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Grace P. Cho is a Korean American writer, poet, speaker, and the editorial manager at (in)courage. She believes telling our stories can change the world and desires to elevate women of color’s voices in the publishing industry. Learn more at @gracepcho and gracepcho.com.

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  1. Today’s reading reminds me that just because I have faith things can still be messy and hard, yet I always have God to lean into.

  2. Your article was just what I needed! So much of what you said resonates in what I have been feeling. Thank you! Praising God for how He works in our difficulties.

  3. Love THIS!!! EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling… and you put it into words. Thank you Grace…. I hear God through you – peace, “be still and KNOW that I am God” Psalm 46:10

  4. Good morning to you! In society we always have the need to have a place and be labeled so we can sort it out in our minds and it brings a false sense of peace in our hearts. What we must remember is everything already has a place and is already sorted through and planned in such a well detailed beautiful outline to the greatest of all things

  5. During our 30 years of being Pastor and wife, we had not been hurt by a congregation (i.e. members). This changed several Sundays ago during Bible Class. Someone attacked a member of our family…no details necessary. (We are an intra-racial family of 7with 5 grown adult children 2 who are our adopted black kids.) Both my husband and I were deeply hurt. Thank you for your article! May Jesus bless you always!

  6. Oh, Grace, thank you! You put words to how I have been feeling. Even this morning I woke up feeling out of sorts and sad and not knowing how to explain it. As I read your post, I thought, “Oh my! She feels it, too! I am not crazy. I am not alone.” I have been reading through the gospels this year fixing my eyes solely on Jesus because He is the only thing I can be sure of. I, too, have been crumbling into His arms and He has been there. So glad. So glad He is here.

  7. Wow. Your words powerfully touched my heart. Your description of these times and conclusion of who God is in the midst of it all, so perfectly reflected my thoughts also. God IS faithful. He IS the rock, the great I Am. He is with me and for me in it all. Thank you for the reminder!

  8. A deep exhale with you, friend. “It doesn’t mean beauty will come from the ashes or that the story will end well or that all will be figured out for the greater good. It simply means that God is, God is with, and God is here.” He is here. Yes. Thank you.

  9. It took me years to realize being a follower of Christ is messy, because I am imperfect and messy. But He meets me right in the middle of my mess, arms open wide, loving me in spite of myself. I couldn’t do life without Him!

  10. This so resonates with me ” I don’t feel far from God, but I’m jaded and cynical about people, about the church, about what changes can happen to make the world a better place.” So I kept reading. I am in my 41st year walking this journey with Jesus. Its been truly amazing and in the hard times I say where would I be in all this without HIM? Cannot even imagine so I have to continue to seek and hold on to HIS Word and know HE sees me, in control of it all and finally HIS will be done in all our lives no matter what it looks like because it will turn out for good because we love HIM.

  11. Oh this post certainly speaks to me! I feel irritated by people close to me even those in my spiritual family. I desire a clear black and white answer instead of having to choose grace and tenderness each time.

    Thank you for your heartfelt
    sharing and reminder to come undone before Jesus, instead of trying to fix everything and getting burnt out and pissed off.

    Jesus is better than the answer we want. Amen and amen.

    Together in Him,
    Chloe

  12. Oh Grace, you put to words my thoughts and feelings so well. It’s as if you were in my head and my heart and putting on paper for me what is there. This helps me to know I am not alone and that Daddy God has us in His hands. Thank you, thank for encouraging my spirit and my heart.
    May God continue to Blessed in your ministry and all your endeavors.

  13. Yes, Grace. Thank you for being so authentic and vulnerable. God is God…and He is with us in the conflicts..internal and external….understanding and accepting us as we are…knowing we might just need to be in a place of struggle…like Jacob wrestling with God. Jehovah El-Shaddai, is the ONE who holds us, even when we want to run away. Psalm 91: 1 & 2 are verses I cling to especially when I feel most vulnerable and unstable….. Shelter in the shadow and the wings of the Most High!

  14. Grace,

    Life is more complicated now. It seems so hard to navigate anything. Everyone shouting their opinions, not having church, being able to be with friends, etc. Sort of makes one feel like giving up on life. But God. Today I took a good long time & just listened to gospel music. It was like having church for me. I cried a little & it filled my soul. Even watched Steven Furtick Unqualified series & that really helped. You may not be able to see beauty in the midst of all this chaos. Stories haven’t ended well. Yet God is with us here & now through all this mess. He is walking with us & feeling each of our emotions. Cry out to Jesus for relief.

    Blessings 🙂

  15. I so love the honesty and transparency of your thoughts. Sometimes we have to bare it all so that we will stop pretending and just accept ourselves as our Lord does -warts and all.
    Bless you sweet sister.

  16. thank you for sharing your story….i too have been writing/dictating into my phone the struggles I have experienced this past year. I hope to bring it all together into a beautiful story of survival.

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