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Kristin Anne Smith is a wife and mother, but most importantly, a daughter of the King. Redeemed by His grace and so grateful. She is passionate about sharing God’s hope in the dark places and shares how she continues to be transformed and experiences God’s extravagant love. Kristin blogs at...

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  1. Amen!! You go girl!! 🙂 I know I struggle with the same ‘uncomfortable’ feeling. Almost feels like high school sometimes. I am so thankful God has given me just a few women whom I can totally be myself with. Thank you for sharing !

    • Debbie – I know right?! And I HATED high school! Ugh, why even at 40 does this have to be hard?! 🙂 But yes we can be so grateful that God provides just what we need!!

  2. The gift of friendship even in unconventional ways is a pleasant and welcome surprise. I’m so glad you were on that launch team. Look how far we’ve come since then! Only God!

  3. girl I am so blessed to call you friend. I love this post and I love you! I was so honored to be your God Sized Dream buddy

  4. This is such a beautiful display of God’s goodness and grace, Kristin. You are such a blessing to so many and I’m glad to know this part of your story. It’s amazing how God works in ways we would never see coming and all to and for His glory. This is the best example of just that! Love you and love your heart and encouraging soul. xoxo

  5. Yes this, “I am as much to blame as anyone else. I have this secret wish that
    people would just find me funny or charming and want to be around me,
    and would just invite me into their lives.” Such a joy to see you over here Kristin. You are a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing your heart so that we can be encouraged.:)

  6. Kristin, what a sweet post, and aren’t our online turned IRL friends the best? Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I’m so glad God connected us, Kristin! I treasure your friendship and love your encouraging heart! You are gift!

  8. It is reassuring to me to hear from others with similar challenges, who are open to sharing their story, and to see and hear how God works things for good in their lives. It is faith affirming. He is so good to those who are faithful to Him. God bless you!

    • Thank you! God does work it for good and while there are still challenges, there is also such good happening as well!! So there is hope! 🙂

  9. I love this Kristin! I’m so glad I met you on the launch team! God has a way of guiding us to friends in the most unusual places! 🙂

    • Yes Rosanne – so glad that God connected us tis way! I have been on other launch teams and I can tell you that none of them have led to community like ours did!!

  10. Kristin, so blessed to call you friend, even if I am a voxer failure! The blessings from that team continue to unfold in life! Appreciated your words today!

    • Julie you make me laugh!! No failure, just not your preferred method of communication! 🙂 Miss you and wish we would all be at Allume again so we could hang out together!!

  11. I too live in MN and have had a hard time finding friends. I am very outgoing but being a stay at home mom in my community is not that common. All of my friends work so I spend my days at home alone, missing friendship. thank you for this post, hoping and praying for some nconventional friendships!

    • I am praying for you!! It is SO hard isn’t it? Especially when we don’t have the same type of schedules that others do. So many of the women that are here are stay at home/homeschool moms and because I work FT it IS hard to connect. I think the thing I am realizing is that I need to make it a priority…schedule a girls night out once a month, maybe the more we do something like that the easier it will get!

  12. Kristen,
    My hubby is an introvert and it is hard for him to form friendships also. I am a little bit of an introvert, but God has given me some really good close covenant friendships. I share everything with one friend in particular. We call each other almost daily–at least two or more times a week. We talk at church. Right now she is going through a hard time. Please pray for her as her dad is in ICU and dying. Her mother died on Thanksgiving last year. She has had 1.5 bad years.
    Thanks for the post about making friends even if through the internet!
    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth – Yes I will be praying! I am so very sorry to hear that your friend is struggling. What a gift you are to walk her through these times so she isn’t alone! May God give you the words/ways to best comfort her during this time!!

  13. Wow ! I truly thank you for these words.
    For the past 6 months, i’ve felt like the only person I know that truly desires… craves… longs for. …community.

    The pain that I have experienced at the hands of other Christians has left the bitter feeling that His “Body” has been dismembered.

    It is encouraging and hopeful to believe… that it still exists, somewhere.

    I sincerely thank you.

    <3

    • I am so so sorry that you have been hurt. It is even worse when it is someone that claims to be a Christian! Unfortunately we see that all too often I think. Even Christians are selfish, self-centered, hurting….and sometimes (even I) can act in ways that goes against the very character of who Christ made us to be. It can be hard to trust again after you are hurt, but I hope that God gives you the strength to try!!

      I am praying that God will comfort you with peace and bring a few women into your life that can offer some true community. I love my “unconventional” friends…they are such a blessing, but I also need that companionship in real life, in person too. That is still lacking a little, but I am seeing promises of it recently. It is going to take some work on my part, but hopefully if we are brave we will find the reward!! Wish you were closer and we could walk through that together!!

      {{Hugs friend}}

      • Thank you for your kindness, Kristin ♡
        Usually, I’m the one to see the silver lining in everything. ..
        People have come to expect that of me.
        That’s what makes it so difficult to be real and raw and open… and wounded.
        I truly appreciate your sincerity, and I will pray for relationships that magnify your strengths, and graciously cover your weakness.

        If you ever visit DC, I’ll treat you to a cup of hot chocolate =)

        • Sherbie – I have friends in the DC and surrounding area….maybe I can somehow connect you. Not sure where you are exactly but maybe there would be an opportunity for a local connection?! I sent you a friend request on FB! 🙂