day 31 of hope

by admin on October 31, 2014

 Abby Rike

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 1 Corinthians 15.19

 “My Caleb would have been 8 tomorrow, and it’s been weighing heavily on me all week. As I began reading those verses, I realized God knew my upcoming struggle when we chose 1 Thessalonians to study months ago, and He knew when we created the schedule we would be postponed a week because of Labor Day so that I would read those exact verses last night. While I may weep tears of sadness because I miss that sweet baby so very much…. I also know peace because I do not grieve as though I have no hope.

My prayer for all of those grieving is that you will grieve WITH hope. I pray God will be so near to you that you will feel His breath as he whispers He loves you. May you have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Thank you for your continued prayers and kindness. Thank you for standing in the gap for me for all these years.” Abby Rike (Facebook post September 24, 2014)

I became familiar with Abby Rike a few years ago. Her story is, in my opinion, every mother’s worst nightmare.

“Abby Rike, a loyal, hard working, lover of life, faced an unfathomable tragedy in October 2006. In light of losing her beloved husband, 5 ½ year old daughter, and 2 ½ week old son in a fatal car crash, with God’s grace, she chose to forge ahead in her new life.”

I’m using quotes because I do not want to add to or take away from the reality of Abby’s story. I have not read her book; however, it IS on my winter reading list. To say Ms. Rike is an overcomer, would be an understatement. I consider her a modern-day hero of hope. The by-line on her website is, “Hope, even in your darkest hour.”

Writing through the past 31-days with you has been an adventure for me – one with an indescribably positive effect. I’ve put words to some of the hard things in my life. And, still, there are stories yet to be told. Stories of hope. Psalm 60.3 says,

You have made your people see hard things;
    you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

Every person with breath has a story. It took Abby Rike three years to even try to live again, but with God’s help, she did. And, today her story becomes encouragement for others. YOUR story may be exactly what another needs to hear to bring hope to a seemingly hopeless situation. And, you know as well as I do that we all need hope, because…

Hope Changes Everything.

Rejoicing in HOPE until next time…

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day 30 of hope

by admin on October 30, 2014


You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word. Psalm 119.114

This scripture (above) was printed on a sticky note and attached to the dashboard of my Subaru wagon. I was learning He alone is my Hiding Place. My Shield. My Hope.

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Proverbs 30.5

Nothing else mattered except what the Word said about prodigals, run-aways, those who have left the faith for a season. My anchors were driven firmly in:

Isaiah 57.17c-18 And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him…

Jeremiah 31.16-17 Thus says the Lord: “Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the Lord, that your children shall come back to their own border.

Luke 15.20,22,24   “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

 Isaiah 59.1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.

2 Peter 3.8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psalm 27.14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

My anthem became this same scripture from Psalm 119.114, sung by SELAH, You Are My Hiding Place…whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You…

Ruth Bell Graham’s son, Franklin, was a wanderer, a rebel, yet she hung on, not to wishful thinking or fanciful thoughts, SHE HUNG ON TO WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAID.

Stories and testimonies are powerful, never should we discount them or wave them away with thoughts of, “That was them, what about my situation?” When the rubber meets the road, when our feet need faith to stand firm, it is the inerrant, never-changing WORD, which delivers the true hope that we need.

Friends, never give up and never lose hope. Never. Never. Never.

I am here to stand with you.

Rejoicing in HOPE until next time…

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Tomorrow ends my 31-day-write challenge and I cannot wait to tell you the story of a real, true-life Hero of Hope. Her story amazes me. Stay tuned!


day 29 of hope

October 29, 2014

Tweet The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147.11 Hope in His mercy? Holy Moley, I don’t just hope in it, I depend on it! Amen? Have you ever pondered the difference between mercy and grace? I have, for about eleven months now. mercy n. […]

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day 28 of hope

October 28, 2014

Tweet   …In this confidence let us hold on to the hope that we profess without the slightest hesitation—for he is utterly dependable—and let us think of one another and how we can encourage each other to love and do good deeds… Let us do all we can to help one another’s faith, and this […]

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day 27 of hope

October 27, 2014

Tweet This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Lamentations 3.21 I am writing these very words exactly five minutes before the time my mom’s mission on earth was completed two years ago. At 7:29 a.m. October 27,2012, my mother was escorted into heaven by Jesus and Queen Esther! Her Ma and Pa were […]

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day 26 of hope

October 26, 2014

Tweet   Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31.24 Linked up today, and every day for 31 days with Write 31 Days!  

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day 25 of hope

October 25, 2014

Tweet “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17.7 blessed, adjective: 1. made holy; consecrated. 2. informal, used in mild expressions of annoyance or exasperation. “There wasn’t a blessed thing we could do.” Noun: 1. those who live with God in heaven. Have you noticed the […]

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day 24 of hope

October 24, 2014

Tweet “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3.24 All I could hear on the other end of the phone line was hysterical sobbing. Caller I.D. told me it was my sister. The only words I could understand were, “He told me to *%$# leave.” And, so began […]

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day 23 of hope

October 23, 2014

Tweet Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…Titus 2.13 I was born in 1950 and ever since being old enough to understand, I’ve been told that Jesus is coming soon! My Grandma Emily thought for sure she would see her Savior part the eastern sky and […]

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day 22 of hope

October 22, 2014

Tweet I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130.5 That blasted “w” word…WAIT. Ugh! I have often wondered if God got a kick out of telling us to wait – that word is used a lot and very often with the word hope. Wait. Hope. Trust. […]

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