Hope :: Past the Fear

I don’t know about you, but I’m afraid. A lot. Fear can actually be a good thing. In small doses and if it keeps you from doing something stupid. Fear can also keep you trapped and keep you from doing and being MORE. I don’t know what your “more” is, but I know we allContinue reading “Hope :: Past the Fear”

Hope :: Stay the Course

No matter in what stage of life you find yourself entrenched, I’m willing to bet you’re fighting battles in your life. Maybe it’s that it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Maybe it’s that you don’t have anyone supporting you. I could sit here all day naming off things that could beContinue reading “Hope :: Stay the Course”

Hope :: There’s Always Something

I struggle with depression. Sometimes it gets really bad. To the point where someone asks what’s good in my life and I can’t think of a single thing. The past few weeks have been extremely rough. Each day was progressively worse. I love the team I work with, but every single night I was dreadingContinue reading “Hope :: There’s Always Something”

Hope :: Why I Believe

Some people believe in God because of some miracle He’s worked in their lives. Some believe because of total healing He’s performed. I believe because He’s always been here. I always had a hard time making friends. I had two best friends in elementary school. By the time I got into high school (7th grade)Continue reading “Hope :: Why I Believe”

Hope :: Take Control

Sometimes it feels like everything in your life is out of control. It feels like no matter what you do, someone or something else is always pulling the strings and making the decisions for you. I’ve been there plenty of times. What I’ve found that helps me see hope in the midst of that isContinue reading “Hope :: Take Control”

Hope :: Pretending

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a pro at pretending that everything is fine. When I was in seventh grade, I began constructing a mask that no one could see through to get to my true feelings. Someone made me cry, then laughed at me, and I decided no one else wouldContinue reading “Hope :: Pretending”

Hope :: Drowning in the Deep

Do you ever get so far into something, only to realize you’re in over your head, and you don’t know how to get out of it? If you’ve ever been in over your head with no real way to get out, you’re not alone. Sometimes, we get in over our heads by our own choices.Continue reading “Hope :: Drowning in the Deep”

Hope :: Losing a Loved One

It’s never easy to lose a loved one. No matter how much time you have to “prepare” or if it’s sudden, losing a loved one is difficult. I’m definitely not the expert on the grief cycle of losing someone – or even something – you love. I can, however, give some tips from my ownContinue reading “Hope :: Losing a Loved One”

Hope :: Bruised but Not Broken

I have a shirt with this phrase from Compelled Clothing and I think those words are beautiful. And relevant. I’ve gone through a lot of really rough things in life. No, my life hasn’t been as rough as others. I’m not trying to say it has been. I spent many years thinking of myself asContinue reading “Hope :: Bruised but Not Broken”

Hope :: Your Circle

Who is in your circle? No, I’m not talking about your social circle. Your peer group. Your family. I’m talking about your circle of people that you feel closest to and with whom you can be completely honest. Do you tend to share your secrets with everyone? Do you share with absolutely no one? BothContinue reading “Hope :: Your Circle”