An Invitation for the New Year

An Invitation for the New Year

I entered 2020 full of hope and 2021 full of trepidation. But therein lay an invitation—an invitation to a road less traveled.

While I don’t have a word of the year or any New Year’s resolutions for 2021, I feel called to the invitation to honor the hard. I hope you’ll join me.

Going Deeper: Finding True Hope in a Surface-Level Culture

Going Deeper: Finding True Hope in a Surface-Level Culture

As 2021 looms around the corner, I sense social media feeds will be filled with many cheers as we leave this unexpected, crazy year behind.

Today, I want to invite you to go deeper with me.

It has been a hard year. We can all attest to that in our own ways. Let’s go deep to find the ways God moved—for that is where we find the hope that sustains.

Let’s explore where He showed up in the hard spaces—for that is where we recognize His goodness and provision in our lives. Let’s celebrate the joy-filled moments—for He deserves all the thanks and praise.

Let’s pause to find God at work.

I’ve put together a downloadable guide for you to print off as you go deep and reflect on all the ways God showed up in your life this year. May both our disappointments and our unexpected blessings point us to a sustaining hope.

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.

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.”

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