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Grace Found Me in My Grief

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Grace Found Me in My Grief

“I’ve learned that grief, whether because of the loss of a loved one or loss of a relationship, it comes in like waves. Some waves you anticipate and prepare yourself for. Others come unexpectedly and knock you right off your feet, leaving you with scraped knees, completely disoriented and out of breath because of the near-death fight to stay above water. I can’t always anticipate a trigger. It can be as a random as a familiar scent or as direct as a forgotten Facebook memory (thanks - rolling my eyes). But there is always a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13) if we stay close to where our feet can be grounded. And hope and faith have kept me grounded (Romans 15:13).

Grieving the loss of marriage wasn’t something I ran to share about. But with this new season, comes the responsibility of facing and sharing, not just the joy of the Lord being my strength, but the painful realities of this journey. Many have made assumptions or tried to put two and two together, but ultimately, we both needed time to process without the well-intended but often misguided commentary of the public. And it’s still a process. I intentionally didn’t want to bleed on the ones that prayed for our marriage, prophesied over our marriage, hoped in our marriage or believed because of our marriage. Ultimately, because I still believe in marriage being honorable and beautiful, independent of this reality. That’s why I can genuinely celebrate those getting engaged, married and having more children. Family is beautiful. There is still hope.

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Somewhere in Between

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Somewhere in Between

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I'm somewhere in between

The left and the right

My thorn and Your grace

My surrender and Your fight

 

I'm somewhere in between

Where I was and where I'll be

Who I was and meant to be

Your design and my destiny

 

I'm somewhere in between

Fear and Trust

Works and Faith

Spirit and Dust

 

I'm somewhere in between

Body and Soul

Infant and elder

Leaking and Whole

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When Life Happens...

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When Life Happens...

Yesterday, my car’s battery died in the middle of pouring rain. An almost brand new Infiniti G37X, mind you. Haven’t had it for a year yet. A nice gentlemen really was trying so hard to get my car to start. I have roadside assistance with GEICO but he really wanted to help. So I let him try.

No matter how much he tried, my car wouldn’t start. We concluded that his 4 cylinder engine wasn’t strong enough to kick-start my 6-cylinder so all attempts were in vain.

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What/Who Do you Stand By?

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What/Who Do you Stand By?

Anything we present to the world, we risk being rejected, ridiculed or we open the opportunity for someone to present a different option. It’s inevitable. People won’t always AGREE with what you stand by. And that’s normal. But we take the risk anyway. Be it a sports team, a product we declare to do the trick, a natural and cruelty-free hair product line that works, a business plan that assures success, a political view that promises a working democracy to a diverse unit of people or a way of living at peace within inevitable, constant change: we share it. We talk about it. We blog. We snapchat. We Periscope. And we talk to pure strangers when they ask us about what we do or use… We believe what we believe in, enough to risk disagreement (and sometimes even inviting it), but hoping that one day those we share it with will see the benefits of what we are doing or using.

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