Those three little letters wield so much power.


How often do I use them to explain the almost, the not quite, the never really had any intention to moments of my life. The word slips out without so much as a pause, really. It’s the ultimate less-than-beautiful precursor.


Sometimes it’s redeemed. It’s used like a gift. It leads from the less-than to the more-than-ever. The best news. The just-what-we-need.

There’s a flower bed in our backyard. For the past two years, it’s been nothing more than dirt, rocks, and a few straggling weeds. It’s in a lovely location, but drought had taken its toll. It could have been beautiful, but keeping it watered was too difficult. It was dead.


But then –  it came to life. With no help from human hands, the flower bed bloomed. Two perfect little bougainvillea plants shared their coral and purple joy. And every blossom reminded me that even the longest, hardest, most drought-stricken seasons of life are just that – seasons. Seasons with the promise of “but…”

But God meant it for good…

But God turned the curse into a blessing…

But God had mercy…

But God is faithful…

But God is sufficient…

But God showed His love for us…

But God’s gift is eternal…

But with God all things are possible…


Here’s to the beauty of “but” in today…

Where has God shown you the beauty of “but?”


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About Ronne Rock


We're in this together, and I am for you. I secure road signs with a hammer of hope, and clear the debris so they can be seen. I am your encourager. I walk and keep walking. Cheer and keep cheering. I invest, dive deep, and cherish most the stories being written in the lives of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. God holds the pen in those stories, “That one - I hold her. And that one - she is My delight. And that one - never snatched away.”  I am a mouthpiece of celebration for women. Redemption is our song. You can find even more encouragement in  "For You, Love" the prayer journals that invite you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. I'm currently writing One Woman Can Change the World, set to publish late spring 2020 (Revell). I'm honored to be represented by Credo Communications.

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4 thoughts on “…but.”

  1. I always love the reality of these words in the bible: such and such and such happened, BUT…. GOD… I see His interruptions as a needed bit of either refreshment or wisdom. I desire to be more interrupted by Him to hear whatever He has to share. Thanks for this post.

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