What to expect now that you’re awake.

You now realize that you’ve been taught for doctrine the commandments and philosophies of men.  You will have powerful emotions to process as you ponder all this means and in all the ways your life has been affected.  The way you understand scriptures, your lifestyle, the ways in which you’ve been obedient are all up for review.  This transition is normal and expected.

To help you on your journey, outlined below are some areas of interest that may be part of your re-evaluation process.  Much like a pendulum, you might initially consider swinging to the opposite extreme in some areas.  Depending on how you process this paradign  or your areas of curiosity you need support and wise council.  Provided here are relevant scripture references to guide you as you explore new territory.  Remember, with freedom comes responsibility. Most importantly: take your time. 

Emotions

Anger, betrayal, confusion, fear, a sense of loss, that’s just one half.  Excitement, gratitude, a sense of satisfaction, desire to share…it’s all normal.  You can expect to feel quite a bit as you come to terms with the “shelf breaking.”  Take the time to mourn.  Your emotions are valid.  Pass through them in a healthy way.  Learn, manage, and overcome. 

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Your Next Move

Breaking out of a false  paradigm is not enough.  You have spent decades building relationships and a life.  You are woven into a tribe locally and a community at large.  You need to reason through the next steps in your journey and consider all of the potential outcomes.  Your next move needs to be strategic and calculated,  not reactionary.  God has led you to where you are.  Honor the journey of others.