a blessing for when you're forced to rethink your life - Kate Bowler

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a blessing for when you’re forced to rethink your life

God, this is a time of major rethinking of all that my life means.
Help me, guide me.
This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Jer. 6:16 NIV

blessed are you who take the risk
of standing still right at the point of change,
though uncertainty and stress want to propel you forward.

blessed are you, standing there at this new crossroads,
giving yourself permission
to stay suspended awhile in the questions:
maybe this isn’t…
maybe i don’t want….
maybe i need….

suspended in the reimagining,
discerning until you find
that the thought-threads of ‘what-if’
lead you to a settled ‘if-then.’
and you know it’s yours.

blessed are you, gathering what you need
to move forward in this new awareness,
this new peace.

with deep truth comes a deep and settled calm.
you’ll know it when you see it.

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Becca Messman
1 year ago

Beautiful and so timely! Thank you.

Anna Quarles
1 year ago

This was just what I need today or maybe this season since it has been weeks into months of re-imagining myself and how I want to show-up for my people & the world.

Last edited 1 year ago by Anna Quarles
1 year ago

Oh Kate, thank you. This blessing is….more than I can convey. It brought me to tears. Thank you.

Bette Mulley
1 year ago

How very blessed I fell, because your share heart felt thoughts with me!! Thank you, and may you Have the courage Needed for your journey!

Heather Shantz
1 year ago

This is so timely for me. Two days ago I learned that my cancer has spread to my liver and my treatment was stopped. I am needing to make a decision about further options. I’m certainly at the crossroads. But am so grateful that God is giving me soul rest.

1 year ago

You provide such joy to my life. Each word of wisdom echoes the reminder that it will be all right. Stand. Breathe. Look with you heart. Thank you for helping me on my journey.

Dawn Muller
1 year ago

Oy do I need to hear these words! As a widow, fully empty nested as my triplet daughters have graduated college, and moved to new cities, with an uncertain job. I don’t embrace change. I don’t like tension. Perhaps this is a time to be still, reflect, and look for the way forward.

Janet Westcott
1 year ago

Thank you Kate for this prayer and sharing your journey. My husband has just died tragically (how hard is that to actually write 🙁 ) – our girls and I are just devastated. Our hearts and lives are broken in a thousand pieces or more on the floor. We are standing (barely) trying to begin to rethink and rebuild our lives. Thank you for your words that speak the whispers of our hearts. xx

This is just beautiful. My mother passed away at the end of June and i have been contemplating the ways in which that changes who I am and how I think of myself. These words have settled my soul this morning.

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