Today I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Julie into my writing space. Julie and I got to know each other through Five Minute Friday, and since we’re both Iowans, living only a couple of hours apart from one another, we’ve gotten to meet up a couple of times. I’m constantly overwhelmed by Julie’s kind, gentle nature, and her encouragement lifts me up every time we talk.
Read as Julie shares about embracing change, even when everything around you is shifting.
I was beginning to settle into my position after just completing five months on the job. I was building strong relationships and learning much. Having just finished writing a three-year grant, I looked forward to growing both the program and my skills in the months and years to come.
I certainly didn’t expect to hear the words, “You’re being laid off.”
But that Wednesday, those words rang loud and true.
What?? This wasn’t a part of my plan.
In six weeks I would be without a job. Six weeks!! I never, ever saw that coming.
Great. Here was another change in my life.
Like I really needed another. I mean, really… two job changes within a year, facing an “empty nest” at home, supporting my adult children in their future endeavors, searching for a home church, launching my writing ministry, and now this.
I never guessed at my age I’d be experiencing so much change, and so much uncertainty. Here I was, still seeking the answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up??”
After the initial shock wore off, I did some soul searching. I was reminded how God had taken care of me through the changes in life before, and I could trust He’d take care for me in this time of transition as well.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” –Corrie Ten Boom
It was time to be brave. Brave to embrace the right now moment, and brave to embark on a new-to-me journey.
It was time to hold my head up high, looking straight into my future, and all the possibilities that were waiting for me.
It was time to lean into God, and trust Him with my life. Again.
It was time to embrace the truth I wouldn’t be walking through these changes alone. He would be with me.
I can’t begin to guess what change(s) you may be facing today. I wish I knew to be able to encourage you specifically. But I do know this: God is with you in them.
It’s okay to not have all the answers. It’s okay to not see what the future holds. It’s okay to lean into Him when you can’t rely on what you’ve always known. It’s okay to live right where He has you, and to be brave right there.
Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. 1 Corinthians 7:17 (The Message)
Be brave in your time of change. He’s got you. You have nothing to be afraid of.
As I continue to walk this journey of bravely embracing change, I’ve come to understand, living this way of leaning into God and trusting Him in every part of my life is actually a freeing way to live. Resting in His care takes away the stress, the pressure, the anxiety, and the worry of not knowing what the future will hold, and replaces them with the reassurance that no matter what it holds, it’s going to be good.
It’ll be even better than what we expect it to be!
Being brave right along with you,
Julie Lefebure is a small-town Iowa girl who finds joy in sunrises, sunsets, a good cup of coffee, and simple living. She’s married to Bill, and is mom to two, make-their-mom-proud young adults. Julie values living a real life through her faith in Jesus, and shares it by encouraging others through writing and speaking. Julie has two blogs which can be found at julielefebure.com.
Thank you Julie, for all the beautiful words!
This post is part of my #write31days series for 2015: Living Brave. Each day in October, I will be posting about living brave and what that looks like in everyday life. Curious about 31 Days? Check out the website and the hundreds of other bloggers joining in this year: 31 Days.