Beauty in the Struggle

This week my heart has been filled with a crazy set of emotions. One of my desires/goals this year has been to write an eBook.

Yesterday, I shared the finished product with you all!

At the end of April, I was at a place where I was ready to call it finished. I decided to release it on May 23rd, in memory of my mom. May 23rd would have been her 76th birthday. Through the month of May, I waited eagerly for this date to arrive. Then, on the morning of May 22nd, I received a phone call from my oldest brother. My dad had suffered a stroke the night before while driving home. Thankfully, he was able to pull off the road and call my brother who then called an ambulance. I live nearly 2400 miles away from dad and this news left me feeling anxious and helpless.

I found myself questioning whether or not I should still release my eBook on the date I was planning.

I asked the Lord, “How do I celebrate an eBook when my dad is in the hospital?”

I felt the Lord reassure my soul, Eileen, your book is about looking for the beautiful in the midst of the struggle. Your book is about recognizing that I am faithful and trustworthy no matter what your circumstance might be. May 23rd is the perfect day to release this book!

At last report, my dad is groggy and sedated but the cat scans on his brain show no additional swelling in the brain. About a month ago, I purchased tickets to go home and see him in mid-June. This is still my plan. I pray that he continues to heal!  I can’t wait to see him.

This morning, I woke up with this beautiful song on my heart. Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “Beauty in the Struggle

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Sorry to hear about your dad but so grateful that you know and have experienced God’s peace and presence. never heard of Cloverton. Seemed to be a cross between Mac Powell and Mercy Me.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Bill. Still waiting for today’s update from my brother. And you are right Cloverton does seem like a cross between Mac Powell and Mercy Me!

  2. Melissa Fowler

    So thankful for people like you all in the world. It seems that so many people go through in the world lightly, without taking time to examine or appreciate things like this. There are things that have happened that have made me Care more. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. Love all the posts, sensitivity, love, and depth in them. Keep on keeping ON!!!:) God be with you and bless you!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Melissa, thank you for your comment. There are so many lessons and growth that come from the struggles. And sometimes it’ s hard to see what they might be. Glad He remains faithful despite our lack of understanding and our questions.


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