Serving in Suffering

Over the past couple of years, my health has presented some challenges and I'm currently still working through them. One of my dearest friends (who "adopted" me as a little sister) sent me these comforting truths as we chatted about our relative health issues, and now they are here for you to glean from as well!

There are at least three purposes that God accomplishes through our weakness:
1. God enables us to see His strength. 
We tend to rely on ourselves until we reach our limit. 
Then, we look to Him, which is where we ought to look.
2. God enables us to value others who also struggle.
Again, we tend to think about ourselves first. 
Our weaknesses sensitize us to the plight of others.
3. God gives us opportunities to minister.
We get to minister to one another because of our weaknesses. 
We'd have no needs if we had no weaknesses.

Your particular suffering brings you into deeper fellowship with the Father, 
enhances your ministry to others, and leads others to minister to you.
J. Chris Mills
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P.S. I miss you a lot big brother, but rejoicing that you get to see Jesus face to face <3

Living in a new season

Living in a new season
First off, Hi! I'm Allison, the face & heart behind Allie Dean, the place where you can find encouragement for your business, wellness tips for your life, and a friend who's here to listen.

Blogging is one of my favorite things because it's a quiet spot in the midst of a busy online world. You get to enjoy posts that you can find easily, free downloads as I roll them out, and the freedom to connect with me personally, if you'd like!

So, welcome here, friend!

I picked Allie Dean as a photography business name a couple years ago, using my nickname and my grandfather's middle name as inspiration. He enjoyed photography, developing film in the darkroom, entering contests, and traveling the world with his camera. In later years he had to stop due to partial blindness, and I picked it up and have carried it on. We never got to shoot together, but I think he'd be impressed with the digital age and would have dived right into using all the things!

Photography is a side gig for me now, (along with teaching piano and petsitting), and I'm in the middle of a different season of branching out with my brand to include business mentorship and wellness! (so-so-excited!!) 

On a more personal level, I'm also navigating life having experienced 2 deaths of family members in the last year. It's not always easy to "get up and go", sadness is still lingering in between the joys, and I'm learning how to be present for the wonderful people in my life and how to take care of my heart & mind.

More and more, I am grateful for the Lord's constant love, the ways He directs my steps, and His presence which is with me always. There is no comfort like His, no treasure like His Word, and that He has taken me for His own is a wondrous thing. Even in sadness, I'm grateful. And someday I'll get to see Him as well as my loved ones again :)

Thanks for joining me in this space, do come back and visit often!
-Allie


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