Hope During Transitions

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Do you love a warm pastry with a yummy filling? You take a bite and the baked exterior breaks apart and reveals the creamy middle. My personal favorite is a chocolate Éclair with custard filling. The pastry is delicious, but the custard in-between makes my pallet savor every bite. Bear with me, I promise this is not an attempt to add more sugar to your diet.

There are many “in-betweens” that brighten our lives. For example:

In-between a front and back cover of a fiction book you’ll find the engaging story. It’s in-between the plot and the resolution.

Music entertainment delivers a beautiful blend of instrumental and vocal sounds in-between two stereo speakers.

A plant is fragrant and beautiful during its life’s season when it’s in-between blooming and shedding its petals.


Living in Transition

Not all “in-betweens” are enjoyable. Seasons of life will bring transition and change. Living in transition is uncomfortable. Sometimes, the outcome is unclear. That’s when we need to anchor our “in-between” with faith. Within life’s “in-between” faith can have a voice. Read Hebrews 11:1 in The Living Bible.

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Have you noticed that Christmas comes in-between each past year and new year? It’s a lovely reminder of the hope that helps us process melancholic disappointments and pursue the new year with renewed strength.

Hope During Transitions

Are you living in-between desperation and abundance? It’s an uncomfortable place when we can’t see what’s ahead, but we don’t have to forfeit our joy. Joy is unconditional. We can find our joy during our “in-between” because joy resides in God’s presence.

Our transitions can be an opportunity to give faith a voice. We can “find our brave” as we exercise faith, dwell in His presence, and expect God-size living.

What will your voice proclaim?


Marisa Shadrick

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Taylor, K. N. (1997). The living Bible, paraphrased. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House.

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