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Mar 1, 2012

Thursday is for Thinkers: Lindsey Nobles

Kelly Minter, author of Nehemiahshared about her recent trip to Brazil and the faith displayed by jungle pastors there.

Please welcome Lindsey Nobles to the blog. You might know Lindsey from her blog, her work with Compassion International, or from her previous role as Director of Corporate Communications at Thomas Nelson. A Texas transplant living in Orange County, California, she's now working furiously to spread the word about how you can change the score by buying products that give back in her new role as the Director of Community for Project 7.

Be sure to comment below. Lindsey will be stopping by the blog today and to answer questions and interact in the comments.

Lindsey also provided us with a Project 7 Gift Pack containing 2 packs of sugar-free gum, 3 tubes of sugar-free mints, a Project 7 eco-friendly t-shirt, and a canister of whole bean coffee which we will giving away to a commenter.

The Quest

Let me start by saying that "Thursday is for Thinkers" is probably the most intimidating title for a guest post series, at least one that I've contributed to. {Not sure I belong in the 'thinker' camp.} But regardless, I'm excited to contribute and share a little of my story and my heart.

The other night as I was scanning through Twitter, I saw a friend post a 140-character excerpt fromJesus Calling. As many have experienced who have spent any time in the work of Sarah Young, I felt like the words were written from God just for me, just for this season that I'm walking in.

"Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon.

When you cling to old ways and sameness you resist My work within you. I want you to embrace all that I am doing in your life, finding your security in Me alone. "

-- Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, February 17

I worry. I fear change. I cling to the old. Which means, unfortunately, I resist God and the work He is doing within me.

I spent the better part of the last couple of years grappling with God. I could feel Him nudging me forward. But I was comfortable. I had a great job, a great boss, a great church, and a great community.

While His nudging was subtle at first, in time it turned to pushing, and then to shoving. Life started to get more and more uncomfortable. But still I clung on desperately afraid of the inevitable change.

For some strange reason, I felt this great pressure to know what God's plan was for my life, to know how my story would end and what my legacy might be. But questions of calling and purpose had always eluded me.

Thankfully wise friends who had endured similar transitions helped me understand that I didn't need to see the whole staircase to brave the next step. So that became my quest, not to uncover His plan but to find my next right step. And the next one. And the next one.

The quest hasn't been an easy one, nor has it been without its leaps of faith, its moments of sheer terror, or its cross-country moves. The quest led me to resign my post at Thomas Nelson. The quest led me to be still and prayerfully consider who I was and what I valued. The quest led me to relish in all-too-rare vacation time with my growing nieces. The quest led me to grab coffee with passionate man who wanted to change the world with his 'products for good.' And the quest led me to accept a job as Director of Community with his growing company, Project 7, in Southern California. The quest continually brings me to new opportunities to courageously walk forward and find my security and my hope only in Him.

You would think by now that I would have learned to embrace the quest, to embrace transition, but it remains a daily fight for me to let go and trust in the work that He will do in me, and God-willing through me. Each day that I wake, I wrestle. And on the good days, I surrender to Him, to His perfect will, to His abundant grace, to His unfailing love.

Are you on the constant quest to find your next right step? Have you experienced that surrender is the best way to end the fight?

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Posted:March 1, 2012 at 12:00 am


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