Kristen Welch
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Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

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  1. hey. praying for your friend right now. i hope that they are able to talk to counselors–losing your adopted country, esp suddenly can be very, very tough for many, many years. I always hear extremely positive things about the care given at Link Care. Please pass that on to them if they might be interested.

  2. Kristen,
    I am watching something unfold right now and I have know idea where this is going to go?? I know I am called not to worry and so I’m am casting my cares on Jesus. So true the He can redeem anything…nothing is beyond His control to bring beauty from ashes. What the world means for evil, He can and will work all things together for good so that He will be glorified. I need to keep remembering these truths that you beautifully bestowed upon us today.. Thank you. I needed this reminder.

  3. Raw. Beautiful Real. Thank you for sharing needed truths. Hard truth. He is the God of the messy people too.

  4. This it timely for me (I think I say that every time I comment because it is Always. True.) as I am watching a loved one go through a very difficult time in their life- decades of hurt and unanswered longings have left questions that over time created a hole in their very soul. Only God can bind that gaping wound; I have come to realize that I don’t have the perfect words or the magic touch, and I shouldn’t. True healing can and should only come from Him – that’s the healing that will sear that hurt shut and move this person forward. It’s hard to trust when the future looks so completely blurry for both of us, but I am determined to do exactly that – trust God in the midst of the unknown. Thank you for writing this- it’s right where I’m living today.

  5. Though I know this truth and lean in to it often, I SO needed to hear this from someone else this morning. We’ve spent the last couple of days discovering and dealing with my teenage son’s bad choices – and this is my “good kid.” Our God is faithful and I am confident that these poor choices and their consequences must be God’s path to get my son ready for the future role God has for him. Thank you for ministering to this mama’s heart today.

  6. I have failed time and again and I’m grateful the Lord did not give up on me. I appreciate how you put it Kristen, “God reveals himself in failure as well as success.” And your friend’s thoughts,”I don’t understand why, but I can already see God is here,” are remarkable. I hope and pray she continues to be comforted by Him.

    Thank-you for sharing this with us today.

  7. I have to agree, He might even reveal Himself more in failure. The things I’ve gone through convince me. The more we hurt, the closer He is. the day to day cares of the world can get us out of His presence quickly and caring for others can exhaust us. Of course, he wants us to depend on Him and not be hurt, yet He’s there. And He see the spiritual things, be sure and pray against the enemy.