When it’s felt like forever

Cainspirations by Kristi Cain, originally published November 5, 2020


Overcoming Darkness.

How are you overcoming the darkness of the waiting game? Let’s journey together!

Answers just aren’t coming very easily this year.

Whether it’s a COVID test or a national election, no one seems to know what to tell us or what to prepare for.

So when we find ourselves once again in the same waiting game we’ve already been playing for what feels like a few million eternities now, how can we possibly pull out a win?

How can we do anything but pull out what little hair we have left and chalk it up to the year’s ever-unfolding pit of problems?

But if we take a step back and look at our current circumstances through the spectrum of the last decade or so, we might walk away with a different point of view.

Because, while I’m no spring chicken, I think even my pre-millennial readers can remember at least one election that didn’t turn out the way they had hoped.

And guess what folks?

We all survived.

Maybe not in the way we wanted. Maybe not with things unfolding the way we were hoping for in our country, but somehow we are all still here to tell the tale.

And if you take an even bigger step back to the span of your life, I bet every one of us can think of some other waiting games we’ve managed to beat.

The game of waiting for our first date, our first car, our first “real” job, our first home, and all the circumstances we now enjoy after years of struggle.

Because if you really consider the fruit that our waiting usually reaps, isn’t that the stuff that makes it all worthwhile in the end?

The upshot, the very real light at the end of every tunnel – no matter how long and dark.

And if you want to take an even bigger step back – a giant, cosmic step back through the pages of human history – what you’ll find will be even more encouraging than our present view.

A people exalted above all nations after hundreds of years in bondage. An ark-builder. A sea-parter. A giant-slayer. A host of wisdom-keepers. The Son who laid down his life and the God who loves us enough to raise us up along with him.

Your forever light that is always waiting at the end of every chapter of every day.

And if that isn’t winning, I don’t know what is.


Don’t make me do all the talking – I’d love to hear from you!

  • What waiting games have been the hardest for you this year?
  • Any long-awaited reward stories from your life to share?
  • Do you want to hear about anything else? Any prayer requests?

Just shoot me an email – don’t be shy! And I promise to reply!


Check out these awesome photos from readers like you!

Photo Credits (from left to right, top to bottom): “Sunrise” by Ashley Richardson, Lenoir City, TN; “Bubbles” by Deanna Womac, Athens, TN; “Child’s Play” by Teresa Berg, Evansville, IN; “Fall Fire Pit” by Angela Zinkl, St. Louis, MO; “Zoo Day” by Tracy Woods, Queensland, Australia

Want to share your “Beauty in Today” picture or inspirational musings? Shoot me an email and you just might be featured in my next issue!


Inspiration for today from readers like you!

Chattanoga, TN – Cheryl Coffman’s grandson is a true overcomer

Cheryl Coffman’s grandson may look like a rock-climbing champ, but he’s so much more. After a difficult birth, he entered our world with several disabilities.

His family even wondered if he would ever be able to walk. After intensive prayers and physical therapy, he finally took his first steps at the age of three.

But the challenge of preparing for school with a laundry list of limitations did not come easily. And it is safe to say that the road has been anything but smooth.

On top of everything, he’s had a lifelong fear of heights. But this picture shows his first big steps to overcome it.

As his grandmother lovingly recalls, “He never asked for help or to get down. He figured it out on his own.

“So many things in his life have been stamped in failure. But not on this day!”

Thanks for visiting with us today! I hope I’ve helped you feel encouraged! – Kristi

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Kristi Cain is a former journalist and public relations director. She has taught secondary English since 2006 and has a passion for helping students through struggles in learning and in life. She currently writes inspirational blogs at Cainspirations, a source of encouragement to readers at every stage of their personal hero’s journey. Before earning her Master’s Degree in English Education from the University of Tennessee, Cain studied English at Vanderbilt University where bestselling author Tony Earley encouraged in her calling as a creative writer.

Cain’s life experiences and faith journey have lent her the lens through which she shapes stories of unlocking the light of destiny out of darkness. These experiences include the difficult journey through her daughter’s medical crisis, which is one of the featured threads in her debut novel, The Key of Shadows. She lives in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation with her husband, her teenage daughter and son, and playful family dogs. 


Published by Author Kristi Cain

Author - Teacher - Encourager Kristi is a wife, mother, inspirational blogger, Crosswalk contributor, and crafter of fantastical stories of Christian fiction.

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