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Just Show Up–A Book Review

Just Show Up

“Most often it’s those who come without answers or agendas who are the most helpful.”

Just. Show. Up.

Sometimes we just need someone to “be”. We don’t need them to solve our problems. We don’t need them to out “do” someone else. We just need THEM.

I started reading Just Show Up with a lump in my throat. I knew it was about cancer and friendship–and I wasn’t sure I could handle the emotion of it. But, I had promised Jill I would read her special gift–the book she wrote with her now Heavenly sister-friend. So, I dove in, ready for whatever she had in store for me.

I wrote down some quotes as I read:

“Showing up in suffering benefits both sides, and it has to be entered in from both sides.”

“Fear is a lonely companion.”

“Grace is the glue that holds relationships together as we walk through suffering with one another.”

I had a friend suffer through an agonizing battle with cancer. She finally won the battle when she went home with her Savior. Guilt took root inside my heart during her fight as I felt like I wasn’t “showing up” the way I thought I was supposed to. I didn’t feel I gave her what she needed from me. I wasn’t “that” person. But, after allowing the words in Just Show Up to sink in–really SINK IN–I realized I did show up. I showed up in the way I was gifted. I showed up in the way I knew how. I did what I do well. And, looking back, I realize that she had a community of women surrounding her. Each of those women had a special gift, a way they showed up. Together, we walked the journey with her.

Just Show Up speaks from the heart of Kara Tippetts as she goes through her hard journey and from the hearts of the women who came around her to support her and each other as they worked toward one purpose–Showing Up. Jill gives practical advice on what to say and what not to say when people are hurting as well as how to do what you do well and allow others to do their “thing”.

Just when I thought my heart couldn’t take anymore, Jill would throw in little bits of humor. (I loved that by the way.) I totally could relate when she said, “I’m an introvert (text, don’t call) and I prefer to enjoy my misery alone.” GUILTY!  Seriously though, it reminded me that we all deal with hurt and pain in different ways and we need to be open to it. God made us all unique for a reason!

I began the journey with Jill and Kara with a lump in my throat, cautious of where they were going to take me. I laughed here and there and (I have to admit) I cried in the end. This book was healing to my heart.

Just Show Up. It’s about Community. It’s about Friendship. It’s about women loving women. It’s about BEING.

About the Authors

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and blogged faithfully at Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of Falling for Texas, an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. Connect with her on social media and at

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Hello! I’m Lisa

Recently, I wrote a blog for Destination Amish. I was asked to be a regular contributor for them, so I thought I’d better start by introducing myself. The though struck me that I’ve never really done that here (introduce myself). So, here you go!

“I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself.

So—Hello! I’m Lisa! :)

I’m not Amish. I have never been Amish. I’ve never lived with the Amish. I do have friends who were once Amish, lived with the Amish, and who work with the Amish. But, since their experiences don’t give me any authority on the subject, you will never see me write about—the Amish.

I come from a family of ministers-men and women-on both sides of my dad’s family and at least one side of my mom’s family. My father is a minister, so I am one of those “preacher’s kids”. And, I was a pretty typical one. Dad’s “job” moved us around a lot. We moved from OH to PA to CA (Los Angeles) to MO all in three years’ time. That time happened to be middle school which is not an ideal age for change in a hormonal girl’s life.”

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Baby Pigs


Recently I took a trip to Florida to visit with my family. I stayed at my cousins’ farm. I was so excited because they had baby pigs and I couldn’t wait to hold one.

Their farm is so pretty. I’m a little jealous, actually.

Two days after I arrived, we finally got a chance to go visit the pigs. Unfortunately, it hadn’t been long before that some babies had been removed from another momma (I am obviously not using technical terms here). Therefore, this particular momma was very nervous about anything taking place around her pen. Occasionally, one of the little ones would wander off by itself. My cousin’s son would slowly walk up to it when a sibling would come by his side and make a distraction.



Momma would become agitated and walk toward my cousin, nudging at him with a warning of, “You better back off.” (She must have remembered that he was the one that took the last group of babies.) Considering her size, he decided it was better to just leave the little babies alone. I was disappointed. But, I also admired her for protecting her babies. After all, I would have done the exact same thing!

Soon she either decided she was tired, or bored, or maybe she just knew it was “time”, and laid down. The little ones would run over to her making their cute little noises, climbing over each other trying to to get close to their momma.


It’s all so precious. The cycle of life: it’s beautiful and it’s painful. New life is so exciting and wonderful. Saying good-bye is always difficult and the memories linger and sting for quite some time. And, yet, it is all very natural. We see it throughout creation.

I’m thankful that no matter where I am in my life, I have family and friends who will stand beside me and guide me…And, I am thankful for a Heavenly Father who never leaves me.




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