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5 Things to Remember Moving Forward

Our official spring cleaning may be coming to an end, but the real joy is just beginning. Now we get to move forward and live.

It sounds easy in black and white, but it may feel anything but easy.

Looking deep within is good for us. It’s good to see and reveal what’s been inside under an armor of dust. But it’s also easy to stay stuck there. This navel-gazing introspection can be a black hole because the truth is we’re never done. There’s always going to be more. But God never want us to stay stuck.

No matter how safe it feels.

We know our hearts. We understand our stuff, our issues, our broken. Moving beyond those places is moving beyond comfort zones and that can feel hard.

God never said it would be easy. He did promise He'd be with us. Click To Tweet

You may feel hesitant to move forward into this new place, your foot hovering above that new, untrodden path. Maybe you’re excited, eager to bust out of the gate into this new place.

Either way there are a few things to remember moving forward.

You’re never going to be done. I know, I know. This feels like a real downer. But God’s working in us until we take our last breath. We might as well embrace the idea.

You don’t have to go it alone. God’s there. He promises that. But He also puts people in our path to help us move forward in these new places. Sometimes we just need to ask. That means being real and giving people permission to walk with you.

Confession isn’t old school. This goes right along with the last two. Confession is for our good, not for our punishment. This is another life long process, so we should get used to it. And it’s another thing we’re called to do with people. He tells us to confess our sins to one another for healing (James 5:16) not condemnation. Making this part of our life will only help us walk further in that healing.

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Forgiveness works two ways. Another life long pursuit for our own good, forgiveness, by design, brings freedom. Learning to forgive others will only help us walk in that freedom. The one I find even harder is forgiving myself. In this process we can receive God’s grace in all the fullness He intended. Forgive well and often, even if it means forgiving 490 times.

Faith often feels like a leap. Finding the ability to move forward even when we don’t understand or can’t see the outcome is the most beautiful illustration of faith. Sometimes faith means moving and doing something big. Sometimes faith means staying still. Only you and God know what it means for you today. But let me tell you, the leap is always worth it.

It’s time to move, friend. Move forward with the windows of your heart thrown wide open and the sun streaming in! You are loved, always.

Father, thank You for walking with me through this process. Thank You for helping me open my heart fully to You and take care of things that had been collecting dust for far too long. I am so grateful for Your presence all along. Help me walk forward in a new freedom today. Amen.

This is the final post in the series, Spring Cleaning for Your Heart. Click the link below to see the other posts in the series!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

22 Replies

  1. I like the summary. You tied up the pieces nicely. I like that confessions are not old school.
    Thanks for the inspiration today.
    God bless

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you!

  2. I love the idea of warm sun streaming in through the open doors of my heart! Thanks for putting a smile on my face before I finished my first cup of coffee! XO

    1. Becky Hastings

      Happy day friend! xo

  3. I used to hear people use the phrase: “keep short accounts with God.” Yes. It’s so easy to go charging into His presence in prayer and ricocheting through life without considering the state of my heart. Thanks for this post.

    1. Becky Hastings

      So grateful for grace in those times 🙂

  4. It’s definitely time to move forward. Great encouragement!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Sarah!

  5. I’ve been in a purging mood around here – both with our stuff as well as the stuff in my heart. I appreciate your advice here. It especially strikes me how it’s an ongoing process as each season passes. Thanks for linking up at #PorchStories.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I know. I so often wish it was a one-and-done event, but life happens, time happens, feelings happen. There’s only one finish line. That used to discourage me and then I realized it just means I can let go of striving!

  6. 490 times 490!!! I have about 15% of my spring cleaning done!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Lol! I’m guessing we’re all in the same boat 🙂

  7. Thanks for the encouragement! I love your point about God working in and with us to our last breath. So very true and important!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sometimes I need to remind myself 🙂

  8. I tend to get stuck in the introspective and need the confession part of confessing my anxieties about moving forward or making the decision.
    Blessings to you today. Visiting you from chasingcommunity

    1. Becky Hastings

      I know that feeling! so glad you’re here!

  9. Picturing that spring breeze and sunlight flooding through my heart-windows. Thanks for this encouragement, Becky. ((xoxo))

    1. Becky Hastings

      Doesn’t it sound amazing?!

  10. Love this…and SO needed it today. I have a “moving forward thing” I’m in process on right now. My favorite from this list is the very first item: it doesn’t read as a downer at all to me but rather an comforting reassurance that the fact that I can never seem to get to a place of feeling finished with this thing is not just some huge lack or error on my part. Thank you for the reassurance! #Grace&Truth

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad you related to this Elizabeth! It can be freeing to realize that we are not going to reach a finish line, we are not in control of everything, we can just BE.

      Oh, and I love the name of your blog! Can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

  11. Becky, was blessed by your (in)courage post and then I found this! Gold. Been wrestling lately with the never going to be done thought, too. SO grateful we don’t have to walk (or take leaps) along this journey alone. Subscribed tonight. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      We never have to go through it alone. Even when it feels that way. I’m so glad you’re here Pearl, and I hope these words bless you deeply!

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