Category Hope

God’s Strength & Goodness in Suffering

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) I would not choose to walk through waters, to pass […]

Steadily Waiting Through the Struggles

Tapping a foot, leg bouncing, chair rocking, drumming fingers, restless fidgeting, pacing the floor, sweeping scrolls through social media, flipping through pages without reading text, and over-dramatic sighs. Have you ever done any of these while waiting?  Are these the things that someone who is steadily waiting would do? When we experience any type or […]

The Other Side

Have you ever been in a circumstance where you wished you could give the person you were interacting with a glimpse of what it felt like to be you?  A new understanding, deeper compassion, richer revelation, or maybe just a clue what it is like from the other side? When I was young my grandfather told […]

Snakes, a Spoon, and the Change of Seasons

Last Monday morning I woke up at 3:37am in a hot sweat, heart racing, short quick breaths of terror.  Whoa, what a nightmare. I have one of the most amazing gifts, a vibrant imagination.  It allows me the opportunity to visualize incredible things, in 360 degree 3D virtual reality in high definition detail.  It’s likely […]

Gift of Gentleness

In this life we will have pain and suffering, times when our vulnerabilities will be like exposed nerves, exceedingly sensitive and susceptible to deep damage. In the moments we are most assailable, one of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of gentleness.  Gentleness recognizes the rawness of the pain and hurt, strength […]