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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Love this Sister! I can’t believe that was four years ago already, and I am so thankful the pieces did not stay broken forever. Thank you for being there for me and helping me through that storm:)

  2. Hi, I am Rachel
    I found this blog and website recently. AnnVoskamp introduced you all to me. I read her book One Thousand Gifts this past summer and from that point onwards, I’ve been listening to her through her blogs daily. Jesus speaks through her…and knowing of her let me know of you all at inCourage. Thank you.

    Thank you for this site. I am a singer and a songwriter and I find myself sitting quietly at times feeling the pressure and sadness of some vague anxiety creep over me especially when I am trying to bring my energies into focus in order to prepare for a concert. This blog interrupted this sanding fray on my day.

    Your words…about curve balls was just so touching. Thank you for bringing me Jesus. I am in your debt, thank you for sharing so eloquently and so transparently.
    Rachel

    • Rachel! It’s wonderful to meet you! I’m so thankful to Ann for bringing you here (Isn’t she the best?), and I’m grateful for your encouragement today. You are a gift to this community. Much love.

  3. Amen, amen. You’re feeling this fall what I felt last fall here in AK. I get it, friend. I really do.
    Curveballs and hope.
    (PS: You are so so young!!! ;))

  4. My son would be turning 5 in just a few days; instead, we will visit him at the cemetery and stand beside his grave. His fatal prenatal diagnosis in April of 2008, my pregnancy carrying him to term, and his short, sweet life that both began and ended on October 7 of that same year was a bigger curve ball than I could ever imagine.

    I so much needed this reminder today…

    He is our only Hope…

  5. “…God doesn’t just help you endure it, but is the Way you travel through it.” Love this! Thank you for sharing today.

  6. O I know well these curved balls that hit you right in and through the heart. It hurts. I love the autumn flowers btw. So pretty. Lovely colours. How does a heart mend. No idea. Time. Or is it just meant to be shattered like JESUS’. ???

  7. Curve balls… it seems I can’t go for any extended period of time without getting hit with one of these. Some are just soft hits and others, hit to the core, the jagged edge rock sort. But, over time and dealing with some hard hitting curve balls, I’ve learned I only need to rely on Jesus. He is our rock, our redeemer and I am so grateful for his mercy and grace in not only my life, but those who may have thrown the curve balls as well. God bless you and your ministry. This site and many others (Ann’s included) give me hope and a foundation. Thank you.

  8. Your question about hope – I am usually the poster child for the answer. Turning the issue over to Him. Letting go. And now after many years (5+) of trying to find a better job situation I am at a loss when it comes to hope. I love your alliteration. I am broken, bruised, and buried in the deep of aching for the new opportunity to come to life.

  9. This? Absolutely!
    Those things I think I cannot bear…those times I cry, ‘not. one. more. thing’ through clenched teeth…when upon inspection my heart seems so scarred it barely resembles its former self…He is the way through all of those things and He holds my heart secure in His hands and I know I am His! Thank you for your words today, Kristen!

  10. ‘You have this hope that Jesus catches the curve ball because He IS the curve ball.’ Kristen you are so right! Praise God for the Hope with have in Christ Jesus our Lord! and for grace and love He gives us when life throws curve balls.

  11. Thank you this is so very true. Amen to this post. Curve balls can hurt, but they make us strong when Jesus holds our hearts as they come hurdling unexpectedly. Thank you dear Kristen!

  12. Kristen,
    I love the line, “God doesn’t just help you endure it, he is the Way you travel through it.” In all the curve balls that life has pitched to me, God is the ONLY way to travel through it. You weave words so beautifully and are such an inspiration to me! Counting my blessings and you (and your writing) are definitely among the best!
    Love you girl,
    Bev

  13. Kristen, for some reason, this made me cry. Maybe it was the image of our hearts as glass, so fragile. I don’t know- but I cling to the how that His banner over me is love and that I can indeed curve right ino Him. Safely and always. So beautiful.