I decided to take a break from our typical email/blog schedule so I could share something a little more candid. We’re currently exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and I swear every time we travel as a family God gives me an insight.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Have you ever felt confused?

Have you ever felt like you were at a crossroads and didn’t know which way to go?

We share a lot with you about what we’ve done in the past to find success in our finances and what we’re currently doing to find success in our faith and family. It may seem like we have it all together, but what you may not realize is that we’re frequently confused. Like super confused!

The last few years for us have been full of more questions than answers, and as Christians it can be exhausting. Like, “God, are we not listening? Are you not talking? Is this just a season of waiting?”

Trent and I both have perfectionistic tendencies, and we hate not being good at what we do. So not knowing which way is up is really difficult for us. Maybe you can relate.

This blog actually has nothing to do with Cuyahoga Valley…

At this point I should share some connection between being at a crossroads and our time in the Cuyahoga Valley. That’s what typically happens for me… But this time I think just being in the quiet was enough to hear God speak.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I wish I could give you “Three Tips for Discerning God’s Voice” or “Five Questions to Ask When You’re at a Crossroads…” But I can’t. Sometimes there’s not a clear way out. Sometimes we just have to sit in the wait.

We don’t have all the answers, but Trent reminded me this morning that what we do have is Hope.

Being a Christian is not always easy. Sometimes we get things really wrong and life gets hard. But guess what… This world is not our home!

Jesus died for us so we could have a home with him in heaven. A home where there is no sadness or confusion. A home that is full of joy and peace. (And hopefully a lot of waterfalls!)

I think my issue, and maybe it’s yours too, is that I want heaven now. I mean, we get some aspect of heaven as soon as we put our faith and trust in Jesus, but it’s not complete. It’s not like it will be.

There are a couple things Trent and I always say when we’re going through something tough. The first one is…

“Someday this will all just be a memory.”

The pain from the tough things we go through never lasts. At least not to the same degree. It always lessens, and sometimes God takes it away completely and replaces it with joy. Someday this WILL all just be a memory.

The second thing we like to say is…

“God is still on the throne, and Jesus is still coming back.”

That’s our hope. Whatever struggles or uncertainties we face here on earth, they don’t change the fact that God is still on the throne and Jesus is still coming back! Amen?

Anyway, I just really wanted to share that with you. I think God knew I needed it today. Maybe you do, too.
Because there’s a better way,


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