Author: MaryBeth Eiler

You Can Do Hard Things | (in)courage Guest Post

You Can Do Hard Things | (in)courage Guest Post

Scared and alone, I entered the hospital.

While doctor’s appointments and tests have become a standard part of my life since receiving a rare disease diagnosis, this day was different. I’d grown accustomed — and unquestionably taken for granted — the ability to have a family member or friend by my side. With the pandemic continuing to press on, my only option was to brave the appointment alone as I faced the added fear of being exposed to a disease that didn’t play nice with weakened immune systems.

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Encountering Full Life Through Joy and Sorrow; Beauty and Pain

Encountering Full Life Through Joy and Sorrow; Beauty and Pain

Today, I celebrate the start of a new decade. I turned thirty at 12:04 am.

A few months ago, I couldn’t wait to turn thirty. I was ready to leave my twenties behind and all the craziness I never expected to live. I managed to do a thing I often do and convinced myself my thirties offered a fresh, clean slate—a second chance for life to prove this decade could be different.

But as I write this, I’ve recognized the error of my ways.

Not very much of my twenties went according to my plans, but I’m continually learning that the path I never would have chosen can still lead to a full life.

3 Podcasts to Help Navigate the Unexpected

3 Podcasts to Help Navigate the Unexpected

Feeling connected while you navigate the unexpected is essential. Today, I’ve compiled a list of podcasts that help people to feel seen, known, and loved within the circumstances that surround their lives.

I pray these podcasts will stir you toward hope, help you walk toward healing, and offer you a dose of encouragement when you need it most.

God at Work in Small and Big Ways

God at Work in Small and Big Ways

The story we never expected to live may be the story that offers hope to someone else.

This week, I have the honor of sharing part of my story through Faith Storytellers—an online publication that seeks to share the story God is writing in the world through true, first-person stories of faith.

In the post Results that Changed My Life, I share the ways God was at work in small and big ways as I navigated treatment of a rare disease.

I hope my story encourages you to keep going and to keep seeking His presence as you wade through the unexpected.

Know Better, Do Better: Making the Abundant Life Accessible for All

Know Better, Do Better: Making the Abundant Life Accessible for All

Last week, I paused to listen and learn from a wide range of voices—specifically, Black voices. Some voices I listened to I know and trust; others were new to me.

It was a good, necessary pause that led me to this truth: when we know better, we must do better.

The abundant life Jesus came so that we may live is not for some, but all. When I believe there are systems in place that prevent certain people from achieving an abundant life, it is my responsibility to take action to make it right.

In this post, I am sharing how I feel stirred to move forward; to walk as Jesus walked and live as Jesus lived.