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Bad news takes the starch out of our knees.
I don’t know why public bathrooms are my go-to in a crisis. They just are. Maybe it’s because I travel a lot, but when I look back at some of the worst news, I received it away from home. At a conference. In an airport. Standing in a group of women waiting for me to share encouragement or teaching.
When we receive bad news or we face hard things, we feel it physically. We want to sit down. We want to release those tears. We crumple inside, which makes us feel like we’re crumpling outwardly.
And if you are in a public place, you aren’t going to swoon to the floor. You find a bathroom. You pray it’s clean. If not, you perch. (You know what I mean.)Knee-knocking, smack-talking fear takes a back seat when we stand firm. #livingfreetogether… Click To Tweet
This summer has been a crazy whirlwind of bad news. I’ve done a lot of bathroom time, me and the Lord hashing it out. Me reaching for him. My Savior’s presence crowding in that stall with me, because He’s all in during the hard times.
After months, it seems that we are finally moving out of the hardest places. There are scars — literally. There are bills. There are a stack of cards that show how people wrapped around us. Yet the most symbolic evidence of this battle comes when I look at my knobby knees, and those of our loved ones.
And we are all still standing. [Read more…]