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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Kristen,
    This gave me goosebumps…even in that last pause, the conductor still holds His baton. Even in those seemingly never ending pauses, God is still conducting, ordering, working out His will in our lives and in the lives of those we love. This gave me great comfort and hope this morning…
    Bless you sweet friend,
    Bev xx

    • And your encouragement gives life to my heart this morning. Adore you, Kristin, and Merry Christmas!

  2. “know your wait time is not the end of everything”. I love this especially in this time of Advent when we “wait”. There is so much to be learned in the waiting; so much that God is working out in me, in my circumstances and in the people around me. It may not work out the way I want it to, but even then, I know that God is in control and knows what I need before and better than I do.

  3. This really spoke to me this morning! So many ways this applies:
    “When the music stops, take heart. The Conductor still holds His baton, waiting for the right time to finish the song with one sweeping hallelujah.”

    An aunt’s death from Alzheimer’s this week made our “three” for this fall…daughter’s boyfriend’s dad passed the end of October after a valiant battle with cancer, a classmate and childhood friend died December 1 from his cancer battle, and now Aunt Ruby, whose mind was stolen years ago but her faith was not.

    They have all moved on to a higher choir than anything we have heard here on earth.

    • Oh my. I’m so sorry for all the loss you’ve experienced this year, Shauna.

      I love the image your words about a “higher choir” paint. I needed it this morning. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      • Thank you. Just built onto the train of thought your post started dear.
        And as a former Pediatric ICU nurse, your post brought back many many memories from over the years. Cannot imagine sitting and waiting for that kind of news on our own two daughters, and am all too well aware of what risk your precious girl went through in those hours. Bless you for sharing your story as only a parent can.

    • Shauna, may the peace of Christ lift you all up in His comfort. I am so sorry for your losses. May He gently bring you His love and grace today and this season.

    • Shauna,
      So sorry for all the losses! May God surround you, family and friends as you grieve these losses! May you feel His loving touch around you always!

  4. Kristen, what beautiful encouragement your words provided this morning. This in particular spoke to my heart “The Conductor still holds His baton, waiting for the right time to finish the song with one sweeping hallelujah.” Amen!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

  5. Thank you, Kristen, for this beautiful message from the Lord. Advent is such a special time of waiting and this gives me hope in my waiting that overshadows how long the waiting has been. Thank you for helping me focus on our true Hope this morning. May your Christmas be wonderfully blessed in His love 🙂

  6. Kristen, in 2003 my husband broke his neck and wore a halo brace for 6 1/2 months – it was hellacious to say the least. Every time I look at him I see the two dimples on his forehead where the screws went into his skull – every time I see them I thank God for His grace.

  7. What a timely message as always:) I am reading your book and is savoring every word as it applies to me. Praying and waiting on God as I go through a possible stem cell/bone marrow transplant next month to eradicate a blood disease. Please pray for me. My heart is steadfast and I will not “despair in the quiet pause, but will expectantly listen to god’s comforting voice and the harmonic final chord. ‘ Amen!

    • Evaughn,
      Prayers for a successful stem cell transplant! May God guide the surgeon’s hands and bring complete healing! I pray He gives you peace and contentment as you wait!!

    • Evaughn, know I’m praying for you right now. May God comfort you Himself and through others who generously love you through this ordeal. So much love. xoxo

  8. So beautifully written! We do wait for you, Oh God. We do have hope in you.
    Thanks so much for this Kristen!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. Kristen,
    Loved this post! It is so poignant! Waiting is hard work! It can seem like forever before God answers our prayers–but like the conductor holding the baton-He is waiting for the right time to bless us! I pray we don’t despair in the waiting but expectantly listen for the harmonic final chord!!
    Have a blessed Christmas!

  10. Kristen, Oh good heavens, what a hold-your-breath time with your girl. Those moments are sometimes just too much when we are waiting for the “whats next”. I went through back surgery a few years ago and I remember the Dr. saying, “When you wake up from surgery, we will know immediately if it worked and if there would be permanent damage.” I’m not a fan of the unknowns but God sure does show up doesn’t He?