A year

Today is one year since my mom passed. I do not have words of wisdom or personal insights to share this day, but I have found some quotes & scripture that acknowledge feelings I have had over this first year of life without Mom and the loss that most acutely acquaints me with grief. “It’s…

Weary world rejoice

… it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth! Just as Jesus was born into a world of sin and chaos, we are inundated with pain, tragedy and poverty. So often joy is difficult to find. Yet… a thrill of hope is still available to us. We can cling to the truth that Christ…

Happy Christmas!

May His PEACE be yours in the midst of the busyness and difficulties life brings; may HOPE in Christ fill you with purpose; may His LOVE be your motivation and comfort; and may His JOY fill each cell in your body knowing He is working ALL things for your good. Happy Christmas to you and…

What joy // Advent Week 4

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in…

Hope of all hopes

Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams,     a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great.     The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in…

Hope differed

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NIV Hundreds of years of waiting… of wandering… of separation. In one night, the anticipation is over. Ever so subtly, Jesus is born into a world groaning with longing and deep grief. “Jesus was born because God redeemed…

Hope for breaking hearts

Not my writing, but I had to post because this message is relevant and needed. An adaptation posted by Relevant and beautifully written by Sherri Gragg in Advent: The Story of Christmas. Let the meaningful words sit deeply within you, and change your perspective of the Nativity story. On the morning of December 14th, 2012,…

Thrill of hope

Come all ye hopeless and all ye faithful Lying in a manger is the King of Kings Inside every heart is longing For a thrill of hope – Excerpt from “King of Kings” by // Brandon Heath Luke 1:39-45 gives us the beautifully intimate encounter of Elizabeth and Mary, and at once John the Baptist…

Confident hope

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 in grief // Advent Week 2

We are in the second week of Advent and last night I had the opportunity to attend a service at my church for those grieving during the holidays entitled “Night of Hope”. Since I only lost my mom this year, I had never thought to attend before. I am glad I went because it was…