Good God ~ Good Days

I am so thankful that I serve a good God, who fills my life, with good days. It is relatively easy to be thankful for the good days–the days where all the blessings that overflow in my life are pleasant and obvious. The “not-so-good” days are a little more challenging, aren’t they? And yet, in…

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Surprised By Hope!

This week, I want to ask all of you to make a concentrated effort this year, (me, too!) to stay open to all possibilities of being surprised by HOPE! The holidays are fast approaching, (sigh!) and this is the time of year when expectations and reality can sometimes have messy collisions, right? (Yeah.) I don’t…

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When It Feels Like “The End”

These last few weeks have been tough, and because of that, my HOPE has really struggled to stay on its feet. (It isn’t easy stuff we’re going to discuss today.) So, now that you’ve been given fair warning, let’s talk about: When it feels like the end of hope. Where do you turn, or what…

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Those Pesky Little Things

I love being an encourager. I believe sharing HOPE, especially the hope that Jesus Christ has brought to my life, is essential in our day and age. So, would it surprise you to know that I struggle to, stay encouraged? I guess it is because I so often see the glass at least half full…

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Walking In Sarah’s Shoes

As I sat in this week’s Bible study I wondered, “How many of us out there are walking in Sarah’s shoes?” We were discussing the story of Sarah and Hagar. Sarah was definitely drawing the short stick when it came to compassion and understanding. It was, “…poor Hagar” this, and “…poor Hagar” that. (I kept…

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Pretty Woman 2.0

Do you remember the movie Pretty Woman? I’ve watched it many times over the years and I love the story because the story revolves around a woman no one in their right mind would ever choose. And yet… our hero Edward, a broken-prince of wealth and stature, sees the remarkable potential in a disillusioned prostitute…

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Leap of Trust

Trust is a BIG thing for me. And, I have to confess that I don’t trust easily–and because of that–my walk with Jesus can sometimes get very challenging. My faith will sometimes get tangled up in what I see or think. (That’s a problem.) How about you? As we sit here in your favorite bistro…

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Waiting On Your Promise

Today I want to bring a cup of comfort to those of you who are still waiting on your promise. I want you to know you don’t wait alone. I wait, too. We wait in exalted company. There are some folks in the Bible that I have so much empathy and compassion for. They are…

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Our Song In The Night

HOPE IS A PERSON, the Person of Jesus Christ… with Christ, hope always has the last word.

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Resilient Hope

Emilie Barnes wrote her book, A Cup Of Hope, while fighting a fierce battle with hopelessness. But, she discovered that, resilient hope that comes with our intimate relationship with Jesus. I myself can remember quite clearly, the day I visited the oncologist with my father, and I listened to the devastating news he received. I…

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