Getting Uncomfortable in 2014: Trust Without Borders
The first leg of the tour has officially ended. We are en route to California as I type this. I can’t even quite wrap my mind around all the places I’ve been and things I’ve seen and people I’ve met over the past week and a half. Only two weeks ago that we departed for this adventure and it feels like a million years ago in some ways. Then again, it also feels like in the blink of an eye it will all be over and these precious moments that the five of us, my little road family, shared, will be but a memory. I wish I could hit the pause button and just rest here in this moment, in this RV rocking back and forth on a bumpy road in New Mexico, surrounded by people who were mostly strangers two weeks ago but now feel like my band of brothers and sisters.
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past week and a half. Somewhere on this road between Washington DC and NYC and Baltimore and Pittsburgh and Virginia Beach and all the tiny towns that connect the places we’ve been, I have found myself…or at least a new version of myself. I set out to push myself outside my comfort zone…and push I have. In big ways and small ways. I hate public speaking. I shudder at the thought of it. I fear standing up on that big stage and going blank and having absolutely nothing sensible to say. And yet this is what God has called me to do. So here I am. And night after night…six nights to be exact…I have stood up on that big stage and shared my heart and my testimony and He has gotten me through it. With very few nerves, even! Now we head west to our two biggest events yet, in LA and Houston, and somewhere in the depths of my soul I hear His gentle whisper: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
It’s funny how we took this journey to hopefully change some lives and inspire a few people along the way, and yet I feel like I will walk away from this experience the most changed. I’ve had to surrender my control issues on this trip. I’ve had to learn to be more flexible. To have more grace. To get dressed for live events in some of the most random places – LOL! To roll with the punches a little more. To trust God to show up when nerves get the best of me and my anxiety threatens to take over (it hasn’t yet, because He is faithful). To let go of how I think something is supposed to happen and instead just let it be what it is…or isn’t. And somehow in the midst of the long hours and motion sickness and complete lack of personal space and never enough sleep, I think I just might be happier than I’ve ever been. Because you sacrifice something for happiness. You sacrifice comfort and certainty and the wide, easy road and instead live in the beautiful wildness of chasing God right to the very edge of everything that seems logical and sensible. And along the way you have adventures that you never thought possible and dance to the tune of your own drummer and meet people you’ll never forget and allow your foundations to be shaken up and rearranged until you know that you can never, ever go back to the life of safety that once seemed so appealing but no longer fits the expanded borders of who you’ve become.
“Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders….”
As we press onward toward California and the flat terrain stretches as far as the eye can see…for the first time in my life, I feel as though my life is without borders. My faith is without borders. My trust is without borders. And my dreams are without borders.
Join me. If you dare.
Because you sacrifice something for happiness. You sacrifice comfort and certainty and the wide, easy road and instead live in the beautiful wildness of chasing God right to the very edge of everything that seems logical and sensible. And along the way you have adventures that you never thought possible and dance to the tune of your own drummer and meet people you’ll never forget and allow your foundations to be shaken up and rearranged until you know that you can never, ever go back to the life of safety that once seemed so appealing but no longer fits the expanded borders of who you’ve become.
This is going to be my mantra for this year. I want to move to better my life, both for career and relationships. I have to push myself out of my comfort zone. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and I won’t know until I try. Thanks for the inspiration~
This is beautiful Mandy!
I can now say, I will live my life without borders! I’ll need to trust God and myself… Thank you Mandy for the inspiration
You are so amazingly AWESOME! I am about in tears! Living uncomfortably in order to fulfill your purpose it the most freedom I’ve ever experienced and I want more!!! Thank you for inspiring me! God bless you, Mandy!
I imagine that’s easy to do when your on a tour, writing books, and or giving motivational speeches. What about people with “normal” lives. I understand pushing yourself out of the comfort zones of life. It would be very easy to push myself out of comfort zone if I had all of these wonderful opportunities laid before me.
These opportunities weren’t “laid before me.” I have hustled and prayed and trusted and leapt and worked for them. Nothing I have achieved just appeared before me. I work my butt off and I constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things and risk failure. I feel like this comment exhibits a very self-defeating attitude. I didn’t just wake up one day and find myself magically an author and speaker. I juggled a full-time job and my dream for 3 years. I haven’t had a day off in about 6-8 months. And I am willing to do whatever it takes to make my dreams a reality. Self pity will get you nowhere in life. Realize that you can have the life you dream of if you are willing to work for it.
Mandy, this is beautiful. How you describe how you found new pieces of yourself along the way. God is so great.
Well said Mandy.
So very inspiring. It is remarkable that when you have the courage to be comfortable being uncomfortable…..and embrace the changes during the journey, life suddenly becomes a colorful adventure! Its like a never ending getting to know yourself deeper hiatus. I totally hear you! Beautifully written.
Wow how is it that your speaking on behalf of me……water works! I heart this lady! Where in California are you speaking? I just crossed your link 🙂
Wonderful!! I live in Houston – would like to know when- where you will be here – all the info please!
Wonderful for you! I live in Houston and would like to have information about your visit here please! Thank you !
Thank you for this post, Mandy. It is so strange how God works through those who are willing to be receptive and then act on His urging. You are a woman of God, living faithfully, not only through what you do on the stage and through travel – but through the God-filled words you type into your online posts after you experience God’s calling. Thank you for being open to God’s words in your life! You truly inspire me!
WHAT CAN I SAY BUT : WOW! WOW! AND WOW!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU AND A LITTLE JEALOUS OF YOUR COURAGE TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND JUST TRUST G-D COMPLETLEY .WOW! WISHED I HAD THE CONVIDENCE AND TRUST TO LET GO AND LET G-D .AWESOME JOB GIRL .G-D IS GONNA BLESS YOUR SOCKS OFF 🙂
You are an insprriation Mandy! Loved the night at The Cause with you…..earthquake and all. God has me in a journey where my trust is without borders, as a single woman also and your words were just the confirmation I needed! Bless you! Such an encouragement xx
You are awesome!
I love this…so much of how I feel and so much more of where I want God to lead me. I love how you love and trust God. I love it! Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone 🙂
Great post, it really resonated with me.
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Mandy, you are a great inspiration! Keep up the good work. I am about to move out to LA, too bad it isn’t soon enough to catch you. Please plan more tours so your admirers and fans could have more opportunities to meet you!
Mother’s Day – hard for single women who may never marry or have children. I will be 40 in a few months, and know the likelihood of never having a husband and/or children is very slim. Watching mother’s be honored makes me feel like less of a women.
It feels like I was with this journey and I am happy that you found something new to yourself. I wish I will find mine too with the graces of the Almighty. You inspired me! Looking forward to see you other post..
Loved this. This was well said
You are an amazing woman. I wish to be like you someday. Someone with an amazing faith. My only goal in life is to be the best daughter that I could be for God. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this. Your testimony has been a confirmation of what an amazing faith should be. 🙂 God bless you always and may you continue to live without borders. 🙂
Glad I chanced upon this article, it presented some impacting ideas and I certainly plan to check back in the future, to look at what others are saying regards the matter.
hi my name is cristlyn and im going to be 25 this year…i have always had this desire in my soul to be in fulltime ministry and even when i go for work i feel unsatisfied like im not doing what iv been created for…i would really love to join a full time mission organisation and i want to go abroad to…currently i live in kuwait but im from india…I dont want to get married just so that i can go abroad or so that i can go into full time minsitry…i studeied Btech and im working in an engineering company….but i love music…..love to worship and i want to spread the gosple…i want to heal the sick in Jesus name…and i want to be in a non muslim country and away from my parents home so that i can make youtube videos about other religions and not cause my parents any problems…and moreover my parents cant have me around for long since im not getting married….so is there any way you can lead me in the right direction as to what to do?i dont want ot waste my days and my life..i need to join some organisation so that I can do something useful with my life…id rather die than not do something useful with the life and desire God has given me..
Praying for you, friend!
I just love what u talked about there Mandy,its really true. Staying and thinking things will just happen its no good. But when one gets out of their Comfort Zone and letting God do as He promised then it will all work out just fine. Big Up woman of God,May He also bless you so that u be a Blessing to others
Living in discomfort is SO much better than living in a comfort zone that gets you nowhere, that makes you feel stuck and displacent. Living in discomfort means survival, it’s not an easy road but gosh it’s worth it. Everything that is great involves fear but in the end it’s all up to you, your peace, happiness. It all comes down to realizing & now being able to reach your God given destiny instead of letting a man hinder your gifts and talents. It’s all up to you to want to feel that discomfort and change and want to be placed in “uncomfortable” situations becuz that’s where you grow,
That’s where you get your courage and that’s where the fun begins, let’s get
Uncomfortable and trust without borders…
Living in discomfort is SO much better than living in a comfort zone that gets you nowhere, that makes you feel stuck and displacent. Living in discomfort means