Leaving a church family is incredibly hard. It can be one of the most life-impacting decisions you’ll ever make.
So many emotions. Guilt. Shame. Isolation. Fear of the future.
And yet, something led you here, to this new place. Something that stirs inside you even now. You’ve been told you’re simply in a “wilderness phase”, but you’re not so sure. That part of you that led you here, leads you still.
And while you are certainly afraid, you know you are headed in the right direction. This feels right somehow. This feels….true.
There…right there. That place the still small voice is coming from, the one that speaks courage and life and hope to you, that feels like a compass needle? That’s the place you’ll be living from, from now on.
It’s your gut, and it’s God-given. You have a good gut.
In fact, despite all you’ve been told, especially recently in light of what you’ve had to do, you are good.
Yes, you are.
You’re gifted, and you’re a gift. You have everything you need right now to move forward. It’s all within you now, and it’s great stuff.
And you are ok, you’re enough. You are wrapped in grace, enfolded in mercy, bathed in acceptance. You are okay. And everything is going to be okay.
There may be a time and a place when and where you’re ready to return to that path. Maybe. But in the meantime. Look up. Look around you. This may seem like a foreboding, dangerous place. But your isolation is an illusion. You are not alone, not at all. There are others ready and willing to journey with you now, and for the long haul. There are lessons for you to learn, about yourself, about God. And there are tools you can make, find, perfect and hone which can come the distance with you, for your whole life, to make sure you never find yourself spiritually abandoned or abused ever again.
This is not the end. This is the beginning.
And I’m ready to walk with you. And a new, supportive community of friends and teachers are looking for you. Waiting for you.
Courage, BRAVE one.
BRAVE is an online course designed for women who have left the mainstream Christian church and who wish to re-orientate their faith and spiritual practice to be both self-determining and spirit led.
The next BRAVE course kicks off 20th October, and applications are being taken now with limited places available.
I’d love to answer any questions you have or chat with you about BRAVE. You can click through to the BRAVE info page below or else contact me (Jo Hilder) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait to meet you, dear BRAVE one!