Nothing Is Certain

Sometimes we have to just let go … and let God!

Worrying, over-thinking, stressing over the outcome of things that are beyond our control; struggling to stop the waves from crashing over us in one of life’s storms; attempting to slow down or speed up the ticking hands of time to savor or skip through our circumstances to avoid pain … all of these things are useless, frustrating, or impossible.

We can’t stop or control the various things that life throws at us. We can’t foresee what’s to come or how to best get through our current trials. But we can trust the One who knows, who understands, and who loves us. We can place our burdens at His feet, breathe deeply, and take advantage of the restorative gift of rest.

While nothing in this life is certain … God is. Rest in Him.

Lean on Me

I’ve posted this image before. Just wanted to reshare today for a few individuals that I know are going through tough times. There’s no need to try to overcome and push through on your own. Even if you think you can’t share the particular details of your burden with others, you can still take advantage of the benefits of shared faith and friendship. It’s okay to lean on someone else when you are feeling weak or fragile, to find that safe harbor to help you weather the storm. And if you can be that source of kindness, comfort, and connection for someone else today, I pray that you’ll reach out with an encouraging word or a hug and be a blessing.

Pray big. Worry small. Trust God.

Getting Back in the Game

Well, looks like it has actually been a whole year since I last posted. I can’t believe it. I thought it had been several months, but didn’t realize how much time had passed since I last shared on my blog. I apologize … again. It has happened before when I allowed other things to take up my time, but I promise I’m going to try to do better … to make this a priority. Encouraging others is important to me; but I can’t just say that, I need to act on it. Of course, I may not write a lot every single time, but if I can share even a brief message or thought with one of my photos a few times a week, and it touches you, strengthens you, or helps in some way, it will be a blessing to me as well. I pray that you will be encouraged here.

Be Where Your Feet Are

Be Where Your Feet Are

If you are tired of running away from your life or tired of running ragged toward the next thing you think will make you feel complete, Hannah’s book Come Matter Here: Your Invitation to Be Here in a Getting There World will help you do whatever it takes to show up for the life God has for you. (I have not read it yet but it sounds like a good one.)


What or Who Inspires You?

Sadly, and surprisingly, I recently realized that it has been a year since I last wrote for or posted anything on my blog. I knew it had been a while, especially with my intense work schedule over the last 6 months, but I didn’t realize until just the other day how long the lapse had been. I apologize. I had always hoped to use this blog as a source of encouragement and inspiration for others. Instead, I have been so self-focused and work-focused that I have not made or taken the time to reach out to others. In fact, I have not been on social media very much lately either, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But, I’m afraid if you are a friend or family member and have posted anything important over the last few months, I may have missed it. If there is something I should know about you, please reach out to me with a text message, IM, Skype, or phone call and catch me up. I am vowing with today’s post to try to do better at staying connected (and keeping up with my blog).

What caused me to notice the sad state of my blog … the sad state of my personal involvement with others? A friend recently started her own blog, and I have been inspired by her posts, especially her latest one: Out of the Blue about being open to the many moments in everyday life that present themselves to us to be there for others. Moments when we have a choice to make to follow God’s promptings and fully engage with and bless others. I want to be that person who notices people and who finds ways to bless them and encourage them just when they need it most. Don’t you?

I urge you to read the post above (click on the link), as well as others by LeeAnn Kirkindoll. Subscribe to her newsletter so you will know when she writes more. You won’t want to miss her wonderful posts. She inspired me to get back out there and write and to be alert and ready for the opportunities to bless others in everyday life.


So, here I am, hoping that today, I can offer you a word of encouragement … for whatever you are going through at this point in your life. You are not alone. I am here. God is here. And, as one of my other favorite inspirational writers says, “Whatever happens, God is with us and for us.”

God of Whatever

If you haven’t read anything from Holley Gerth before, she is another talented writer that I recommend. I am always finding and saving great words and thoughts from her books and her blog. I hope you will be inspired by her as well.

Who inspires you? If there is someone who has made a difference in your life, or a writer that you would recommend for encouragement or inspiration, please share. Or if you need prayer or encouragement because of something you are going through, let me know that as well. Whatever it is, you don’t have to face it alone.

Pray big. Worry small, Trust God. 🙂