March 15, 2017

The In Between

I’ll never forget being at the She Speaks conference last year with over 600 women who were passionate about words, books, and different ways to articulate their experiences in such a way that would encourage their readers. I remember feeling so small yet so fearless. I remember how desperate my fingers grew to pop open my laptop and share my heart with those who were interested to read about it. I came back to my apartment from the conference and whipped out Gold and Black everything to keep the motivation going for She’s Not Sorry. I knew God was up to something in me.

Then that something happened. My hands weren’t so excited to click on the Windows icon and type away.. Actually my words grew short. While my heart still leaped for She’s Not Sorry and the vision behind it, I quickly found myself in so much transition and change that my keyboard could not keep up.

Ladies, sometimes you need to let life happen in between the writing, in between the posting, and in between the encouraging. – Lysa Terkeurst

I packed boxes and moved into the city, I worked as a Life Coach and then became a Case Manager at the Shelter, let go of relationships, while growing closer to others. I got into my new place and the wood floors weren’t as comfy as my warm fuzzy rug that covered my previous 3rd floor apartment by the busy highway. Getting a good grip of my new position at work was exciting at first but became exhausting all too quickly. Attempting to keep up with the paper work was a headache in itself(because when you go to school for Social Work you really just signed up for 7 hours of case notes and 1 hour of loving on people which was not what you had in mind as your work day lol). Good night text messages ended and Friday nights weren’t as fun for a few weeks.

Life happened. I didn’t have much to say- I could only take in what was going on around me. I was overwhelmed, felt out of place, and a bit confused about the anxiousness I was feeling. I was reminded that this was that “in between the writing, posting, and encouraging” moment.

In the past weeks I have come to find that it is in the in-between-moments where we are truly developed into the whole-woman we are created to be. When we taste the cusp of change or transition and embrace it in private, rather than run from it, we accept the challenge of growth.

Change and transition give us the opportunity to see things in a different perspective, it gives us an open range of possibility. It slows us down long enough to help us take in today’s air and reflect on yesterday’s wind. While fear may be our instinct reaction to discomfort, it is also a place where the whispers of the Holy Spirit invades and gives new eyes for a new beginning.


The 3 most comforting lessons this “in between moment” has taught me is that


1) God is not finished with me yet- and boy does he have a long way to go!

We can be so filled with passion to go out and win the world for the cause that we get burn out, discouraged and feel alone. When we are forced to slow down because life has a lesson to teach- we give room for others to come in and encourage us, and we have enough quiet time to wait for the voice of God to actually lead us.

2) I can’t miss out on God’s plans for me! What God has for me, it is FOR ME.
This fear of missing out on what God has planned for my life because I’m not doing enough at church, or singing enough on the worship team, or going out to lunch with different leaders enough, or working out enough, or (insert whatever it is you think is holding you back from you reaching your calling here) enough. This is such a false belief that we have- Lisa Bevere said it best when she said: we are not powerful enough to change the plans God has for us, Which leads me to my last lesson in this season:

3) Even here and Now in this season of change and transition HE KNOWS ME AND IS FAITHFUL.
Psalm 139 is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a reminder to me that God is so involved and invested in us as individuals. He isn’t surprised by our moments of uncomfort, anxiousness or even discouragement. While we are in the midst of change and transition he uses another great writer, David, to remind us just how well he knows us and how faithful he is to be with us on the journey.

You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.

I hope this finds you well in which ever season of life you are in. Please share your thoughts below and join me on this journey!

Oh how my fingers desire the keyboard once more ;).

xoxo,

Jannelle

Comments

  1. Michelle C says:

    Love it, Janelle! Keep writing!

  2. <3

  3. Tiffiny Gilmore says:

    Oh how I missed your blogs sis!! I’m so glad your fingers desire the keyboard again because you have alot to say and I receive it. What really encouraged me was the quote from Lisa Bevere that says ” We are not powerful enough to change God’s plans for us “. That really gives me a sense of peace to know that no matter how hard I try to earn God’s favor or work my way into the kingdom, What God has for me is for me and there is nothing I can do to change it. Love you so much and thank you for sharing your experiences with us all 😊

    • Jannelle says:

      Tiffany!

      Your feedback is so appreciated! I’m happy you are enjoying my blog! Lisa Bevere is one of my favorites!!

  4. Diana Rodriguez says:

    Love it!!! Grateful for the in between. Thank you for sharing and putting into words what we all experience.

  5. nysecole says:

    LOVE IT!!! Well said, you are so gifted and you have a way explaining things that helps to put life into perspective! KEEP WRITING! #writeabook

  6. Oh Janelle! This has really blessed me this morning, as once again, guilt has creeped in over the blog that hasn’t been typed, the comment that hasn’t been shared, etc. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to give grace.

    • Jannelle says:

      LemLov!

      Grace upon Grace. Words will flow, they can’t be rushed, they can’t be forced- we know that!

      Thanks for all the support and feedback!

  7. Mike Mason says:

    Change + Transition –>> Opportunity and Possibility! Go head sis

  8. Victoria says:

    ❤❤❤❤

  9. I love u beyond words…u r sóoo special…😘❤❤

  10. Your writing is just extraordinary! As I’m reading I feel like it’s just a conversation between you and I. Thank you for the gift of your words and sharing YOU with us!!! Big Hugs! Love You Sis!!!

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