Living A Good Story

Special Note: Today I am taking part in a blog series on Prodigal Magazine. You should check out the other articles from a list of incredible bloggers. You can submit you own article there as well. Just go here. 

If you have been around here before you probably know that I am a huge fan of Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and the concept of living a good story. I’ve credited all three with changing the way I think, and the way I live. So when Darrell mentioned this Prodigal Magazine series on what it means to live a good story I had to say ‘yes.’

“A good story helps us answer the question: Is life worth engaging?” — Donald Miller

An element that has appeared throughout my story {more so in recent months and years} is suspense, intrigue, and the disarming appearance of the unexpected. No one could call my path predictable. And no one would find my story engaging without its twists and turns.

Last Monday, I announced that I will be leaving California to move back to Nashville. When I made the decision nine months ago to pick up and leave the home where I felt so safe, secure, and comfortable, I thought my Orange County adventure would be a lot more…permanent. Truth be told, I thought I would settle in, meet a kind man who liked the way I say ‘y’all’, and slowly but surely embrace the lifestyle, the culture, and even the vernacular, but what I expected wasn’t what was in the cards.

My California adventure wasn’t the fairytale I had assumed, instead it was a much-needed season of restoration and reflection.

And now…unpredictably, unexpectedly, intriguingly, I’m scheming the second cross country move in less than a year.

And so…as excited and as hopeful as I am about the future, I know I can’t even fathom what’s next. But that’s what makes life fun and that’s what makes my story engaging.

The epic stories that I want to read, and watch, over and over again aren’t boring, predictable, or comfortable, so why should my story be? 

What’s a recent twist and turn in your story? Have you learned to appreciate the unpredictable-ness of life, and of God? 

And a special announcement…

As a part of my new unexpected adventure, I get to travel to Ethiopia {my first trip to Africa EVER – insert squeal here} from July 9th through the 16th. I can not wait to travel with some old friends and meet some new ones, to see firsthand the work of Food for the Hungry, to interact with a little boy I just sponsored and his family, and to blog stories so you can all share in this journey with me. So please go here to learn more about the trip and the incredible bloggers that I am traveling with. And go here to consider sponsoring a child with Food for the Hungry in Ethiopia. We’ll be meeting these kids so if you do choose sponsorship prior to the trip, shoot me an email to so that I can keep an eye out for the new additions to your family.

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • Scott

    I love Donald Miller’s stuff too. Great blog post. I have much respect for you! Hope your move back to Nashville goes well. You are very encouraging to us! Thank you.

    • lindseynobles

      Thank you Scott!

  • Super awesome news, I had missed the announcement last week. I actually think Nashville may be in my future someday too, just not now. I love the idea of living a good story and I feel like I’m doing my darnedest to do just that. My story has changed so much in the past couple years as I’ve pretty much decided the American Dream is not where it’s at. This adoption journey is definitely making for a great story and I know there’s so much more to come. 

    And yay for Food for the Hungry! I heard my friend Kristen Howerton was going on that trip last week and I’m so excited for her…and you! I love Africa so much, although I’ve never been to Ethiopia. Someday!

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks Sarah! I agree with you in regards to the American Dream. I’m so excited to be traveling with Kristen. It’s going to be a great trip.

  • Makeda

    Your story, with all its twists and turns, is actually beautifully inspiring. I’m facing my own unexpected twist with no clear outcome and feeling the fear of the uncertainty of walking down this unknown road. Your story is helping breathe courage to my heart. Thanks for sharing

    • lindseynobles

      I’ll be praying for you. The expected is just an illusion that fools us every time. 

  • After thinking all the details were falling into place, I suddenly find myself at a crossroads where all the option have “Bridge Out Ahead” signs posted on them.  I have no idea where I want to be, all I know is that I don’t want to be where I am for oh, so many reasons.  I hope my story works out as well as yours seems to be.  I’ll be praying for you as your start another new adventure and readjust to “home”!

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks AmyieJoi. Your path will become clear. Just look for the next right step!

  • tam

    You know what I live about your unpredictable journey…the way you embrace it. While it is scary and uncertain you do not wallow in that and become paralyzed. You put one foot in front of the other and just go, by faith. And you do it with confident expectation that God goes before you. Thanks for this example. It is, as are you, so refreshing.

    Love you a lot of bunch.

    • lindseynobles

      Appreciate your kind words and ongoing encouragement. And your cookies!

  • Appreciate your willingness to step out into the unknown for the sake of following God’s leading. It’s something we can all learn from. 

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks Tyler. 

  • alliworthington

    I’m excited to add a chapter with you. <3 

    • lindseynobles

      I can’t believe we are going to Ethiopia in less than 2 months!

  • rageagainsttheminivan

    I am so excited that we will get to experience this together! (And still sad you are leaving Orange County . . . but I’m denial about that at the moment).

  • April Walker

    love this!  have a blessed time in africa.  you’ll love it!  i know i did!