A Life Lived Beautifully

Tomorrow, I'll be meeting with one of my doctors to get the schedule for my next nerve blocks. Friends, I'm struggling with fear this time around. The risks of these procedures are high, and my heart is heavy with what-if's. 

But this is what I know: God holds all of the what-if's in His hands.

And even if the worst possible scenario becomes a reality, nothing can separate us from His love. Even if something goes terribly wrong, God is good and constant and gracious and true. So today, I'm going to turn my what-if's into EVEN-IF's, and let God write His story. No matter how it plays out, He will be glorified. 

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us," (Romans 8:18).

Where do you need to turn a what-if into an even-if?

Several months ago, a friend pointed me to Gretchen Saffles, creator of Life Lived Beautifully. Since then, I have fallen so in love with her incredible ministry, her steady wisdom, her deeply rooted faith, and her genuine life. She helps me, daily, to trust God and to lean into Him for everything.


I'm deeply humbled to have the honor of sharing the story God has been weaving in my life on her blog today!

You can read it over HERE.


What is God unfolding in your life right now? 

  • No pain is wasted.
  • No day is without purpose.
  • No moment is empty.

Because He is there. And He is writing His story and revealing His love in you and through you.


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”
(Isaiah 55:8-13)

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Are you struggling to find joy in your life today? Is the weight of your circumstances and your what-if's pulling you down? Do you feel like you're drowning in your day-to-day? Is your soul weary? Are you longing for more? 

Search out God's heart for the true joy that can be yours and mine in every step we take in this all-in-one Bible study and devotional journal. 

Is time one of your greatest struggles? Then this is the Bible study for you! With different models laid out for you within, the Bible study portion can be completed in as few as five days or spread out over five weeks! Then, you can let the truth continue to sink in as you work through the guiding questions in the journal portion.

Join me for the Joy Challenge!