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When Good is Better than Perfect

When Good is Better than Perfect

“Sam was about five months old when I began to admit Motherhood was not the bliss I’d been promised in the shiny magazines adorning my doctor’s office during pregnancy. I found myself sleep-deprived and angry, nearly all the time. One day I worried I was becoming someone who might uncontrollably shake her baby and end up hurting it, so I called my best friend and asked for help. She told me she’d been seeing a lady in our church for counseling and thought maybe I should try meeting with her as well.

This is one of the best decisions I’ve made as a mom, but twenty years later, I can also see how it’s a way that God met me in the middle of some difficult circumstances.”

Continue reading Janna’s story.

When Trusting Your Next Step Doesn’t Come Easily

When Trusting Your Next Step Doesn’t Come Easily

Throughout the years, I’ve had to make some hard medical decisions—very few of which have left me feeling confident about the path ahead.

+ Am I making the right decision?
+ Is this what is best for my future?
+ What if things don’t turn out as planned?

Easy answers to these questions aren’t common, but time has taught me that while I might not always make the right decision, I can trust God will always walk with me through the next step.

Pivoting With Courage When Life Unravels

Pivoting With Courage When Life Unravels

“Mustering up courage for life’s pivots isn’t pretty. It’s not built in the circumstances of comfort or smooth trajectories of what we once imagined life to be. No. Mustering up courage is a holy reordering and unraveling of what we think we are made of and God’s re-shaping of who we were made for.”

As life unraveled, Monet found God to be faithful to hold her family’s questions, resistance, grief, and even doubt.

Continue reading Monet’s story.

The Power of Being Still as You Walk Toward Healing

The Power of Being Still as You Walk Toward Healing

“How often are you still?”

The question caught me off guard. “I’m still all the time,” I answered. “When I’m reading, spending time in the Word. I’ve started to sit and listen to music while I work on a paint by number. I’m actually still more than I realized!”

“No, I mean truly still. Doing absolutely nothing. When do you allow your mind and body to be still?”

After a lengthy pause, “Oh, never.”

After that conversation, it didn’t require much energy to uncover just how much effort I unintentionally put into evading stillness. It became apparent that I struggle to do nothing, to simply be. But I couldn’t really pinpoint why.

As someone who believed they were incorporating the practice of stillness into their life, I started to pay attention to why I had unintentionally started avoiding it.

As I began to take note of the lack of stillness in my life, I discovered I had been confusing stillness with rest.

Loved for a Lifetime: My Story of Pregnancy Loss

Loved for a Lifetime: My Story of Pregnancy Loss

Before I even opened my eyes, the knowing was there.

“I’m pregnant.”

Some call it intuition, others God’s voice—this deep knowing we experience on the rarest of occasions.

We are left with an unshakeable assuredness—a knowing of what’s true before the data is there to back it up.

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Learning to Wait When Our Longings Linger

Learning to Wait When Our Longings Linger

Purple crocuses pop against the backdrop of the dormant blades of grass—a sign that spring is on its way. Layers begin to shed as buds form on trees, and tulip and daffodil leaves miraculously sprout through the once hardened earth. Hope is palpable as new life slowly begins to surface and spring makes her debut.

The new life reminds us that nothing lasts forever. Seasons change. And the wait is always worth it in the end.

In life, winter seasons linger longer than we’d like when our longings go unmet. We fail to find hope as we grow weary and restless in seasons of waiting, but in the wait—no matter how long it stretches on—we can find the strength to endure knowing that God does not abandon us.