Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

Guest Post: The One Thing That Saved Me After My Suicide Attempt

Note: I am so honored to host my new friend Steve Austin as he courageously shares his story of messy grace and redemption. (To read the original post about Steve’s suicide attempt, just click here.) If you’ve known dark days, are tired of a picture of Jesus that only brings condemnation, or are just plain weary, this […]

Why The Shepherds Heard First: God Loves the Least

“And in that same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” – Luke 2:8 They were caked the waste of an existence that could never quite be washed away. The filth of their work stained their souls as much as their skin. They were despised, deprived of […]

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Own Christmas Magic

Everything is shimmering, red and gold. Stores are brimming baubles that sing of the season, and it’s easy to see the wonder of the season wrapped up in them. Still, the craving for new and pretty makes my heart feel weary and hollow. Is this the source of the magic? Is this the Christmas I […]

Contentment: How Not To Be Lonely on Thanksgiving

Leafy Trail Radnor Lake

Thanksgiving looked different for me this year.  I couldn’t spend it with loved ones – Oregon is just too far, and I had just visited my sister to meet my new baby niece.  Being far from home can make for a tough holiday and an opportunity for extra loneliness to seep in.  I didn’t want to […]

A Beautiful Between

Together, we are living in the gaps. With the tension of unfulfilled dreams. With the heartache of loss and the sickness of deferred hope. Somewhere along the way, we run right into that painful space between what is and what should be. We hope for relationships, for children, for jobs. We long for healed bodies and souls, a […]