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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. This is so timely as I prepare to retire in 2 weeks after 39 years at my job. God has given me many confirmations that it is time to go and take care of some physical issues I’m dealing with. But I am looking forward to whatever else He has in store for me to serve Him and others!

    • Happy retirement to you, Lynne! Congratulations on your long career and I can only imagine all of the emotions in store as you near the end and transition to retirement. You are right – God has a new season waiting for you!

  2. This was so relevant to my life and I thank you for sharing this. It is indeed ok for me to move on.

  3. I struggle so hard with change, with moving on. But I can definitely see the wisdom in this. I will try to keep this in mind as we prepare for a potential cross country move.

    • You speak the truth, Gail! Yes, change is hard and endings can be harder. And you are in the middle of both of those right now. I pray that God uses today’s article to speak encouragement and hope into your heart.

  4. Such a needed message for so many and one that hits hard as I pray through different roles. Thank you Barb for sharing this!

  5. Thank you Adonai for Barbs testimony and encouragement. My heart needed this prompting to trust Jesus. At one time serving in ministry a mentor told me, “Ask God to give you a heart to give up something you love for something even better.”

    I really struggled with that. Eventually the Holy Spirit got a full hold of my heart to give up being a group leader in bible study to speak fulltime. If God so loved the world He sent His Son I could certainly give up ministry I loved to share the gospel with others as a trained motivational speaker.

    To be a witness to many who choose to accept the Lord, watching their countenance change has left me speechless. I treasure those moments & still pray for those men & women. ♥️✨

    I need to realign my priorities. Thank you Barb for your authenticity & spurring us on.

    • Tanya, thank you for sharing your journey here on (in)courage today. Your friend offered such wise advice. It takes courage to step out in faith and it’s an encouragement to others. I love that God has given you a chance to see Him at work through your obedience.

  6. I had been thinking about this very thing lately, but I don’t want to leave or go to another state if God doesn’t want me to go. How would I know? And what would happen not only to me, but to others that I work with?

    • Hi Joy! Thanks for stopping by (in)courage today. It sounds like you’re wrestling through some big questions. Keep praying and talking with trusted friends. Most of all believe that God is will be with you no matter what you decide.

  7. Food for thought. I’ve been a hospice volunteer for over 10 years. I’ve had great experiences and helped more than a few families. But sometimes I ponder moving on to something else. Right now I’m helping a friend from church navigate the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Maybe that’s my next step. Prayerfully I will proceed.

    • Hi Irene! Thank you for sharing what you’re pondering right now. It’s so helpful to hear from others navigating the journey. I love that you’ve given your time and compassion to serving others in difficult places in life.

  8. I really needed to hear this today, as I have been so sad to leave a job I love because of Health issues, & the inability to cut down to PT. I can feel God leading me in a different direction. My last day is Friday, & I hate goodbyes…this article helps bring peace to my ♥️

    • Sweet Linda, I’m so glad that God knew what type of encouragement that you needed this week. Praying for God’s continued peace and the next steps as you move into your next season of life.

  9. Barb,

    There sure is wisdom here :). I had to learn it the hard way because I didn’t have the influences in my life when I. was younger that could’ve helped me see this. Your insight will help those who might need a nudge to move along…. 🙂

  10. Wise counsel. I left teaching after 26 years. I knew it was time. Others begged me to stay (even students!) but I knew I’d reached personal goals and it was time for younger blood. Being able to pursue writing full time since then has been a joy.

  11. Barb,

    Many women can benefit from this information. I try to leave jobs on good terms. Ready to leave my current position, but God is saying no to every interview I get. Waiting on His perfect timing.

    Blessings 🙂

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