Hard things change us. They just do. And they should. But what now?
How do we pick up the pieces that are left and write a new story? How do we reconcile what we thought was going to be with what now is? How do we come to a place of acceptance and surrender and let God do a new thing?
Having navigated my fair share of life’s curve balls (cancer survivor, infertility, widow, single mom) I’ve come to understand that hard things change us. But you know what? Even your heart ache is not a surprise to God…and neither is what comes next.
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A Love Worth Waiting For
I always hoped I would find love again but I started to doubt if I ever would. The desire in my heart grew in the waiting but so did my loneliness and frustration. Was God hearing my prayers? How much longer would I need to wait? Was I asking for too much? Did God have a plan for me to love someone?
And then one day Jesse walked into my life and the questions I had been asking started to get answered. God was making sense out of nonsense, no detail overlooked. God had been crafting and curating a love story, in His perfecting timing, and wait that now felt worth it.
In this episode Jesse and I talk about:
A full surrender that lead to finding and falling in love Dating from a male’s perspective The evolution of dating from your teens to adulthood God’s refinement in the waiting What it's like dating a widow The benefits and challenges of long distance dating Dating with intentionality Show notes.
Dating and Waiting: Looking for Love After Loss
33 and widowed.
Something I never thought would be part of my story. I found love at a young age and skipped over the whole dating scene. I never imagined I'd be in the dating pool in my mid 30s after my husband Daryn passed away.
I am absolutely, 100% the anti expert in dating but I hope that my experiences can provide the same survival guide of sorts that others have given me. Dating has been nothing like what I expected it to be. I remember feeling so clueless and awkwardly learning my way through the world of dating apps, first dates and meeting new people.
It's been hard (like really hard) but also a crash course in learning so much about myself, what I was really looking for and trusting God with the outcome (that last one has been real tricky if I'm being honest...).
In this (vulnerable) episode I talk about:
- What I learned from my marriage to Daryn and how it kept my heart open to love again
- Navigating dating apps and awkward first dates
- Overcoming heart ache when things aren't as they seem
- Lonely nights and feeling left behind
- Guarding your heart in the waiting
- The check list of what I finally learned to look for
- What 90 days of surrender taught me and led me to (hint...who it led me to ;) )
It's a New Season and I'm Ok. I'm Ok?!
I wondered if I would ever come to a resting spot. Life has been moving in warp speed but also slow motion, constant chaos and heaviness. But also so much growth and refinement. So much leaning into God and learning about the depths of me through the depth of my creator.
But then one day, ever so slowly the fog lifts. It’s so subtle and drawn out you don’t even notice it at first. The momentum slows and your world opens up again. The corners aren’t as jagged. The pain isn’t as drastic. The breaths aren’t as shallow.
It’s been so long since I felt this feeling. I want to close my fists around it but I know the secret is keeping them open to it.
Tune in now as I share about moving into a new season, a new relationship and new roles as I reflect back on where I've been and where God's brought me now. Not because of anything I did or because I was deserving but because that’s what God does: He remakes. He renews. He rebuilds. He restores.
How to Choose Your Focus In the Middle of the Storm
A few years ago I was in one of my lowest moments. I was heartbroken and bitter and really, really angry. I felt like God had forgotten about me. I was in my quiet time and came across the question “When all I feel is darkness and everything in life feels hard, where are you?”.
I sat back, crossed my arms and thought to myself, “Yeah, seriously God! Where are you?!”.
The answer I found will not only surprise you but help you in the middle of your storm.
In this episode I share:
- The mantra I used to walk me through my hardest seasons
- Where God is in the middle of your storm
- How to find peace and reassurance when life feels anything but that
- Cultivating a 30,000 foot perspective
- How to move from a 'this' moment to a 'that' moment
The Hope of Heaven: A Grieving Mother’s Story
Tragedy struck 5 years ago when Kristin lost her son, Will, in a fatal car accident. You can imagine the pain and ache that stuck a mother’s heart, her world never the same.
In this episode Kristin shares the gift of Will’s short, yet full, life and pain that’s been left in his absence. A heavy handed cocktail of trauma and grief, and yet the hope of Heaven never so real and the presence of God so near.
Listen now to hear Kristin authentically share about:
The comfort and peace she found in God How to care for a loved one who’s grieving Grief’s earned stripes Lessons learned in grief how it’s forever changed her Show Notes
Letting the Struggle Make You Stronger
Mike’s faith has always played a role in his life but it wasn’t until he lost his mom to cancer in 2013 that his faith became a lifeline. Grief can bring clarity and alignment in ways nothing else can. With a new found depth of faith and purpose, Mike used life’s hard things to ask ‘what’ rather than ‘why’. After a series of events Mike, along with his brother in law, founded PATH apparel.
PATH aims to make a difference in the lives of those around us by sharing the good news about Jesus and helping to support those in need all around the world. It reminds us there is purpose in our story and what we go through. One day, on earth or in Heaven, we will look back and see how God was always weaving things together for His good.
Listen now to hear Mike and I’s conversation about finding purpose through pain and turning to our faith in life’s most difficult moments. Mike’s perspective, attitude and faith will help you see even though life isn’t easy we have a savior we can turn to for guidance, peace, strength and hope. Our relationship with Jesus provides the perseverance we need to overcome the hurdles we face in life.
Mike is the Owner and Co-Founder of PATH Apparel, Husband and Father of 3 girls. His purpose for launching PATH Apparel was to create a Christian lifestyle brand that sparks conversations and creates opportunities to share the good news about Jesus.
You can check out the brand at PATHAPPAREL.COM.
Becky brings a heartfelt message each time she presents a podcast. I can really see how strong she can be after a tragedy and to keep persevere.
I absolutely love listen to Becky share her journey, heart, and lessons with others. I walk away from episode a little better than before I listened. I always have a nugget (or 12) that I can take with me and reflect on or apply to my life!
Uplifting and inspiring!
Becky has a wisdom beyond her years. I love listening to her take on the world and the way she inspires me to strive for more in my life!