Hope :: Seeing Beyond Yourself

I don’t know about you, but I can be a very selfish person. I become so inwardly focused that I miss what’s happening around me. I thought the picture above perfectly reflected (😉) exactly what I was imagining when I thought about what would be in this post. Oftentimes, we see situations in our livesContinue reading “Hope :: Seeing Beyond Yourself”

Hope :: Surrounded, Yet Alone

You may be wondering why I’ve chosen yet another snowscape for a blog post, especially one seemingly not to do with winter. It’s a very good question, but I actually have several reasons. First, I love looking at snow. Pictures of snow, being surrounded by snow while sitting in a warm apartment… I LOVE lookingContinue reading “Hope :: Surrounded, Yet Alone”

Hope :: A Different Kind of Silence

Okay, apparently my computer reads my mind now, and it kind of creeped me out! As I sat down to write today’s blog post, I couldn’t figure out where to start. Then I remembered last week’s post and how I wanted to expand on the gift of silence. As soon as that thought hit me,Continue reading “Hope :: A Different Kind of Silence”

Hope :: Silence is a Gift

Do you ever have those moments where you’re just at a loss for words? You don’t know what to say? It very rarely happens for me, but happen it does. For instance: I’m terrible at small talk. I work retail, and part of our training is that we’re supposed to be constantly engaging with customers.Continue reading “Hope :: Silence is a Gift”

Hope :: New Year

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached 2023 already. It feels almost like just yesterday we were entering 2017. It’s as if I can blink my eyes and be back 6 years ago, just moved back in with my parents and unsure of anything I’m doing with my life. At times, I still feel like thatContinue reading “Hope :: New Year”

Hope :: Recognizing Stress

Wow! It’s been an incredibly busy and stressful season! And I’m not even talking about the holiday season. As many of you have learned through previous posts, I lost my dad this time of year two years ago. Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been really struggling with what I thought was depression (and thereContinue reading “Hope :: Recognizing Stress”

Hope :: Relying on Others…

Photo: My dagger – a gift from my father – image edited in Photoshop Relying on others is a double-edged sword, or dagger in the picture above. Don’t worry, the edges of said dagger are pretty dull. Anyway: I’ve spent most of my life relying on the acceptance of others to find motivation. I’ve neededContinue reading “Hope :: Relying on Others…”

Hope :: When Peace is Possible

Merriam-Webster describes peace as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions”. I agree. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still negative events in or aspects to our lives. It doesn’t mean we never have “disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions”. I know we wish that was the case. It would make life much moreContinue reading “Hope :: When Peace is Possible”

Weekend Whispers :: Jeremiah 1:4-8

The LORD gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”“O Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”The LORD replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for youContinue reading “Weekend Whispers :: Jeremiah 1:4-8”

Weekend Whispers :: Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and youngContinue reading “Weekend Whispers :: Isaiah 40:28-31”