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Mabel lives in Northern California with her husband and son. An immigrant from India, she is still navigating between cultures, feeling at home everywhere and nowhere. Mabel writes to encourage her readers to embrace their identity as foreigners on earth and citizens of Heaven. She loves to read and dance.

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  1. Mabel,
    I totally agree that the more I depend on God, the more I experience Him. Not surprisingly, it’s in the times of struggle and trial that I find myself leaning hard into God. I think this is what Paul meant but counting his suffering as joy. I can look back over my life and I distinctly see a pattern of needing God and depending upon Him = God’s comforting presence. It was when I was in “I can do this myself” self sufficiency mode that I rarely felt God’s presence. As God grows me more into the likeness of His Son, I grow in utter reliance and dependence upon Him. Great reminder to do life on my knees!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Thanks, Bev. Suffering does mature us! When we depend on God, He never disappoints. He always comes through. And we are encouraged to press on, to take on more or bigger challenges.

  2. More dependence–more trust.
    I love the simplicity of this equation, but know full well that the path you have beaten to God in this challenging season has been anything but easy. Thank you for putting your words out there for us all to learn from and be blessed by.

    • Michele, thank you for your kind words. I believe we go through trials so that we can comfort others with the same comfort we have received. Our suffering has a bigger purpose–to build each other up.

  3. I love how you invite God into your everyday activities in order to feel His presence. That is such a profound inspiration for me. I realize I rarely invite Him into all my moments. I give prayers of thanks for my day but don’t stop to think He wants me to talk with Him over my cup of coffee, while I’m doing laundry, or walking in the woods. Who better to share my time!

    • Maura, I’m excited to know that you were inspired to invite God into your day-to-day thoughts and chores. I’m praying that you will experience His friendship in a fresh way!

  4. Mabel,

    Life down here is tough enough. Harder when we have to do it solo. Like Bev said it is in our struggles & trials that we most often turn to God for help. That is exactly what He wants us to do. Come to Him for guidance, wisdom & strength. Each time we invite God into our daily struggles we can feel His presence more & more. It becomes almost second nature to talk with Him. Which is want He longs to do with each one of us. He is our only source of hope & strength in our daily walk down here. Talk with Him often.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, thank you for taking the time to reply. Amen! God is the source of our hope, strength, and joy.

  5. Nice to see when young people like you Mabel grow in your faith. Learning daily, through hardships, the JOYS of God’s sweet presence. It a blessing when you recognize Him there, through it all.
    I totally LOVE hearing your encounters with our beloved ABBA Father. ❤❤

    • Louise, thank you for encouraging words. I’m blessed to know you as a friend and sister who always points me to Christ. I thank God for you.

  6. Oh, Mabel, Your story struck a chord with my soul. For 7 1/2 years, my husband traveled for work as I raised our little girl at home. There were seasons of loneliness, anger, frustration, and a deep dependency on God. I so wanted the comfort of another adult, and our daughter longed for people to join us in daily activities. We developed a bond that was very deep and still is. The traveling ended, and I expected us to pick up right where we left off, but it was hard. I am thankful that God can take anything and turn it into something new, beyond what we had hoped for.

    • Laura, our stories are so similar! My son and I too, share a special bond :). My husband’s traveling ended a few months ago. And the transition was not easy. But, I’m so grateful for God’s help. I’m praising God with you and for you!