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Kayla Craig is the author of “To Light Their Way" and "Every Season Sacred" and creator of Liturgies for Parents. A former journalist, she’s adamant about paying attention and staying curious. She writes the popular "Year of Breath" devotional newsletter and lives in Iowa with her husband and four wild,...

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  1. Kyla thanks you for todays reading. I am at the moment carrying unseen burdens. Saying nothing to avoid a row. I got Matthew 11v 28. I recked extra to do. For my elderly Dad who needs it. I appreciate your reading. Thank you so much. Xx

  2. So beautifully written and so wonderfully true! May we all know that there is no one here on earth, that there is no perfect person, no perfect life. Only in Heaven, will we find Perfectness! Praise the Perfect Promises of God! Blessings, Kayla! Have a beautiful day, being the beautiful
    person you are!

  3. Kayla-Thank you for sharing.

    While, I’m grateful for social media. I remember a quote that my pastor shared that went something like this. “Technology makes a good servant, but a poor master.”

  4. Very timely w/me having frizzy bedhead and tissues by the bedside and I’m afraid feeling sorry for myself. Thankful none of us are carrying our burden alone

  5. Thank you for your encouraging words. I needed them. I have gone through seasons of depression and anxiety and find myself in another one now. I also have back problems which limit my activities a lot. I gave up social media quite awhile ago as I saw too many things that upset me, so I am guarding my heart. But I am able to pray for my family and friends and neighbors daily. I look to the Lord Jesus to bring me through. God’s richest blessings to you all!

  6. First of all, as a person who loves and appreciates a good princess song, I appreciate what you did in your writing to include a couple words from my favorite songs. 😉

    Secondly, I am one of those people whose life was turned completely upside down by cancer. (I have been in remission for 2 years, and I thank God that He healed me.) My journey made me highly aware of the secret battles that people face on a regular basis. I knew that “looks can be deceiving” but being able to connect with other survivors puts that saying in a different light.

    In sharing my story on my blog and social media, I willingly opened the door for others to reach out to me. Every day I am aware that there is so much more behind the photograph!

    • I was hoping someone would catch and appreciate those Easter eggs!! ☺️ Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse of your story — there is so much power in showing glimmers of our own journeys, isn’t there? ❤️

  7. There is a part of myself that I have kept hidden for nearly 30 years now. Only a handful of people get to know about this part of my life. It has definitely kept me from being my authentic self. I fear judgement. People are judemental. I know this, because I am judemental. In recent years, the weight of the “secret” has lifted and to my surprise when I have shared it with a couple of people, they didn’t run screaming in the other direction. They didn’t shun or shame me. They embraced my vulnerability and shared pieces of their own hidden secrets. It does make me wonder, how many opportunities I missed to make meaningful connections with people, because I was afraid to open up.

  8. Kayla, I love your story as I have never seen one that so much matches my life only in the opposite way. I live in a facility where everyone is 70 or older. I am 76 years old and I am here because my husband has dementia, got very violent and abused me ever night for 3 and a years while I stayed with him trying to get him out of denial. He is now in a different facility, but this is where your story really opened my eyes. I was a C/S Manager for 45 years at a very large insurance company. I have always dressed up in nice clothes, jewelry, bleached blonde hair and fancy shoes. When I moved here and went to the dining room the first time, I found that nobody would let me sit at their table. The gossip about me is heartbreaking. I am a very generous nice person and they know nothing about my situation, but they are judging me by how I look. I can’t change who I am and wear sweat pants and shirts all the time. Some people have reached out to me and understand, but I dread every day going to meals and having to hear all the gossip about me. You see, all of these people have some loss of hearing or are even deaf and they all have some level of dementia. I have 2 of your devotional journals and would like more but I don’t have a user ID or password to sign on which Dayspring keeps asking me for. Do you have any suggestions on how I can handle these situations? I am not a techy. I retired just as that was coming about and my husband would not allow me to have a computer or cell phone. Thank you, Kayla and I will save your story to read over and over again…………Betsy Basile

    • Betsy, thank you so much for reading and taking the time to share a bit of your story. I am so, so sorry for the abuse you have endured and the lingering pain you hold. I will be praying that people see you for your heart and that judgment/gossip will fall away. Sending you love today.

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  9. Kayla,

    God said we would have troubles down here. Social media is a facade allowing people to mask their real lives. Knowing this I show empathy & caring to my patients & others I meet. Sure I have a few issues now, but probably nothing compared to their trials. Praying for everyone. May God guide your steps & give you wisdom to solve your problems. Know that someone out there cares.

    Blessings 🙂

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