The Art of Letting Go

Do sudden twists and turns in life ever knock you off your feet?

I’ll never forget one October day when my husband called on his way home from work, “So you know how we once talked about me possibly taking a job in Taiwan? Well, there’s an opening and it looks like they really need someone with my experience.”

My answer was immediate and decisive. It went something along the lines of, “Are you completely crazy? We have two little kids now!” And ended with something like, “That absolutely isn’t going to happen.”

After I hung up my mind echoed with one dangerous thought: “There’s no way I’m moving an inch. I have everything under control right here.

Alarm bells went off inside my head. Every time I think I have everything under my own control things are about to go horribly wrong.

The truth was that I had some big goals set for 2014-- and they had been broadcast to the world. It was going to be embarrassing to back down.

But I also know my God. He works in mysterious ways and they rarely have anything to do with my plans. And my husband deserved a fair hearing.

By January 10 I was living in Taiwan on the first of two international assignments my husband would accept, with my support, in four years.

Somehow all of my plans had disintegrated— and we were off on an adventure bigger and better than I could have imagined.

Can you relate? Have you ever fought to hold onto your own small vision even when God was calling you to so much more?

Living our days with intention and purpose, yet making space for God’s detours, is more of an art than science.

The Art of Planning course is a five-day experience designed to help us focus on what my friend, and partner, Joan L. Turley describes as “The Non-Negotiables.”

A year ago Joan and I started meeting on a weekly basis. Our focus? To create goal setting and time management material for “everyday Christian women” like ourselves.

We’ve both experienced the power of courses and resources that challenge us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and accomplish some amazing goals. Yet, programs tailored to help busy executives left us wanting something more.

Yes, we want to strive to achieve amazing things. But even more importantly we need to ensure that those goals are aligned with what we believe God is calling us to do in our lives.

We hope that our first offering, The Art of Planning, will prove inspirational and helpful for busy Christian women.

A float in a religious parade in Chunghwa, Taiwan.

A float in a religious parade in Chunghwa, Taiwan.