Abby McDonald
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Abby is a southern girl, currently living on the mountain side of Maryland, who fell in love with writing at a young age. A perfectionist saved by God's redeeming grace after becoming a wife and mom, she writes about finding the hope of Christ in the messiness of life with...

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  1. What a beautiful gift from the LORD. His heart pours out of this story through your friend’s actions and presence alongside you through such a hard time. Thank you for sharing such an encouraging story, also reminding me to keep my eyes open to bless other Mums around me.

    • Amen, Anna. She was, and continues to be, a gift from the Lord and I thank God he brought her into my life to get me through a difficult time. Thanks for visiting today.

  2. Abby, your last line is so beautiful. “Through those moments, when we throw off the facade of perfection and embrace the real, God reaches down and says, “I’m here.” May it be our anthem dare to be genuine and real women of God.

  3. What a beautiful story of love and friendship, Abby! It makes me ask myself, “Do I see what others are going through?” “Do I take the time to offer a little of myself and a lot of the Lord to bring some light into another’s life?” It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all my stuff that I miss wonderful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those around me. Thank you for this encouraging message!

    • Me too, Sabra. These are important questions to ask ourselves. I pray I am the woman who sees and reaches out. Thanks for your kind words today!

  4. Why, hello Abby. What a fabulous way to start the day, reading your post here on (in)courage. Your friend, what a gem she is. Some of the best friends seem to be the ones who press in, through our closed doors, like your friend. I thank God she was available to you during such a tough time.

    • Me too, Krisit. God is amazing, isn’t he? So glad we crossed paths in the blogging world. Thanks for your encouragement, dear friend.

  5. “we carry each other” ~ LOVE seeing your post here today, sweet friend!!!! Kim Stewart

  6. I’m getting ready to move too and to be honest I fear not knowing anyone, so your post encourages me that God has in mind already who He is going to connect me with. Nice story Abby.

    • Yes he does, Jodie! I have seen this time and time again. Sometimes it takes a while for those friendships to develop, but God is faithful. Praying for you on your move. Blessings to you.

  7. Simple yet profound…”We carry each other”. Love that, Abby.
    So happy to see you here today. 🙂
    Lovely post, thank you for sharing.

    • I’m learning the importance of community more and more each day, Brenda. What an awesome God who gives us others to carry us during those tough times. Thanks for being here today.

  8. “It takes a special kind of person to see past the blinders of the everyday and notice what’s in the peripheral.” –> I love this so much. I pray I can be that kind of friend to people around me. And I LOVE seeing your share here. xoxo

    • Me too, Kristin. That is my prayer today. Thank you for your encouragement today, friend.

  9. What an amazing gift your friend was, Abby! Thanks for sharing a story today that so many women can relate to. Beautiful writing, friend. Yep, sometimes it’s only in hindsight that we can look back and see the mercies of God. Love that. Funny. I read that Kristi started her day reading this, and I’m ending mine. Was just about to close my computer when I saw this. So glad I did. 🙂

    • So glad you stopped by today, Betsy, and yes she was a gift. Have a wonderful evening and thanks for your encouraging words, dear friend.

  10. It’s amazing how God can write our name on someone’s heart and then nudge them toward us, all at the perfect moment. There aren’t words to describe His goodness, but you’ve done a beautiful job capturing it here, Abby. May we all be “that” friend who follows His lead and reaches out. So glad to see you here and so blessed that we get to be recipients of His light that shines in you.

    • Thank you for making me smile today, Tiffany. We are all his Light bearers. May we shine for Him, all for his glory. Blessings to you, sweet friend.

  11. Right on, Abby. Love persistent friends! I had my son right after we moved to a new state, as well. I fell into that SAME funk, and didn’t even realize it. It was truly a struggle, so I can identify with your story completely. I pray that I can by that type of friend to someone, too:)

    • It is HARD, Kristine. We moms need community. I pray I can be that type of friend too and that the Spirit will open my eyes. Thanks for visiting today.

  12. True friends are so important, and what a blessing for God to send the
    right friend at the right time. So enjoyed this post Abby, and can
    certainly relate! Love your reminder of peripheral vision. Thanks for
    sharing this experience.

    • Oh yes, Doris. I am so thankful for all of the friends who stuck with me, even when times were tough. They are a true gift! Thank you for visiting today. Have a great weekend.

  13. Abby,
    What a great story! Reminds me of a family that “adopted” me when I moved for college. They brought me dinner my first night alone. Invited me over for dinner often, took me out to eat, etc. I will always remember them and their kindness. Now I try to do that with others! If God brings someone to mind-then I immediately try to do some kindness for them-usually without asking.
    Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing a bit of your story, Beth. What a blessing that family was! I love how God communicates his heart for us through those special friends who reach out.

    • Amen, Carmen. Let his Spirit open our eyes to see those who need us. Thanks so much for visiting, friend.