day 1 of hope

by admin on October 1, 2014

Who doesn’t love a good challenge? The Nester hosts this 31 Day Write thing every October where about two thousand bloggers choose a theme and write 31 posts and publish one each day on their blog. I love the idea and although this is the fifth year of 31 Day Write I only learned of it a few weeks ago and thought, “Why not?” I chose my favorite category, Inspiration and Faith, and then narrowed it down to my all-time favorite topic of HOPE. A deep abiding HOPE was birthed in me late 2002 when….but wait, here, read the story…

 

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It was a busy Thanksgiving morning, my mother-in-law, my husband and I were in the kitchen doing holiday things when the phone rang. For as long as I live I will remember that call. My dear friend’s son had been heinously murdered in West Palm Beach, FL. I ran to the building adjacent to our house and sat on the floor and cried out to the Lord, “WHY, GOD, WHY?” And, I wept uncontrollably. That was 1998 and the memory is as vivid as though it was yesterday. For the next year I cried my friend’s tears as she numbly walked through the days and nights of lonely despair.

Tragedy struck again in 2002 – 5 a.m. on a warm, humid July morning, again, the phone rang with a wailing ring that can only mean troubling news. My daughter’s fiance had been murdered, her hysteria still echoes in my ear.

Sorrow upon sorrow. The following weeks became a blur of activity. I traveled to my daughter and the two of us and two friends traveled across several states to the funeral. After arriving back to her home, a memorial service for his many local friends. There were visitors, family members and friends, and then the hushed quiet of being left alone with your broken heart and memories of what was. I didn’t want to leave my daughter and begged her to come home with me but she wasn’t a child and wanted to try getting on with her life.

I came home to my husband, my work, and a major kitchen renovation! My body came home but my heart was still with my grown up girl. I went through the motions of everyday life. I would look at my husband and burst out crying. I prayed but the words just seemed staged and insincere. We went to worship services and I could barely sing songs about the goodness of the Lord – my heart was aching and my praises were mute.

For weeks, and then months, everywhere I turned the scripture from the Psalms would be in my sight and my hearing, “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30.5).” It just seemed surreal that in the space of four years, our family was touched with such tragedy. It seemed I had lost my hope and then one day toward the close of the year 2002 I was searching for a scripture and I stumbled on Romans 15:13. Now may the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Something happened in my spirit that day, Hope flooded over me and my sadness began to subside. It was as though Hope walked in and despair went running! Over the next several years, my hope was tried and tested but it prevailed!

My Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ love and righteousness…yes, those are words from an old hymn but they have become the theme of my life. God Himself is Hope and in Him we have eternal Hope. I have shared my testimony of Hope many times and before one such public testimony the Lord gave me a word,

Hope based on anything less than Jesus Christ is as futile as wishing upon a star.

Hope is not wishing. Christ’s Hope is as solid as the strongest rock and as sure as the rising sun.  It is free for the asking, it will never cost you anything and yet you will gain everything.

My hope for you is that you will embrace Jesus Christ, The One who is Hope!

Rejoicing in Hope until next time…

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squash soup

by admin on September 27, 2014

This soup is really delicious and oh so easy! Ali, I am glad you shared it!

ZUCCHINI SQUASH

Start with a good amount of yellow squash, zucchini, and just a few potatoes (these are going to thicken the soup), an onion, salt and pepper, dried thyme. (Ignore the lemon in the photo! Although, a little fresh squeezed lemon juice would probably be good in the serving bowls.)

Slice the squash (leave the skin on)

Rough chop the onion.

Cut-up the potatoes (I leave the skins on).

Put in a big soup pot. Pour two quarts of broth, chicken or veggie. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender.

In portions, spoon the cooked ingredients into your blender (you’ll need another container to hold), until all are blended smooth – you are going to mix all this pureéd loveliness back into the hot broth, add a teaspoon to a tablespoon of dried thyme and S&P to taste.

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Serve with a dollop of sour cream and crusty bread.

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Bon Appetit!

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31 Days

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the power of multiplication

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Tweet God, among all His wonderful attributes, is a mathematician! Imagine that! The One who breathed life into flesh adds and subtracts, multiplies and divides. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1.21   Then […]

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back on track

September 10, 2014

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hiding

September 3, 2014

Tweet Sometimes a girl just needs to hide. Blessings and Love. xo You, O Lord, are my Hiding Place. Psalm 32.7 Today’s linkup’s: Word Filled Wednesday Coffee for Your Heart Three Word Wednesday Jennifer Dukes Lee

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scared

August 27, 2014

Tweet There’s been a lot of talk about being brave. In fact, Annie Downs just released a book called Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life With Everything You Have.  This past week I was at my daughter’s – she had surgery on the 19th and I was blessed to be able to go and run the […]

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peggy and the potbellied pig

August 20, 2014

Tweet Elsa, the potbellied pig! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Psalm 126.2 For many years I laughed but it wasn’t real. It was faked. It was one of the masks I wore…life was good, I was […]

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flip flops

August 13, 2014

Tweet   This post is for me. But, as they say, if the shoe fits… Do you ever feel like the world’s biggest hypocrite? I confess, I do. Do I really believe… that God can heal chronic pain and illness? that God can restore broken marriages? that God can quiet the wind? that God can […]

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a mistake turned to hope

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Tweet It was a simple necklace I designed and had made – lots of them! The ops manager of the company helped me make a contact in China to have the necklace made and I received the shipment of 500 necklaces and the irony of it was the manufacturer could not assure me they did […]

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