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Kaitlyn is a Virtual Assistant, book launch manager, and storyteller who writes about discovering God's goodness in the ordinary and faithfulness in the difficult. She loves good books, deep conversations, and iced vanilla lattes. Kaitlyn is the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between.

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  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! Kaitlyn, clearly God is using you in a powerful way to share his powerful message. I love that you shared how everyone expected a colossal meltdown, and you didnt, sounds like you had the peace that transcends all understanding! This so meaty and good, i think i need to read a few times to as soak it all in. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  2. Wow! “The only viral that is vital is the message of Christ.” Amazing! Thank you for this post- one that I think I’ll be pondering all day…..

  3. Kaitlyn,
    You are such a living testimony of how Our Lord will take our brokenness and use it for His glory. Thank you for sharing your story. Yes, only a God that loves YOU would replace your brain tumor with a heart. Be blessed Kaitlyn!

  4. What a beautiful testimony of His perfect plan…I have to admit I’m in a raw place of not understanding His plan or believing that’s it’s right. Three Tuesdays ago, we lost our sweet baby. And now I’m just begging Him to show me some light, some Hope…and choosing to believe that someday, we’ll see. So grateful for your words today, friend…and the reminder that maybe He has a Tuesday miracle for us, too. xo

    • My sweet friend, I have missed you in this space but know that you are in the thoughts of so many. There are so many things about His ways that we can’t even begin to make sense of or believe are “right.” I’m praying for you this week, Mel. That He would give you a pinprick of light, enough to hold onto, and that when the ocean is deep you’ll find like Peter that you aren’t walking alone and He isn’t far away – but it standing right there to pick you up. Praying also for your miracle, that even if it takes five years you won’t lose Hope.

  5. I am reading your story while cooling down from a long walk on a hot August morning in Texas, and I am so touched by the beautiful way you share and declare all the great things God has done and I know your words and their message will encourage so many others. God’s ways are so much higher than our ways and He shows us that every day.

  6. AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing. Such wonderful faith you have. We serve a Loving God!

  7. Oh, Mel, praying for you! The miracle is that even in the midst of the worst sufferings and the bitter questions and the broken hearts, God understands and will never leave us. Give yourself the time you need to grieve, and allow yourself to grieve in the way that you need to. There is an end to the dark valley you are in, but the way through is a tough one. Hang in there. You are not alone.

  8. This: “God turns tests into testimonies and messes into messages.”

    And this: “The only viral that is vital is the message of Christ. ”

    TRUTH, girl. Thank you for sharing this today.

  9. I love your story! God can use anything for His glory – our brokenness included. Thank you for being brave enough to share. You are so wise to be so young! <3

  10. My story is a long one, to long to write here, but I want my story to say
    GOD DID IT, HE RESCUED ME, HE WALKED MY JOURNEY WITH ME AND HE GETS THE GLORY.
    THINGS HAVE CHANGED BEYOND MY IMAGINING AND ALTHOUGH IN SOME WAYS I AM STILL THE SAME, IN OTHERS I WOULD BE SO DIFFERENT FROM THE PERSON I WAS IN THE PAST.
    This is my story, as I went through it, but it is his story as well, because he was there with me.

    • Isn’t that the coolest part – that our history is His Story? The way you’ve told it just in this comment box is beautiful. We may not be who we want to be, but thank God that we are not who we used to be, by His grace.

  11. Thank you for reminding me that in Christ ordinary days are filled with the hope, possibility, and promise of the extraordinary! And that the only viral that is vital is the message of Christ! He is the BIG story!

  12. Kaitlyn, this is just so beautiful. I don’t have words, truly. I have a broken brain, and it changed my life and built walls and lost community about 6 years ago. What God has redeemed since then blows. my. mind.

    Heart Hugs from a Kindred Spirit, Shelly <3

    • Although brokenness is painful and leaves many wounds, I will say that the beauty that comes from it is something only He can sign His name to. Sounds like that’s been your story, too. 🙂

  13. Oh, this is so beautiful. My favorite part…. “I decided to share my story before there was a bow to tie everything up and package it beautifully.” What a testimony of faith to the One who brought you peace. Thank you for sharing this story!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing your story/heart…I desire to share my, no, God’s story that He began and continues to write! Thankful to see the means He’s using to steer me slowly in that direction…Time will tell if this truly is His will for me…I know it’s my heart’s desire and I trust Him to make that desire come to pass, if it be His will! 🙂 I love hearing/reading about how God has changed people’s lives, all for their good and His glory…To God be the glory, great things He has done and continues to do! He is good! 🙂

  15. Brave Girl Kaitlyn, you are a heart sister and an inspiration. Thank you for your story, your passion and grace! Praying for you through your senior year! Can’t wait to see what is next! All for His glory!

  16. Oh my stars, girlie! He etched a heart in your brain!!! He etched HIS heart into every thought… my, how I love this! And you… and this crazy, amazing lovely story He is writing with you!

    • Karrilee isn’t it the *coolest*?!?! My goodness I’ve been about to spill since June 20th I could barely contain it. He is just absurdly personal and funny and always knows just how to show love.

  17. I love the Tuesday pattern, Kaitlyn–that you’ve noticed it and what it means to your faith journey. Your story reminded me of a little calendar thing from my own life: My husband and I ended our efforts to conceive one September long ago, but two years later–also in September–we went to China to adopt our first child. God truly does turn our mourning into gladness. Thank you for sharing the beautiful story that He has given you.

    • I’m a big date person and it wasn’t until this summer that I realized so many big moments in my life have landed on Tuesday. Which is funny, because it feels the most ordinary of all the days to me. That is a beautiful story about adopting your first child and I totally agree, mourning to morning.

  18. What a blessing on this Tuesday, August 12, 2014, to see my own GRANDdaughter’s name Kaitlyn Bouchillon on the (in)courage e-mail I receive every day It was a complete surprise. The strong faith in God you have shared with such amazing courage at your age is very rare. You being proud and unashamed of it inspires young and old (that includes me) to “step up to the plate” and give God all the glory for the great things He has done! So proud to be your “Mama Boo and I love you dearly. Mama Boo

  19. Thanks for sharing that God wanted to clean you up instead of being a Great Speaker. We serve an awsome God and He is by out sides every day.
    Hugs,
    Becky

  20. I so understand the broken community and broken physical body. I had a stroke at the age of 7 and have lived with a lifetime of complications from it. It has shaped me into who I am. Blessings to you on your journey!

  21. Girl, I say it again: you are so wise beyond your words. What a life of Tuesdays. And what healing happens between those weeks. I’m so thankful for you and for your courage to let his story go viral. Blessings on your head, sweet friend.

    • His is the only Story worth telling. And seriously, I sat back and looked at those days again and saw all the life in-between the dates.. the only thing that sums it up is that He is faithful. It isn’t always easy, but He still is.

  22. Kaitlyn, God is talking to me through your story. My name is Tuesday. My born given name. For the past few years the Lord has been working in my life in a way that I’ve been struggling with. He showed me my purpose in life a few years ago, to write books about Him, to tell how He’s worked in my life healing emotional wounds and how He’s been developing a real relationship with me.

    Before this I had my own dream of writing fiction novels. Giving that up has been a struggle. I’ve had a hard time accepting His dream for me in place of my own and have felt like I’ve lost my identity. The changes He’s made in my life have made feel like He’s making me ordinary. Something I’ve strived not to be my whole life.

    When you said, “Our own words, whether one or one hundred read them, will never amount to a single blot of ink in the greatest Story ever told.

    But if I write and say what He calls me to share? If I preach His story instead of my own? He will flip everything I know upside down, starting with an ordinary day we call Tuesday…”, I understood that He is telling me to stop thinking of what is temporary and will fade away, and to think of what will be eternal and last. To stop thinking about myself and to think about Him.

    I hear You, Lord. Please help me do it.

    Thank you, Kaitlyn for being strong enough and brave enough to tell His story instead of your own.

  23. Kaitlyn,

    What a grand and glorious testimony! Such powerful words~.

    I love the sentence: “There’s nothing wrong with a good cry or raising your hands to the heavens and asking Him to be near.” I usually, rather easily, tend to cry over things first then I turn to prayer!! So much “stuff” has happened this year. Through it all God was there making it alright! He turned what could have been disaster into a blessing and with it brought my hubby and me back to Him more fervently!!

    I now have the same feeling as you did. What ever happens it will be ok because God is in the mix and I want Him to be glorified!!

    Blessing my young sister in Christ! 🙂

  24. Thank you so much, Kaitlyn, your words came at just the perfect time in my own life to remind me of God’s grace and to hope even in broken places. So grateful for your words and to meet you here, via Emily’s place I learned about you! 🙂