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Kaitlyn is a Virtual Assistant, book launch manager, and storyteller who writes about discovering God's goodness in the ordinary and faithfulness in the difficult. She loves good books, deep conversations, and iced vanilla lattes. Kaitlyn is the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between.

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  1. Thank you for the reminder of how much we have gone through but who we have hope in no matter what we face. Jesus knows.

  2. All I can say is Thank You. You have put into words what my heart has been feeling for a long time.

  3. Thank you Kaitlyn for this encouragement! You inspired me to reach out to my circle of influence to use your “I’ll hope for you”. I also expressed my gratitude for each of them that I can hope for them & they can hope for me. What a gift God has given us & we can share with one another! Blessings!

  4. This means more to me than you can ever know. I appreciate the reminder of what Jesus went thru and that He too experienced anguish. And now when the tears come from me, I will try and remember Jesus is there with tears too.

  5. Kaitlyn, this is beautiful and just what I needed to hear this morning. We buried my sweet mom this week and I am missing her so much already.

    • Oh my… Gail, I’m so sorry to hear that. What a difficult week you’re walking through right this very moment. I’m grateful this post could be a small comfort to you today. You are seen.

  6. Thank you…. I find I am easily teary even tho I have not experienced a big loss in the last two years. I think the pandemic (and stress, my husband is immunocompromised ) has taken a bigger toll on our emotional lives than we realize. But I am not, not ever alone, and He cares.

    • Absolutely! The picture that comes to mind is one of holding a small weight on your shoulders or in your hands. At first, it’s no big deal. But the longer you hold it, even just five pounds, the more worn down and tired you become… And it ends up being no small thing.

      He does care. And you are NOT alone.

  7. Walking my dog on this glorious Spring morn, I listened to your words Kaitlyn as Grace read your article. I was so touched. I lost my precious dad 384 days ago. Somedays it feels like yesterday and some days it feels like years since I kissed his beautiful bald head as he lay dying in his Hospice bed. Just as you spoke about the words of hope you and your friends speak over each other, a glorious red cardinal flew in front of us. It was in a place where I do not normally see cardinals. And just like Jesus, I wept…..thank you for bearing your soul and the encouragement your words bring to my heart.

    • I’ll tell you, it’s a gift to each of the (in)courage writers to hear Grace speak our words back to us! Doesn’t she have the most soothing, kind, care-full voice? Such a gift to every listener.

      It isn’t really my story to tell, but I’ll say that red cardinals mean something special to someone who is special to me — someone who is in that small circle mentioned in the post. I am SO glad you shared that detail here in your comment — it truly touched me and I immediately had tears in my eyes thinking of how He is a God of the details. <3

  8. Beautiful words. It’s pure comfort to know we don’t have to hide our brokenness, our grief, our tears, our pain from our Hope and Redeemer.

  9. Thank you so much for writing this! I woke up sad today and your words made me realize what is going on. And its ok to be sad for awhile. I am grieving the loss of parents and relationships and just expectations that won’t be able to materialize. But I have a God who cares and friends who can say I can hope for you and I can pray for you.

  10. “It can bring you to your knees in an instant, while other times you see it coming from a distance. It shouts and it whispers and it lingers, arriving in waves that can lap at the shore or roar in a storm. Grief is a path chosen by none yet eventually discovered by all, occasionally anticipated but mostly unexpected.” Kaitlyn, you capture grief so well. Your words bring comfort and a feeling of being understood. Thank you.

  11. Kaitlyn Thank you for what you wrote about greif. That Likdelin didn’t know your Grandmother had passed away. You still cry over her. That is normal. I love all you shared to do with greif. I could go days without crying. Over the loss of my late Mum. Who died 4 years ago January past. Then I look at photo of my Mum and one of all she done for me. Then I find myself in tears. Looking at how good a Mum she was all she did for me all throughout my life until she is passed away. I wish she was still here. But you know what makes me cry the most. I not know if my Mum asked Jesus into her heart before she died. As you couldn’t tell her about Salvation. Or she tell you to keep it to yourself. So I just loved my life for the Lorwx before her. Prayed for her Salvation. That makes me cry all the more. My Dad is still alive. He no notion of coming to Lord. I pray for him too. You can’t tell him either or he say the same. Keep you religion and beliefs to yourself. So I just pray for my Dad who is 81. Live my life for the Lord in front of him. My Mum knew I was saved so does my Dad. He doesn’t even go to Church. I don’t want my Dad to leave me anything when his time up on earth. Just to know he is saved before he leaves earth. That would be the best thing my Dad could leave me before he leaves earth. So I know God knows and see my cries for my Dad and when I look at photo of my late Mum. God say Dawn I love you I see your tears. Remember I will hold you and help you not to worry about your Dad salvation. Just keep praying that is what I do. Keeping you all incourage in my prayers for the brilliant work you do. Reading you write to help us grow in the Lord as followers. With all the truth you right and to do with things you write. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  12. “I’ll hope for you.” Those seem like uplifting and forward-looking words to say that won’t negate the pain, but will offer support through it. Thank you for your insight!

  13. Oh this spoke to me today. I just came across something of yours and am so moved by your words. Thank you. Thank Him!

  14. Kaitlyn,

    We are a blessed people. We have Jesus who was fully human & fully God. He understands our grief & shares in our emotions. I am the type of person who keeps groups together. I’m the friend who calls to tell or remind you of something, text a quick hello, or send a card. You need a hug just ask. Along with God I want to give you some hope to hold onto during your trials.

    Blessings 🙂

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