Award-winning author, L.R.Knost

In the Light of the Unexpected

It might be that day of the week

or that particular season

or that darkest hour

when you’ve come to the end of your rope

when your dreams seem impossibly far away

when nothing seems to fit in its proper place

when the bed covers look like an inviting place to stay



“This is not what I expected,” you might say

on this day of the week

in this particular season

of your darkest hour.


That’s okay.

That’s okay.


It doesn’t mean it can’t work out … or be okay … or become something better than you expected, in time. Just because it’s not what you expected, doesn’t mean it’s turning out all wrong.


Each time you:

open your arms

pick your battles

breathe through the meltdowns

work through the upheavals

spot the silver linings

carry the weight that’s often too big to be carried,

it becomes you.

It becomes you.


This life you didn’t necessarily plan for is becoming quite beautiful on you.


In these diversions from the path you imagined, expected, or hoped for,

there are opportunities to see silver linings of your soul you didn’t even know you had.


But now you do. Now you do.


Shine on, dear one. You radiate strength in the light of the unexpected.


© Rachel Macy Stafford 2017 from #onlylovetoday


Rachel Macy Stafford’s latest work of heart, ONLY LOVE TODAY, enters the world this week. Through her most honest writing yet, she reveals her own struggles to hold onto what’s most important, and make what’s most lasting the first priority in her everyday life. Formatted for people with busy lives, you can literally open the book to any page and find words that will re-route your day in a more positive, loving direction.
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Rachel Macy Stafford has one goal: help people choose love as much as humanly possible. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life, as well as a certified special education teacher and inspiring speaker. Millions find solace and direction in her weekly blog posts at and supportive Facebook community, The Hands Free Revolution. Rachel’s latest work of heart, ONLY LOVE TODAY, is soulful encouragement for busy individuals yearning to anchor themselves in love despite everyday distractions, pressures, and discord. “Only Love Today” began as a mantra to overcome her inner bully, but it is now the practice of Rachel Macy Stafford’s life. It can be a practice for all of us with ONLY LOVE TODAY.

Award-winnning author, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, and children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series.

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