Sunday, October 9, 2011

31 Days: Letting Go of a Notion



I was a little boy crazy when I was a teenager. Just a tad.

I wasn't popular with the fellas, I didn't date around. But I always had a crush or four. There were a couple that I thought for sure I would marry one day. It all made sense to me. I had "a feeling". Granted, I never went on a single date with any of them, but that didn't stop me from knowing what I knew. And Sarah always backed me up.

I didn't imagine that I would be swept off my feet by a boy two years younger than I, with longish hair and a hoop earring. He brought me daisies after our first date and took me out to Taco Bell and it all felt so different than what had lived for so long in my mind. It felt brand new and glittery and electric because, for one thing, the boy liked me back, and that reality was far more exciting than what I conjured up on empty journal pages or in daydreams.

He was quiet. He didn't command the room. He had an easy way about him and he tracked me down. I hadn't imagined being chased and man, I liked it. So I had to rearrange the furniture of my big ideas, but I didn't mind. He made heaving baggage around seem like a great way to spend a day.

We think we know what we need. We have strong opinions about what it is we're after. But sometimes all it takes is for Jesus to reach down, wrap his hands around our shoulders, and point us toward the South. We hadn't ever even thought of turning around - why would we? But then we do and what we see looks like the sunniest day. It makes the North look downright overcast.

So, you might have your husband now. You might have some children and a home that you love. You might think that all of the big items have been checked off the list and that you're mostly settled into a groove - done. But maybe there's more for you. Maybe there's something over in the West or off to the East a little.

Wherever it is, trust the Sender. Go.


*For the rest of the Letting Go series, click here.

37 comments:

  1. Ah.... Trust the Sender. Love it. You are so quotable.

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  2. FYI: You moved into my grandparents' house.

    Tash and I are in a fight over what pic of Keeks should appear on the digital invite.

    I have a new job, I start tomorrow.

    Hugs and kisses to Siley and his peeps in their new hood.

    xxoo

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  3. We're SO gone. ;) Love you. Hope your new digs feel homey to you already. Home is wherever you are all together, you know.

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  4. Sounds like my teen years!
    I keep rereading your last two paragraphs, which piggy-backs on a message I heard today about God showing up in the ordinary.
    You have a gift, not just with your words, but with your heart and vision. Blessed each time I read your blog.

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  5. How beautiful. "Trust the sender." I needed to hear that.

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  6. I'm still spinning around in circles. He keeps turning me around. Keeping me on my toes.

    Love you!!

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  7. Sounds like you're doing A-okay this weekend ;)

    ...still praying for y'all!

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  8. I love this. Hope you're all moved in.

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  9. BAM.
    trust the sender and git!

    love you and so grateful for you. your words always stir my soul to blessing. i'm thinking of you {it's salsa time over here}

    xo

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  10. Thank you for this....trust the Sender. That is exactly what this house is reminding ourselves of daily. The job didn't work out, and with a babe on the way, we are faithfully praying He will open up an opportunity. Praying Like Crazy.

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  11. Beautiful once again. So i will "Trust the Sender" rather than "return to sender." Great idea as usual. Loving following you on this journey and praying for you all everyday.
    Debbie

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  12. My hubby has been out of work for 7 months. And though I've not fretted and have trusted that God will provide the perfect job, I'm realizing that I'm not as open to what God has for us as I thought that I was. Thank you for putting it into clear words for me. Jesus is grabbing our shoulders and pointing us in a different direction. It makes no sense to us. But I'm going to try my best to shake off what I think God is doing and just go with it!!!

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  13. My hubby has been out of work for 7 months. And though I've not fretted and have trusted that God will provide the perfect job, I'm realizing that I'm not as open to what God has for us as I thought that I was. Thank you for putting it into clear words for me. Jesus is grabbing our shoulders and pointing us in a different direction. It makes no sense to us. But I'm going to try my best to shake off what I think God is doing and just go with it!!!

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  14. i do enjoy your writing . . . i hope you are enjoying the very beginnings of this next stage. thanks for sharing it all (so eloquently!) with us all.

    xo ellie

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  15. "Thank you!" You are one amazing woman!

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  16. trust the sender. so wise. love this.

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  17. STILL wondering about how I got sent HERE. Trusting. Trying to. Forgetting. Remembering and Trusting again. And again. HOW did I end up here?!?!?
    BTW-We rented that house's twin in one of our transitional moves last year. :) Looked like my Grandma's, too.
    Was praying for you earlier today.

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  18. Dearest Farmgirl/Rentalgirl, you make me want to find my story...
    ~G~xo

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  19. I know this is late, but we just got back from a fun filled 2 days of moving my daughter and favorite son in-law.
    When Dad and I got hitched we wrote our own vows, and we promised to share what ever God gave us to those less fortunate. You remember all those different people who lived under our roof. Remember when I told you three kids,"Now if Dee isn't moving or breathing when you come down stairs, come get Mommy right away". It all seemed so normal too. I am pleased with you and Cory's act of obedience, your children will live a full and blessed life because of it. AND, so will so many others.
    "I put before you an open door,and no man can shut it:for thou hast a little strength,and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name". Rev.3:8
    Keep trusting,He will be beside you each step of the way.

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  20. Thanks for reminding me He's the great Navigator.

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  21. Girl, I'm living it with you. Trusting the Sender is the only way to live now. These steps may feel uncomfortable, but we have the Comforter going before, with, and after us. They may feel unfamiliar, but we have an Unchangeable God carrying us through. Here's to what's next!

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  22. no truer words.
    trust the sender.
    He has more.
    always.

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  23. Wow. So me, with the big things (almost) checked off our list and settled in. Trust the sender. Thanks for the perspective!

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  24. Good reminder that life can definitely turn out different than our "plans".

    I thank God my life didn't turn out how I imagined, it is WAY better!

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  25. what an adventure... both your move and life. i didn't realize you were doing 31 days... i'm gonna have to go back! (which is always a joy, anyway!)
    xo

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  26. I am so proud of you, and yes, trust the Sender!
    xxoo
    heather

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  27. Amen, Shannan. Just... amen.

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  28. Trust the Sender...so awesome. And just a little FYI...my first date with my husband was Taco Bell too!

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  29. I trust! I'm ready to go! If I had my way I'd go yesterday! ;)
    I think I NEED some of your patience! ;)

    As ALWAYS thanks for sharing your God inspired life with us!!!

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  30. Great post. Thanks so much for sharing this journey with us. "Wherever it is, trust the Sender. Go.".....you have no idea how much I needed to hear this today. Thank you.

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  31. Love it! I'm definitely not where I thought I'd be, and I know I will have an interesting journey along the way.

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  32. That is exactly what is on my heart too! Thank you for that wonderful post.

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  33. how he speaks through you friend.... xo

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  34. You.are.killing.me. I know (and believe) what you're saying, but I can't be still long enough to know what any of it is, or find peace with it. Argh!

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  35. I love, "trust the Sender." So true and wise.

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  36. Doing some serious reflecting on how much I've been trusting our Sender, thank you for your words and wisdom gained from experience gained from following where He is leading.
    xxoo

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