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Kaitlyn is a Virtual Assistant, book launch manager, and storyteller who writes about discovering God's goodness in the ordinary and faithfulness in the difficult. She loves good books, deep conversations, and iced vanilla lattes. Kaitlyn is the author of Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between.

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  1. Amen, Kaitlyn,
    Those I’m closest to in life, I have entrusted with my story… and they have entrusted me with theirs.
    There forms a deep connection in the sharing of how God’s faithfulness turns our ashes into something beautiful. It’s that vulnerability that joins us at the heart. (That said, I do pray for discernment, from God, to know who is trustworthy to receive some of my more painful memories, and for the right timing.) God uses us to bring healing to others, as we look to Him to orchestrate such precious moments.
    Blessings and thanks for this good reminder.

    • Absolutely… almost like the ripples of a stone dropped in a pond or rings on a tree, discernment helps us know who to share what with. The closer to the center, the closer to the heart, perhaps. And yet how incredible that we all have something to share with another + something to learn from another!

  2. I love the way you get people to open up!!! Being open yourself is a key component! I am a Christian counselor. I often find I need to do exactly what you do to get the person I am working with to feel safe to open up about what is going on in their lives. Plus their back ground gives me insight to help them in their present situation. Thanks for sharing and effective tool!!!!
    My past is not so neat and tidy, so they are very open after they see me through open eyes! Thank you so much–I really would like to get your book–I will look for it today!

  3. I’m both inspired & intrigued to borrow your game. The challenge is how to condense 60+ years of God in the details over a cup of coffee but I’m gonna try! Thank you for sharing!

    • Ah, I hope you will! It’s led to several beautiful friendships. It’s just the start, really… a beginning place for getting to know one another. And there’s always more to learn and tell in the days/years to come! But give it a try… you never know!

  4. What a nice reminder that we are all human and even outside of Instagram and posts that make some seem like they have it all when inside every single person has some scars. It’s being vulnerable that I think is hard for some but yet so beneficial to share our stories and our scars and on top of that to show how Gods hand was there the entire time.

  5. I absolutely love how this post goes beyond what we do and say in the natural to repeatedly point to the One who gets us through it all, the only true source of our hope for a better tomorrow. Well done!

  6. Kaitlyn,

    I used to think I didn’t have a testimony to give. Now I realize that every single trial or triumph I’ve faced is part of my story. You will hear me talk about caring for aging parents with dementia& psych issues. How I had to feed my dad one day & God told me-through another man-that I would get stars in my crown for this. Also how God saw fit-years later-to bless me richly. First with a good part-time job at hospital for 2 years then they shut my unit down. God put me in a different unit (ICU Covid). They offered me a full time position (actually wrote job just for me). They also allowed me to choose the hours & days I wanted to work. There were many more ways God blessed me.

    Now I tell people that their trials & tribulations give them a story to tell. They should be willing to tell it. Then others will know they aren’t alone in their struggles. There is hope.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. My friend who sent me your linc had a conversation like that in the mid 1980’s. She has been my best friend forever, ever since. It is with a thankful heart that l have listened and spoken the truth of our path. Only the path has not always been easy. Still it was made bearable by sharing the path with her and Our Savior. God Bless you beautiful child of God.

  8. “Too often we compare our beginning to someone else’s middle, our behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing our painful places to someone else’s promised land, forgetting that we’re still journeying and we can trust the unknown of the future to the God we know is authoring its pages.”

    TRUTH!!!!!!

  9. I absolutely love this message!!
    I have walked the journey of addiction to recovery in my life, and every now and again I get to share my story with someone – something I have become unashamed of doing….. Its incredible how being vulnerable and sharing my story and showing my battle scars opens up doors for others to feel safe in the space of conversation with me, and how God often uses my story to inspire others that are struggling with similar issues.