Inspired By.

Friday is where I’ve found redemption this week. I was deep in a funk for most of it – frustrated again with software problems and thwarted plans. Missing mom and her words of wisdom. Sweating the small stuff, the scary stuff, and the summer weather that has turned every blade of grass to tinder.

But today.

This morning.

I woke up to this sweet face and this pot of impatiens that, having survived the heat of this suffocating week, bloomed lovely in the early sun, and I was reminded – it is good to be alive.

Tell me, where did you find grace this week? 

Some encouraging links for you :

Great advice on the publishing rollercoaster and the 5 stages of dealing with rejection.

On purpose, His plan, and paychecks : When the Boss Doesn’t Know God’s Plan.

Women find smart women intimidating,” “You shouldn’t say you have a PhD, because that implies ‘you’re better than everybody,’” or, in a nutshell, why Hila is my blog heroine!

Be excited by the mess.

All is grace, even typeface.” Preston bravely talks singleness during wedding season.


  • Shawn Smucker

    Thank you for the mention, Bethany. Keep seeking grace.

  • TGL

    Great link to preston’s post.

    it is indeed good to be alive :)

  • Melody Heide

    1) I love your Friday Inspired By. posts. 
    2) I needed to read the “This Is My Kingdom” blog post as I’m going through (another) blog identity crisis.
    3) I found grace this week in a rainbow that appeared over Lake Superior after massive flooding here in Duluth, MN. 

  • Christopher Johnson

    The bloom only tells of the resiliency of life itself. One sees the harshness of the environment and expects the worse, but is pleasantly surprised to find that life still goes on (and shows it so brilliantly).

    Thank you for your perspective,

  • Hila

    Thanks so much, I appreciate this, and your kind words.

    I agree with the five stages of publishing rejection. Rejection in the past is what led me to work harder and eventually get a book contract. Hard work always results in something in the end.