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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. Our pastor uses the phrase “No loose molecules”. Such a comfort nothing is wasted! I picture being in heaven & getting to see how the details interconnected like clues along the way of a well-written, tightly woven mystery novel. Of course I may be too distracted singing praises to care anymore Bless you for encouraging me today.

  2. This has really got me thinking. I don’t like being retired. I didn’t want to retire but I moved to Colorado 2 years ago to be near my daughter after my husband died. I was a school counselor. I loved my job. I was also very active in my community and church. I had great plans. Two months after my move, the pandemic hit. I have been at loose ends since. I am torn between keeping safe and healthy and the need to get involved in something meaningful. I have started being a little more active at my church but there are limits. Finances are becoming an issue, too, so I find myself saying no to invitations other than my hiking group which requires a little gas for the car now and again. So, I pray and wait and hope something will turn up.

    • Hi Madeline,
      I understand about things coming to a hault once the pandemic hit. I was a substitute teacher and suddenly there was just empty time, empty days. God had put on my heart a few years ago the desire to volunteer at a food pantry. I started to learn about organizations with food pantries near me, how they were run, but I never did volunteer. We had a new non profit organization move close to my home that I felt like God was nudging me towards. I was obedient and signed up to volunteer, early pandemic. I answered phones, volunteered in the daycare but nothing that really felt like it fit. After 5 months they mentioned they were opening a food pantry. I was so excited, my niche! That was over a year ago and I have been a key part of working out the kinks and ordering inventory for our clients. We now serve 120 clients a month that can come in and shop for their needs. God is wonderful and He is faithful to lead you to purpose, in his timing of course. Praying that God will whisper a fresh purpose for your new season of life.

    • Madeline, I’m pausing to say a prayer for you, sister. I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband — and all the disappointments and isolation of the last two years.

    • Madeline,

      Praying for you on the loss of your husband. Asking God to bless you spiritually, financially, & emotionally.

      Abba Father, please be with & comfort Madeline today. Give her a discerning heart to know your will for her life. Show her how to get more involved in her church & community. Bless her finances in ways only you can do. Guide her steps in this journey you have her on. AMEN!

      Blessings 🙂

  3. Becky,

    Well said. I sometimes think of the years David spent still tending the sheep after he had been anointed by Samuel. He was told he had an important job to do but then had to wait for the right time to actually do it. Waiting isn’t one of my strengths. Yet in hindsight I frequently see how what you said is true: “God is ready and waiting to use the very thing you want to escape as a gateway to a deeper connection for you and someone in your life.” Thank you for your essay.


  4. Thank you for sharing your story. It is very relatable to long wait seasons in my life. When God presents us with the opportunity to not waste our experiences, well it almost brings me to tears. I am so humbled. I have an similar story and was able to use my wait time to help another just yesterday. Also, enjoyed your writing so much, I bought your book. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  5. Becky, you don’t know how much I needed to read this. I have been a secretary for about 5 years. It’s a job and I am so grateful to have one but it doesn’t spark joy in me. I also long for marriage and children and to move from the city. I often feel like I am in a season of wait. Thank you for reminding me that God will use even this. This time will not be wasted. God works all things out for our good and His Glory. Thank you for sharing, friend! 🙂

  6. I am so thankful for today’s message. I have not thought about having challenges with Rheumatoid Arthritis as being something that could be used to help someone else with their health and wellness.

    This is a new perspective that can also assist in healing relationships with husbands and wives and extended family members. First, I am so thankful to God for His forgiveness and loving kindness that gives me a spiritual foundation of encouragement and compassion along with righteousness only because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Why don’t we usually seek to forgive before anything else when we are hurt and rejected? You know, it really does take maturity and healing in one’s emotions to yield forgiveness to others.

    Although some people mature sooner than others. If a person decides to wait just in case one will ask God to change his/her heart so that person can say, “I was wrong, please forgive me.” That would be a blessing. But if one does not go that route, do your part to forgive and move on. This is so difficult to do but with the help of the Holy Spirit, it can happen.

    My prayers and thoughts to others who have walked a path of hurt and rejection without without closure from that relationship.

    God bless the Peacemakers

  7. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed to hear this today in the midst of our “country song” year (2021). What encouragement regarding your job and God having you in the place (and for the length of time) He needed you to be. I so often feel I was made for so much more, but have to remember I was made for HIS purpose, not mine.

  8. I love that you and an older neighbor have become such good friends. Tomorrow I will spend the day with a group of women who, for the most part, will be much younger than I am. I’ve been praying I can be a blessing to those with whom I have contact. Wouldn’t it be delightful if I found a young friend among them! Each generation has much to offer to others. Sometimes in our age-segregated associations we forget that.

  9. Becky,

    God has us all on a journey. There are ups & downs along the way. God uses each hill, valley, trial or tribulation to teach us something. We may not see it at the time, but later in life it will be used by God. I took care of my aging parents & their health//dementia/psych issues for 10 years. It was hard at times. I would get frustrated. Out of that experience I gained some patience. My faith & trust muscles grew immensely. Readily able to trust God with what ever He throws my way. Now God has seen fit to give me a good part-time job as ICU Step down clerical in a hospital. Getting to help RNs, CNAs with patient care. Easily empathize with families in there with the patients. In God’s economy nothing is wasted.

    Blessings 🙂

  10. Hi.
    I have been writing, composing and singing songs since before I got married. I had dreams that I would continue in this and do more for the Lord with the support of my husband. Unfortunately, I didn’t get what I dreamed of getting. 20 years passed and one day, as I whined about not doing what I really enjoyed all these years, I heard: “Be faithful where you are. Keep on serving in the many, small, seemingly insignificant ways I show you to. When the time comes, I will bring you into the dream I put in your heart.”
    I trust God to keep me faithful where I am now. He will make everything beautiful in His Time and these years of waiting will not be a waste.

  11. This is a beautiful reminder that the sacrifices we make when the kids are going will be used. Thank you for speaking into my longing for a job that fits in with my passion and the bills and the family.