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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. Great, practical advice. Not from an Ivory tower but a fellow in the trenches gal. Thank you for sharing & encouraging us.

  2. There has been so much change in my life since 2018. Last year could have pushed me over the edge and at time I could do nothing more than sit and cry. Having these writings from all you wonderful, compassionate women to start the day has been such a help. I normally am a positive, glass half full person, but last year really knocked the wind from my sails. I have learned that it’s ok to admit how I really feel, and it makes me feel better to focus on others. I try to start the morning with readings. The problem comes when the day gets going. I struggle to keep the words in front of me. I have such good intentions and then find myself realizing I am not following through. Life.

    • Oh wow, do I relate to so much of this, Madeline. Some seasons just have us army-crawling through all the change. My prayer for us is that we keep sharing honestly about how we’re doing and we both become very good at keeping those “words in front of us.” (So well said!) We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

  3. Praise God for taking me through and helping me through the changes of life. I love the Lord, he heard my cry.

  4. Kristen, this is absolutely lovely! Your words seemed to wrap around me like a warm blanket. I love lists that instruct me on how to cope. You hit this one out of the ballpark. Thank you so much!

  5. What great, and much needed words this morning.

    Thank you for the encouragement. The world is slowly returning to some normalcy, but there really are so many things that are different.

    Have a wonderful week. God bless.


    • Yes, there really are so many things that are different, and there are so many changes that we’ve all experienced that were and were not COVID related. But the Lord will make a way for us to make it through them all. Sending you love and gratitude for your presence here, Tammy!

  6. Thank you Kristen for your words of encouragement. Depression and anxiety have hit me again. The Lord has always brought me thru these very difficult dark times and I believe He will again. I hold onto Him and His promises. Please include me in your prayers. God bless you and all of us as we walk thru these most difficult times!

    • Donna, I’m praying for you right now. Thank you for the reminder that if God was faithful to see us through past changes-which He was-then He will be faithful in the present. God bless and keep you, Donna. xo

      • Thank you so very much Kristen! And I am praying for you as well. Yes, God is al ways faithful and will bring us thru! The Lord bless you more than you can contain, pressed down, shaken together and running over!

  7. Friends, let me encourage you with God’s word of promise: read Psalm 121. I read it every day and it brings me comfort.

  8. Father, whatever you have allowed to enter her life, I pray for this dear sister. Make her to feel your presence, love and power over everything that seems so wrong. Amen. and seal

  9. Just love your saying..Because if God was good before these changes- and indeed He was because He is good all the time..
    Hallelujah, PTL. In Him, we find our strength to resist, accept and overcome changes.

  10. Thank you for the encouragement. Going through a season that is a bit hard “for me”. To others it might not be a big deal, but for me it is. It is affecting me mentally. Your article has helped. Thank you.

  11. Thank you for this. My husband’s entire department lost their jobs yesterday at the college he has worked for almost 10 years. I can’t believe I was carelessly ordering a new bathing suit just yesterday. How quickly things can change and become very hard.

  12. Thanks for this Kristen. I love every single post you write. I don’t comment much of the time, but know I read every single one and leave them in my ‘box’ to read again! And sometimes again! 😉 Each one is encouraging and humorous! I gravitate to writers who entwine those two things together! 😉 You are one of my favorites! I can’t write a lick, but I’m a big reader!
    Praying for you as you share your heart amidst your own change…
    May He abundantly bless you!

  13. Kristen,

    Prayers for you & your family. May God continue to bless you as you struggle in this trial. Asking God to send answers & relief quickly. God promised that we would have trials/changes down here. Some are more difficult to deal with than others. You gave practical advice for dealing with these. For me telling someone about my problem seems to help greatly. I usually text a friend or two just to vent. In return I act like that listening friend when others have troubles. Willingly give of myself to hear them vent. Love helping others. Yes it takes the focus off you & puts it on others. Plus it gives such joy knowing I’m doing some good & shedding His light & love on this world. Keeping the word inside truly helps. I memorize scripture so when trials come I can rebuke the evil one like Jesus did. Thanks for great advice.

    Blessings 🙂

  14. I do understand what you are saying.. I am in one of those seasons now… not the first time in my nearly 70 years… I know God is in control.. I need to stay in peace, face my fears and take it bit by bit. I trust Him to bring the victory..listen to Bible every night.

  15. Good suggestions. We need to be reminded-a lot-because we forget God’s provisions for us.

    Is it possible to become a writer for this excellent blog? If so, please advise me.