Just Because: Details About My Wedding

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I wanted to share something with you all that I never have. I want to tell you about my wedding. There is no special reason doing so now versus another time. I simply want to.

My husband and I dated for a year and a half before getting engaged. We had a short engagement.

Leading up to the wedding was a little stressful, but it wasn’t too bad. I would not consider myself a bridezilla. Thankfully, nor would my husband.

I knew no matter what happened that day, I would still be married.

Most importantly, we wanted our union and ceremony to reflect God’s love for the church. Ultimately, we wanted Him to be the center of the ceremony—not us.

We got married in August. I won’t share how long we’ve been married. But I will say we got married in August. We were the last of seven weddings at our church that summer.

My husband and I got married a little over a week before I started school. We got back from our honeymoon on a Saturday. I started school the following Monday.

Our wedding colors were teal and purple. We wore those colors during a photography session and really liked the combination. Plus, blue and purple are our favorite colors.

We did not have flowers at our wedding. We almost did but then decided not to.

I wasn’t a big flowers fan back then. Granted, I think this was because I did not have a favorite flower. However, I do now!

My favorite flower is the daisy, specifically the white. I love that it is simple and dainty. It makes me so happy. Any time I search for pictures of flowers, I always gravitate toward white daisies. So, I took it as a sign that I really like them!

Maybe if I do a wedding anniversary photography session, I can have some daisies with me. That will give me the feeling of flowers at my wedding without any undue stress.

We did not have a reception either. I know, we were crazy.

I don’t think I have ever met someone who didn’t have a reception of some kind—even if he or she had a destination wedding! And no, we didn’t have a destination wedding.

We just simply didn’t want a reception.

My husband has had to work at a bunch of weddings before, so he knows just how exhausting the event can be. He didn’t want to have that kind of stress. Plus, we are both introverts. We didn’t want to be around people that long and possibly not eat.

We still made it a point to say hello to everyone before we left. Our wedding began promptly at 11am. We were out of the church by noon and on a flight for our honeymoon by 2pm.

Again, I know. We were crazy. Yet, we don’t regret the decision.

I walked down the aisle to the song “A Question and an Answer” by Tim Jones, which we heard from one of our favorite shows, Chuck. It is a soft, sweet melody.

Take a listen!

Surprisingly, I didn’t cry when I walked down the aisle either. I honestly thought I would, especially since I cry practically every time I hear “A Question and an Answer.”

Instead, I grinned from ear-to-ear as I walked down the aisle. Someone who attended the wedding said I was the most radiant bride she’d ever seen.

Our recessional music was the melody of the song “Far Away” by Junip, which we heard from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which is another favorite. The band, especially the drummer, had a blast with the song.

You can listen to that, too!

Now, for my dress. Oh, how I loved my wedding dress.

Funnily enough, when I went to look, I said, “A little lace would be fine, but I don’t think I want all lace.” About six dresses in at a local boutique, I tried on a dress that I was convinced was the dress.

People aren’t kidding. You know when you’ve found the one.

I still had an appointment at another bridal shop that afternoon, so I decided to wait it out. I didn’t find anything that was quite like me. So, I got the dress from the previous boutique.

Lo and behold, my wedding dress was the last thing I thought it’d be—all lace. The best part was the dress was under $100!

I seriously keep trying to find another reason to wear it because I love it that much. Maybe I will have the wedding anniversary photography session I mentioned earlier. I do not know. However, I do know I felt incredibly beautiful that day.

Unfortunately, I won’t be showing you all any pictures of the day, due to privacy reasons. Nonetheless, I did want to share some details. Perhaps, I just wanted to reminisce on that day, too.

In some ways, I feel like it was yesterday. In others, I feel like it was over 25 years ago.

A lot has happened since I’ve gotten married. Some good and some bad. But a couple things remain: The love God has for me (even if I don’t always believe it) and the love my husband and I have for each other.

My call to you is this: If you are getting married, try your best to enjoy the entire experience—from engagement to “I do.”

Part of enjoying it means planning the wedding you want. So, if you don’t want to have a reception, then don’t! If you want to get married a thousand plus miles away with a few friends beside you, do it!

It is your wedding. Make it something you and your spouse will always remember and look back on fondly.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

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Lessons Learned: Praying for the Lost

Proverbs 15-29

This week, I have slowly begun to embrace something I’ve known to be true but chose not to accept for the longest time. True to my nature, I chose to ignore it and avoid it. I chose to diminish its seriousness and magnitude.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally started to accept that God is ultimately in control of how someone lives their life. I have finally started to accept that all I can do is pray for others and be a witness for Christ in a dark, sinful, fallen world.

As much as I desperately want others to know Christ and live a Christian life, it is not up to me. It is up to God. It is up to Him to draw people to Himself and change their hearts—just as He did for me years ago.

I have known people who have spent their lives earnestly praying for their loved ones and friends to know Christ. I have seen their hurts. But, I never once considered that I, too, may experience this one day.

Selfishly, I was convinced the dreams I had for certain relationships would happen exactly as I hope.

Nevertheless, it took one conversation and a few observations for me to realize, that may not be my reality after all. Instead, I may be the one who spends their life earnestly praying for her loved ones and friends to know Christ.

Then, the pile of bricks began to weigh down on me.

Oh no! My plan and desire may not be God’s plan and desire after all! As I said earlier, I knew this to be true. But, I was never so plainly confronted by it.

Yet, since I realized this, my prayer life has changed dramatically. Now, any time I think of these friends and loved ones, my heart cries out. I desperately desire for them to know and love Jesus intimately and personally.

It’s funny, you know? I always knew I should pray for the lost, hurt, and lonely. But, there is a fire inside my heart that wasn’t there a week ago. I pray like I’ve never prayed before. I desperately cling to the Lord’s promises.

Now, I must remind myself that even if God does not answer my prayers, He does hear them. May my love for those who are hurting and my faith in Him motivate me to pray even on the days I am most unsure of His goodness.

Because, believe me, those days will come. My walk with God is probably filled with more doubt than most. But, even then, it has changed in innumerable ways since I first accepted Him into my heart.

So, may I continue to let that fire burn in my heart. May I continue to pray for those around me to not only accept Christ but also live a life that is pleasing to Him.

It has always been a dream of mine to look at someone and say, “I have prayed for you daily since this moment. I have watched God transform your life. I have watched Him answer my prayers in ways I never thought possible. You are so loved.”

And even if He doesn’t answer my prayers, and this is only the beginning of a lifelong prayer journey, may I tell myself and others, He is still good.

My call to you is this: Pray for the lost, hurt, and lonely. Pray any time they cross your mind, whether it is once a day or even multiple times a day. God is listening. He may not answer our prayers the way we’d like Him to. Yet, He is still listening.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

Change and the Company We Keep

Proverbs 27-17

As I write this, I have a lemon cake cooling. I don’t particularly care for citrus flavored desserts. In fact, I don’t think I have ever really enjoyed citrus treats. That has never changed about me.

Nevertheless, other parts of me have changed. A few weeks ago, I shared about how I have changed as an adult since high school. I thought I’d take that post in a different direction and share how I have changed since meeting my husband.

My husband and I have been in a relationship for a little over five years. We have known each other for about five and a half years, though. It seems like on a weekly basis, I find myself saying or doing something I would have never done before meeting him.

I guess, in a way, that is evidence that we become the company we keep. The people we surround ourselves with, indeed, do impact our actions and behaviors.

For instance, one of the ways I have changed since meeting my husband is I have become nerdier about technology and whatnot. I have always been a nerd in my own way. Before meeting him, I was mainly nerdy about books or grammar. Granted, I still am!

But, now, I find myself talking about Apple events, sound, finances, computer operating systems, or the YouTube algorithm! I will say, I think part of the reason why I talk about those topics more is my husband is interested in all those things.

Nevertheless, I think what sets it apart as me personally changing is now, I am starting to enjoy talking about such things. I want to discuss them. In fact, sometimes I am the one who begins the conversation—not my husband. Those types of topics are a natural part of my everyday conversation now.

Another way I have changed since meeting my husband is I am much more open about my faith. Until I met him and began taking my relationship with God seriously, people knew I identified as a Christian. But, I never really took the time to explain why or in what way.

I am still not as confident about my faith in a verbal sense. I would much rather profess my faith in a written manner, thus this blog. But, I am more inclined to face-to-face now, thanks to his guidance and support.

My husband has shown me it is more than okay to profess my relationship with Jesus. For, even if I am stumbling to get my words out due to nerves or uncertainty, God will use me.

Also, before meeting my husband, I hardly ever relaxed. He has been extremely good about making sure I at least make an effort to relax. Sometimes, that means just asking me if I have relaxed. Other times, that means physically taking me away from what I am doing to ensure I actually relax.

Truth be told since meeting my husband, I am much better about taking care of my body in general. It is much harder to slip into negative, unhealthy habits when sharing a small space with someone else. I honestly don’t think I would be fairing as well as I am—even in the midst of health issues—if my husband was not here.

Nevertheless, I think the change that has surprised me the most is I am not as much of a pushover. I can’t tell you how many times he has told me, “Renata, you need to say no.”

At first, it used to drive me crazy when he said it. Even to this day, it still can at times. Nevertheless, I can see myself learning to say no and setting boundaries before he tells me I need to.

Granted, it could also be because of some life events that I am like this, too. But, I doubt those events are as impactful as my husband’s loving persistence. Since meeting him, I have learned to truly evaluate my priorities in life at any given moment.

Sometimes, it is hard to make that analysis. But, deep down, I know it is vital to my overall health and well-being.

I think this realization brings me to my main point of this blog post. Since meeting my husband, I have constantly had someone right beside me calling me out on my sins, poor habits, and encouraging me in my positive attributes.

And, for that, I am grateful.

I am glad he is the company I keep. I am glad he is by my side—even if he can drive me crazy at times. I am glad God is using him to mold me into His image.

My call to you is this: Find someone in your life whose company you truly admire. It does not have to be a significant other. But, find someone who can know you on a level that no one else can. Let this person help shape you—in small and big ways.

And in time, like me, you will begin to see a gradual change in yourself that can only be explained by God’s work in your life through this person.

I have said it many times before and I will say it again. We need other people. We are not meant to live this life alone. Remember that as you try to figure out who you want to be. For, we are the company we keep.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

Understanding the Body: Gut Feeling

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Boy, did I need that power nap I just took! I had an extremely long day at work today. I knew I needed even a wink of sleep if I was going to write a blog post. All is well, though. I’ve napped. Now, let’s write a blog post.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed I listen to my gut more. I listen to the infamous “gut feelings” we get in life. I’ve never understood where the “gut feeling” comes from or how it truly works, but I am enamored by it.

It’s truly incredible to think our bodies can tell us when we should say yes or no.

I think a lot of times our bodies are there to help us make decisions because we don’t always know what choice to make.

Or, our guts are there to make sure we don’t get ourselves into a mess we can’t get out of.

But, most importantly, I think the human body’s ability to guide decision making is another way of God showing us that He is in control and that we are fallible creators who often get blindsided or distracted by the things we want—not necessarily what we need.

We often force our surroundings and encounters to show us what we want, instead of listening to evidence that says otherwise.

For instance, I recently took a mini-vacation. As I was on the trip, I had this gut feeling that said, “Don’t live here, no matter how great a job offer may ever be.”

Granted, I am not looking to move right now. But, it was a city a lot of people may consider moving to at one point in their lives.

Therefore, if I did move there, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Nevertheless, I just knew in my gut, it wasn’t for me. I just knew I wouldn’t feel at home.

I was grateful for that feeling. It took a great deal of guesswork out of the equation for me. Plus, it helped me know that I shouldn’t pursue an opportunity there if it ever presented itself.

Or, take for instance, in my time of job searching throughout life, I have had a gut feeling about a company or position a few times. Usually, my gut feeling is right.

Therefore, no matter how upset I may have been that the hunt for a job would continue, I was extremely glad I listened. For, listening to my gut has also led me to wonderful jobs—ones I would not have had if I said yes sooner just because I was impatient.

I guess I wrote this post to simply say I am glad part of God’s intricate design of man included an innate gut feeling. I am glad the human body is wired to help us in our times of need, much like fight or flight.

My call to you is this: Listen to your gut feeling. Start with small moments such as, “Should I wear this shirt with these pants?” or “Should I substitute this ingredient for that?” Then, eventually lead to big moments such as, “Should I take this job?” or “Should I make this move?”

The whole point is, listen to your gut. Your body may not help you make every decision, so when it does give direction, take note and consideration.

Gut feelings don’t happen too often for a reason. Therefore, when they do, it is worth listening.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

A Few Tidbits: Changing as an Adult

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Before I start the bulk of today’s post, I’d like to say, I just finished a course, which means I am only THREE classes away from obtaining my bachelor’s degree! I am extremely excited about that. It will take less than a year.

For the time being, though, I am greatly enjoying my break from classes.

However, today, I plan on discussing something that came to my mind moments ago that I’ve thought about off and on a few times. It is in my personality to be quite introspective. Part of this introspection sometimes involves looking back on how far I’ve come in life.

Mainly, how much I’ve changed.

I’ve been out of high school for a while now. And as I look back at that time in my life, I am amazed at who I was back then. I was a completely different person that was not too kind or gracious. I can see why a lot of people did not like being around me.

Granted, I also know some people who I did not enjoy being around in high school. Perhaps, it is just that season of life.

Nevertheless, it got me to thinking about how much I’ve changed in my tendencies and behaviors.

For example, one of the biggest ways I have changed since high school is I am much more compassionate. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I used to be quite cold-hearted. I didn’t really begin to process the trials I have been through until college.

So, I am convinced that was part of the reason why I wasn’t too kind. I bottled up a lot of undealt with feelings.

At least that’s part of the reason why.

I firmly believe the reason why I am compassionate now is because of Jesus Christ. God has completely transformed my life in a multitude of ways—one of those being my heart. Now, I am very much aware of others’ feelings and emotions. My heart breaks for complete strangers and those I love most.

My husband always tells me I am the most caring person he knows. Some of you might be thinking, “Well, of course, he is going to think that. He is your husband.”

But, I beg to differ. For, my husband saw God working in my heart long before I accepted Him into my life. He’s always believed in me and my potential even when I didn’t. He’s one of the select few people who has seen me transform from the person I was before knowing Jesus Christ to the person I am today.

And then there’s the simple fact he doesn’t tell me something unless he means it. For, he is well aware of the trust issues I continually struggle with. Therefore, to hear that from him of all people means a lot.

Additionally, I have this overwhelming desire to put others’ first—even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone.

In fact, I know God has created a new heart in me when I accepted Him into my life because I have desires I never thought I’d have. For instance, I want to get a master’s degree in counseling. The person I was in high school would have never considered doing that. Perhaps, the master’s degree, but definitely not counseling.

Another way I have changed since high school is I procrastinate. In fact, I literally stopped writing my blog post now to do just that.

I used to do homework or any pressing thing that needed to be completed the day I got it. Now, I am on top of it if I finish my homework before 8:00 p.m. on the nights it is due.

I could have all the motivation in the world to do something, yet I will still push it off. This blog post is the perfect example of that. In fact, that leads to my next similar point.

I used to be able to stick to a schedule well. But, now, I simply take each task one hour at a time. The person I was in high school would’ve had this blog post done when I originally said I would as I planned out my day.

However, now, I am writing it many hours later, instead of relaxing like I desperately want to.

The last thing I have noticed is I am much more indecisive. I will go back and forth on a couple of options for far too long. This exact thing happened today, even. I could not decide what dessert to get between two options. Thankfully, it didn’t take me long to decide.

The worst part is, when I do make the actual decision, there are times I am still not sure of it! It is bad enough that my husband is prepared for me to change my mind when we order food. I can’t tell you how many times he’s asked, “Are you sure that’s what you want?”

It may not seem like a significant change, but I used to be one of those people who had no trouble making decisions. I used to know exactly what I wanted long before I needed to.

Perhaps, that is because I hardly went out of my comfort zone. Instead, I simply chose what I knew would go well, regardless of how much I wanted to try something different.

So, there you have it. Only three ways I have changed since high school. I can assure you there are a plethora of others. But, I won’t bore you with those.

Instead, I will simply say what I always do–my call to you is this:

Look back at who you were last year, five years, or ten years ago. Ask yourself how you’ve changed. Don’t shy away from naming the gut-wrenching ways. For, as much as we hate to tell ourselves, we don’t always change for the better.

But, none of us will ever be able to understand where we need to go or how we need to grow until we take the time to look back. So, don’t be intimidated by that. Embrace the journey of self-reflection. You just might surprise yourself.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

My Anniversary: A Difficult Celebration

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My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary. As much as I love celebrating our union and the love we share, the time of year is also extremely difficult for us. It is heart-wrenching for me to celebrate.

For, around the same time of year, several people close to us are mourning. My heart is always heavy for them because it is a constant reminder that you simply never know what someone is going through—that just as we celebrate, others near and dear are hurting in ways I will never be able to comprehend.

Additionally, at about the same time we celebrated our anniversary this year, I also remember having an extremely difficulty evening. You know that pit I referenced a few years ago? Although nearly three years have passed since then, some days, I feel like I am still in the pit.

In fact, some days, I feel like I have never left the pit.

Instead, the pit has simply been a ruse. A facade of my real life. That deep down, that pit is still infested. I still sit in the mire and confusion of that season of life.

Then, I think to myself—it was not a season of life. No, it was simply life.

And at that moment, I am reminded of two truths I learn to accept more and more each day: We live in a fallen world filled with sin. And, some parts of life will never get easier, despite what society may tell you.

Yes, I said it.

As I learn to get passed the tribulations I have been through, I have come to embrace the notion that some parts of life will always be difficult, no matter what. They may not bother us as frequently. But, they will always bother us.

And, as the years pass, they will continue to bother us and trigger us in situations we never thought possible.

I mean, mere days ago, I found myself crying so deeply about my moment in the pit like it had just happened yesterday.

Nearly three years later.

It doesn’t get easier.

Just like, mourning never gets easier. And that is why my anniversary is always difficult.

I find myself in a Catch-22. I don’t feel like I deserve to celebrate when I know so many around me are hurting in ways my heart can’t comprehend. I don’t think it is fair for me.

The only part of difficult experiences that change is you learn to adapt with each triggering moment. You learn to find your new normal. You learn to understand what your identity is in light of the situation. You learn to redefine your loyalties and priorities.

I have had a lot of heart-wrenching discussions in this past nearly three years. Every single time I come to several conclusions.

Sin is awful. Pain is awful. Death is final.

And this world is not my home. God has a plan for all the ugliness of this world.

He will redeem His people.

His will make all things new.

But, until then, all we can do is try our best within our human ability to cling to the cross.

To cling to the truth of the Gospel— “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – Corinthians 5:21.

To find hope in this broken, sinful world filled with hurting people.

I know this post may not make a lot of people happy. I know many may not agree. But, as someone who has gone through her fair share of trials, I tell you, it doesn’t get easier. You simply learn to accept that part of your life and try your best to live with it.

Yes, that will probably take counseling and many tears. But, there’s a new normal. Yet, it’s never quite like the old. For, your life just isn’t the same after trauma. It simply isn’t.

And that’s why one day or one conversation can completely trigger you all over again, no matter how much time has passed.

And that is why my anniversary is such a difficult time for me. Maybe it is the wannabe counselor in me. I don’t know.

Regardless, I will never have an anniversary where I am not aware of the hurt of this world. Perhaps, that was God’s plan all along. Yet again, I don’t know.

My call to you is this: In joyful moments, remember those who are hurting. For, just as one rejoices, another weeps. That doesn’t mean celebrations aren’t worth celebrating. What it means is we live in a fallen, sinful world. In a world that desperately needs Jesus Christ.

Be His light, friends. You never know who may need it, especially on your brightest days.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

 

Small Health Update: Still No Answers

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This week’s post is going to be short and to the point. For, this week has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It has been fairly hectic, to say the least.

I’ve been elated. I’ve been distraught. I’ve been confused. I’ve been upset. I’ve been exhausted, tired, and worn.

For those of you who don’t know, I have had health issues the last seven months and counting. They all started with abdominal pain and have reached an undiagnosed state. I don’t know what is wrong with me.

However, this whole time, I have been sure something is wrong with me. I don’t know what, but I do know something is wrong. For, I may not know a lot about human anatomy, but I do know when my body is not its normal self.

This journey has been long and tiring. Some days, I don’t think I have any problems. Other days, I feel so terrible, I don’t know how I will make it through the day.

I’ve come so close to possible answers a couple times. But, they fall short just when I hope for them the most. Or, they only explain part of my issues, not all of them. Then, the question becomes, “Is this issue separate from my major one ailing me, or are they connected?”

I know I will find answers in God’s timing. Nevertheless, it doesn’t always make the wait easier. I simply want to let you all know that I am still trying to find answers.

Although, I am fairly certain, the issues are not gallbladder related. In fact, that is about all I know, to be honest.

I am going to spare you all the details of the journey I have had to go through until I get a complete diagnosis and start to feel better. I’ll leave the daily and/or weekly updates for my closest friends and family.

I just don’t think my blog is the kind of place to have slow, progressive updates.  It is for the whole story.

I suppose this post is my way of telling you all, I’ve been a little frazzled lately. I honestly don’t know if I am on the mend or if I am just at the beginning of an even crazier chapter of this journey.

I’ll keep you posted.

So, no, I do not have my health figured out completely. But, slowly but surely, and in God’s perfect timing and plan, I will find answers one day. It may not be in my timing or end result, but it will be in His.

And that is what helps me not feel as discouraged.

Until then, I am on the rollercoaster ride a little bit longer.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).