Author: Abby Mandella

A Guide To The Pain That Slaps You In The Face

Our burden is real, there’s no doubt. But it isn’t mine to carry alone. It was an invitation, in the most unexpected place, to come weary and trade this burden for rest. It was a gentle reminder that I don’t have to hold it all together. I can’t undo the pain of a past or avoid the pain of the present but I can trust that the one who was there continues to carry the weight and will be faithful to heal.

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When Dreams Don’t Come True

 I still remember her slightly cynical giggle as she heard my story of adopting 3 children at once and asked, “Who does that?” Not that many years later I was the one giggling as God answered that question in the way only he can, by leading Abby down a similar path of fostering and adoption. Though I have walked this path ahead of her, she is a constant inspiration to me. She reminds me what real love looks like and why the choice to love is worth it…even when it hurts. – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator   Fourteen...

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Not My Child

In the face of brokenness, I take a deep breath. My heart is breaking as I try not to imagine the unbearable pain so many parents and families felt as they faced the nightmare of February 14th’s school shooting.  It’s every parent’s greatest fear, but that day it was reality for 17 parents.  I almost can’t breathe. … that could have been my child… But this isn’t about me.  Despite the feelings manifesting themselves in my inner being, the trembles that I seek to control and the simple knowing, that was not my child – I cannot help but...

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The Gift of Your Presence

  As I walked through a recent season of significant pain, Abby Mandella was someone who consistently entered in with me. Even when it meant opening herself to greater pain, she pressed in. THAT is what love looks like, and it also looks a lot like Jesus. I need people in my life who show me what it looks like to truly savor and truly mourn. I am grateful for Abby’s reminder of the kind of woman I want to be. I pray it gives you courage as well. – Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator     Do I...

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