John 17: 3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. Dear faithful readers, returning here after a month away my heart is both heavy and filled with joy. Heavy, because I am returning to tell you that I will be laying down … More A Goodbye and Call to Wholeness
This is the 20th post for our Write 31 Days series 31 Days of Miracles: Who is Our God. Today, Jennifer L. Lane (see below for her bio) shares her story. When Anna asked me to share about a miracle in my life for her and Debbie’s Write 31 Days series, I knew exactly what miracle I … More Healing and Undying Hope in a Broken World (Day 20)
This is the tenth post of Wendy and Anna’s joint blog series: Breaking Light, a series filled with stories of God’s goodness and faithfulness through the deepest of valleys. It is linked up to Carolina Cisneros’ Open Mic Monday. Today, we’ve invited Julia Putzke to the table to share of God’s gentle, pursuant love through … More Breaking Light: From Longing to Trust
This is the second post from Wendy and Anna’s joint blog series Breaking Light. Today’s post is a conversation between Wendy and Anna about their experiences of God’s breaking light through the darkness of cancer, fear and great loss. Wendy has also shared this post here on her blog – Breaking Light: Under the Shadow … More Breaking Light: Under the Shadow of His Wings
This post has been written for Kate Motaung’s #FiveMinuteFriday on the prompt: whole. It is also linked up to Holly’s Testimony Tuesday. At the beginning of time, God created man and woman in His image. They were created as whole, blameless and perfect beings, devoid of the curse of sin. But when the curse entered … More Whole: The Promise of Heaven
This is the seventh post in the series To Love is to Live in Christ and is based on 1 Corinthians 13: 4 “it [love] is not proud”. In choosing to be crucified for our sins, Jesus chose to lean into his Father’s Love. And in the leaning, his own fleshly will was bent to that … More Love: Receiving Christ’s Humility
This post has been written for Bonnie Gray’s #OneWordLent, based on the words “His own” from the following Scripture: “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.“ ~ John … More Embracing His Own
David’s Hope was deposited in His heart by the Spirit of God as a child. Then, it was grown in and through the breaking of his heart.
David’s suffering ranges from mental to emotional to physical brokenness. From the moment he is anointed as King, he faces human ridicule. Then, when he reaches adulthood he is forced to live on the run and even when he comes out of hiding, he continually faces either mental torment or physical oppression, even from his own son, who tries to kill him, and his trusted men, who embittered by their grief and loss, threaten to stone him. His heart is continually broken, as he is relentlessly forced to his knees.
And yet, the Psalms of David, as soaked as they are in brokenness and despair, are also bursting to the seams with Hope. Every single time, David, though his heart is being torn to shreds and his human spirit sapped to the last drop, gathers all his remaining strength to incline his heart away from his circumstances to the Hope that tethers him. This unseen Rock acts as a Strength that sustains and leads him forward, despite, or perhaps precisely because of the inward groaning of his soul.
Some of us may look at David, however, and see a man who “needs breaking”. For David was a man corrupted by evil. His life is riddled with horrendous acts: adultery and murder being among the sins he committed. We can be quick to look at him and place ourselves on a pedestal, patting ourselves on the back or feeling that we must either protect our families from the faithless world around us or make the faithless see the error of their ways. We, of course, have after all not committed such awful acts and are of course incapable of them. Or are we? … More David: a Broken Heart Tethered to Hope
This is the 11th post for the series A January of Unwrapping Hope and summarizes what has been unwrapped thus far. As we near the end of January, I’d like to take a moment to reflect in thankfulness upon what God has graciously gifted, as I’ve begun unwrapping His Hope in the series A January … More Ten Gifts of Hope Unwrapped
It is He who gifted me faith as a child, it is He who gifted me hope after my mother passed away, and it is He who has slowly been gifting me the “greatest” part of Himself: Love. And as He’s been encouraging me to embrace this Love, both my faith and my hope are being transformed.
I always saw faith as “being strong in the Lord” shown by good deeds and “hope” as the assurance of seeing our loved ones again. But, as He’s been holding out His Love to me and drawing me into it, faith is becoming a belief in the absolute goodness of our God, no matter the circumstance and both resting and moving forward in that assurance, while hope is becoming a growing excitement at meeting Jesus and beholding His Love face-to-face.
It is Love that is gifting me true enduring, abiding Hope and a freeing, strengthening, securing and emboldening faith. … More Hope Awakened and Tranformed in Love