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!
Trusting in God
Is there a purpose to this pain? Such questions arise when life gets thrown off course. As we seek answers that may or may not come, we trust God.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Am I being punished? Is God trying to teach me a lesson? Is my faith being tested?
For a long time, I believed my pain was meant to serve a higher purpose; that God had a reason for it.
Has your mind wandered to this place? As if by instinct, when unexpected circumstances cause pain and suffering to arise, our human nature leads us to grasp for purpose.
Instead of purpose, I’ve learned to seek wholeness.