Tag Archives: Hope

orphaned no more

When someone is described as being an orphan, the image of someone without parents, protection, a home, or security immediately comes to mind. A small child in tattered rags, no shoes, often in a third world country surrounded by squalor … Continue reading

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water, water, life

The picture above is a beautiful example of growing where there is life-giving water. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that … Continue reading

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rise

I have been in counseling for a year now. I have learned how to be honest about the brokenness in my past. I have celebrated the healing I have experienced through Christ. I have been able to make plans for … Continue reading

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mercy first

I spoke with a woman recently, who was angry and frustrated about her situation. At first, I laid out the boundaries of what could and could not be done to assist her. She shot down every option I offered and … Continue reading

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hope-filled

Throughout today I have been reminded of the hope we have in Christ. It’s not a hope like wishful thinking, but a deeply rooted, sound and sturdy kind of hope, something we can stake our faith and trust in daily. … Continue reading

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brave

The media would have us believe people are brave because they did something that looks more like a gimmick to attract attention than to take a stand for something or someone. Bravery, by definition, is courageous behavior or valor. To … Continue reading

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Pain and God

  Pain shows up in different ways for each person. It can be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.  When it comes into the lives of loved ones we pray, talk, and encourage each other to lean on God’s wisdom when … Continue reading

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stop the presses!

One of my son’s favorite things to drink in the fall is apple cider. He likes to make it warm on the stove top, soaking cinnamon sticks in the sweet liquid.   To make apple cider the apples are place … Continue reading

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rest and delivery

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation,     in quietness and trust is your strength,     but you would have none of it.  You said, ‘No, we will flee on … Continue reading

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Abandon [****] All Ye Who Enter Here

I love classic literature. I am nearly obsessed with it. I want to own the book, hold it, read it, and hold it some more; any old printing, any first edition, from classic English literature to early American literature. I … Continue reading

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