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A mom of three, recovering perfectionist, nature lover, and DIY aficionado, Elizabeth has loved God for as long as she can remember, but only recently began to live out her faith.

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  1. Dear Elizabeth Anne,

    Wow, this is such a wonderful post!! I relate to it so much–we all struggle when we need to step out in faith for anything! I love your analogy with the headstand–that’s the perfect way to look at it, that we’re always relying on God like that with our faith, whatever we do. And Congratulations on your faith move to leave your old job and start pursuing your dream with God–wow!! I’m in awe–that’s fantastic! That takes amazing faith! I’m cheering you on and praying for you! Blessings!

    • Thanks for being part of this amazing sisterhood that’s helped encourage and bolster and cheer me on, little step by little step by little step. By far, the greatest blessing I’ve received (in addition to walking closer to my God) since I started this adventure, is the blessing of new friends and sweet encouragers!

  2. Woohoo!! Get your dream on girl, love this! And, as a wanna-be yoga girl, I am in AWE of that headstand. Cheering you on, loving what God is doing, and sending cupcakes & hugs your way 🙂

  3. Elizabeth, so proud of you…and looking forward to all the crazy feats to come!! You are such a JOY in my life!! Go, girl, GO!!!

    • Crazy feats…What will I have to think of next? {I hate to break it to you, but I definitely can’t put my feet behind my head ;}}

      More seriously, though, God comes up with those big plans for us, doesn’t He? He pushes us up and out (and upside down). As always, I’m so blessed to have fellow travelers on this path with me — believers not afraid to turn their lives inside out for Him — like you!

  4. While I have no desire to ever attempt a hand stand—even a supported one, I would love to be brave enough to attempt a risky decision… to quit shouting excuses at every turn, to stop procrastinating!

    Thank you for the reminder that HE is my support!!

    • Oh, Julie, I love to talk about it because I need the reminders too: He is my backbone, my wall shoring me up, my ever present support. {Now, if only I’d remember that in those frustrated or tired or down moments!}

      Blessings today!

  5. What a wonderful analogy and story. You really inspire me to be abetter Christian. There was a time that I wouldn’t go a day without reading my bible and now I’m so lax. My prayer life has even diminished. I still go to church Sundays and believe. I’m just lazy in my faith. Thank you for being the good example and reminder I need.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the new steps you’ll be taking in life. I’m sure you’ll do great! I’m praying for you.

  6. What an awesome, awesome story! Love the idea of kicking through the fear. You gave me an extra dose of hope today. With Joy, Carey

  7. What a great post!!! A beautiful reminder that He is our support and strength and with Him we can do ANYTHING! Enough with the excuses it’s time to kick off everything that hinders and holds us back! 🙂

  8. I’m joining these other sisters here in a standing ovation! So very proud of you, Elizabeth. Here we are–upside down with the blood rushing to our heads and God’s hands on the small of our backs. Is there any better place to be?

  9. This is such a timely reminder that God’s got our back. Sometimes it’s scary to kick when you have no clue where your feet will land. But we don’t need to worry about that. He’s got it covered.

  10. I hate, hate, hate the unknown…I’m scared of risk and drama and failure. And sometimes those fears keep me from turning upside down. It is always good to remember that He’s got our back.

    • I hear you, Lisa! Change frightens me too. I like comfy and cozy, but God is not calling me to stay in my comfort zone; He is asking me to jump totally clear of that space and do things I’m nowhere near comfortable doing. But, my insecurities only draw me closer to Him; there is no way I can do this on my own!

  11. LOVE this, friend! So proud of you…and pretty impressed by that headstand, too. 🙂 Wowsers! I so appreciate your heart for Him and obedience to what He’s called you to do. You are inspiring!

    • Thanks for the headstand compliment, sweet sister! {You wouldn’t believe how many people in the classes I attend, can do it so effortlessly!} Opening my heart to God and His will — well, it’s not always easy. I still struggle, daily, to make the next right choice. But, I am so blessed to be in this struggle, instead of back in the days when I wasn’t struggling, because I wasn’t connecting spiritually. Blessings, today, friend!

  12. Yeah, girl! Way to go, you dreamer, you! Look at you, upside down in yoga and in life. And here at (in)courage. One might argue that you are actually right-side up;)

    • Yes, Mandy, I love the contradictions of living by God’s rules, not this world’s! We may be upside down and all disheveled in most folks’ eyes, but in His, we are perfect, whole, righteous.

  13. Wow! I can’t tell you the uncanny the timing of this post. I believe God is calling me out my job too, which I can’t stand the thought of. I have no idea what the future holds especially since I took a leap of faith to take this position in the first place at His calling. I don’t know why I’d quit this and not have a backup plan, but it’s happening.

    • When God calls, and we answer in the affirmative –even when it is uncomfortable, and way out of comfort zone — He blesses us abundantly. So proud you are planning to make this huge leap of faith!

  14. Wow, I am starting a new journey. Adding a new thing the LORD would have me do. Thank you for the thoughts on the back bone and who He is. Rock, refuge, and fortress!.

  15. As I mourn the death of a close friend, my “sister” Linda, I find out that God used His call to my own life to help others. I offered Linda a book I was reading, “Prayer” by Richard Foster that was given to me by Dayspring and the Bloom blog. She was reading the book, she told me. I wonder God if there was any comfort to Linda at her last moments. I thank you, God, for allowing me to be for her on her last days. You are my Rock and my Fortress, and my Refuge! You are my Respite place when tears roll down my face!

    • I am so sorry to hear of your losses, Marinalva. I pray that God, your rock, your refuge, gives you comfort and solace in these times.

      Blessings, friend!

    • Marinalva,

      Praying for you sister! Losing a family member can be tough. Perhaps God used you to comfort her and help her out in her last days.

      May God surround you with His love, grace and mercy as you mourn her death–during this time remember the good, fun times you had with her.

  16. First off let me congratulate you on both the headstand and the courage to quit a good paying job to pursue your dreams.

    I would love to one day pursue my dream of being a cook. I truly love cooking all types of food. Perhaps, God willing, I will get to do that in a few years.

    Thanks for an interesting post!@

    • Thank you, Beth! It was a heady time, when I wrote this last fall. I’m still pursuing those dreams, hard, and it’s wonderful to reflect on how much has changed in a few short months. God is good!

  17. I love how you inspire us to step out and take risks for the King. Way to be an example in pursuing your God-sized dream! May God bless you at every turn (and flip) . He’s all for you — and so are we.

    Your cheering squad. : )

  18. Elizabeth,
    we haven’t learned anything if we can’t acknowledge the the best things come in freefall (or what seems like it). Way to go, girl! Great post, great story, useful lesson.
    So proud of you.
    Peace and good,
    Chelle

    • Thank you, sweet Chelle! Freefall, upside down flips– whatever it takes, right? God delights in shaking up the world’s conventions and I’m finding that I take increasingly more joy each day in living with my head on the ground and my feet in the air!

  19. I so admire your risk taking! I need more of that! Thank you for all you do for HIM!!!

    • Valerie: I know you have that risk taking in you too! Because I am so not a risk taker by nature, but God provides. It might have taken me almost half my life to get up the nerve to “go for it,” but I’m so grateful I made that decision to flip things upside down.

  20. Oh so happy for you. Love the way you have turned your world upside down. So proud of you. You are a brave woman. Thanks for the inspiration today…I don’t know if it will lead to a head stand, but it will surely spur me on to be willing to try!!

  21. Okay, this made me cry a little bit. I do yoga too, and I have been afraid to try the headstand – mostly afraid my neck will collapse or something like an accorrdian folding in on itself, so this just spoke to me. Kicking through the fear, pressing on even when each step seemed to be enveloped in swirling fog. Thanks for sharing this, and sometimes, upside down is the perfect side to on! 🙂

  22. The LORD has got your back. Promises from His Word: But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12 NIV