Is God Truly Faithful

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. —Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) Have you ever found yourself in the center of a storm with chaos swirling all around? Your mind wondering, “Where is God?” When life is rolling along smoothly, it’s easy to believe phrases like—God has a plan—God uses everything for …

Content in the “Whatever”

Hope for contentment right where you are “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well …

Suffering Well

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters (waters of rest). He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness (in right paths) for His name’s sake.” —Psalm 23:1-3 At one of my previous jobs, my boss (who might be reading this and …

What Should We Do When We Suffer?

Everyone suffers. Everyone. And while it is true that no one person suffers the same as another, humans will suffer nonetheless. The moment Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, we were guaranteed a lifetime of suffering while on this earth. There are many ways to undergo this. Sometimes suffering is brought on by no one other than ourselves. …

Cancer, Loss, and Suffering Well

In 2009, we learned that my mother had stage four breast cancer. After almost three years of treatments, and just before my son’s second birthday, she lost her battle on February 23, 2012. On December 15, 2014, a very kind doctor told me that I also had breast cancer. The good news was that my cancer was caught early. Although …

Hope vs. Despair

I sank to the floor sobbing. I was exhausted and utterly heartbroken. In the middle of an extremely difficult season of life, I found out I was pregnant, only to find out something wasn’t quite right. I had known since my four week appointment that my numbers weren’t adding up, but it wasn’t until I was almost 10 weeks pregnant, …

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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