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.

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.

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.

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.

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.