Hope for Believing

This summer I decided to clear the space beside my deck of the remnants of my failed vegetable gardens over the years. We actually got some edible tomatoes and cucumbers last year, but mostly we just grow contorted vegetables or no vegetables. Bugs come and eat them or disease comes and rots them. That’s our dismal garden history. This year, …

Fuel Hope, Not Despair

Hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true: to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment: to expect with confidence Sometimes even the Webster’s dictionary gives a faith-filled girl goose bumps. Simply to write out these beautifully-worded definitions stirs desire and expectation in my heart. I know I am not alone when I …

Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13 (NLT) Hope is such a beautiful word. According to Merriam-Webster, hope is “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen …

How You Can Start Giving Back Today

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Review our Annual State of the Organization Address

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Lessons from Grandpa

“So Moses told the people of Israel what the LORD had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery…” —Exodus 6.9 (NIV) After the third ring, I was shocked to hear the familiar, “Hell-oooo,” on the other end. For the past week, I had been trying to get a hold …

Prayers of His Saints

“There was a time I could not imagine saying this, but you know, I would not take it away if I could. God has used it for the good.” “As much of a hard, gut-wrenching time as it was… losing my baby taught me more about God than anything else that has ever occurred in my life. I can’t wish …

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?   Prayer. In the realm of spiritual disciplines, praying is the one where I constantly feel like I fall short. Where I fail miserably.  Prayer requires me to sit still, which is hard for me to do. It requires me to open up, to be vulnerable and submissive, which goes against …

Praying in Times of Trouble

Where do you turn when you are facing a difficult situation? I’d like to give you the “churchy” answer and tell you that I always turn to Jesus when I need help, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is, I turn to the internet, my Bible study friends, magazines, and a host of other fixes when I need …

Waiting Stinks: A Prayer for Those Waiting

Waiting. Stinks. Waiting for a new job, a baby, for someone we know to change, to find out the results. Waiting can be flat out excruciating. From the time my husband Adam found out about his cancer diagnosis, the days of waiting to find out how much cancer was in his body felt like an eternity. The wondering was grueling. …