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  1. Dear friend, I love your willingness to sit in the questions and the not knowing (though sometimes that tension can make me feel the need to jump out of my skin). I have wrestled with some of the very same questions and yet, it is indeed a deeper, more mature kind of faith that recognizes this journey is not about having the answers, but trusting the one who holds them — whether or not we will understand this side of heaven. We are so much alike in this: “As much as I’d like to conjure up my worth, I don’t intimidate the Almighty, nor do my doubts.” I am beyond grateful that my worth is not found in performing or knowing or even trusting enough…but is fully found in Him. So happy to see you here two days in a row (and I love “The Artist’s Daughter” — the book and the daughter)!

      • I just love Ashley’s response to this and I give a huge AMEN. Such true words beautifully crafted. I especially love this part: “Faith is believing when you don’t have all the answers. Because in all of this questioning, the truth stands out so boldly.” I find it is when I don’t have the answers that I go seeking, and there I find God, who is bigger than the unknown. Such assurance. Love this and love you even more, A.K.! XOXO

  2. Oh yes..at 63 I can say I have little understanding of the “why” but more faith because He has been faithful and brought me through it all with His perfect love…

  3. Thank you, Alexandra. I’m also learning to live into this life… to lean back on the promises with less fear of falling… and knowing that even if I do…. even *when* I do (because I do so often)… he’s turning that plummeting momentum in new directions of growth. I’ve learned that the *best* part of any relationship is learning to *really* know and understand the “other”…. and while I know that I will never truly understand God… knowing that he truly understands me is…. revolutionary. And “why” matters less and less… and the more times I tell my three year old that “because” is a good enough answer when he knows that I love him, the more I realize that God’s love is enough.

    Thanks!
    Heidi
    http://www.thewordspoken.org

    • Lindsey,
      Thank you, for your words here and for taking the time out of your life to read MY story. I’m glad you saw it as honest, I don’t want to be any other way.

  4. Beautiful thoughts. My husband and I have been married 7 years and have been trying to have a baby for awhile, but it hasn’t worked out yet. I don’t understand why… but I am learning to just wait on the Lord and trust His timing. And as I grow, I realize more and more that I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. Precious Papa will perfect those things that concern us. 🙂

    • You are welcome ;). Seriously, coming from a woman who has shown me that God sees me, all of me and all of the broken places and still can use me for his purposes, is a treasured gift. Nothing has taught me better than your life and leadership that God has had a plan for my life from the very beginning.

  5. I am in the middle of a “why” phase, and your words speak so much truth. I am so thankful that I serve a God who not only deals with my questions and doubts, but He encourages me to walk through them with Him. Yes, there are places in my life that I wish He would just throw down an instruction manual that explained why everything occurs as it does, but I would miss out on just growing with the Father in the midst of everyday life.

    • Paula,
      Please, I’d love to see our art combined. Is there a way for me to see when you are done?

  6. Alexandra,

    Love love love your writing. God has blessed you with a poignant way of speaking.

    For years I went to church and was involved, but never truly was a day-to-day live it out loud Christian. Just knew it was right thing to do. Now that I am much older and wiser I tend to be more of a “live-it-out loud” Christian. I still have questions: “why do people get dementia and have to linger for so long?” “Why is there so much cancer and sickness in the world?” Why on Earth would anyone want to die for me?

    I will have to wait for the other side of Heaven to find the answers.

    • That’s all we can do for so much of it right? Wait for the other side of Heaven for the answers.