Ripped from my Comfort Zone

I have lived in the same city and gone to the same church my entire life. That is no exaggeration. The only exception would be the four years I spent in college in Huntsville, Texas.

It was never my plan to graduate college and attend the same church I grew up at, but the Lord had other plans. Not only did I return to that church, I found myself on staff full time as the Girls Ministry Director. Isn’t He so funny like that? To turn our plans upside down?

I dearly loved my church and was so blessed by being on staff and honored that they would even take a chance on me in that position, but one thing we were lacking was a strong young adult program. To be completely honest, when someone would come that was a “young single” I simply referred them to another church. I didn’t know what else to do because we had a college group that met Sunday mornings, but other than that; we literally had nothing for them. How sad is that?

Slowly more friends were coming back to Cypress after graduating and we finally decided that we needed to do something about this ministry.

After praying about it, planning, and recruiting some leaders, in May of 2010 we had our first Bible study. I think there were a total of five of us there. You have to start somewhere, right?

We continued to meet and grow and now a year a half later, we kicked off our small groups just last week. The Lord has given the group favor and it has been neat to be a part of it from the beginning and watch it grow.

This summer as the Lord began to make it clear to me that He was leading me elsewhere, more than anything; I mourned knowing that eventually I’d be leaving that group as well.

In an intentional attempt to get involved and plugged in at my new church, I’ve slowly been pulling out of this group.

For instance, I’m not doing a small group with them. Not only because I’m a part of a community group at my new church, but because come January I’ll be at Tuesday night Bible study. (Which, by the way, I am thrilled to be a part of.)

When they were calling out the small groups last week, they explained that they purposefully didn’t put friends in the same group so that they could get out of their comfort zone and meet new people and make new friends.

I looked at my friend Allison right away and told her I felt like I’d been ripped from my comfort zone.

Because that’s exactly how I feel.

I started attending Bayou City Fellowship right away and to say I love it would be the biggest understatement of the year. I absolutely adore my church. It has been a breath of fresh air to my soul that was starting to feel really dry and stuck.

However, not only am I attending a new church, I also have a new job.

After leaving a place I’d been 26 years, I walked into a ministry that’s been established for over 15 years.

Both Living Proof Ministries and Bayou City Fellowship have been nothing but good to me. I am in no way complaining about the newness, it is just the reality right now.

No matter what, where or when, change is always tough.

What hit me last week in a fresh way was the thought that I really did leave my church. I’m not just trying something out for a few months and returning later, and I really do have a new job. Everything really is new and God willing, it’s not temporary. It was a fresh, hard, good reality.

There is always a honeymoon stage to all things new, and now that I’m feeling settled and learning this new rhythm to life, the honeymoon stage is ending and the reality is setting in.

I’ve never been married, but I’ve heard countless couples say that they couldn’t imagine loving their spouse more than they did on their wedding day, but even six months later, they are more in love than ever, and so on and so forth.

I imagine that is how this new season will turn out. I knew I loved it when I started, but now, even almost three months in, I love it even more.

All honeymoons must come to an end, but that means a sweet future of new memories is just around the corner.

At the beginning of this year I was feeling stuck, but yet comfortable and discontent all at the same time. Everything around me was so familiar and I wasn’t growing. I began to ask the Lord to move in my midst and He did just that. In fact, He did more and moved more than I could have ever asked or imagined.

Not only was I ripped from my comfort zone; I was also ripped from my discontentment. The Lord knew what He was doing. He knew what would challenge me and scare me. He knew what would spur me on. And although it’s hurt along the way, and tears have been shed, I am so thankful.

When I’m comfortable, I’m not growing. When I’m uncomfortable, I cling to Him, which is exactly where I need to be.

Slowly, but surely, I am feeling more at home in this new season. Thank you, Lord, for ripping me away from all things familiar.

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18 – 19


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  1. 51
    Elizabeth says:

    Lindsee, As I read this entry I was encouraged. God has been moving me from serving in ministry under leaders to serving as a leader of ministry this year. To say the least it has been a growing experience. While what you shared has been a tremendous encouragement, the scripture you shared at the end brought me to tears…good tears, but tears. God spoke to my heart in such a tender way through Is 43. Thank you for being the vessel of God that you are and sharing this verse. I know that many read this blog, but I still feel like God was speaking directly to me personally through you via this blog today. Thank you for being an obedient servant!

  2. 52
    Pamela McDonald says:

    Dear Lindsee,
    What a beautiful,wise post. This was so powerful for me today because I am facing a very painful situaion within my family. I have been JERKED out of my comfort zone! Thank God for using you at just the perfect time to remind me that He is using this time for my good.

    I appreciate your transparency and honesty.

  3. 53
    Jenn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Really hits home with a lot of things I’m dealing with at the moment. I’ve been praying actually for some insight from God and I truly feel that he used you and this blog as his mouthpiece this morning =) Thanks for being so honest and willing to share! Love love love the Isaiah verse too—just what I needed to hear!

  4. 54
    Anne F. says:

    Wonderful post- it describes right where I am. I am in the midst of moving from the States to Paris, France. I can hardly believe it but believe it or not I am going. It is truly the most uncomfortable thing I have ever done- and I have had 3 children!!! But what you say is true- God is most able to use us when we step out of that zone of comfort and cling to Him. Can’t wait to see what God will do:)

  5. 55
    Lynnette says:

    Dear, sweet Lindsee —

    Thank you so much for sharing what’s on your heart. You so eloquently described the same feelings I have been experiencing these last two years.

    I married a wonderful man from another state, so I felt “ripped away” from family, kids in college, dear longtime friends, my home, and my wonderful church. It definitely has been a grieving process for me, as we all know so well that once one moves away, things are never quite the same in the old familiar places with the old familiar faces.

    I’m now in a mini-mega church where it’s more than difficult to have meaningful conversations with strangers, or even see the same people at your particular service in your certain section of the auditorium. [Longing for Beth’s “family under the balcony!” :)] And trying to plug into ministry areas has been a struggle and a disappointment.

    Also, I was laid off from my job 22 months ago and am STILL unemployed. (That’s a HUGE prayer request should any of you wonderful ladies who are prayer warriors be led to pray about that. We are truly on the brink of bankruptcy.) It’s also been difficult to make new friends here–where I’m now living is not a friendly area, and even the nice folks in church seem only to want a surface relationship. *sigh*

    But God has taken my loneliness, my heartache, my sadness, my grieving, my emptiness, and my frustration–and He’s slowly bringing me to terms with the situation and helping me to find new joy, especially complete sufficiency in Him. It’s also driven me deeper into the Word, giving me strength and comfort there.

    And in God’s great kindness and love, He led me to the LPM blog ~two months ago. It surprised me because I’ve never been a “blog person.” But wow, oh wow, did God have a treat for me! Reading the posts backward to the beginning did a work on my heart like you wouldn’t believe — and, oddly enough, I felt “connected” in a small way. And God also used the blog to introduce me to the SSMT and is using that to minister to me as I put His Word into my heart. 🙂

    Lindsee, you and the Village are already in my prayers. And I will pray for you more specifically now. I’ve always said, “Change would be great if it weren’t so hard!” (Goofy, I know, but that’s how I feel.) As you continue to follow in God’s calling on your life, I pray our Abba Father will give you peace and contentment in this new phase and will strengthen you and grow you during this season of change.

    Much love to you,

    • 55.1
      Anne says:


      I am praying for God to guide you and your family during this difficult time. May He be your rock, comforter and especially job counselor opening the door to the job He has planned for you. I pray that He leads and you follow to another church if this is His plan for you. I was somewhat stagnant at a mega church and God designed for me to visit another smaller church that I fell in love with.I had no desire to change churches but God knew I had grown comfortable. He has gotten my husband and me so much more involved and we are growing by helping others to grow. May you see God work mightily,hugely and quickly in your life.


  6. 56
    Kelly S says:

    Beautiful Lindsee! Thank you for sharing with us. You are so precious 🙂

  7. 57
    Linda says:

    Lindsee — Thank you — your wonderful insight from Our Lord for me today. I am clinging to Him right now, for the honeymoon is over for me. Now for the growing with my new church family! You have helped me! Thank you for Isaiah 43 Linda

  8. 58
    Hilary says:

    I TOTALLY get what you’re saying.

    Earlier this year I left my job of 9 years (my whole adult life), and all my friends at that job, and all “my” technology which belonged to that job, to begin life as a semi-sahm and part-time Director of Children’s Ministries at my church. Those first few weeks/months were TOUGH, not because the move was a bad one, on the contrary it was wonderful, but because I had to re-learn so many things! New job, new schedule, new friends, new computer, new phone, new life! I miss my old work friends so much, but I wouldn’t trade it for the place God has me now.

    • 58.1
      Ronda J. says:

      This reply could have been written by me! I, too, left a job of many (thirteen) years, dear friends, and “my technology”. Most definitely out of my comfort zone, and still missing my friends like crazy, I can finally look back and see God’s hand in removing me from one place at just the right time, and planting me right where I need to be.

  9. 59
    Kim S. says:

    I was just reading in my quiet time yesterday in Hosea chpater 6 (or close to that). The Lord says that he rips us apart and then puts us back together again in a way that is more lovely! I really needed to hear that from Him because this has been a season of preparation for new things in my life. I don’t even know what that is yet but the Lord has so comforted me that this is orchestrated by Him.

  10. 60
    Paula says:

    My oldest son and I were both touched recently by a message given by Beth where she asked, “Will you let comfort be your god or will you allow God to provide your comfort?” She was speaking from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. She said you have to be willing to leave your comfort zone to go on the adventure with God. Sounds like that is exactly what you have figured out!

  11. 61
    Sue Lenoir City, Tn. says:

    I left my home church after 32 yrs. Tore my heart out. But God had a wonderful plan for me. I would not have grown in his love and the plans he had for me if I had refused to go. Way to go Girlfriend !!!

  12. 62
    Stacey says:

    Being ripped from our comfort zone, by choice or not, can be scary, heartbreaking, gut wrenching, sad and extremely hard. However, if we let HIM, our growth or “perfecting pruning” will produce much JOY and many blessings. The KEY here is to LET Him use it to change us for HIS good and glory and not rebel, as the natural flesh so venomously wants to do.

  13. 63
    Nichole H says:

    So much of what you wrote rings true for me too. Don’t you get excited when you know you did the hard thing and lived to tell about it? I do. Yay us!!

  14. 64
    Patti says:

    Thank you so much for your post. My “do not” at Casper was “I do not have a church/church family”. I’m stepping out, putting my toe in the water. I attended Women’s Bible Study Monday at a local church, today I’m attending a breakfast with them. So, maybe it’s God’s time now to start a new thing in my life too.

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    Meghan says:

    Lindsee, Your words touched me so deeply today. I have been living in change and just going through it but not in a complete realization of what was happening. I was mourning the past, wanting to hold on to it. Knowing God was wanting me to do something but very slow in obedience.To stand back and look at the whole situation I can see and feel Gods work being done. How many uncomfortable situations I have been in lately that I had not realized the new work God is doing in me. Lindsee thank you for being obedient to the Lord and helping so many of us ladies connect with change.

    And to all the other ladies who have written on this post, your words have truly been inspirational as well. Thank you!!!

    Change is GOOD!!!

  16. 66
    Leah C. says:

    Lindsee, I loved the version Of Isaiah 43 that you posted. What translation is that from?

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    Donna says:

    Hello Lindsee;
    I know how you feel… I was 27 years old when I moved to a new city (2 hours) from family and friends I’d known since I was born. I begain a new job working at a Christian ministry. I lived there for 17 years before moving back near family. The Lord blessed me richly and satan tempted me with everything he could to discourage me. Through it all, I found that the Lord was my faithful provider. The Lord bless you as you continue on in His work.

  18. 68
    Donna Jo says:

    Lindsee~ thank you for sharing your heart, you are so precious! You sound so much like my daughter, she could have written every word. In fact, at one point she was praying about moving from California to your neck of the woods to participate in the start up of Bayou CF and I’m sure you would have become friends! (but Yahweh kept her home close to her mama! :))
    God bless you sweet girl, and thank you for all you do for us at LPM and here in Siestaville!

  19. 69
    Mandy says:

    I am in the midst of the badlands and we have been RIPPED from our comfortzone. BUT, I have never felt closer to God or more at peace. This situation is too big for me so I’ve relied on Him more than I ever have before and I have been in awe at the His work! Thank you for posting this!

  20. 70
    Sharon says:

    Bless our sweet Savior’s heart…. He’s been trying to “rip me” from a place I’ve been trying really hard not to be ripped from for quite some time now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still have both hands holding tightly on! I know I’ve got to move…. and I want to… but I don’t want to go! (Yes. It is possible to do both at the very same time, you know?!)

    Thank you for ending with that perfectly fitting reminder! God knows (He seriously KNOWS!) that I needed being reminded of that today!

    God bless you, dear girl, in your new found adventure! Aren’t we glad that our Savior knows what and where and who and how and when and why…. a whole lot better than we do! And that He doesn’t give up very easily in getting us to the exact spot that He’s prepared and planned and purposed for us!

    Oh Lord, thank you for ripping when you need to! RIP ON, Lord (but please do it gently ~~smile~~)!

  21. 71
    Michelle says:

    Dear sweet Lindsee,

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You are absolutely correct in saying that it’s hard being taken out of your comfort zone! But Jesus not only rocks but He is the Rock. I am memorizing that verse. Would love to meet you at SSMT??

    You go girl in the name of Jesus 🙂

    • 71.1
      Lindsee says:

      Michelle, of course I’d love to meet you at SSMT. I can’t wait! Blessings, sister.

      • Michelle says:

        I’m making a list of people I would love to meet. Have 23 & 19 year old daughters, would like to “pick” your brain on how to parent at this age 🙂

  22. 72
    Sharon J. says:

    Oh Lindsee….
    Thank you for sharing on change in your life… God has been so good to turn my life upside down :o) So I could see Him work… when I thought there’s no way… well there was… and a much better plan than I could ever imagine… He is my source and I’m hanging on for the ride of my life and yes loving it!!! thank you for letting Him use you today!!!

  23. 73
    sepik-meri katie says:

    wow lindsee i really appreciated that and totally hear you!!! thanks for sharing and for being vulnerable and real! i totally get the transition / ripped from all things familiar feeling, it is my life as an overseas missionary! i loved the perspective you shared -God strips us of whatever “familiar” makes us more comfortable than HIM! wherever we are, HE is home!!!

  24. 74
    Joni says:

    Thank you, Lindsee! Comfort zones can lead to a slow death but how we dread leaving them behind. Thank God for His Holy Spirit that urges us onward and supplies all we need to get up and follow where He leads.

  25. 75
    Lori says:

    Oh Lindsee, you have no idea how much I needed to read your post! I am a happily married mother of three, and my husband and I are exploring the possiblity of moving out of state for a new job opportunity. Yikes! I was telling Lord this morning that I feel exactly like I did at the end of my pregnancy with our first child. I knew I didn’t want her to stay in my tummy forever, but I was scared for her to come out!!

  26. 76
    Shelly says:

    “When I’m comfortable, I’m not growing. When I’m uncomfortable, I cling to Him, which is exactly where I need to be.”

    I had been feeling this way, but not able to express it. I have been in an uncomfortable situation for a while, but it does make me cling to Him…which is exactly where I need to be too. Thanks!

  27. 77
    Ashli says:

    Hi Lindsee, I am sort of conflicted by this post. I never thought I was resistant to change or uncertainty, HOWEVER, my husband is possibly going to be venturing into some new employment opportunities that will change more than a few things for us.
    I am constantly praying for him to have wisdom and be led where God would have him, but I have to admit, deep in my heart I want that to be somewhere that has the least impact on my own life.
    Comfort can be growth inhibiting. I appreciate your sharing how change can be transforming!

  28. 78
    Courtney Beth says:

    wonder if it is possible to prepare for these changes in advance to smooth out the jet lag, buyers remorse, type of angst? and still find the way to stay involved with home base? Praying the holy spirit will intercede for us!! Thank you for your thought provoking post!!! In His Grip, Bethany

  29. 79

    As a military wife, I know that “ripped from my comfort zone” feeling all too well. But I don’t regret a bit of it! As you say so well, God *does* know what he’s doing!

    Great post, Lindsee!

  30. 80
    Denise says:

    I (should probably say we?) am continually amazed at how our Lord works in our lives. Lindsee, how comforting it is to see that so many siestas can relate to your feelings of ‘uncomfortableness’. While we go through similar circumstances, as change is a constant in our lives, He encourages us along the way when we continually seek ‘the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding’. Thank you for being His vessel to relay this important message. Truly, truly our Father knows best!

  31. 81
    Lisa says:

    Thanks for your blog. I too am going through transitions on various levels (work,family etc.)and I will pray for you as you continue on your journey.

  32. 82
    Marybeth says:

    Wow, Lindsee what a word. I am in the middle of a dessert and the Lord is showing me new ways He has for me. It is scary but I know in obedience it will be an adventure that will cause me to grow! Thank you for sharing I needed it greatly!

  33. 83
    playsforHim says:

    Wow! I am kind of in the same position. I’ve led the Children’s Music Ministry at my church for a number of years. This past summer, I thought God might be moving me somewhere else, but didn’t want to leave my kids. So, unfortunately, I stayed. A few weeks ago, God let me know in a very powerful way, that I needed to LEAVE. So now, I’m church hunting. I’m not sure where I will end up or when, but I’m positive that God has another group of kids out there for me. I believe He is preparing both of us and someday we’ll find each other.

  34. 84
    traci says:

    thanks lindsey! your authenticity is beautiful 🙂

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    Kathy C. says:

    Changing churches and jobs can be a lot like moving even when you stay in the same town. But, we did experience an official move to Dallas after living in Houston, actually, it was Cypress,for 25 years, and once we were settled in the Dallas area, I did not feel at home until we found a church, and the first time I “truly” felt at home was the first time I attend a Women’s Bible Study, and the icing on the cake was the first time one of those ladies said after Bible study one morning, “Hey, let’s do lunch!” Then I knew I had come full circle and the new place is now my home, not the new place.

    I wish you all the best in this new season of your life!

  36. 86
    Peggy says:

    This post echos what God has been telling me for so many years. I have been through a divorce (11 years ago) and I am still single, waiting on Him. Now I sense God is doing something with a friendship I have had for over 40 years. I sincerely feel that it has been too hurtful for a long time and God is drawing me out of it. I have never felt so alone. But the promise that He is doing something “new,” whatever that is, is exciting. Thank you Lindsee, for your post which has been a huge confirmation to me. God Bless.

  37. 87
    sherry says:

    BETH! I am so, so excited. I couldn’t think of someone to sponsor for Passion 2012 and yesterday a sweet, sweet (and much younger sister in the LORD) sent a Facebook note that she was raising funds to go to Passion 2012! I WAS SO EXCITED and immediatley felt like the LORD was saying, HERE’s YOUR GAL to SPONSOR! How cool? Thanks for sharing your vision, and praise God for body life…even if it’s through the internet! 🙂 YAY!!!

  38. 88
    Anna says:

    Thank you for sharing this.I have been feeling like God is about to begin something new in my life. I needed to be reminded about how much more I cling to the Lord when I am out of my comfort zone. Getting in that mindset before this all begins is so important. Thank you for the reminder!

  39. 89
    Kim Safina says:

    I can totally relate!!

    “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving…
    Psalm 95:2

    God is faithful no matter where we are!!!!

    I love you sweet Lindsee! 🙂

  40. 90
    Sparki2003 says:

    Hi there,

    I do not think that our good Lord has allowed me to “remain in my comfort zone” very long since about 7 to 8 months before my sweet salvation in Christ Jesus [which so humbly happened in April, 2003].

    First of all, I had just returned from visiting my parents [here in Wisconsin] for several weeks during the summer of 2002 when my teaching colleague invited me to come with her to a live “Bible study” in downtown Houston. I told her that I would “have to think about it, with the new school year just starting and everything”. However, what I do not think that she knew about was that although I was raised in a Christian home with loving parents, and actually enjoyed going to church on Sundays; I had only opened up a Bible a handful of times, although I had a Bible that always took a “place of honor” on my bookshelf.

    Fast forward from August to mid-September, 2002, when, once again, Shirley invited me to take part in this Bible study adventure. However, this time, she told me that I could “do so via some strange sounding video driven Bible study thing ONLINE” with this Bible teacher of hers, of whom I only heard of one time. The teacher ? Some lady named “Beth Moore” . . . 🙂 I had only heard her voice and giggles on KSBJ radio’s live morning show. Why through giggles, you may ask? Well, apparently the DJ’s and this lady were in some parking lot in downtown Houston having a “Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest” !!! [Side note: I wonder if Miss Beth even remembers having taken part in it ? ]

    Anyhow, by that time, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to “try it out”. I just had to stay after school to use the computer & Internet access in order to do so.

    Well, once I got everything up & running there, I listened to Session 1 of Miss Beth’s Believing God Bible study; and right then and there, I was “caught – hook, line, and sinker” by what I had heard from her, [and her being “on fire through the love of God”] via the Holy Spirit !

    And, praise be to God, I am STILL “hooked” to God’s Word !

    Fast forward . . . to the end of April, 2003. My sweet salvation had happened just a couple of weeks beforehand, and I had chosen to make Miss Beth’s “home church” the church where I felt that God had led me to, as well.

    So, I had chosen to attend her Sunday School class, as well. However, it was very large, so when I saw a table with a sign stating something about a small group for young singles; I felt led to go over there after class to find out more about it. So, there I was, the following Wednesday evening, using mapquest for one of the first times, to find the location of this gal, Ami’s apartment. Did I mention that I had rarely been in downtown Houston ??? I am talking about trying to Conquer major FEAR here ! It could not have been much more “out of my Comfort Zone” at that time ! However, once I met all of these new people, they made me feel so very welcomed . . . And, shortly thereafter, in early May, I went to the church’s baptism prep class; but before that happened, I told this small group [“Summit @ Water’s Edge] how scared I was to do this thing that I felt the Lord was leading me to do… So, they all prayed for and with me; and while I was up in the baptistry, and my name was announced, they all stood up for little ole’ me… I knew just then that I had found “my personal home church” … [And, oddly enough, I didn’t realize that getting baptized there as a believer in Christ actually granted me “membership” in that church.]

    However, by the middle of June 2004, God chose to practically “drag me kickin’ and screamin'” to re-locate back to my home-town in Wisconsin . . . Good gracious … I thought that I had finally found my “niche”, and a such a strong “home church family”, and all of the sudden, I knew that I had to tell those dear sisters and brothers in Christ “good-bye”… Nothing like “tearing my heart right out of me and my Comfort Zone”, dear Jesus ! Wah !

    And, at times, it is truly hard to believe that it has actually been 7.5 years since I left Houston ! However, God knew EXACTLY what HE was doing with me and my life, once again . . .

    However, the experience that HE allowed me to have prior to my salvation truly and honestly helped me more than anyone could ever know . . . Un-be-knownst to me, the friend [and her daughter] that I had originally moved to Houston with way back in August 1995, had suggested that we go to church together [as friends] to a “church” that I came to find out [through Him helping me to discern through His Word, mainly through Bible studies, etc.] was and is not a “true Christian church at all” . . . It was/is something called a “New Age ‘church'” . . .

    SO, for a long time after I returned to Wisconsin, I hopped from church to church; however, this time, praise God, I was prepared to the utmost. I had God’s Holy Spirit, and some strong knowledge of His Precious Word within me . . . So, each time I walk through the doors of a “church”, I quickly ask for their “Statements of Faith”, and read through them very carefully …

    And, I continue to study the Bible; however, it is not the same one that I started out with back in September, 2002; as that Bible literally fell apart in my hands a couple of years ago . . . I was So sad ! I tried taping It back together for a while, but I finally gave in and purchased a new Bible for myself . . . [I still have the old Bible in a zipper bag, though] And, as often as I am able to do so, I purchase some of my dear Miss Beth’s Bible studies on CDs, along with the study books.

    And, as much as I still miss the dear church that became my “first home church” as a new believer in Christ Jesus; I do enjoy my current “home church” here. But, mostly, I enjoy spending time with my family . . . I didn’t realize just how precious they are to me until I found out in mid-July 2007 [while I was teaching crafts at a Summer Bible Camp about 40 miles from home, mind you], that my dear Dad was diagnosed with End Stage Leukemia/Cancer. He was a very strong believer, as well, so when he passed away in late March, 2008, I cried big time, but “I know that I know that I know” that I will see him again someday in Heaven; and so will my Mom.

    However, it seems like our dear Lord God tends to keep each one of us “within our Comfort Zones” only long enough for us to learn what He wishes for us to learn; then He gently and lovingly “pulls” each one of us into a new direction [physically and/or spiritually speaking], doesn’t He ? ? ?

    For me, like you, Lindsee, it tends to force me to grab on even more strongly to our Precious Lord & Savior, Jesus . . .

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer O.

    Janesville, Wisconsin

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    Dawn says:


    Thank you.

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    Sarah Wooten says:

    Oh lady I totally get you and where you are (or were) writing from. Change is HARD….harder for stubborn types like me that like to dig in and hold onto something until all the life is wrung out of it. Like the two guys carrying around Bernie in Weekend at Bernies.

    Oh shoot…did I just reveal my age?

    I wrote some more on the topic here – about the things that block joy that have to do with loss and the end of seasons. Can I share it with you?

    Thank you so much.

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    Rhonda says:

    Oh how I can relate to this! It seems like God continues to push me out of my comfort zone, too. I know that its not out of HIS comfort zone, however, so I try to keep remembering that.

    I am so glad you’re here, posting on this site 🙂


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    Charlotte says:

    I have been waiting for a time to read this post. I just have been so busy. Until tonight. And wouldn’t you know that less then two hours before I read it I found out that we are going to have to move again. This on the heels of us returning from a 9 week trip through the USA with just our minivan and a lot of camping gear. This will be the 4th move since aug 2010. Needless to say with three kids and a husband out of a job and feeling the call to full time missions I am OUT of my comfort zone as well. Thanks for being the one to communicate that I am not alone and HE will take care of me, my family and my heart through it all.

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    Becky says:

    Well said for all ages and stages in life.

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    Maryjo says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I too am in the same transition God is showing me new things and is requiring me to be led more by his spirit and not because I should or its the right thing to do. It is a little scary for me too to go out of the safeness around my life to branch out and wait on him I am a control freak by nature and like all my ducks in a row this is so out of my confort zone. In a strange way tho it feels good to be back on the potters wheel and be shaped and molded by our Lord. Again ty for your transparentcy and braveness to share! In christ maryjo

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    Jenn says:

    You don’t know me, but I feel like your post was aimed right at me. I am literally in my honeymoon phase. I was married on Friday. It was the best day of my life. But in all the romance and business of the wedding, I felt a sadness in a way. I feel like a completely new person and it is a strange feeling. I feel a difference in my family and my husband’s family and I’m trying to navigate it all. They are all good, natural changes, but they are hard. So when I read this I felt like it was just meant for me to read. It is hard. And it is all changing. But the Lord is with me.
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9-10

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      Lindsee says:

      Congratulations, Jenn, on your marriage! Navigating and merging two families, I can only imagine, would probably be tough. But, I know it is also a sweet time. Blessings on this new season, sister!

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    G.J. says:

    You are just absolutely precious and I love your authenticity. So refreshing in a day of “posers” in everything social media.

    So blessed by you! I love the seasons of our lives and am so thankful for the One who NEVER changes…


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    TC says:


    Thank you so much for your uplifting and encouraging words. The Lord used you to speak directly to my heart.

    Thank you for letting him use you in a special way.

    God Bless you!

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    Warmest Greetings Lindsee:) I appreciate you sharing with us the leaving of your comfort zone. I too was feeling like I needed to do something different this past year, like something needed to change, or else. I was confused, though, as to what that would look like. I prayed about it, and the Lord has been answering in His timing. His timing for you in what you are doing now, and where you are at is absolutely perfect for you. You are right, He is the One you want to cling to, and launching out in waters over your head, and entirely new can be scary, but exciting, and revitalizing all at the same time. To be alive! Seriously!:) I am very happy for you Lindsee. He is leading you where He wants you, doing more that you could ask our imagine…

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