Permission To Transition

Sometimes, you need to give yourself permission to transition.

Why?

Because no one else can do it for you.

This past week has been the most amazing spiritual high ever and I feel I may never come down. It’s not an emotional high, but the benefits of walking obediently.

Two weeks ago, I wrote a confession. That I was going to take the rest of the year off from traveling, speaking, and writing my next book.

It’s so weird. Since then God has blessed me even more that I can hardly stand it!

I can’t help but rejoice that the Lord reigns in my life–and I pray yours as well. Those feelings of depression and despair are leaving because the King of King’s has arrived. Here are a few highlights of my week:

1. Reunited with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in years. God used her mightily in my life many years ago to show me that my writing would one day bring people to Christ! Her friendship has given me the permission to transition once again.

2. Attended The Voice of the Martyrs Regional Conference Bound With Them. The voices of those who are and were persecuted have echoed in my heart since that I find myself waking out of the sleep that is American Christianity.

3. Marc and I visited a new church the past two weeks called The Gathering Place. The  pastor preached on Exodus 33-34, which was the passage of Scripture God used to reveal to me two weeks ago that I should take the rest of the year off.

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16)

When we don’t have His Presence, we have nothing to separate us from anyone else or every other religion.

Confirmation after confirmation this week showed me one thing:

Give yourself permission to transition

When I met with my former friend, I wasn’t expecting her to be in the same spot I was a few years ago when I quit my job. I wanted nothing more than to encourage her to keep going, and yet I realized that God has new things in store for me too–even now as I rest in Him (Isaiah 43:19)!

Transition Doesn’t Always Equal Bad Changes

God has continually been surprising me with new realities.

Transition brings change, yes.

But it’s not always bad.

For instance, after I quit my job Harvest House picked up Not Another Dating Book, and I met my husband Marc. Hello? Sometimes, it’s all I can do to keep up with His Spirit (Amen?). I think the place where I’m at is the best life is and is going to get.

But it’s not.

God has more.

More of His presence.

More of His blessings.

Today, I am giving you the permission to transition. The kind of permission I was waiting so desperately when I quit my job. You might not have someone telling you what to do or that it’s all going to work out–but actually, you do. His name is Jesus and He is waiting for you to come to Him.

Friend, if you are in the midst of a job, relationship, or transition of any kind–I encourage you to check out the promises of God.

Cling to them.

Hold fast.

Hope is real, and He will not let you go even for a second.

If you find anything lingering in your heart squash it for the idol that it is. Smash anything that sets itself up between you and God. Go with God.

Here is something I read this week that changed my life–and I hope it changes yours.

“Recently I heard someone say, ‘God has given me a heart to pastor a church.’ What he meant was he had a desire to become a pastor. Certainly, to pastor a church is a good desire. As I walked away, I prayed that someday God will grant him the ‘desire of his heart‘ (Psalms 37:4). However, his desire to pastor is only as good as his willingness to wait on God’s timing…If he is not content to wait on God, if he is miserable and sins as a result, then his heart’s desire is not set on the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead, his desire has become an idol (Ezekiel 14:1-11) or a lust (1 John 2:15-17; 5:21)” (The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace, page 59).

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9 comments on “Permission To Transition”

  1. Ashley Mays says:

    I feel like I’ve been “in transition” for the last five years of my life! Thanks for this encouragement. I definitely needed to hear that today. 🙂 I’m excited for the great things God will show you during your time of transition.

  2. Jason says:

    Transition can be a good thing. I’d like to experience it being good. 😉

    Idols….boy oh boy. God’s been clearing a lot of them out over the last 18 months in my life. Everywhere I looked I had another idol that God chose to rip down. It’s been hard and some of the most painful times in my life. There were moments I was pushed to the point I was ready to jump in front of the proverbial bus but God was there to help through it.

    As for Voice of the Martyrs…well…I’ll say this. American Christianity has trouble taking care of people inside their own churches in need. It’s hard to wake them up to the things around the world when they can’t even help the people who sit next to them on Sunday mornings.

    I’m so glad to see God rocking and rolling in your life. Your heart for God is something all of us should try to attain.

  3. Lexy says:

    LOVE that when we willing to step out of the boat and move on we don’t just get to walk on the water, we get to dance with Him who knows where we need to move to next….even if the dance seems longer than we think!

  4. renee says:

    @Ashley – And I am excited of the things God will continue to show you in your transition!

    @Jason – Keep enduring and you’ll see. In Christ we win!

    @Lexy – I love that and yes, sometimes we look down and see the wind and the waves and it’s all we can do to shrink in shame back in the boat. But also think of this–you got out! You walked on water to meet Jesus! How exciting is that?

  5. I’ve definitely been going through a transitional period during the past month. Some parts haven’t been easy, like breaking up with my girlfriend. But I feel much happier than I’ve been in quite a while.

    I have a question about idols. Is it possible that a warped view of God can be an idol? For the longest time I thought God was about to smite me at any moment, and this idea drove most of my life for the past few years.

  6. Christina says:

    I am definitely going through a positive transition. I believe it is positive because God uses all things for his good. (Romans 8:28) I too, have stepped back from all my responsibilities and am focusing on God’s priorities for my life.

  7. Felicia says:

    Renee,

    It was exactly what I needed to hear. It is so hard to let go of the past and transition-even when we know it’s necessary-and I thank you for sharing openly on this topic. God certainly leads us to the right churches to hear His gentle reminders AND the right blogs to read His gentle reminders. Thanks for being His tool and pouring out what He’s poured in to you.

  8. Colleen says:

    This is fantastic – “If you find anything lingering in your heart squash it for the idol that it is. Smash anything that sets itself up between you and God. Go with God.”

    Thank you so much for the encouragement, Renee. And for reminding me that the desires of my heart are only as good as my willingness to let God have control.

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