February 12


Between a rock and a hard place

By Jessica Allen

February 12, 2023

To every heart stuck in a tough spot –

This will not last forever and you are not alone.

When it feels like you can’t bear one more moment, take a deep breath, grit your teeth, scream at the sky if you need to, and bear the moment. IT WILL PASS.

When it feels like you’re out of grace to give, ask for – and allow – the grace of God and his infinite creation to wash over you. Only then will you feel you have grace to give.

When it feels like you’re out of ideas, stop thinking. Stop forcing an outcome, give your mind a rest. Choose to believe that maybe – MAYBE – there is an idea that hasn’t yet come to you, in its right and perfect timing. Consider that with a pause from your desperate searching, the right solution might present itself to you when you least expect it.

When it feels like the answer has arrived, and you do not like it, or don’t want to pursue it, or it feels too hard or too scary, pause and ask yourself why. Does it feel too scary? Too costly or hard? Too risky? Will it require humility, an apology, strength you’ve never mustered before? If you reject the idea, will your life progress in the direction you desire? If you embrace the idea, no matter how hard, will your life progress in the direction you desire?

ALL HARD THINGS COME WITH RISK. We can’t possibly predict the outcome – we can’t possibly know what lies on the other side of the leap of faith. We can’t know what people will do, what life will do, what time will do, what prayer will do, what God will do. *she screams and breaks a plate*

We just have to get still and listen, be willing to embrace the answer, and then summon our courage to take the leap.

HP, J ❤️

Jessica Allen

About the author

Jessica is a writer, musician, entrepreneur, wife, and mom. Jessica's mission is to write "real" - shining light into the dark places of the tough stuff we all experience. She and her husband Jack live in Houston, Texas and have weathered the storms of grief, infant loss, adoption, and a marriage that almost fell apart. Jessica and Jack have four children: LJ in heaven, Grace, Jackson, and Elisha.

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