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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

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  1. How incredibly freeing to live knowing we are exactly where God wants us for the moment. He does know what we need, exactly when we need it–including right. now. I seek Him for new life into my heart each day, including today. This is such a powerful post.

    Rich blessings, Crystal, as you continue to trust your Father to provide what you need–every. day…

  2. How incredibly freeing to live knowing we are exactly where God wants us for the moment. He does know what we need, exactly when we need it–including right. now. I seek Him for new life into my heart each day, including today. This is such a powerful post.

    Rich blessings, Crystal, as you continue to trust your Father to provide what you need–every. day…

  3. {{BIG}} smiles for your growing family! May He richly bless you as you join the journey of motherhood!! It is a beautiful journey of “seasons”- full of surrender & joy!

    • Tricia, you’re sweet! Thank you so much – I love when I think I’m writing something to encourage others and end up being so blessed by all your kind comments! Love this community {grin}

  4. Every season has its pleasures, joys, challenges. It’s good to welcome those seasons, and to know when to say good-bye as you enter a new one.

    Thanks for the thought-filled perspective. And … blessings on your family!

  5. Every season has its pleasures, joys, challenges. It’s good to welcome those seasons, and to know when to say good-bye as you enter a new one.

    Thanks for the thought-filled perspective. And … blessings on your family!

  6. First of all congratulations on pregnancy!!

    I love this paragraph stating:

    I’ve set goals, achieved them, and realized that God has other plans for me. I’ve struggled to find consistency in the middle of all of these changing “Ages and Stages.” And when the changes seem overwhelming, I’ve found that there is something – rather, someone – to hold on to. God. He never changes. He knows where I’ve come from, where I am right now, and where He wants to take me. He knows why I am where I am, at this age and stage in my life, and He knows what I need. When my “humanness” desires for everything to stay the same and slow down, just for a minute – He knows – like the best Father, what is really best for me, my marriage, and my relationship with Him.

    That paragraph spoke volumes to me. There are times I think He wants me in this direction, then low and behold He says no stay where I put you and bloom some more.

    I also absolutely love the phrase ages & stages. People go through various stages and ages in their lifetimes. I find that quite fitting for the title of this post!

    Thanks for posting something so wonderful!

  7. First of all congratulations on pregnancy!!

    I love this paragraph stating:

    I’ve set goals, achieved them, and realized that God has other plans for me. I’ve struggled to find consistency in the middle of all of these changing “Ages and Stages.” And when the changes seem overwhelming, I’ve found that there is something – rather, someone – to hold on to. God. He never changes. He knows where I’ve come from, where I am right now, and where He wants to take me. He knows why I am where I am, at this age and stage in my life, and He knows what I need. When my “humanness” desires for everything to stay the same and slow down, just for a minute – He knows – like the best Father, what is really best for me, my marriage, and my relationship with Him.

    That paragraph spoke volumes to me. There are times I think He wants me in this direction, then low and behold He says no stay where I put you and bloom some more.

    I also absolutely love the phrase ages & stages. People go through various stages and ages in their lifetimes. I find that quite fitting for the title of this post!

    Thanks for posting something so wonderful!

  8. Phew, you nailed it here, girl! The business of babies grows you in ways unimaginable–literally and figuratively! I’m thrilled your pregnancy has already drawn you closer to our Lord, the giver of all good things. I’m praying right now these Father-trusting moments grow stronger and deeper as your parenting journey continues!

    • Thanks Kristen 🙂 Isn’t it great how God uses ALL things for His good? (love your avatar photo btw, so friendly & smiley!)

  9. First, let me say congratulations on your growing family.

    Second, I want to say Thank You for posting this. I feel I am in an “awkward” stage at the moment. I am growing and learning and things are changing in my relationship with God. I needed that reminder that He will provide what I have need of even in this stage that I would rather NOT be in – but all is well. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Be blessed.

    • Gloria, thanks so much for reading & commenting – I’ll be praying that God comforts you in this season and reveals – in His time – why He has you here. Not all seasons are comfortable, but He’s with you, always!

  10. First, let me say congratulations on your growing family.

    Second, I want to say Thank You for posting this. I feel I am in an “awkward” stage at the moment. I am growing and learning and things are changing in my relationship with God. I needed that reminder that He will provide what I have need of even in this stage that I would rather NOT be in – but all is well. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Be blessed.