-guest post friday-

Have you etrifectaver found yourself in a friendship where everything just clicks? You don’t have to explain yourself to your friend because his/her brain works exactly like yours? It’s a good thing. I feel privileged to have two of these friends who feel that same way about each other too.

We would probably all be a little uncomfortable with calling ourselves capital W “writers,” but it’s something we all like to do. Sarah and Meg are both very gifted at putting words together and I love to read anything they come up with. So far anyway… 😉

While we were together at a writer’s retreat the other weekend, we came up with the idea of doing a 3-way guest post on each other’s blogs. We’ve all taken the same title and created something out of it. I’m guessing these will be completely different pieces. The three of us may think alike, but we’re very different people.

So… without dragging this out too much longer, on my blog today you have the privilege of reading Sarah’s thoughts. You can read more of her writing here on her blog. (Uncle Dave, you should read some of her poetry. Try this one and this one and my personal favorite. Sometimes she makes me cry.)

If you click to Sarah’s blog right now, you’ll get to read Meg’s take on our (long) title. And then if you want to take things full circle, you can click on over to Meg’s blog. (Every year she writes me a birthday post, complete with terrible but fun selfies of the two of us.) She also writes thoughtful musings on life that make me forever thankful that she’s one of my children’s teachers at school. If you go to her blog right now, you can read what came into my head when I was handed this title:

And soon you’ll see how things have turned out for the better….

Now, here’s Sarah:

There comes a time in everyone’s life when it feels like everything is falling apart. Well, back up. I cannot say for certain that this happens to everyone. I can only speak from experience. So let’s rephrase, shall we?

There came a time in my life when I felt like everything was falling apart. Actually, there were more than just a few times, but one has been replaying itself over and over in my head for the last little bit. You see, I was established. I had it all figured out. I had a good husband, I was pregnant, I had a great job, and I didn’t live in little West Liberty, KY. My husband and I went out to eat on a regular basis. We bought things we didn’t need. We had a cute little apartment. We drove nice vehicles. We dreamed about where we would send our baby to school and if that meant we would have to find a different place to live in the city. We loved our life.

Then, well…that all fell apart. Literally. I should probably rephrase again. There came a time in my life when everything fell apart. It didn’t feel like it was falling apart. It did fall apart. I was still married to my wonderful husband. Still pregnant. But my great job was ripped from me. My husband had already quit his job in preparation of becoming a stay at home dad and now I was unemployed as well. I had the baby (healthy baby boy!), but every job opportunity slipped through my fingers. We got behind on bills and couldn’t keep our heads above water. My sanity, and faith, were on the verge of collapse. Then we were forced to move out of our cute little apartment and back home to West Liberty, KY. The place I avoided most of the time in my adult life.

I’ll spare you the gory details of our move and how sullen and depressed I was for almost an entire year and a half because my life had fallen apart. Now, well…now I can’t imagine my life any other way. I have two beautiful little boys, still married to my amazing husband, a small house, and a job I like. We rarely go out to eat. We never buy things we do not need. We live in West Liberty, KY right next to my parents who have a big yard and even bigger hearts.

I said all of that so that I could say this: all of the promises that God makes to us in His Word are true. Every.Single.One of them. Sometimes it may not feel like it. Sometimes it feels like everything is falling apart and nothing is going right. Sometimes we don’t believe it, but our disbelief does not negate the truth of those promises. God is constant. He doesn’t change. God is Truth and He cannot lie. He promises to be close to us and to work things out for good to those that love Him. So take heart when your world feels like it is in rubble. Take heart when you face trials. Because soon you will see how things have turned out for the better.

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About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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