Hope :: Joy Can Be Found

My nephew, Ewan, on September 26, 2022 taken by Alyssa Stonestreet and posted to Facebook; picture downloaded and used with permission. The Joy of Children Kids kind of scare me, which some people find surprising since I taught elementary school for three years. However, one thing I love about kids is how they find joyContinue reading “Hope :: Joy Can Be Found”

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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 :: Living Joyfully

Okay, if you know me personally, you know that I (typically) have a very bubbly personality. At home, I tend to be more subdued, usually because I’m recharging. It kind of isn’t fair to my family, but if I’m being honest, that’s where I am. Anyway, I digress. Being bubbly doesn’t necessarily mean a personContinue reading “Hope :: Living Joyfully”

Hope :: A Bit of Light

It’s easy to think that we’re alone here on earth. We look around and see nothing but bad. Or that’s how it seems anyway. We see all the negative happening and we think: if there really is a God… if there really is a LOVING God, then the world wouldn’t be so horrible. It’s veryContinue reading “Hope :: A Bit of Light”

Hope :: Running on Empty

I am a people-pleaser. I always have been, but I’m hoping I won’t always be… There’s nothing wrong with wanting the people around you to be happy and successful. The issue comes in when you sacrifice yourself and you own joy and peace to please other people. Yes, life sometimes comes with sacrifice. Sometimes weContinue reading “Hope :: Running on Empty”

Hope :: How Do I Re-Energize?

2020 has been an exceptionally bad year for many of us. 9 months ago, we were told things would change for the next two weeks before we got back to normal. That was 39 weeks ago. At this point, going back to our regular ‘normal’ is a pipe dream. We just want to not beContinue reading “Hope :: How Do I Re-Energize?”

Hope :: What IS Hope?

It’s a long post, but I hope you’ll stick it out to the end! 💙 So I’ve been naming these blog posts ‘Hope’ for many weeks now, but it only just occurred to me that I’ve never taken the time to actually explain what I believe hope is and how it works. So, my apologies!Continue reading “Hope :: What IS Hope?”