Lynne Hartke
About the Author

Lynne is a lover of God. Of family. Of community. Of pursuing dreams. Of encountering God on blank pages, open hearts, desert trails, and full lives. Her first book, "Under a Desert Sky" releases in May 2017.

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  1. Lynne,
    What beautiful imagery you create here. Praise that you are a survivor!! It makes me think that many of us live a dual reality. I live with OCD and depression and have for a long time. I could let it define me. I could let the enemy use it to continually take me down but I won’t. In Christ’s strength and in His strength alone, I, too, am a survivor. Thanks to a good physician and Christian counselor I have mostly good days, but some days I lie parched unable to move. Thankfully the rain of God’s grace pours down on me and I get up and keep going. Dry and wet, pain and joy can coexist. They have to because we’re human. It makes me think about how so many times I am dry spiritually – just out of touch with God. Then, when I dip in to the quenching water of His Word, I am restored. He makes these dry bones rise from the grave. Praying for you that you keep on surviving and keep heading for the hills when the rains come. Lovely post!
    Bev xx

    • Thank you, Bev, for your kind words. I never understood the dual reality of joy and pain, dry and wet, until I had cancer. I love your phrase, “Thankfully the rain of God’s grace pours down on me….” Yes. Yes. Yes. God’s grace is what we all need in the dual realities where we live. Blessings.

  2. “clear my calendar and go searching for the second naming”…powerful words, Lynne, that speak to my heart and remind me of some choices I need to make. Thank you for sharing your heart in this space.

    • In Arizona we are in prime hiking season now. I realize it is not that way in the rest of the country! Yes, the dual reality in life took me a long time to realize. And embrace. Blessings.

  3. That was stunning. Your writing had me along for the journey.
    And also since I am unaware of these dry wash areas I shall be looking that up to further my knowledge.

    Thank you for talking about naming as well and the dual realities we often live with. A parched place and a springfilled place and the reality of living in the midst of both.

    • Thank you Janal. Dry washes are common in the desert. I’m not sure they exist anywhere else in the world, but you learn early on to not pitch your tent in a “dry” wash. Blessings.

  4. This is a powerful message…and (!) I was SO delighted to discover that the reference to the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. After 30 years of residence I have MANY memories associated with that area.

  5. “I will pour out a blessing”… “thankful the rain of grace pours down on me”! Dual reality…for me it’s anxiety and depression – your post and the comments as well, encourage me to keep pushing through; to be an overcomer; a survivor. Thank you so much for sharing. Isn’t it wonderful how God pours an unexpected blessing on our day?! Abba help me to focus on the positives of my dual-reality; to search for the second naming! Thank you so much for this post.

  6. Lynne,
    What a beautifully descriptive post. I’m sorry to hear of ‘your’ dual reality that prompted it, and pray that you keep well.


      • Lynne,

        I’m so sorry about your parents but I sincerely hope that seven years becomes eight, nine, ten, and on, and on.

        Have a blessed day,


  7. The idea of a new naming reminds me of Ezekiel 36:26. “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ez. 36:26 <3 Thank you for sharing these encouraging thoughts.

  8. This also made me think of what it is to be double minded. I spent a lot of my life being indecisive, I hated it. It’s like the phrase love/hate relationship, but thank God He loves us through it all. I’m blessed to know cancer survivors, I truly believe fear is the opposite of faith, if we all could only think like God, we could add the words, healed and beloved.

  9. As a fellow cancer survivor your words expressed my heart! I have been learning that life IS about living in dual realities and that we simply can’t have one without the other. There is no either/or but both/and. It at times feels contradictory however I am learning that although I may not be able to reconcile the two I am able to accept it. I am thankful I am not alone on this jourrney and though I may not understand, I can always trust the One who does. Thanks again for such a beautiful word picture experience….i saw it, felt it, experienced it. And loved it. ❤

  10. Thank you! This is very much where I am at the moment. So many blessings, but so many hard things in my late 30s. Aging parents, loneliness, a demanding job with so many expectations, a friend with cancer that I’m not sure how to best bless. I keep feeling like I’m he closest & furthest from God at thall same time. You encouraged me.

    • I am sorry that you have so many difficult realities right now, Lea. I have experienced that closeness and far-ness of God in the same season. And oh, cancer and aging parents and so many hard things!! I am going to pause and pray for you right now!!

  11. Thank you, Lynne! I just got to read Encourage now, at the end of this day and so thankful to do so!!! That verse is one that has been very dear to my heart for many years, but with the traumatic struggles I am having with my “offspring” ~ I have not had that verse come across my heart for a long time! I am so thankful for you doing that today for me! I am going to cling to that verse for my “offspring.” It also reminds me of the hymn, “There shall be showers of blessings…” which is also a great comfort! Your imagery was a beautiful and powerful picture of your journey. Thank you so much for sharing and may the LORD continue to bless and use you and may HE grant you complete healing. I so appreciate you and the other ladies being so open with the hard struggles of life and our GOD’s precious help and promises.

    • I am not familiar with the hymn (although I have many other favorites), but I do love that scripture verse. Blessings to you today as you move forward in your journey.

  12. Lynne,

    Life is often to short. We must chase after what lasts briefly. God gives us good things to enjoy and we must enjoy them while they are here. We all need to clear our calendars now and then go chase after the beauty that God provides. Loved the imagery of water in a dry thirsty land. God is continually blessing us and yet trials show up now and then. The dual reality of most people is such busy lives and not much time to enjoy the blessings of God. That is until a trial comes and slows you down.

    Blessings 🙂