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.

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.

Remaining Faithful Through Our What Ifs

Remaining Faithful Through Our What Ifs

What if one of my loved ones contracts COVID?
What if I lose my job?
What if life never returns to normal?

Life seems to present us with an extra dose of “what-ifs” whenever it takes a turn for the unexpected.

Have you felt the weight of “what-ifs” lately? With God, we can replace the what-ifs with even ifs.