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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!

    • Jenny, I’m so glad that God used today’s article to encourage you, especially as you navigate the big and beautiful next season of your life.

  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 🙂

  12. Thank you Barb. I appreciate your calm and wise words as well as your experience. My husband and I are in this season right now. A job we never expected to bloom did and now it’s over. The owner has proposed a different opportunity for my husband. Something he has never done before and has zero experience. He is soooo on the fence. The last thing he wants is to feel frustrated and to fail and then be “that person”
    Thank you so much for the reminder:

    “For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven”
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 …..calm and wise words coming

    “How do we gracefully exit a ministry, a job, or an organization sooner rather than later when we sense God or our heart telling us to move on?
    The first step is giving ourselves permission to remember that we’re not assigned to any job or role forever. There’s an ebb and flow to our human experience that’s best summed up by the wisest man who ever lived”

    We have been praying and we will continue to pray….and listen. Listen. Listen.

    Thank you again xoxox

  13. Barb, you mentioned: “How could I give up what was comfortable and good when I didn’t know what was next? But, I chose to trust Him.” That was me last year. My husband and I were in the process of moving out of state; our son was graduating from high school; we packed up the last 20 years of our lives and moved, by faith, from the Chicago area to NE TN. God provided an Airbnb for us to live in and then He provided a home that’s perfect for us complete with God-following neighbors. After being a stay at home mom for 19+ years, it was time to venture out of my comfy corner and get a job. God provided that for me as well. I love looking back over the past year and seeing all what God graciously did for my family and I’m so thankful.

  14. Thank you, Barb, for sharing this. It is difficult to change courses and leave, but God opens a new way. Blessings!

  15. We should always follow that nudge or Gods prompting telling us to leave a job or volunteer position.

  16. Our family had attended the same church for 11 years. It was the first church to become our home. But after several leadership changes, the church became one without direction or a firm grasp on Gods truth. We knew it was not a healthy environment but we continued to stay, until we had no choice but to leave. Although I’m thankful for Gods love and lessons during that time. A part of me wonders if we had left earlier would we have avoided a huge amount of pain for our family.

  17. I experienced this when I resigned from my job in Dec 2022. I knew in September that God was calling me to resign but I waited until November to turn in my resignation because I was doubting myself that I heard God. Even though submitting my resignation two months early did not yield the desired returns for the program that I would have liked, ie. being able to train my replacement. I am glad I did because it assisted my former dean with making the necessary adjustment. And I left with peace and relationships intact.

  18. Whoa Barb! this was just what I needed to hear, I have been thinking about some changes, and you have helped me clarify that I do have choices and maybe it is a season to move forward. Blessings in all you do…

  19. This is where I’m at right now. I am doing part time online work for someone mostly to be a help and witness to them, but it is demanding and with some very tough and stressful family situations the past 4 months I have stepped back a bit but have felt that it may be best to step out of that. I feel over whelmed a lot and know that I need to save my emotional energy. This is giving me a bit more of a boost to make the decisions and move forward on them with grace and no regrets.