopeful, and I have been blessed by your contributions here online, and I thank you for it.

    God bless you and your whole family.
    I will pray for you.

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  2. You were so heavy in my prayers last night and I was going to send you a comment this morning seeing how things are, and well here you are ๐Ÿ™‚ I am saddened by this news but totally understand. I too have been going back and forth with is it time to stop the blog. I love how you had that time of where it seemed nothing was happening but then everything happened at once. I love it because God good. He gave you that time of rest for He knew the break neck speed of things that were about to happen ๐Ÿ™‚

    I pray your new year will be full of the blessings that only or LORD can provide ๐Ÿ™‚ I ask God to heal your health issues, to give you the success at work that He wants you to have, and to give you the eyes to see and ears to hear what He wants you to do with your church. That is a tough one since when we find that it’s hard to let it go BUT God will put you where He wants you to be. Churches are our Fathers house, so He will guide you to which of His homes He wants you to be in, the one He knows you will continue to grow, and flourish in.

    If you ever need me, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line, and remember we are all always together sharing the same royal blood of our Lord and Saviour.

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    1. Margaret, oh how I have missed your friendship so! I am just now catching up on comments and posts from others here, now that the Lord has brought me back and the ordeal with my family is thankfully resolved.

      How are things with you? I am off to go read your blog now. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโœ๏ธ๐Ÿงก

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      1. No thanks needed except to the LORD. For we know He does all the heavy lifting ๐Ÿ™‚ Every one is doing well. I wish I was back home not because I don’t like it here. It has been quite nice here, just a little homesick especially with all that is going on right now ๐Ÿ™‚ But the LORD has His plan, and we know it is better than any plan we could ever imagine ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you are back even if it is for a short time, or a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll take what I can get ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. I need to catch up on your blog ASAP โ€” last I heard, you were moving to Texas, no? Sounds like the move has already happened. I will start praying for a smooth transition into your new community and for the indwelling peace that surpasses all human understanding. ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  3. I’m praying for you sister! I know the Lord is with you and your testimony of faith and perseverance through trials is very encouraging! I will miss your posts and fellowship here on WordPress. I will be here as your friend and brother in Christ if you ever want to talk or need prayer. I will definitely keep your email. ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless you!

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    1. Thank you, Ryan! The Holy Spirit has used you powerfully to minister to my own life, so Iโ€™m grateful to you and the ministry that the Lord has given you. And since it seems that the Lord has brought me back to blogging, I look forward to reading more if youโ€™re riding in the future. โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hello! I am so sorry to hear all you went through but your positivity is so inspiring! I spent most of 2019 off of the blogging world except for a few moments throughout the year so I am not aware of most of the things you are mentioning in the blog. However, I pray for a smooth transition bringing you many positive changes. Blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! I need to catch up on my blog email โ€“ it has been awhile, with everything that is going on. Iโ€™m grateful for your friendship and support, and Iโ€™m glad to be back here on WordPress.

      How are things going with you?

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      1. I’m great. I’m hoping to make the best of this season. I know God has a lot to pour out to us, especially when we think of the verse that says in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. I think it’s very applicable to now and we must not lose this opportunity.

        In the family end, we’re enjoying the time together. It’s easy to step on toes when we’re all together, but we’re all holding massage oils for when we do ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. WOW! (I need bigger letters for that, so I’ll write it again): WOW!
    You’ve had a lot of God’s Hand moving in your life! I have so much peace in knowing you love our God and wish to be obedient to Him. I love How He is so obvious in your life, and His goodness to you.
    Oh, how I will miss your insights and wisdom, how you so well share God’s Word and ways, how you bless me.
    God bless you, dear friend. I will stay in contact via e-mail.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy, but YOU have been the blessing to me!
      Isnโ€™t it funny how the Lord works? Sometimes, He takes us a few steps forward, just to take us back to where we were before, but with a new level of insight and appreciation. I am glad to be back, and look forward to catching up on how things are going in your world.

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      1. Well, I am VERY glad to see you again. ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope you have a lot of reading time in your schedule. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I see from your new post that you are able to work from home. That’s a blessing.

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    1. Thank you, Terese! I really appreciate your kind words. And ironically, it looks like the Lord has brought me back to blogging. We live in very uncertain times right now, and I feel like faith-based hope is needed more now than ever. Iโ€™m headed over to your blog now to get a dose of some hope and encouragement, myself! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโœ๏ธ

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      1. Of course, Sister! And, I am glad you are back for now. You have been given a powerful tool by God…your voice. I am thankful you are using it to bring hope and encouragement to others. โ™ฅ๏ธ

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