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Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her books include Breathing Through Grief, Kailani's Gift and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Hi Wonderful insights! I have been fighting retirement for all sorts of reasons -including “who will I be afterwards?”. You sparked me to consider more deeply what God has in mind for me and whether I am actually thwarting His plans by not embracing this new path. God continues to nudge me along and you have certainly written a terrific nudge. Stepping down can be as meaningful stepping up and Trust the Maker of the Plan are two takeaways for me. Thanks again.

    • Beverly, I’m so glad these words met you in your circumstances. I suspect God has important plans and purpose for your next season of life as you step aside and help others flourish too!

  2. Thank you so much, Dorina, for your words that are filled with truth. The way you have connected Jesus bending low to wash His disciples feet with stepping aside to care for ourselves is beautiful.

    It takes brave wisdom to know our limitations and when we need to step aside. To know that our worth isn’t tied to anything we could achieve or do. To know we have nothing to prove. The courage, wisdom, and strength of Simone Biles and of yourself in the choices you made is of far higher value than any gold medal.

    I am so thankful that when we are weak we are strong, for His power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

    May God bless you!

    • Melanie, I appreciate your words of encouragement. Making the decision to leave Haiti was so hard and humbling, but I’m grateful I can look back and see God’s fingerprints over it all. He was with me in my time of weakness and used these years to grant me strength.

      • I’m so sorry that you went through such heartache and loss, Dorina, and that you needed to make that brave decision. Thankful that when you look back you can see God’s fingerprints all over that time.

        Thank you once again for your words. They bring comfort and reassurance that the times I have needed to step aside to look after my wellbeing has made room for others to flourish. Praying God will richly bless you and your daughters.

  3. I love all of these examples, Dorina. It makes me think of Jesus leaving earth – stepping aside in a way – making room for the Holy Spirit and the disciples to continue the work of growing the kingdom! I’m also thinking about how letting go (like you did with your ministry in Haiti) can also free us to step into something new or more fully… seems likely something I need to pray about. Thanks, friend!

    • Yes, I really hadn’t processed how Jesus stepped aside for the Holy Spirit and disciples before writing this article. I’m praying for you, my friend. May God guide your steps – the stepping aside and the stepping up in this season!

  4. Dorina,

    What Simone Biles did was special. Working hard to come back for a second Olympics only to sit out some important competitions so others can step up-wow!! It takes a humble heart to know when it’s time to step aside. Lately I’ve heard God telling me to step up some. My pastor’s wife stepped down from her Relay for Life (cancer) roles. I sensed Jesus asking me to step in & try my hand. Do what I can. Like King David I knew that God & I could accomplish good things. This year alone I’ve raised $200.00 simply by asking people for donations. We all have various seasons in our lives. Times when we flourish & run the show. Times when we need to step down & allow others to flourish & shine. Thank you Dorina for a great post about allowing others to step into the limelight.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Thank you, wonderful Dorina, for the best reflection I’ve read on these two amazing gymnasts. Your insight is inspiring, godly and encouraging. Thank you so much! Blessings, Patricia

  6. Wow, this was powerful. It comes after my declaration to my wellness coach to carve out some “me time.” Prayerfully by stepping aside, I’m allowing someone else to flourish. This is going to be a faith walk.

    • Sherri, thank you for sharing how this is meaningful in your current situation right now too. I’m saying a little prayer for you right now too! For His glory!