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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, and speaker. She believes telling our stories can change the world, and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. What a beautiful reflection, Grace. Warmest thanks for this reminder to always pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s merciful leading. He is God with us — always before us, too. May we listen daily and follow Him.

    In friendship and love, Patricia

  2. ack! I am currently making preparations to move from CO to ME, after two years of making sure that’s indeed what God wants me to do. and he’s been kind enough to give me confirming signs (like this post!) that I’m on the right track. So any prayers for a cool new job and a place to live (seems to be a bit of a shortage) would be super appreciated by anyone who comes across this comment today. Thanks so much for sharing and have an awesome day! 🙂

  3. This!! I recently had a decision to make, not a super big one, but felt like it to me. I wanted so badly to ‘hear’ God and I thought I did but in the end I wasn’t sure if I actually did the right thing. I related to your story and thank you for sharing.

  4. So Needed! I also need lightening bolts and thunder i thought to hear clearly from GOD.
    That still small voice can come in many gentle reminders of what God is doing and the peace we find in waiting and listening.

  5. This was much needed and explained so beautifully, because I haven’t always “known” for sure either. Thank you!

  6. Thank you Grace for that encouragement & (in)courage-ment (meant!)
    Great timing for me.

  7. Grace, your explanation of how the Spirit works in our lives sounds real. I too have often looked for the “big signs”, when the message was actually in the small things. Now I look for both, but concentrate on the small. Thank you for calling my attention to this process. One never knows when it will be needed.

  8. Your story, Grace, reminded me of similar circumstances in my own life. Years ago as our three children began school it came time for me to transition from stay-at-home mom back into an elementary school teacher. (We needed to start saving toward college educations and retirement.) After being out of the classroom for eleven years, the thought of learning new curriculum and new ways of doing things seemed daunting. I had NO interest. But then one event after another (too long to explain here) soon had me looking forward to working with kids again–in spite of the learning-curve challenges. God-orchestrated those events for sure, but there were no lightning bolts either. It was a slow, steady progression toward the fulfillment of God’s plan. I taught school for another 23 years.

  9. Oh my Arian! We live in southern Maine and our house is going on the market this week. We’re moving to NC. Let’s connect. We hope you have a wonderful life here as we have. Leaving New England after 60+ years is tough. Yes, 2 years of waiting for lightening bolts, and instead watching the Holy Spirit patiently work in our hearts as He orchestrated this move. The Lord indeed goes before us! Still learning after all these years!

  10. Grace,

    God works in mysterious ways. Years ago I needed to sell my dad’s car. Wasn’t sure how to do that. One day I went to work & mentioned to a co worker about selling & she jumped on the idea. Not long after that she purchased said car. Over the years God has sent little nudges my way. No lightning bolts or sky writing. Just I ought tos. At first I didn’t take them seriously. Now I pay attention to them & do what He asks of me. You’d be surprised at the blessings you receive.

    Blessings 🙂