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“You know he wants to marry you, right?”
I remember my jaw dropping and the room spinning a little as that question came out. All the positive, bubbly, content dating relationships vibes became much more serious as I realized that we were now coming to the point of making a decision. A life-long, irreversible decision.
Life is full of those moments, and time seems to stop when they happen, don’t you think? And then if you’re like me, you weigh out all the options. You think and overthink, bite your nails, and wonder if you’re making the right choice.
So I did end up marrying that guy, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. But when you’re at the crossroads, whether it’s with career, family, a move, or any change, it’s scary. It can be hard to know what’s best, and what God is prompting you towards. It’s overwhelming to think about all the possibilities, and fear you’re making the wrong choice, or maybe even that you’re not up to the task. Sometimes it’s even scarier to say no to a big possibility, or to accept a different path than what you envisioned.
All of this is the subject of Elizabeth Laing Thompson’s new book, When God Says Go. And you need to read it. Yes, you. Here’s my review, and why you should take a look:
When I saw the title of this book, I thought, cool! I should read this for when I have to make a big choice someday. In other words, no, I don’t need this book right now, but maybe at some point it’ll be helpful.
I was able to read, and loved, Elizabeth’s previous book, When God Says Wait, which was amazing and so very helpful for those stages of life when you’re not quite where you want to be. It was useful at the time. But with this book, I felt that since I wasn’t currently making a huge life decision, it didn’t apply so much.
Boy, was I wrong!
This book applies to all walks of life.
Are you at a crossroads and not sure what God’s call really is? This book applies.
Do you feel like your past or your own personality disqualify you for God’s call? Do you feel unworthy? This book applies.
Are you in a situation you never expected or didn’t ask for? This book applies.
Are you facing a personal obstacle, whether it’s one you’ve had for years, or one that’s just become apparent? A sin or a fear you want to overcome? This book applies.
Are you feeling like your call isn’t to do something big or grand right now, but rather to be consistent, and stay where you are? This book applies.
It’s amazing to me how I connect with all of these situations in different ways, some currently, and some in the past.
I found this book to be broken up into very natural chapters. One at a time was perfect for me to digest each topic.
Each chapter starts with the author’s narrative of a Bible story. It focuses on the main person in the story, and what they might have been thinking, with a bit of artistic license. I like it because it helps me think outside the box a bit, with stories I can let myself be too familiar with.
The chapters all contain real-life examples as well, both from the author’s life, or others she knows personally. She also cites scripture in each chapter, and practical ways to approach the topic. Because we all know how hard it is to discern how to go after God’s will, whether at the decision-making point, or when you’re in the process of change.
Messages That Resonate
Some of the messages that I connected with the most?
God equips the called. I can often feel like I have to know it all and be it all before I tackle something new. Elizabeth emphasizes that this is not the case – God calls us in spite of our capabilities, or lack thereof.
Sometimes a big change doesn’t discount your past experience. It just stretches you to new places. I can think things like, but I’ve already done this! I’ve already worked on that! And feel a little defeated that I need to make that leap again. But God is always preparing us for his next call to go.
Feeling the urge to go, but no opportunities open? Examine what God is calling you to do here and now. Obviously this is a topic close to my heart. I believe in living a full life, right where you are. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the urge to go anywhere, or try any new thing. And then when God doesn’t open doors, it’s confusing to me. A thought from Elizabeth in this book is to consider what God has planned for you right here instead.
I’m so grateful to have had the chance to read this book, and to share it with you. I’m convinced that this book will help you wherever you are, and encourage you to respond to God’s call with confidence.
You can purchase When God Says Go on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. Or enter to win a signed copy here! Thanks, Elizabeth, for providing the copy!