Yes, But…

Yes, But…

Sometimes the path ahead looks too steep or uncertain to continue.

We all face fears, doubts, worries, regrets. We may be facing obstacles that seem too big, trying to overcome mistakes that seem too costly, or dealing with people who seem impossible to please.

Whatever the situation, these two little words can help: Yes, but…

The first word is Yes. Yes, there is truth to be faced. Yes, I’m afraid to even think about the marketing process and I don’t see how I will ever succeed in selling a book. Yes, I really blew it badly and I don’t see how that relationship can be restored. Yes, my boss is prickly, unpredictable, and demanding, and nothing I can do will change him.


Don’t stop with the Yes, because with God there is always another, more powerful truth. Yes, marketing isn’t my natural strength, But God is powerful. He is not hindered by my weaknesses. He promises we can do all things through his strength. Yes, I’ve blown it, But God freely forgives. He is our redeemer. He can restore, make new, bring good out of any situation. Yes, my boss is difficult, But God gives us patience, courage, kindness. He promises comfort and he gives us perseverance.

When you are feeling discouraged, or are too afraid to try because you’re sure you’ll fail, look for the Buts that can help you overcome.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39 NIV

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the church or library, she blogs about intentional living and writes historical mysteries.


  1. Before I read your post I thought, what can this be about… “yes, but…”? I was not expecting what I read! This was so great Lisa, now I’m never going to forget adding the “but”!

  2. It’s such a simple concept, but so powerful. I hope you find many “buts” for all your “Yeses”.

  3. Yes, thank you, Lisa. I needed to read that this week!


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