Hello, Bravehearted Beauties. I’ve been away far too long. So long that I forgot how to log in to my own blog! I didn’t intend to take a break from writing. And the truth is, it’s not good for me to stay silent for so long. I’ve said many times over the last seven years of blogging that words are like the air I breathe…essential to feeling alive and well. When I go silent and keep the words bottled up inside, I start to feel like I’m choking or suffocating. It’s not good for me.


And it’s not good for you. God has made it very clear to me over the years that I don’t write just for me. God has given me this way with words…this way of speaking to your heart as He speaks to mine. There are things He wants to say to you through me. There are places He wants to access in your heart as I reveal my heart before you in vulnerable ways. There is beauty He wants to reveal in your brokenness as I share my own journey of beauty and brokenness. And there are stories He wants to tell. Not my stories, but His stories. He is the ultimate author. I’m honored to be His mouthpiece. And sad that I’m silent at times.


I have a really big, beautiful God story to share. I heard God asking me to share it before I even knew what it was He wanted me to share. In January, God said as clearly as I’ve ever heard Him: “Tell your story so I can tell Mine.” I said, “Yes, God.” But I didn’t know where to begin. Then in February, God revealed a huge missing piece of my story. {I always sensed a piece was missing, but couldn’t have told you what it was.} In March, I knew this was the story I was meant to share. A story far greater than myself or anyone else involved…a story meant to glorify God. In April, May, and most of June, I stayed completely quiet in an attempt to honor others involved. In late June, I told you I was living a great story and couldn’t wait to share it. In July, I told you I was bursting at the seams and still couldn’t share it. But that’s exactly when I wish I had broken the silence. Because in June and July, God told me it was time. But I delayed. And since then, my silence has come at a cost.


So why the long silence? Why didn’t I write sooner? God is asking me to be honest with you here. I think He knows you’ll find more of yourself as I share more of myself. So here is the truth:

I allowed fear to silence me. I allowed the fear of others to become a louder voice in my head than the voice of God in my heart. I allowed my fear of a few who don’t want me to share the story keep me from writing the story God has asked me to share. I have feared the reaction of a few, discomfort of a few, disapproval of a few and rejection of a few. So much that I stayed silent when I knew it was time to write. What began as a loving desire to honor others grew into a fear of others. I hid behind honoring for too long, and today, I’m calling it what it is: fear. Fear isn’t honoring; it’s dishonoring…to my God and to myself.


Bravehearted Beauties, your voice is needed. Your stories are needed. Especially when God tells you it’s time to speak them. There’s no good thing that comes from fear-induced silence. Trust me. I went from feeling fully alive in the story I was living to feeling burdened, trapped, small and stifled. I turned inward and have felt dangerously close to my previous battles with depression. {Depression rises when I shrink inward and make myself small. I don’t want to shrink anymore.}

A recent declaration from Brené Brown and Glennon Doyle Melton captures some of what I’ve become aware of in my own battle with silence and smallness:

“My silence is not going to be your comfort. My job is not to make you comfortable by dying on the inside and staying small and quiet.”

Dying on the inside. That’s what it feels like when you’re keeping silence out of fear…all in an attempt to appease others. Dying on the inside is what depression feels like, too. So…appeasing in order to make others feel more comfortable while I remain silent and spiral into depression? No, thank you. I’m done. It’s time to share the story God has asked me to share. It’s time to give Him the glory and give myself the freedom and healing that comes with speaking my voice and using the gifts He’s given me.


This is where I need to remember how God sees me, who He made me to be, and the new name He calls me: Bravehearted Beauty. I don’t rise up and speak my voice or share my story because it’s easy for me to do, or because I’m good at it, or because I have the support and blessing of others. I rise up and speak my voice because God calls me to do it…and because God calls me brave. And remember, bravery isn’t the absence of fear. Bravery is stepping right into the fear. It’s saying, “I see you fear, but today, I am not ruled by you. I am ruled by my God who makes me BRAVE!”

So Bravehearted Beauties, I have a big, beautiful God story to share. And this time, I will not let fear keep me from sharing it. I’ve heard God say, “It’s time.” And this time, I’m going to honor His voice above all others. I’ll be back soon!

With all of my brave heart,

P.S. In case you’re tempted to think I’m good at being brave and you’re not, let me tell you: I ripped a couple fingernails off in the first few paragraphs of this post. And even as I finish writing, fear isn’t absent. I don’t know if it ever will be this side of heaven. But we step into fear because being ruled by it wrecks all kinds of havoc on our hearts, souls, minds and bodies. You can do this brave thing today, Bravehearted Beauties! Even if you pick a few fingernails, fall down, fail or whatever else along the way. Keep choosing the brave thing in the midst of fear. And when you do, fear will lose its power, leaving you more free!



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  • Krista - You are exactly right when you say that God has used you & the words that you share to bring hope among other things to those who need it. I ❤️ God’s divine timing. I was struggling yesterday with sharing what God has put on my ❤️ to share with others.
    It has become apparent in the past few years that He has called me to be an encourager. He even spoke those words over me one day. One of the areas He has called me to encourage in is about babies. He gives me very specific encouragement to share with those I know personally & even those that I don’t really know. Like you shared, sometimes I let the fear of what the person I am led to share His words with, put the wedge of doubt in me. Then I think of what Jesus did for me on the cross. How can I not honor the mighty & sovereign God?
    I was prompted to share encouragement with a popular blogger who has shared her struggles with pregnancy. I sent her an e-mail telling her what God revealed. When I didn’t get a response, I was able to contact her & explain about the e-mail. She still hasn’t responded to the e-mail. On her blog yesterday she spoke of an incredible weekend that she had & described many God moments. My ❤️ became sad. Not for me,but for the fact didn’t reading His revealing in my e-mail speak to her as well? Did she think that I am some random crazy person claiming something that is false? Should I really put myself out there & be vulnerable to being unheard or rejected?
    But then God. This is what He told me. He said that it’s not about me. It’s about being obedient to Him. He then reminded me of the apostles & how they spread the good Word despite being ridiculed, mocked, rejectted. In that moment I saw the one who was treated worse than I could ever imagine being treated. He hung on that cross for me. He endured it all. Far be it from little ole me to allow fear & doubt creep in & not share the words I am called by the most Holy to share.
    We need to not allow the enemy steal, kill or destroy what God has entrusted us with.ReplyCancel

    • Bravehearted Beauty - “It’s not about me. It’s about being obedient to Him.” That’s the heart of it right there, Krista. Well, said! Thank you for that truth, God!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - I do hope you come back soon! I was so hoping you’d be telling the story today!ReplyCancel

  • Talia - Hoping to hear the story soon!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Catherine - Welcome back Lynsey! Thank you for your beautiful writing and honesty! I look forward to reading your brave story!ReplyCancel

  • Guest - I love how singer Sara Bareilles says it: “Say what you want to say and let the words fall out…show me how big your brave is….” I cringe to think what you’re about to say (because I feel the discomfort you are experiencing, even though I don’t know you), but I stand with you as someone who feels stifled. And being stifled (or FEELING stifled) does a number on your body, mind and soul…and you’re right, it’s a burden you were never meant to carry (and why we’d think otherwise is just crazy!).ReplyCancel

    • Bravehearted Beauty - Love those lyrics! Thank you for reminding me of them today. And yes, there is discomfort for a pleaser who’s been addicted to keeping the peace. But God has a story to tell, and He’s given it to me to tell. So…here we go! Breaking free of the silence I’ve kept will surely feel better than this!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Great post, Linsey! Miss you and hugsReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Just read this Linsey, and I so admire your bravery! I know that fear has played a huge part in my life and my family’s lives the past several years. Sometimes life does not go as planned, and circumstances and events can change us forever. I believe that God can make beauty from ashes and that our mess really becomes our message. You are so special and such a blessing! Thank you! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Reinstein - Looking forward to hearing your inner beauty tell her story. Henry is wanting to go to Vandy ED so maybe I will get to see you in the near future! Miss you!ReplyCancel


Hello Beauties! Happy hot July to you! It’s too hot for porch sitting these days, but my oldest captured a quick photo of me with a handful of Limelight Hydrangeas this week. These beauties redeem an otherwise hot and sticky summer! Hydrangeas, lightning bugs and iced green tea lemonade with fresh mint leaves are the highlights of summer heat for me. How about you?

Okay, I’ve got to get right to it. I’m in between travels and visits with family and only have a 30 minute window to sit down and write, but there’s something welling up so strongly in my spirit that I know I have to give it voice today.

In my last post, I wrote about a willingness to be seen.  God has really been getting my attention on that topic recently, but in the weeks since I’ve written that post, He’s been speaking something along these lines: a willingness to be seen comes from knowing you are worthy to be seen. 

We don’t tend to show something to someone unless we think it has value, worth, importance or significance. Do you see that you have all of that? If we don’t start with the truth that we are worthy, it makes sense that we won’t risk allowing ourselves to be seen. Who shows someone something they think is worthless? And yet, sadly, we often view ourselves as if we have little to no worth.

So where do we find our worthiness? I’ve tried to find it in performance, perfection, the opinions of others and all kinds of other things. But the thing is, a worthiness that’s tied to what we think about ourselves or what others think of us will always leave us feeling unworthy in the end. Because we can never be enough, do enough, perform enough or be perfect enough to attain and sustain our own worthiness.

Here’s the rock solid truth: our worthiness comes from God alone. It’s not up to us to secure and maintain our own worthiness. It’s not up to us to prove our worthiness. It’s not up to us to “hustle” for our worthiness {as Brené Brown likes to say}. What is up to us is to choose to believe and agree with God about who He says we are. We are beloved children of God. We are image bearers. We are radiant with His glory. And so much more. When your identity is rooted and grounded in who God says we are, there is no one and no thing that can influence or redefine our worthiness. Bravehearted Beauties, your worthiness is secure! 

The real work for me has been in not only believing in this truth once, but in claiming it over myself day after day. When the lies of the enemy threaten to steal my identity or the fear of what others think of me leaves me hustling for my worthiness, I return again to God and agree with what He says is true about me.

A huge part of my calling is to remind you what’s true about you. It’s why I started writing as Bravehearted Beauty instead of sticking with LLH Designs. Because deep down, I know God is calling you a Bravehearted Beauty, too. And He’s using me to call it out in you. {And if you’re a man reading this blog – you’re awesome by the way – then you are a Braveheart. And the same truths apply to you!}

So back to allowing yourself to be seen. Why is that so important anyway? Is it just so you can be fully known? No, it’s so much more than that. By allowing yourself to be seen, you’re revealing more of the glory of God to this world. Because you, Bravehearted Beauties, are GLORIOUS! Made in the image of the most glorious Father, Son and Spirit! You are all of the Trinity’s love, glory, radiance and goodness combined! And now more than ever, this world needs a glimpse of that glory. You, my friends, get to be that glimpse!

Shine on, Beauties! You are worthy to be seen!

P.S. My 30 minutes are up, but there’s one more thing I want to say: our ability to love ourselves is also tied to our worthiness. We’re not very good at loving someone or something that we don’t view as worthy of love. And sadly, we often believe somewhere deep down we aren’t worthy. For more on learning to love yourself {which is directly tied to your ability to love others or receive love from others}, here are a few posts/videos. God’s been doing a lot more in me since then, but this is where He started:

Brave New Yoga Pants {And Learning To Love A Little More}

Learning To Love What He Loves

Loving…As We Love Ourselves

As You Love Yourself

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  • Krista - God is definitely speaking to my heart through your posts. I was diagnosed by the doctors in March with mildly invasive follicular carcinoma of the thyroid. I choose to believe & proclaim that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. One of the things that I have learned about healing the body is how unhealthy stress is. I knew it before this, it’s just become more real to me since the “C” word was brought into my life.

    So, what does this post have to do with all of that? I have cried out to Him that I want to be able to be more positive, stop dwelling on the hurts of the past, to learn how to stop letting the enemy taunt me with hurtful things. This post & the posts that were included are revealing God’s precious truth of who He wants me to be & how much He wants me to love me the way He loves me.

    I can see clearly that is the simple truth. Loving yourself the way He loves you, enables you to be able to be clothed in dignity & strength. If you truly love yourself, you will know & recognize your worth. Equipped with that, you will easily not allow the enemy to taunt you with the lies & schemes to undermine you. Loving others will be possible because you will be content of who you are in Him. You will want them to feel His incredible love through you. What a beautiful concept!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - Oh, boy … this is bringing up a lot for me. Jesus is using your words – thank you, Linsey.ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - I think everyone suffers from feeling unworthy at least some of the time.

    Ever had the experience of saying something thoughtless or a little harsh to someone you love, and seeing the winch of pain on their face? You know you’ve pushed a button that’s been there all the time, but invisible to you until that moment.

    It’s amazing how we can tear each other down. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve gotten mad at someone for being callous to a friend of mine, and then turned around and said something insensitive to him myself! It’s the worst feeling in the world to see the look of pain on someone’s face because you made them feel smaller.ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - OK girl, YOU ARE WORTHY TO BE SEEN, so let’s SEE YOU! Just one of your many followers who is missing your heart and your light! Hope all is well and that you decide to share with us again. :)ReplyCancel

Hello Beauties! I’m back! I didn’t want to leave you too long this time, despite the holiday weekend and a much needed getaway with my husband. It was our first time away together since our marriage meltdown last fall. And even though the enemy tried to stir up some old stuff the night before {of course}, and even though we missed each other’s hearts the first night and spent most of dinner in an awkward silence {happens sometimes}, we fought for connection and enjoyed a really sweet time together. It was worth the fight, and I’d do it again! {That’s something I want to write more about in time: fighting for your marriage.}


So here I am, bursting at the seams to tell you a story so divinely orchestrated that you won’t have to strain very hard to see the glory of it all. But I can’t dive in just yet. Oh, I’d love to, but I’m wrestling with how to honor the ones I love who aren’t so ready, while also honoring God who has told me this is His story and it’s time for me to tell my part of it. I trust your hearts to see the beauty of it all, but this is the internet after all, and sharing even pieces of stories here can feel like entirely too much exposure for some. I get it. I’m pretty vulnerable here, but you’ll never hear every detail unless you’re sitting right beside me. There’s something powerful that happens when you get to see another person’s response to your stories, especially the painful ones. It heals something in you. {That’s yet another post for another time.}

But regardless of when or where I tell my whole story, and when or where you tell yours, here is something that’s at the top of my heart today: Are we willing to be seen? Am I? Are you? It’s not always as easy as it sounds.

When I shared the photos my daughter took of me in the last post, I felt vulnerable. But I also felt willing to be seen. Why? Because I desire to feel deeply, truly known. Don’t you? After 41 years and plenty of hiding, I’ve come to this conclusion: the only way to be fully known is to allow yourself to be fully seen.


Let me be clear, I’m not saying everyone needs to post a picture of themselves as proof that they desire to be seen. But for some of you, that might be a big deal. Maybe you’ve been hiding behind the camera like me. Or maybe you’ve been hiding behind veneers of performance, perfection, people pleasing, you name it. Coming out from your hiding places and allowing yourself to be seen is one of the bravest steps you can take toward being fully known. Your desire to be fully known is beautiful! But it won’t just come about on its own. You have to take the small steps each day.

Revealing yourself as you truly are on the outside is one way to be seen, but the real work is allowing yourself to be exposed and known from the inside. And not just the parts of you that have already been refined and made beautiful, but the parts of you that are still broken and in transition. Perhaps the bravest of all is to let others see the parts of you that are somewhere in the foggy, messy middle where you have no clue how or when things are going to be any different. You just keep daring to believe they will be…someday.

A friend shared these words from Brené Brown on Facebook last week. They sync perfectly with what’s on my heart these days. {Though I’d trade the word “universe” with God, because that’s who I hear whispering in my ear.}

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”



It’s time to show up and be seen. This is what a Bravehearted Beauty does. She has the courage to show up and be seen. She has the faith to believe what God says about her even if she’s not feeling it: radiant, beautiful and delighted in daughter of the King! And she has the confidence to let others see the beauty and glory of God that shines from within her.

Made in His image, you’re naturally beautiful and glorious! So rise up, Bravehearted Beauties! Rise up and let your/God’s glory be seen!

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  • Marsha - Linsey,

    I love seeing the way God is using you. Your honesty and vulnerability are such an inspiration to me. It is so hard to let our defenses down and be completely transparent, but God honors our obedience to Him. Thank you for sharing your heart. I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - Linsey so happy to see that you are back to us and so wonderfully willing to share your journey. Brene’s words are profound, as are YOURS! Thank you, thank you, thank you for discussing the truths of life that are messy and not so perfect. Please know you have inspired many others to start doing the same!ReplyCancel

  • Marcella - My journey to your blog began this morning by simply clicking on a Pinterest picture of your first attempt at container gardening in a wine box. Something about your spirit drew me through a number of your blogs and sites to where you are today. It was where I needed to be this morning. Thank you for continuing to share your journey. Your beauty (and God’s) shows through.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - So, So happy you are back!!! What a great smile in your pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - I must say you and your girls are all so beautiful. Your light shines. I do have a question. Did all of the turmoil come with the move? Was that the jolt that started it all. I am hoping for a beautiful, happy ending whatever that means to you. Hugs!ReplyCancel

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  • Breaking the Silence » Bravehearted Beauty - […] In late June, I told you I was living a great story and couldn’t wait to share it. In July, I told you I was bursting at the seams and still couldn’t share it. But that’s […]ReplyCancel

My dear Bravehearted Beauties, how I have missed you! Do you know that even when I’m not here, I think of you? It’s crazy, right? I haven’t even met most of you, but God keeps you close to my heart. I don’t even know all of your names or how many of you are here, but God does, and through Him, my heart feels a connection to yours. I wonder how you are, where you are, what you’re facing in life, what beauty you’re hunting in the midst of brokenness…and so many other things that only God knows.

And I know you wonder about me, too. Especially during times of silence. Given the vulnerable things I’ve shared here over the years, a natural thought or concern would be that I’m either battling depression, spiraling into some old trauma, or tanking in my marriage. And as a dear friend recently pointed out, the title of my last post (three months ago!) was When Your Life Feels Stuck in Good Friday. I can absolutely understand why some of you would think I’ve been stuck ever since. I’m so sorry I left you with that!

The best way I know to show you how I’ve been in the last few months is to do something that feels vulnerable for me: share these photos my daughter took of me at the beach a few weeks ago. I’m not entirely comfortable being photographed or sharing photos of myself, but I want you to see what God has been doing in me. I want you to see the life in my eyes, the smile on my face and the peace in my spirit. I feel very much myself…the truest me. A welcome restoration!



So where have I been? Why haven’t I written? Here it is in a nutshell: I’ve been living in a really big, beautiful God story! It’s the best story I’ve ever known in my life. It’s a story that will blow your mind, and I can’t wait to share it with you! But as it’s been unfolding, I have chosen to be fully present to it, which means I haven’t been online at all. No blogging, no Facebook, no Instagram. I didn’t intend to drop the internet cold turkey, but that’s just what happened as I stepped into the story God has been writing. I want to tell you everything, but it’s going to take a whole lot of words over a number of posts. I hope you’ll join me as I try to tell the story. I have no doubt it will stir your spirit and invite you into deeper places with God in your own story.

There is one other reason I’ve been quiet here. As much as I love to write my heart out, I also want to honor people involved in my story. And someone I care about wasn’t ready for me to write the story, and I wanted to honor her. My desire is always for good, not to hurt or harm. But God has told me very clearly this is His story. It doesn’t belong to me or to anyone else. It’s His and is designed to give Him glory. And that’s why I have to tell it. He’s gifted me as a writer so that I can tell His story.

In January, just before this part of my story unfolded, I heard God say, “I need you to tell your story so I can tell Mine.” I said yes to God, but didn’t know how to proceed. I tried to start writing my story the old fashioned way: by hand in a leather bound book. But then this new part of my story unfolded just a few weeks later…a story that helped to make sense out of so many painful parts of my story. A story that feels like restoration and redemption. So I stepped into it. The story isn’t finished, but it’s time to start telling it.

Stay tuned! I’ll be back soon. Hopefully after the holiday weekend. A huge hug and thank you to all of you who’ve waited for my return!

With much love,

P.S. There’s something I hear God speaking over you today: you were meant to live in a great story. If you feel stuck in the messy middle as my Good Friday post suggests, know this: your story isn’t finished. And you aren’t stuck. You are being invited into a great big God story this very moment. He’s writing a story that is MORE than you can ask or imagine…even when you can’t yet see it. Believe, dear heart! Redemption and restoration of every broken story is what God has for us!


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  • Lisa - Linsey-I loved seeing your new post in my email today. So good to read you are doing well and “living a great story”! You look beautiful and happy in the pictures. I look forward to learning more about what has been going on in your life. I am a long time follower from Houston!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - HOORAY! It is so good to have you back Linsey! I can’t wait to hear your God Story!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - So glad to hear from you!ReplyCancel

  • emi - Linsey, It’s so great to see a post from you & photos of your joy! I, too, have been wondering how you were doing. So glad you are living “great God story”! Looking forward to reading about it! Love to you!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - You & your posts have definitely been missed. Looking forward to the revealing of your God story. Can’t wait to hear what He has been doing in you & your life.

    Thank you for the encouragement at the end of your post. I needed that right now. I have recently been through a difficult health journey. It brought me closer to God & for that I am more blessed than words can say as well as thankful. I see His faithfulness unfolding in my life. Yet, there are days when because of having to eat much much cleaner & healthier than before, not having energy or much strength, leave me frustrated. Not at Him, never at Him. Just this new life I am living. I needed to be encouraged today. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - So good to hear from you and you look radiantly happy! Looking forward to hearing His story😉ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Claiborne - I can’t wait to read more!! Much love to you, my beautiful friend!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly M - Your eyes are ‘smiling’ too — and that’s the best part of those photos. Like others, I’ve missed your posts and look forward to your big reveal.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - Thank you for this post, Linsey! I am so excited to hear your God story! Also stepping into new things – just went on a missions trip to India and Cambodia, and now starting a new teaching job at an amazing place. Grateful for your words <3.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - Looking forward to the rest of your story…mine isn’t finished either!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - I am sooooo glad to hear from you! I was getting concerned. And I can’t wait to hear your story!ReplyCancel

  • Gigi - So glad to hear from you and can’t wait to hear His story! Hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Excited to catch up with
    your/His story =)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Avery - This is such a wonderful and joyful post Linsey! I have missed your writings but I am so happy that you have taken the time to be right in God’s story for you. I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Much love,

  • Suzanne - Linsey, so happy to see you doing so well! I look forward to hearing all about what God is doing in your life! Thank you for being such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

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  • » Bravehearted Beauty - […] In April, May, and most of June, I stayed completely quiet in an attempt to honor others involved. In late June, I told you I was living a great story and couldn’t wait to share it. In July, I told you I […]ReplyCancel

Hello Bravehearted Beauties. There’s so much in my heart I’d love to share, but on this Good Friday, words I wasn’t expecting to write are welling up and looking for a place to land. I think they must be words someone needs today. Someone who feels like their life is stuck in Good Friday. Someone who feels like their Easter Sunday is never coming. This is for you, dear one.


“Happy Good Friday” has always felt like a strange thing to say. What’s so happy about a day of death and darkness? A day of violent assault and literal brokenness? A day when the One who came to give abundant life is hanging on a cross submitting Himself to death? Nothing looks good about this day…until you know what happens on Easter Sunday.


It’s so much the same in our own lives. When we’re looking at just one day or one season of life up close, it can look a lot like Good Friday. It can look like everything is dark, broken, wasted, hopeless, senseless…the opposite of what we thought life should be. But when we step back and get a glimpse of the larger story, brokenness gives way to beauty. And there’s nothing like Easter Sunday to remind us of that truth!


This is the way life works: brokenness gives way to beauty. Barrenness gives way to life. Darkness gives way to light. Winter gives way to spring. Remember the daffodil? Behold! All that’s true of the daffodil is true of you, too. Beauty always breaks through, my friends. And you, dear one, aren’t the exception to this natural and spiritual order of things.


But what if it feels like your life is stuck in Good Friday? What if brokenness and all of its effects are all you can see in this season? What if all this talk of resurrection and abundant life doesn’t feel like it applies to you? What if you’ve been waiting for months or years or decades, and the larger story of beauty hasn’t burst forth from your brokenness?


Brave and beautiful one, if that’s where you are right now, you are not alone. I’ve been there. I’ve shared some of those dark places with you. And while I’m not in one of those places today, I haven’t forgotten the pain of those places. Oh, those places hurt something fierce. They feel like the tomb before the stone is rolled away. They threaten to extinguish hope, steal joy and snuff out abundant life. And that’s exactly what the enemy of your soul intends. The enemy opposes everything Jesus came to bring. {John 10:10}


Those two words are my two favorites in all of Scripture. {Ephesians 2:4} BUT GOD is the story of Easter. Evil, darkness, brokenness, death and shame looked like they won on Good Friday. BUT GOD. He had a different plan. A plan to bring life out of death, beauty out of brokenness, good out of evil. {Genesis 50:20} It’s who He is and what He does. Not just for Jesus, but for YOU!


When we surrender our heart to Jesus, believing in His life, death and resurrection, all that’s true for Him becomes true for us. All of His radiant beauty, lavish love, incomparable glory, ridiculous righteousness, abundant life and resurrection power is yours the very hour you believe. It may take a lifetime to take in all that’s available to you – to let it trickle down deep into your heart and flow back out in your life – but it’s available to you this very day.

{Don’t believe me? Check out the story of the criminal who Jesus said would be with him in paradise. They hung side by side on their crosses, and in his final breath, a criminal saw Jesus for who He was: Savior and Son of God. And in that very second, all that belonged to Jesus became his. No time to earn it, work for it or prove himself. The grace of God was on full display!}


Bravehearted Beauties, if you you feel stuck in your own version of Good Friday, take heart! Your Easter is coming. Your Jesus has come! He knows suffering and sorrow like no other…and brings redemption and beauty to every bit of brokenness.

I’m believing in the resurrection and redemption of all things…even on the dark Fridays of our lives. How about you? Will you dare to believe?

Happy Easter, brave and beautiful ones!

P.S. Going way back to 2010, here are my thoughts on Good Friday. And quotes I still love.

P.P.S For an honest, encouraging conversation on hope {and losing hope}, I think you’ll enjoy this podcast: “A Living Hope.” I especially love listening to my dear friend from college, Morgan Snyder. Honored to have been used by God to introduce him to Jesus 20+ years ago. Heaven is going to be a blast with Morgan in it! {Part Two is coming Monday. Perfect timing for anyone who has the post-Easter blues.}



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  • Krista - I choose to believe! The death & resurrection of our amazing Savior is incredibly humbling to me. I know that even in the midst of that deep deep darkness, hope eternal springs forth. He can & does make all things new if we allow Him to. Light triumphs over darkness every time.ReplyCancel

  • Gracia @ Gracious Offering - Linsey, once again your words are a balm to my soul. Things have been really dark here for this season of life. But, today, I’m choosing to join you in “believing in the resurrection and redemption of ALL things…even on the dark Fridays of our lives.” Thank you for the post. Have a joyous Easter with your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Call me crazy but I worry when you go silent for so long. Are you alright? Here’s a big hug!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - Missing the beautiful and inspiring words from such a thoughtful woman… hoping your blog quietness has been filled with sunshine.ReplyCancel

  • Pink - These topics are so consufing but this helped me get the job done.ReplyCancel

  • Patti - Hi there,

    Just thought of you and was wondering how you’re doing. Hope you and your family are doing well.ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - You are in my thoughts, brave hearted woman. ArdithReplyCancel

  • Emma - Miss hearing from you friend!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Just checking in with your blog and re-read this encouraging post! You have been such an inspiration to me and so many others! You are in my thoughts and are missed! Hope you have a wonderful summer! Bless you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • DIane - Linsey, I hope you are doing ok. You are so loved, and bring such joy to so many.ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - Hi Linsey. Just stopping in to say hello and to wish you a blissful summer. Cheers, ArdithReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Linsey, missing you, your beautiful heart and your beautiful words. Praying for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - Linsey…..praying all is well with you and your family. I miss you! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Living A Great Story » Bravehearted Beauty - […] And as a dear friend recently pointed out, the title of my last post (three months ago!) was When Your Life Feels Stuck in Good Friday. I can absolutely understand why some of you would think I’ve been stuck ever since. […]ReplyCancel