Joy in the Unknown

Oceans ~ Hillsong United

“Mommy, I like it when you sing that song.”

I didn’t realize how often I had been singing it until he mentioned it the other day. Lately, it seems as if this song has been playing on a loop in my mind.

Have you ever felt like you were being asked to walk out into the great unknown? A new chapter in your life, circumstances out of your control, setting out to accomplish something on your Someday List…It looks so scary out there. Who knows what storms might strike when you’re away from the safety of the shore. Did you see those waves? They’re getting bigger. And those jagged rocks look dangerous. What about the things that we can’t see? The water stretches on and on for miles, with no end in sight.

As scary as it is to step out onto those waters, as vulnerable as you feel as you wade into your new journey – doesn’t it feel a little bit good, too? Just think about it. Do you feel that? That warm glow deep down in your heart – the one that helps you put one foot in front of the other as the waves continue to crash around you – that’s joy, my friend. Unexplainable, undeniable, and unsinkable joy. It’s the joy that tells you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in that moment, and that you are not alone.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.” ~ Isaiah 43:2

I’ve been here before, and I am finding myself here again.

Arriving in Russia at the age of 17 with no friends and no clue how the year of living in an orphanage would impact my life. I was right where I was supposed to be.

Dismissing my first request for divorce and working tirelessly for 6 months to heal my broken and dying marriage. As scary as it was to open myself up to hurt again, I knew that it was exactly what I needed to do.

When the end came, I knew beyond all shadow of doubt that it was time to say goodbye and embark on my new life as a single mom. I was 28 years old, and I had three precious little faces looking up at me. I had no idea where my journey to healing would take me, and I was frightened of the unknown for my little family, yet there was a peace that guided me the whole way.

I began writing and sharing this blog in the hopes that if I could help or inspire even one person, that it would all be worth it. I have heard so many encouraging things from you – those who are going through similar situations in their lives and are glad to know that they are not alone, women who want to know if I have any advice as they navigate these treacherous waters, and those who are joining me in taking better care of ourselves in the same way that we care for others.

I can sense that there is more that I need to share….that I’m being asked to share. And it’s scary. There are other things from my past that are coming to the surface. There are situations that go on in our lives that no one talks about, and that makes us feel so isolated – so very alone. I want to continue shining a light on those hidden areas and to let you know that you really are not alone.

Writing and sharing my heart has been me walking out onto the waves, and I appreciate every single one of you that has come on this journey with me.

It’s scary, in a good way. I know as I step further out into the great unknown, that I am exactly where I am supposed to be – and that fills me with joy.

My cup runneth over.



* The photo is courtesy of my Beloved. It was taken near gorgeous Monterey, California.

*I’m linking up with Coffee for Your Heart and #TellHisStory today. Be sure to check them out for more encouraging stories.

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  • I love that song. So beautiful! I love what you’ve shared so far, Ginger, and I’m guessing that this new journey you’re heading out on will be enlightening and healing for both the reader and the writer.

    • ginger says:

      Hiya, Sarah! Thank you so very much for your encouragement. That really helped! It’s scary putting it all out there, but knowing that it’s helping some people makes it more than worth it! 🙂

  • Ginger-I understood exactly when you wrote about the Lord asking you to share more of your story than what you were maybe ready to share. He is doing this to me as well. Mine deals mostly with insecurities I face and depression that I journey through. He is faithful to open the doors when the time is right and I am trying to faithful o walk through even though the vulnerability scares me. Every time I see your name in my inbox I will pray for you to have courage to walk through the doors he opens too.

    • ginger says:

      Hiya, Jacqui! I am so touched by your encouraging words. Thank you! Isn’t stepping out on the waters scary and being vulnerable scary? I am so very happy to be on this journey with you! I think that sharing your story would be such a help and a blessing to women – me included! I look forward to reading more, and I will be praying for you, too! *hugs*

  • Shana Norris says:

    Ginger, I’m so glad I found your blog (many thanks to our mutual friend Sarah!) I love how you write straight from the heart with so much feeling, transparency, and vulnerability. You are so brave, and I truly admire that!

    • ginger says:

      Shana, you continue to bless me in so many ways. I am so happy that we “met” through Sarah! I am encouraged by your blog and your kind spirit that comes through the screen. I hope that we get to meet in real life someday!*hugs*

  • Beautifully said Ginger! I too know what it’s like to step out into those scary waters, but like you said if it can help just one person know that they aren’t alone it is so worth it. May God continue to bless you on your journey!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am recently divorced and going through some very hard emotional times in my life. I found your blog and started reading and all of the sudden you put into words everything thing that I am feeling yet can’t express. Thank you for sharing. I feel like, after reading this, I am not alone. Our situations could not be more identical and no one can relate to what I am feeling. Thank you for this.

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