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Becky loves serving as (in)courage’s Community Manager. She is a speaker and author of No Better Mom for the Job. Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and championing women. She lives near Los Angeles and loves hiking shady trails with her husband and three spirited sons.

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  1. Becky,
    What a poignant and powerful reminder that our God is ABLE! There is no pit too deep; there is no life too desperate or sin laden; there is no soul so darkened that God cannot reach in with the light of His Son and bring hope. God has lifted me out of the slimy pit and placed my feet on firm ground. I know His power. Why He chooses a certain timing with one and a different timing with another I will not know this side of Heaven. Nor, do I need to know. If I can’t trace His hand, I know His heart and His heart is pure goodness. He cannot deny Himself. Praying for all of us who have strained relationships with loved ones that the gift God sent, in the form of His Son Jesus Christ, will, in His sacrifice, bring hope and restoration. Thank you for this true story of hope and healing. Have a blessed Easter.
    Bev xx

  2. This piece catches me in my tenderest places because my own relationship with my father was also fraught with everything from disappointment and grief to anger and frustration. I appreciate your offering up of a story that did not end with the traditional “Hallmark happy ending” of everyone smiling in a sun-washed pew on Easter Sunday. Sometimes we have to look further than the end of this life for our resurrection story to come true.

    • Michele, I’m sorry that your story with your own dad is also not an easy one. But you’re absolutely right — our hope is not in this life, but the one to come. God promises to make all things new…but the reality is, we often have to wait a while.

  3. Becky,
    Thank-you for sharing your father’s moving story of Hope, and how he through his brokenness was led back to our Father.
    I pray He brings you peace and comfort.

    Have a blessed day all,

    Penny

  4. Becky, this was beautiful. Hard words to read as some of this feels like a mirror into my own family life, but I have a perspective I didn’t have before. Your words are always a welcome sight but something was different this time and it’s speaking to me in a way I can’t even articulate yet. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I needed to hear this…

    • Jennifer, I’m touched by your words. Thank you. Sharing this story brings me to a place of stirred up feelings I can’t quite articulate either. But it is good. God’s stories always are…even if they are hard. I’m thankful to know this met you in a place you needed.

  5. Wow.
    Just when we humans think we have it all figured out………
    (Thank you for warming my heart today!)

  6. Becky,

    I enjoyed reading your story about your father. Thank you for sharing a personal story. Bless his heart, he sounded like a very strong man who came to know the true source of his strength at the end of his earthly life. I’m reminded of this song after reading your story:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToGcrT-M67g
    “Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood, some through great sorrow but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.”
    Have a blessed Easter with your family.

  7. Gods blessings are mighty. His hand poised to continually reach down.to.catch me. Amen and thank you for sharing a gift in this word.

  8. Beautifully said.
    Thank you for a few tears this morning as you took me to the last days with my dad. If we only could have…
    God’s continued blessings.

  9. Thank you for the reminder of what Jesus had done for all of us and is still doing today. I understand the truth of this phrase “When you need someone to reach into your darkest pit.” My mom died of lung cancer almost 10 years ago. She was a loving and sacrificial person, given her all for her family and friends. Yet she died a painful death at the end of her life’s journey. However, she was cornered and told my cousin that. A week before she passed she finally opened her heart to Jesus, I witnessed a miraculous touch on her spiritually and physically, like she was baptised by the Holy Spirit, Himself. I stood in awe of God’s great goodness that He took my mom into His arms though she didn’t know Him until the final hour after more than 20 years of prayers for my family’s salvation. We don’t come from a Christian background. I’m​ the first among my family to receive Christ. After much prayers, my cousins and niece got saved. Then of course my mom. Her testimony impacted my cousins’ children who are have received Christ already. God is good all the time. Indeed He is an awesome God!

    • Serena, I’m sorry for the loss of your mom and her painful exit from the world. But wow, how patient and faithful is the Lord! Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony of His goodness. I’m so glad we both can cling to the hope of seeing our parents again … in the presence of Jesus. Many blessings to you.

  10. Wow. So many similarities to my own dad. So thankful God reaches down to us in our pits. Thank you for sharing this.

  11. Authentic and powerful. Darkness, pain, redemption and glory woven together. That’s the reality of many. Thanks for this … amuch needed message of hope.

  12. Becky,

    My story is similar in some ways. My parents were both church goes, but over time they quit. In 2009 my dad, then caregiving for my mom, asked me if I had a preacher. Long story short I had my preacher talk to him. Dad stated “I’ve been reading the Bible. You know those Ten Commandments, I’ve broken them a lot.” My pastor arranged for him to be re-baptized-dunked. Shortly after mom died he would come to church with us. His health started failing and he couldn’t make the drive. On 03/15/17 he died. I have a sense of peace knowing that he was baptized. Still makes this Easter a little hard.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I’m so sorry for your loss. How tender those wounds of grief are, even in the face of the lasting hope we have in Jesus. I’m thankful with you that you were able to see your dad recommit his life to the Lord. Thanks for being here and sharing a piece of your story.

  13. I am moved by your story. I know there is no pit too deep. I have seen God bring people out of so many things. If we try to do it or fix it, we can’t. we have to rest in His love. That must be what your father did, and what could be sad is a beautiful Easter memory that will bless others as well. You are right about judgements, it is a bad thing to realize even if it’s true, to voice it another thing. I will apologizing to some people, because I may not have understood their darkness. We are all at different faith levels and Jesus will meet us their, it is a shame that people don’t reognize His deep compassion and call out sooner, because I still believe in restoration. Thanks for sharing this. Be blessed.

  14. I am feeling blue today. I feel like my life is slow and uneventful as I continue to recover from a bone-marrow transplant. Reading this revved my faith. God is a God who will make beauty out of our brokeness. Happy Resurrection Day!

    • Lifting you up to God in prayer for Him to be your Strength and your Song when you are blue. Prayer going up for complete healing as well. God bless you and yours at Easter and in the days to come.

    • Braveheart, thank you for joining us here even in your blue-ness. I have known that feeling well. I’m blessed to know that God stirred your heart with this post. He sees you. And yes, He is able to make things that are so very broken, so very beautiful. Saying a prayer for you tonight.

  15. I appreciate your honesty on sharing about your own discomfort and despair -with limited eyes it is hard to see anything good in brokenness; just overwhelming loss.
    Thank you for modeling for us Becky the state of feeling “Jesus, I just don’t get it.” and that it’s ok to just feel ??!!
    Love that time has slowly unwrapped that mystery for you, so you can see what richness lies underneath. He really is good.
    Christ has risen. He is risen indeed.

    • Esther, thank you so much for joining me here and offering these affirming words. Yes, He really is good! I hope you had a blessed Easter. Love you much, dear friend.

  16. Becky thanks for sharing. Awesome, humble, inspiring. I read 3 times. My Dad seems from the same team as your Dad. Your story has given me hope and an extra dose of faith. Bless you. Happy Easter.

  17. Thank you, Becky, for sharing this story. I honestly had to step away a moment after reading it to sort out all the feelings you stirred–the love of our fathers, seeing our own brokenness, the hunger for more of our Father in heaven, while we careen from one earthbound collision to another. The Lord has blessed you with insight and the gift of glorifying Him through writing. Thank you for this lovely Easter gift.

  18. Thank you. I can relate to your story. “He lifts me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay.. ”
    Psalm 40

  19. This is sad and yet happy. Sour and yet sweet. I love that though you had given up on your dad, God hadn’t. Sometimes it seems that when we quit or give up on a loved one, God steps in and answers things so much differently then we imagined the answer was. Maybe it is not so much us giving up, but us finally trying to solve things our way.

  20. Becky, thank you so much for sharing your journey faithfully, honestly, and humbly. You are a joy and inspiration!

    • Chris, thank you so much for joining me here to read. Your encouraging words are a blessing to me today. It’s my joy to share the work God has done and is yet doing in my life. Much love to you.