On Leaving and On Looking Ahead to the Uncomfortable Unknown

Yesterday I posted a picture of me packing up my office. And several of you guys were like, “Um, what?!?” So here’s a little bit of what’s been happening in my life and in my heart.

A week or so ago I resigned from my role as COO and Strategist of the IF:Gathering.

Yep. BIG change. And so many feelings — I’m simultaneously excited, petrified, sad, overwhelmed, and peaceful. SO MANY FEELINGS.

A little bit of background, late last summer after a trip to Israel {to use some cheesy God language because I don’t really have other words for it} God began doing some work on me and in me. Through friends, through strangers, through a deep sense of just knowing, I realized, “a change is gonna come.” {Thanks Sam Cooke for the words.} I sat down with Jennie and began conversations about what’s next for me, and for IF:Gathering. I had realized a few things about myself that affirmed my need for change:

I love launching things.
I love working with corporations and/or globally-minded NGOs.
I love working with men and in co-ed environments.

I committed to working through IF:Gathering 2017 and then I spent the rest of the February on sabbatical — grieving, celebrating, and beginning to dream about what God is calling me to in this next season.

I came back from sabbatical with absolute clarity on one thing. The time for me to transition is now. And unfortunately for my plan-loving-self, that’s all I know with any certainty at this time.

I am not sure what is ahead, professionally or personally. I am not sure if this job change will lead to a move back to Nashville or if I will remain here in Austin. I am going to take some time, do some listening and some learning, and some waiting until there is more clarity on the right next steps.

One of the things I needed in this season is more clarity on my strengths, my giftedness, and my unique skills and passions. So I have spent some time with Bill Hendricks at The Giftedness Center . He affirmed what I’ve known but not been able to put words to, “you were born to create community and build culture. You are an architect of affiliation. You gather tribes of kindred spirits whose collective energy has the potential to unite movements and transform the world around them.”

I’ve had the immense honor of getting to be a part of just that for the last six years building and working with IF:Gathering. Moving forward, I hope I can continue to be a part of movements that shape individuals, and the world.

I am grateful for you for following along on my crazy journey. Thank you for being friends and confidants, for being encouragers and listening ears. You give me strength to keep on keeping on. If you are pray-ers, I would covet your prayers during this season. Pray that I’ll be wise, courageous, and patient, that I’ll keep listening and learning, that I’ll be open-handed and open-hearted.

More to come…

{Photo by Esther Havens}

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  • shelya

    This is beautiful Lindsey. I’ve watched you from the beginning working with IF and I have seen the beauty you’ve brought to Jennie’s vision. Great things are ahead for you! Praying as you follow the Lord’s leading!

  • Morgan

    I’m excited to see where this transition takes you. I’ve been following your blog and your career since your time at Thomas Nelson and I have drawn so much encouragement from you and the work you do. As a young professional woman, I have been inspired by the way you ‘activate’ and turn visions and dreams into realities. I can’t see what’s next!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thank you Morgan!

  • Kellye

    Lindsey, how exciting! I can only imagine the range of feelings you’re experiencing. Just want you to know that you aren’t alone in the “I don’t know what is happening or what is next!!” space. I am with you! And what a thrilling (and slightly terrifying) adventure we’re on. Way to go, sister!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thrilling and terrifying — yes!

  • Jenni Trietsch

    Prayers and blessings as you transition. I discovered you through IF, and you have given words to so many of the thoughts and struggles I have being single in the church at age 41. Thank you for being faithful. I look forward to seeing your next steps!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thank you Jenni!

  • Katie

    Congrats and prayers for you as you discern God’s will next! Praise God for your courage and faith in Him to take this big step! What a mighty woman you are!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thanks Katie!

  • Andrea

    Lindsey! I am right here with you, sister. I know it’s time to leave the nonprofit that I currently work for and love, but what’s next? Just yesterday asked a group of my closest, most trusted friends to pray for me and with me during this next season. I’m praying for you, sweet one, for clarity of direction, peace of mind and the courage to go wherever that next “go” is for you. You are a builder and a connector and have been blessed with so many gifts. Blessings to you during this season of uncertainty. I cannot wait to hear where the Lord leads you next.

    • lindseyrnobles

      You too Andrea!

  • Elizabeth

    Hey Lindsey-
    Praying for you this morning.
    We live around the corner from you. PM me if you wanna spend time in our prayer room- or just come check it out!

    • lindseyrnobles

      I’d love that!

  • Ashley

    Oh girl. I’m right there with you. A week ago I told my boss I needed to phase out, not having anything lined up yet. Looking forward to seeing how God will provide. Thank you for sharing. Finding that harmony of gifts and passions in your work is so important!

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