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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. Kaitlyn, the beauty of your writing continues to affect me to my core. You had me at “…looking up at the beautifully scarred hands holding mine.” What an imagine carrying me through the muck and the mire of living in this broken world and “all the way Home.” Thank for your gift of penning these beautiful words to touch my souls…at such a time as this. Many Blessings, Laura

    • She must be nearly a teenager now and yet the image has remained… thankful for that visual! It’s cheesy to say “as we grow, God doesn’t go” and yet that’s stuck in my mind.

  2. Your words touched my soul this morning. I need this reminder from time to time since I lost my husband. It has been a difficult journey but knowing that we don’t walk alone does give me the comfort and hope that I need at this time. Thank you so much. Blessings, Karen

  3. I’m graduating college next month, and I’ve felt very uncertain about what life in the “real world” will bring. This posting, along with thinking on God’s guidance in prior seasons, has encouraged me to trust in Him and not a season. Thank you for this picture❤️

    • “…to trust in Him and not a season.” Man oh man, that. I can still vividly remember and go right back to how those last few months of college felt… it’s a lot. Good, difficult, sad, nerve-racking, confusing, exciting, etc. I’m so glad this arrived at the right time for you! No matter what the next season does or doesn’t hold, you’ll remain held. <3

    • Kayla,
      Congrats on your college graduation!

      While you might be anxious now, just know that “the journey” is what life is about.

  4. So true God is with us all the time no matter what we go through. Thank you Kaitlyn it spoke to me. Love all you said. Love and prayers big hugs Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh N.Ireland xx

  5. Your comment of perhaps will never be ,left me so depressed. I’m praying for healing of brokenness in our family. How can healing of brokenness in our family not be Gods will?

    • Hi J, I hear you. That’s the tension of the ‘both/and’… part of what we’re praying when we say “on earth as it is in heaven.” Personally, I don’t believe that God wants brokenness, sickness, or pain. And yet… we experience these, right? One day all will be redeemed and God will make all things new, but we’re still in the both/and for today.

      I can look back on my own story and see things I prayed would come to pass and, so far, have not. And sometimes, we really can say it will never be — at least not in the way we prayed for. An example of that could be someone who longs to carry and birth a child but is unable to do so. There are numerous stories in Scripture of God making a way in that very scenario, yet even then there’s a difference in raising kids at the same age as your close friends v later in life. Both beautiful in their own way! But, there’s an element of “never will be” there.

      Personally, I’ve been praying for healing from chronic illness for 13 years. It could change in the future (and I pray it does!), but I’ll never know what it would have been like to not have this daily pain over the last decade. And it begs the question: what if it doesn’t ever change? Where I landed in this writing is that even then, even if our prayers weren’t answered how we hoped or aren’t answered how we hope in the future, we are never walking alone.

      Sometimes we grieve the death of a dream even while praying for what may be down the road… It sounds like you’re doing that, as you pray for healing in your family! I pray that as you grieve what hasn’t been/isn’t, and as you continue praying, you’ll experience God’s kind nearness and comfort. You are not walking alone, not for a second.

  6. Thank you so much for your beautifully written and God- inspired words this morning. I needed to both read and see the visual you described in my mind’s eye. My siblings and I are currently walking through a storm. Our mother, in advance of her 90th birthday celebration traveled to MD from TX. Three hours later she suffered a massive stroke that affected her left side. A month in, as the only daughter in MD, I’ve shouldered most of the burden of caregiving even though she’s in a rehab facility. It’s been comforting to read a post that reminds me that Mom is not alone and my siblings and I are not alone either. It’s been difficult to watch our very fiercely independent mom now reduced to needing 24/7 assistance. Yet, in that place she is still holding on to the God she’s walked with for decades. Worship and prayers fill her mouth that’s twisted from the stroke. Tears run from her eyes in gratitude even in her weakened body and her right hand continues to be lifted to the God of her salvation. I’m challenged myself to keep thanking God for His faithfulness in the little things everyday, like our sweet mama does. Thank you so much for your post. We are all held in His capable hands!

  7. Kaitlyn,

    Psalm 23:4 Yea thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Even the psalmist knew he wasn’t alone in the darkest times. There are times when we may feel alone. That’s why I tell my patients’ families that I am praying for them I understand how hard it is to sit in a hospital room waiting on the patient to get better. I pray it makes them feel better knowing that they aren’t alone & that it spreads a little of God’s love!!

    Loved the image of nail scarred hands reaching down to hold mine.

    Blessings 🙂