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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.

7 Verses to Dwell Upon In the Wake of Hard News | A Rare Disease Update

7 Verses to Dwell Upon In the Wake of Hard News | A Rare Disease Update

Last week, my oncologist shared news I wasn’t prepared to receive: my tumor has grown a few millimeters.

There had been no signs or indicators that cued my body to brace for the shock.

In the wake of hard news, life once again feels disrupted by the unexpected. The burden both sharper and softer to bear. As the reality settles, a soft landing has been in remembering the burden is not mine alone. God’s provision has remained present, and my faith trusts it will not yield.

If you are here, you get it. You too understand the ups and downs that are present when the unexpected hits. You’ve felt the weight, you’ve experienced the questions and doubt, and, yet, you share in the hope we have through a life with God.

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Inviting God into our struggles is a starting point to resting in God’s strength in our struggles. When we are weak, then we are strong Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness.

What a gift that within the places we feel weak God’s provision is what we can rely on to see us through. We don’t have to hold it all together. Our weaknesses become a place to see God at work, a place to rest in his strength.