Author: MaryBeth Eiler

An Invitation for the New Year

An Invitation for the New Year

I entered 2020 full of hope and 2021 full of trepidation. But therein lay an invitation—an invitation to a road less traveled.

While I don’t have a word of the year or any New Year’s resolutions for 2021, I feel called to the invitation to honor the hard. I hope you’ll join me.

Going Deeper: Finding True Hope in a Surface-Level Culture

Going Deeper: Finding True Hope in a Surface-Level Culture

As 2021 looms around the corner, I sense social media feeds will be filled with many cheers as we leave this unexpected, crazy year behind.

Today, I want to invite you to go deeper with me.

It has been a hard year. We can all attest to that in our own ways. Let’s go deep to find the ways God moved—for that is where we find the hope that sustains.

Let’s explore where He showed up in the hard spaces—for that is where we recognize His goodness and provision in our lives. Let’s celebrate the joy-filled moments—for He deserves all the thanks and praise.

Let’s pause to find God at work.

I’ve put together a downloadable guide for you to print off as you go deep and reflect on all the ways God showed up in your life this year. May both our disappointments and our unexpected blessings point us to a sustaining hope.

5 Things I Learned This Fall

5 Things I Learned This Fall

“It’s good to sit with what was and what is. To feel the things we’ve lost and to recognize the things we’ve gained.”

I stumbled across these words the other day…words I wrote while processing through the anniversary of my tumor diagnosis earlier this year.

In this unexpected year, these words took on a new meaning…a broader application of truth.

Before stumbling across these words, I contemplated not sharing a fall reflection. This season has been a long, difficult one, and I was confident I had nothing to say just yet. But those words changed my mind…and reminded me just how healing the practice of reflection can be.

As the year draws to a close, may we pause to sit with what was and what is. May we recognize what was lost as well as what we have gained.

Letting Go to Embrace Change | Iola Guest Post

Letting Go to Embrace Change | Iola Guest Post

I’m honored to have my article “Letting Go to Embrace” included in the Change issue of the Iola magazine. It was written for anyone who has ever struggled to let go of the life they had planned and embrace the one they’ve been given. Enjoy a preview in this post!

In the Middle of the Storm

In the Middle of the Storm

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:8-9

“I need you to make a way where I do not see one,” offered up to God less like a request and more like a demand—a desperate plea uttered from a place of feeling forgotten.

As the hours ticked by, a new ending began to unfold—one that left me with nothing else to say but only God.

Remaining Thankful as a Courageous Act of Trust | Guest Post for Chickening IN

Remaining Thankful as a Courageous Act of Trust | Guest Post for Chickening IN

This week, I have the honor of sharing about thankfulness and courage on JJ Gutierrez’s website “Chickening IN.” On a mission to help others transform fear into courageous faith, it is a true privilege to share how remaining thankful has become a courageous act of trust in God within my own life. I pray these words encourage you on your own journey.