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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, crystalstine.me. Connect with her on...

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  1. Crystal, I love your courage … in Christ, … and your en-courage-ment to all of us to step out trusting in our God and all His promises! … Beautifully written! … Congratulations! … I love you sister! Becky : )

  2. Diving deep and holding on for the ride…I love what I read this week in “Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe” ‘{Aslan} is not safe…but he is good.’ So true about the One who calls us to lay down our version of our dream and follow Him! It may not be safe, but it is so good!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Diving deep and holding on for the ride…I love what I read this week in “Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe” ‘{Aslan} is not safe…but he is good.’ So true about the One who calls us to lay down our version of our dream and follow Him! It may not be safe, but it is so good!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. You know, you just described quite well why I named my blog “Twisted But Sweet”. The last year for me has been such a time of discovery and growth, in spite of all the setbacks.

    Thank you for the reminder that He will be there with us throughout it all.

  5. You know, you just described quite well why I named my blog “Twisted But Sweet”. The last year for me has been such a time of discovery and growth, in spite of all the setbacks.

    Thank you for the reminder that He will be there with us throughout it all.

  6. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. and exactly what i’m going through. i, too, have never been more content and more afraid then right now in my life. those big waves are kind of scary.

    and i think your line, “He does not call us to follow Him and drown. He calls us to follow Him and live.” is singularly, one of the best things i’ve read all week.

    yowsa. why do we doubt?!

    thanks for sharing crystal! AWESOME guest post! 🙂

  7. beautiful. beautiful. beautiful. and exactly what i’m going through. i, too, have never been more content and more afraid then right now in my life. those big waves are kind of scary.

    and i think your line, “He does not call us to follow Him and drown. He calls us to follow Him and live.” is singularly, one of the best things i’ve read all week.

    yowsa. why do we doubt?!

    thanks for sharing crystal! AWESOME guest post! 🙂

  8. oh my. this morning i was praying for direction regarding my career path, not sure what God wants me to do but asking for guidance. i totally feel God speaking through you, just asking me to trust Him. not knowing what He has in store IS scary yes, but i think we all know it’s worth it – we know He has only the best plans for us so there really is nothing to be scared about (but that doesn’t make it any easier i know :-). thank you for sharing – it’s amazing the sense of peace that comes from knowing that someone else can identify with what you’re going through.

  9. I am in tears reading your story today. I was so there this morning crying and being angry at God because I can’t do this anymore. I just want to give up. I’m so afraid of what lies ahead and I don’t trust God to pull me through. I find so much courage in your story and a gentle reminder from God that all I have to do is just let go and trust Him.

    The little things were easy to do and to take steps trusting in God to lead. But this big step in my life is so hard to just let go. And your words… “He does not call us to follow Him and drown, He calls us to follow Him and live. ” Those are the words I need to believe in, to remember that God does love me and will see me through this even though I don’t feel I can.

    Thank you.

  10. I am in tears reading your story today. I was so there this morning crying and being angry at God because I can’t do this anymore. I just want to give up. I’m so afraid of what lies ahead and I don’t trust God to pull me through. I find so much courage in your story and a gentle reminder from God that all I have to do is just let go and trust Him.

    The little things were easy to do and to take steps trusting in God to lead. But this big step in my life is so hard to just let go. And your words… “He does not call us to follow Him and drown, He calls us to follow Him and live. ” Those are the words I need to believe in, to remember that God does love me and will see me through this even though I don’t feel I can.

    Thank you.

  11. Thank you for this post. This is exactly where I am with the Lord right now…just trusting for Him to do what only He can do while I take my steps with Him towards new things and new places.

  12. Thanks for sharing this–brave, beautiful, daughter of His! I could so relate. Keep taking those steps of faith. I’m so grateful that you took this one and posted with us here! 🙂

  13. Nicely written. I think we all feel like we are on the brink of Who know what whenever life changes or God draws us in a new direction. Reassuring to know He has it all in His plans. I like the Message translation of this verse.

    Blessings,
    Janis

  14. Nicely written. I think we all feel like we are on the brink of Who know what whenever life changes or God draws us in a new direction. Reassuring to know He has it all in His plans. I like the Message translation of this verse.

    Blessings,
    Janis