Goodbyes. They aren’t my favorite. Over the last ten years I’ve lived in three different states and eight different homes. I’ve been a part of five very different churches and had my fair share of goodbyes and see you laters. Some goodbyes have been easy, but most of my see you laters have been heart-wrenching.
This goodbye falls squarely in both categories – easy and heart-wrenching.
Saying goodbye to Intentional By Grace, and slipping away to live more quietly, is the day I’ve been dreading all month. I’ve wondered how I would feel. Would I have second thoughts? Would I be worried about what others thought of me? Just another blogger laying it down – quitting. It’s easy to let my thoughts head down that path.
Even easier is to think I need to give a full explanation behind why I’m choosing to lay it all down, but the truth is that I’m not even sure about all the reasons. I just know the next step. I know this is what God is asking me to do, and I honestly don’t have time to think about whether or not this is forever or just for now or what?
I don’t know what the future holds, and I don’t know if I will ever be back in this space writing actively again. I just don’t know, and I’m okay with that.
Here is what I do know though.
This site is going to stay here, and live, as long as it continues to support itself. For each book you buy from my store and each post you share with your friends, you help us keep the lights on, so to speak. For that I thank you.
I thank you because I believe that women around the world are searching for answers via the many search engines out there, and I pray Intentional By Grace is there when they need the answers that they can’t seem to find in tangible world around them.
But more than that, to each and everyone of you reading this today:
I hope you will pursue fellowship in a local church and with women around you. You cannot do this Christian life alone, and you were never meant to do it alone. Jesus died for His bride – the Church. He cares deeply about the church and you should too.
Ask women in your church the very questions you just “googled” to find this site.
Ask other women in your life, how they organize their prayer lives or offer hospitality when it doesn’t come naturally.
Invite women to join you for afternoon coffee or tea and make your own prayer journals together while your kids play with a few toys or color beside you.
Reach out to one or two other women to get together every other week to just pray for missionaries around the world.
Let a teenage girl join you and your family on a Saturday morning while you catch up on house work and make cookies to simply celebrate life.
Don’t do this life alone. Don’t hide behind your screen, “googling” all your answers, and finding answers from women just like you.
Hear my plea to be relational right where you are and never give up pursuing tangible, real-life relationships.
Older women, don’t believe the lie that we younger women don’t want anything to do with you. Don’t let our use of technology keep you from speaking into our lives and getting to know us. Just invite us in. Most of us will eagerly show up on your doorstep with our brood of children and chat about easy meal ideas and how to raise our children to love Jesus with everything in them.
Sweet reader, you are loved.
You are loved by a God who knows your every thought, fashioned every single piece of you, and longs to be in relationship with you. And He longs for us to be so filled up in Him that He can love others through us because we overflow the love of Jesus in us.
Live in the light. Live in the vulnerable recesses of your life with others. Don’t hide. Please don’t hide. Be brave. Be bold. Be generous. In everything. Because souls are at stake.
So, it is farewell for now. I leave you with Romans 12:10-13:
10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.