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Tag: hope

How to Lay Hold of Lasting Hope

Hope: The Anchor for Your Soul What an anchor provides for a ship, hope provides for the soul. Both provide necessary stability amidst the storms of life, something to hold on to should you find yourself floundering in the ditch of despair.... Read More »

Sisters, What Happened To Your Dreams?

On my desk at work sits a stuffed, purple dragon with orange horns and wings. His name is Figment, as in a Figment of your Imagination. He is a Disney-created character that can only be found at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Figment is a favo... Read More »

Hope from a Stump

A couple of years ago, we noticed something odd growing in the middle of our crape myrtle tree. This particular tree is on the side of our house where we hardly ever play or walk, so we hadn’t paid much attention to it in the 6 months we ... Read More »

But suppose that what you are up against is a surgeon . . .

The more we believe that God hurts only to heal, the less we can believe that there is any use in begging for tenderness. A cruel man might be bribed — might grow tired of his vile sport — might have a temporary fit of mercy, a... Read More »

How the Chains of Grief Break the Bondage of the Heart

I lost my mom in February of last year. It made for a complex 2015, with many lessons I didn’t want to learn and much sanctification I didn’t anticipate. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I really do believe it’s true. As I look back at... Read More »

“The Wrong Shall Fail, the Right Prevail”

For American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Christmas of 1863 was surrounded by overwhelming tragedy. The recently widowed Longfellow received word that his oldest son, Charles, had been wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church dur... Read More »

Steady My Heart

Evening was here, and the lights in the room were off to beckon sleep, but the lights and sounds from the hallway streamed through the curtain separating our room from the screech-screech-screech of nurses’ shoes and code blues on the IC... Read More »

Sometimes All I Can Pray Is, "Help!"

I read a tweet today that said, “Sometimes the only prayer you can muster is, “Help!”” Amen to that. I’m rarely one to nap. But some days, when long weeks are followed by early weekend mornings, the universe leaves me no ... Read More »

What I Learned from Battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Monica Patrick is a wife, a homeschooling-mother of four, and, most recently, a breast cancer patient. In 2013, she was told that, not only did she have breast cancer, but that it had spread into the bones of her pelvis and spine. It was St... Read More »

Miscarriage and the Road to Healing

Last summer was a crazy time in my marriage. I was finishing up a dissertation; my husband was serving as a college minister, as well as suffering from an infection that would not respond to medicine; and we were both trying to be good pare... Read More »