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Audrey Menck is a writing student and photographer living in the Midwest where she studies at Franciscan University. She spends her days reading good books, sipping strong cups of tea, and pursuing a life after the graciousness and joy of God’s heart.

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  1. Audrey, thank you for this wonderful reminder, that wherever we may find ourselves, God is right there, and His presence is enough. While it is great to travel and get away, learning to be content with Christ and where He has us at that moment is a great blessing and an adventure in itself!

  2. This was perfectly timed. I needed this reminder as I started to feel trapped, frustrated, stuck and honestly falling into a dark place, negatively impacting myself and those around me. Thank you for sharing these words.

  3. What a beautiful message and reminder that there is so much we may be missing if we’re always looking to escape. This really touched me as someone who is always planning the next adventure, the beauty that will be revealed in the sitting and waiting.

  4. That was so beautiful and true! God is right there inside us where ever we go or stay… we only have to ask him to come in !

  5. Wow! My words of the year are “presence” and empower. Your words here made my heart skip a beat with excitement at how God will bring both in my life this year right where I am! Thank you for your wise words!

  6. Monday will be our 35th wedding anniversary and I will admit I’ve had the internal struggle with “it’s our 35th how can we not do some big trip” versus “wow a day to be just us and stay in our PJs all day if we want to!” After reading your post I am much more content and thrilled to stay-ca-tion our celebration. It’s not where we celebrate but that we get to celebrate with each other. God has spoiled me with a precious Godly man. We’ll celebrate God’s blessings even if we clean out my dad-in-love’s apartment! Thank you for this wonderful encouragement! You made my day!

    • Audrey

      Thank you for this beautiful message.
      We recently returned from a wonderful trip to Switzerland and Italy.
      Our daughter, her husband and our 2 younger grandchildren live in Basel. We had such a great time with the children.

      Upon our return, my husband came down with Covid. He is much better now.,

      I have been dealing with various health challenges since returning.

      God has been with us through the exciting trip as well as this time of illness. His grace and love ❤️ are there every day if we can just open His gifts.

  7. Audrey,
    Thank you for your beautifully articulated and timeless message. Your vulnerability has resonated with me and reminding us all of the eternal truth that where we are in this very moment is also where God is with us. This is a wonderful opportunity to remember that we can stop feeling inadequate which leads to our constant striving for something other than what is. The true gifts of peace and love will only be found in our relationship with the Beloved.

  8. This post is so moving and beautiful. I’m so grateful for the reminder to live fully in the present moment. It is easy to think that the grand is what will make us happy, and so hard to realize that happiness is available to us wherever and whenever we live intentionally. Thank you for sharing the great gift of your words!

  9. This is amazingly true! I love how well you have written and described your experience abroad. We can be in awe of God’s (and man’s) beautiful creation around the globe-what a gift! But, He fills our lives with wonder wherever we are in Him alone. Thank you for this truthful reminder.

  10. Present: With winter’s cold claustrophobia, escape has been on my mind.

    Solution: Pick up the Bible, and take an even better vacation!

  11. How did you figure that out at such a tender age?
    Excellent observations and well said.
    Thank you for articulating what I needed. I sort of think I’m not the only one.

  12. This is a very deep, mature, and wise beyond your years concept, Audrey. It’s also something I have not been able to accomplish in my 50-something years of life…I pray that I can learn to be content with his will for my life and not strive for what my heart fools my mind into thinking will bring me joy. I pray that I can look to HIM for fulfilling my deepest desires. Your words are inspiring and thought provoking.

  13. Audrey,

    It is good to travel the world & see some of the wonders God has made. Looking out over the Grand Canyon can put you in awe of Him. Society tells us that more is better. We need a vacation from life even if we can’t afford it. Most vacations are just an escape from the ordinary mundane routines of our lives. When we get home it is back to the everyday life. What we really need is to learn contentment with where we are now. Learn to rest in His grasp relinquishing ourselves to His continual peace.

    Blessings 🙂

  14. This was delightful and obviously thought provoking. Thank you for sharing a piece of you with us.
    I’m glad to be a part of the RAR community because that’s how I found you and now your podcast. Keep writing, I want to hear more.

  15. Thank you, Audrey, for your well written thoughts. They are encouraging, inspiring, and I needed to read them! They will stay with me a long time.

  16. Audrey, this is simply beautiful! We’re honored to host your words on (in)courage.

    Tucking this into my heart:

    “We can pursue life to the fullest, or we can live in Him who gives us the fullest life. And perhaps a life of abundance looks less like losing ourselves through escape and more like finding Him right where we are.”

    Yes!!!