Author: MaryBeth Eiler

Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis | The Waiting Room

Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis | The Waiting Room

The waiting room. A place that one rarely—if ever—desires to be.

I’ve spent a fair share of hours in waiting rooms twirling my thumbs, aimlessly scrolling social media in an attempt to distract myself from what is to come—seeking something to ease the emotions that well up inside amid the wait.

The wait is always a bit unpredictable and a bit unsettling. It’s a place we could all use a dose of comfort which is why I am excited to share The Waiting Room: 60 Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis with you.

Author Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage has written a perfect companion for our time spent in the waiting room. Today, she is sharing her heart behind the book with us in a brief Q&A.

5 Things I Learned This Summer

5 Things I Learned This Summer

A change in seasons is upon us. Reflecting on the summer of 2020, the multifaceted nature of life was affirmed once again for me. I certainly don’t need to rehash the fact that this summer was different from what any of us had planned. There was bending and breaking, sorrow, and joy—each of us embodying the chaos in different ways, each of us finding our way through, each of us growing and being stretched through the struggle.

Though this list is far from all-encompassing, today I am sharing a shortlist of what I learned (and in some cases re-learned) this summer in no particular order.

Permission to Be Still and Honor Your Needs

Permission to Be Still and Honor Your Needs

Pen poised over my journal one morning, I felt a nudge to be still. “Take some time to rest and just be,” the voice in my head prompted me. Over the next 24 hours, I contemplated those words. I tried to piece together what I was being called to do. Deep down, I knew, but it was easier to ignore that voice.

I continued to pursue the easy path and pressed on as I attempted to pay no mind to the pull I felt—the voice telling me to stop striving and to seek rest.

A few weeks later, the pull became too strong to ignore. I had no choice but to pay attention.

Holding Onto Hope in the Unexpected | A Purpose in Pain Guest Post

Holding Onto Hope in the Unexpected | A Purpose in Pain Guest Post

What do we do when life presents us with the unexpected? Where do we turn when trials we never expected to encounter become our everyday reality?

Today, I have the honor of sharing a guest post on A Purpose in Pain’s blog. Here is what she has to say:

“My friend MaryBeth is no stranger to encountering the unexpected in her life. Her ability to hold onto hope and continue to trust in God through life’s devastating trials is a constant encouragement to me. It’s an honor to welcome her to the blog today. May her words stir you to hold onto hope as they always do for me.”

Continue reading on the blog.

A Prayer for Perseverance Through A Long Season

A Prayer for Perseverance Through A Long Season

We’ve been living in a season filled with uncertainty for a while now. Yet, the pandemic likely isn’t the only heavy thing in your life. Whether it be the added stress of a chronic illness or rare disease, grief or loss, family or marital strain, the struggles faced in “precedented times” haven’t gone away. Those struggles are ever-present…and in a pandemic, likely heavier than ever before.

In the heaviness, I keep being drawn to one specific word: perseverance.

As we persevere through our own distinct struggles, I want to share with you a prayer for perseverance to uplift when it all feels too much as a way to connect with God in these unprecedented days.

When It Comes to Healing, Your Pace is Your Pace

When It Comes to Healing, Your Pace is Your Pace

I caught myself reliving my past. Trying to rush back to “normal.”

Just as I had suppressed the magnitude of my initial tumor diagnosis four years prior in favor of continuing on with life as usual, I noticed myself trapped by similar coping mechanisms when chemo treatments came to a happy, abrupt end.

It was time to “move on” and “get back to life” as I once knew it. At least, that is what the world seemed to have to say about it. But life as I knew it had forever changed. Slowly, I recognized that while my body had healed, there were other parts of my story where healing had just begun. Over the last year, as I’ve walked toward healing, I’ve discovered that when it comes to healing, your pace is your pace.