“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.” – Nicholas Sparks


Diana, tired and stressed among moving messLiving in the in-between. You know those moments – or maybe even months or years – when everything feels chaotic and disrupted and, well, complicated. Upside down. As if you’re stuck in a never-ending whirlwind, tossed about like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. 

I can relate. Recently, Tim and I purchased a new home. Which meant yet another move for us (And there have been many through the years. I’m kind of an expert packer and mover!). Although it was a happy and positive change of scenery for us, it nonetheless left us both feeling quite in-between, physically and emotionally. Half of our belongings were at our old house, and half unpacked in the new home. The stress was tangible.


It was a roller coaster of navigating time for our businesses, our children and grandchildren, and even ourselves, somewhere in the messy middle. And it was exhausting on every level.


But in those moments, in the in-between, we still must find reasons to hope – despite the overwhelming outward circumstances that have left us distressed and unsettled. And we must hold on as the storm rolls through. 


beautiful sunset from the patio, after the messy middle and in-betweenAfter the storm that’s been our move,  I’m happy to say Tim and I are beautifully settled into our new home. For us, it was a challenging few months. As we transitioned, we did our best to maintain a sense of joy and purpose, knowing that in the end, the in-between time would be worth the temporary discomfort we had been feeling. Looking out my office window and listening to the birds happily chirping, I can tell you it was worth every moment spent in the in-between.


Remember, our God sends rainbows after the storm. So while your situation may seem bleak, and your messy middle may look like the end – hold on. Those little moments in between that make you smile are little God winks, telling you it will not be this way forever. And He has gone before you to make a way. 

“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8


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Diana and I have had the pleasure of leading marriage group studies at our church.  One study we did with a group was a book, Bringing Out the Best in Your Spouse.  One of the common themes in this book is that ladies are cheerleaders for their husbands and the guys are encouragers for their wives.  To bring out the best in your spouse it is as simple as that.  In fact, the same applies to our kids, be the cheerleader and be the encourager for them.

I read the following scripture today.

Matthew 18:21-22  Then Peter came to him and asked, “Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!”

Now reread the scripture above, but this time replace the word “brother”, with the word “spouse”!  How often should we forgive our spouse for the times they leave the car on empty?  Seven times? No, seventy times seven.  How often should we forgive our spouse for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, or dirty laundry in the middle of the room, or ….  Not seven times, but seventy times seven.  How do we forgive.  We learn to Let it Go!

Father, we give You thanks for putting into our lives those that we love, even though they are not perfect. We ask to be continually reminded that You forgave us and teach us to forgive others.  We pray for patience today and the wisdom to just let it go.  Amen.

Have a Letting Go Day.

Tim and Diana

Victory is Ours Already!