July 7, 2023

Shawn Stoever
"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
Ephesians 4:16

Our daughter, Taylor, and her husband moved back to Wimberley a couple of years ago and just had their second baby. She is a great mom, and we are blessed to have them living close. Although she knew the truth that she was not designed to do life alone, there was a time in her life when isolation and loneliness were way too familiar. She quickly realized that walking with others, being fully known, asking for help, and admitting we need healing can be uncomfortable, but it is a necessary part of life as a healthy believer.

With a toddler and a one-week-old, Taylor may feel inadequate to always meet the needs of herself and her family, but she is allowing God and trusted people to see her life in all its beauty and messiness. She is willing to be honest, vulnerable, and known as she asks for help and stays connected to others.

I am pretty confident Taylor gets the tendency to isolate from me. We all need to remember the value of opening ourselves up to healthy community. Do the hard work of making connections. We are immensely loved and supported by the Father, and He gives us people here on earth to show us that too.