Blessings from Brokenness: Five Scriptures to Cling to in the Dark 

Blessings from Brokenness: Five Scriptures to Cling to in the Dark 

Blessings from Brokenness: Five Scriptures to Cling to in the Dark 

by Baylee Dunn

Many people love the summer time –  the sun is shining, children are laughing, and there are memories to be made. For me, summer brings with it joy and sorrow interwoven into one. It is as if the summer breeze brings a palpable heaviness.

Yet, there is so much joy to be found in that space.

I remember the date as if it were yesterday – July 20th, 2018. I laid still in bed unable to stop the spiral of thoughts from encircling in my mind. “Why can’t I just sleep?” I wondered. It had been sixteen days without it, and, unfortunately, I would soon discover the consequences of stress, sadness, and grief when coupled with such drastic sleep deprivation. For me, this cycle of sleeplessness, delusions, paranoia, and panic would ultimately lead to two psychiatric hospitalizations over the course of that summer, and an eventual diagnosis the next fall. “You have Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features,” are words that I will not soon forget. They are etched into my memory and with every breath I take, I carry them. That is my clinical diagnosis, but my identity lies deep within the scriptures. You see, I am not my diagnosis. I am a daughter of the king

That is my clinical diagnosis, but my identity lies deep within the scriptures. You see, I am not my diagnosis. I am a daughter of the king. -@Baylee Dunn Click To Tweet

Here are five scriptures that I clung to during this season.

I hope and pray that each one of them encourages you in your walk with the Lord. May you always know that whatever you face, you are never alone. May the Lord shine his light upon you today and every day! Friend, you are loved. 

Isaiah 26:3-4 “ 3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

Hey y’all, I am Baylee Dunn. I write on faith and the struggles that we face in life from a Biblical perspective. I am a college student, daughter, sister, friend, and lover of Chick Fil A.

Blessings From Brokenness

Blessings From Brokenness

So excited to welcome Baylee Dunn to By His Grace as an intern! I met Baylee through Hopewriter’s and instantly fell in love with her. She is a precious young woman with a huge heart for the Lord. If you don’t know Baylee, you should she is a ray of sunshine! Baylee is a college student who will be working with me as she pursues her dreams of one day writing a book.

Much Love, Misty


Jessica Wolstenholm: Laugh and Grow

Jessica Wolstenholm: Laugh and Grow

The struggle to find family-friendly entertainment and good media is real! This is why I am so excited to welcome Jessica Wolstenhom to the By His Grace Podcast this week. Jessica is the Editorial Director of the Laugh and Learn Bible for kids. We talk about the video streaming platform Minnow and the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids.

Popular programs on Minnow include Veggies Tales, Allegories, What’s in the Bible Series, Bible Man, Super Friends, and much more. Minnow TV

In the Minnow Laugh And Grow Bible for kids, Phil Vischer helps take really big theological concepts and breaks them down into easily understandable bite-sized pieces in fun and engaging ways. The Minno Laugh and Grow Bible is intentionally designed to help families journey through the Bible in one year. Jess Wolstenholm Bio + Headshot (1).pdf



Stephanie Pletka: Living Your Best Life

Stephanie Pletka: Living Your Best Life

This week I welcome my dear friend Stephanie Pletka author Living Your Best Life: Letting Go of Self-Doubt, Fear, and Other’s Expectations to Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed. I introduce her as a “joy dispenser”, and you will understand why when you listen to this episode. She is the girl who has your back, will make you laugh, and doesn’t take herself so seriously.  She is a cheerleader and a dream defender, and I know this episode is going to bless you.

By His Grace Podcast

By His Grace Podcast with guest Stephanie Pletka

Stephanie shares her journey from blogging to becoming a “Dear Abby” to moms. We have a fun conversation that covers a wide range of topics from:

  • Mom Guilt
  • Comparision
  • Identity
  • Perfection
  • God is in Control
  • Perspective
  • Maintenence
  • Friendships
  • Virtual Gold Stars
  • Failure
  • Giving Ourselves Grace
  • Mind Games
  • Finding Your Tribe
  • Change is Hard
  • Grace
  • Homeschooling
  • Adventure Traveling with Kids
  • Taking Risk
  • Value of a Skinned Knee
  • Giving God Glory
  • Putting God First

Resources: Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story by Kyle Idelman.

Life verse: Philippians 4:13 ESV – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

By His Grace

By His Grace Podcast with guest Author Stephanie Pletka

Stephanie Pletka is a speaker, entrepreneur, and author of Living Your Best Life. Her passion is to help women let go of self-doubt, fear, and other’s expectations, to chase their dreams, and write their story. She lives with her husband and four kids in Scottsdale, AZ.

Thanks for listening to the By His Grace podcast. If you enjoyed this podcast please consider sharing it with a friend. Sharing is caring! You may also enjoy listening to One Woman Can Change the World With Ronne Rock .

Ami McConnell: Faithful Daughter

Ami McConnell: Faithful Daughter

On this podcast, I sit down with my friend author and editor Ami McConnell to discuss her new book, Faithful Daughter: True, Inspiring Stories Celebrating a Mother’s Legacy and Love.

Ami expresses gratitude toward her own mom in laying the groundwork for her to be a mother, and how that has influenced her relationship with her daughters.

This is a collection of stories from across a full spectrum of daughterhood stories: Including one from a former prostitute, a woman who never wanted to be a mom, and another who survived alcoholism. There are 35 stories in all and the thread that weaves them all together is that each of these stories is hopeful and has faith in spite of or in response to her own mother.

Key Takeaways:

  • Women are resilient, and God uses all the things to form us.
  • The importance and gift of being a daughter.
  • We are earthly daughters and daughters of the Most High King.
  • Own your own daughterhood.
  • As women, we need to empower one another in our feminity.

Every faithful mother was first a daughter, and the complexities of that relationship influence a woman’s choices and behavior into adulthood, and even to future generations.

Faithful Daughters

By His Grace Podcast interview with Ami McConnell Author of Faithful Daughters

Faithful Daughter: True, Inspiring Stories Celebrating a Mother’s Legacy and Love is a beautiful tribute to motherhood.  An inspiring collection of 35 intimate stories by women, for women to celebrate God’s faithfulness and the powerful influence of a mother’s love.

These mothers and daughters reveal their heartfelt stories of joy, pride, and grief as they share about the deep bond, the unconditional love, the lifelong connection, as well as the pain, the trials, and the inevitable heartbreak. Through each testimony, you’ll be inspired to explore your own mother/daughter journey, and hopefully find that you are also God s daughter and He loves us just the way we are.

Ami McConnell

Ami McConnell

Ami McConnell is a Nashville-based writer & editor. She founded and directs WriterFest Nashville. McConnell formerly served as Editor-in-Chief and VP of Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. For over a decade she acquired fiction for HarperCollins and helped launch a fiction imprint there. Her editing credits include many New York Times bestsellers as well as numerous award winners. A prolific ghostwriter, McConnell co-authored the USA Today Bestseller Kind Is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure. She lives with her family in Franklin, Tennessee.


Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage

Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage

Belle and Sparrows: Lynde Griggs & Tiffany Savage


This is a by women for women non-profit that reaches women both locally and globally. They stand in the gap for marginalized women around the world. We talk about the blessings of stepping out in obedience answer God’s call and the blessings that follow. 

The Belle & Sparrows non-profit serves marginalized women. Those coming out of domestic violence, in emergency shelters, those who’ve been incarcerated, addiction recovery, and women coming out of sex trafficking, and the sex industry. Lynde and Tiffany take teams of women to go on mission trips to serve under-marginalized women. Most of the work they do do is at the table with women eating and doing crafts.

Serving women in Guatemala, Haiti, and New Mexico. They take a small business kit with them and teach them a trade as well as providing a women’s conference. Teaching the women how to o artisan handmade crafts including where the can buy and sell products.

By His Grace Podcast with Belle & Sparrow

We discuss the various projects they do with the women. Lynde shares how life-changing this experience has been with the Lord, how her faith has increased as well as her love God and His people. Tiffany shares how much it has changed her in the process. 

Bible Verses that have inspired.

Tiffany – James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters when you face trials of many kinds whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

1 John 3:1 –  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Lynde Griggs and Tiffany Savage are the co-founders of Belle & Sparrows. they are both wives, mom, and lovers of Jesus. They are women changed by Jesus, on a mission to bring the message of the gospel, and instill worthiness to all women around the world.

Find out more about Belle & Sparrows

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