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As I begin a new chapter, I bring God’s love with me.
Thu 11/30


As I begin a new chapter, I bring God’s love with me.

Do you worry about losing your sense of self as you start this new chapter?




November 30 2023 Story

Navigating Life’s Next Stage

By: Jeannie Blackmer

I admit I am performance-oriented. The familiar urge to achieve was triggered recently when I met with a friend about her work. I listened to her talk about her job, her busy schedule, and the interesting people she meets. “How about you? What are you up to these days?” she asked. 

I didn’t have much to say other than “I’m trying to figure that out. I’ve been an overachiever since a young age. I got in trouble rarely, played competitive tennis, and received good grades. I went to college, and then got my master’s. I worked. I married, had kids, and wrote some books. I volunteered. I learned to cook, sort of. I did everything I thought I should do. Life zoomed ahead, and now with my adult children launched, I recently started to ask myself again, What should I do? What’s my purpose? Then I came across this quote by Brennan Manning in his book Abba’s Child, “Define yourself as one radically loved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”  

That was just the reminder I needed to hear—I am radically loved. In fact, Jesus loved me so much He died for me. I can’t undo my past, but I can move forward with confidence because I am loved, not because of what I do. I don’t have to strive to impress anyone because Jesus rejoices over me with gladness, quiets me with His love.


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—Rabbi David Hartman, founder and director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
“Hope in a renewed future is one of the most profound gifts of a life of faith.”


How will you navigate a new chapter in your life?

I will focus on who I am, not just my accomplishments.

I will let God’s unconditional love for me by my guide.

I will open myself up to whatever purpose God has for me.

May God’s love encourage and guide your steps today. We’ll see you again soon!

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