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Where Does Your Hope Come From?

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I seem to fall off the map at fairly regularly intervals lately.

I have to admit that I took my ability to write a daily post for granted in the past.

Now, I’m grateful to even have the energy and the inspiration to write.

How life changes.

The one thing that doesn’t change is that there is always hope.

There is always, always hope.

Today, I was working on memorizing Romans 15:13

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. …

The End or the Beginning?

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I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:18-19 NLT 

Over and over it feels as if I come to the end of myself. 

I’m pretty sure most of you have had similar feelings: 

Those times when you are sure you can't take one more step or handle one thing more. 

Yet, with Christ, we do. 

For my fellow Hind's Feet fans - it can feel as is we have run up a against the mountain precipice that looks impossible to climb.

Could it Get Any Worse?

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Sometimes it is hard to find things to be grateful for.

Our blessings might seem limited.

The truth?

Even as we wonder if things could get any worse, the truth is that it could always be worse.

I remember this truth hitting home for the first time many, many years ago.

My seven-year-old son became paralyzed on the left side of his body.  It started slowly.

We were in a store and he was merrily pushing his little brother around in a shopping cart.  …

A Little Bird Am I

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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with my all-time favorite poem.

And there’s a story behind it, as well. Because sometimes the confinements can feel so claustrophobic. I know I feel that way when I am lying down in bed; as a quadriplegic, I cannot lift my head off the pillow or sit myself up right. And at times, it feels so suffocating. It’s like, I feel like I can hardly breathe. I can’t move; I can’t get up; I can’t raise my head.  …

Weighed down

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Some days - many days, lately, I feel simply exhausted.

Weighed down.

As if I am dragging something of unknown weight behind me.

I get so tired.

And then, ah, and then,

God meets me right where I am with exactly what I need.

I found this verse (I should say ‘uncovered’ as I am pretty sure it was there all along!),

I heard an unknown voice say,

“Now I will take the load from your shoulders. I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.”  …

Always in His Presence

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I’m finding that I need a lot of reassurances lately.

Our world seems upside down.

My life feels upside down.

So, I look for all the encouragements I can find.

As I trek through Philippians and the first two chapters of Colossians for this 21 day stretch, I came across this gem of a verse that I cling to - so I thought I’d share.

Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. …

And He Did …

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I sat in my doctor’s office today, and thought I’d put the time to good use.  I read Philippians again, asking God to show me what I needed.

I found it fairly quickly.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. …

Reframe example

 Here are the reframing questions with an example.

1. How am I feeling?

2. What event precipitated the feelings?

3. Write down all the thoughts you have that led to the feeling. Put a % by each for how much you believe it.

4. Find verses that counter the thoughts.

5. Write down the verse on a card and keep it with you.

6. The thoughts not helping need to be reframed; use God's words to reframe them.


1. What am I feeling?

Reframing “How Can I ….”

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 I am, by profession, a psychologist.

Contrary to what most people think, psychologists don’t have profound insight into human behavior - nor do they have magic wands to wave that, after sitting for them for 55 minutes, your life is changed.

A psychologist learns, early on, that it takes the client’s efforts to illicit change of any kind.  No one can change anyone but themselves.

Sometimes, we try to help people by teaching them to “reframe” their thoughts.  …

A Master Carver at Work

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Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1 Peter 4:19 (NASB) 

I’ve heard of our lives being compared to a spiral … what we miss the first time around - will come around again … and again … if we need it.

This is just my own opinion, but I see that as the way God works in our lives.

First time around - we might hit the big stuff - learning of God - Christ.  …

More Love, More Power

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No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

There are times when I feel like a fraud.

Here I am, writing a blog about encouragement as if I have figured things out - figured out how to walk along side of chronic illness and learned enough to encourage you all as well.

Truth is, I’m down here in the trenches right along side of you.  

Yet, what I am doing is learning right along side of you.

Two Tiny Words

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I’ve been saying a lot of Scripture prayers, lately.

They have come to mean more and more to me.

I especially like Colossians 1:9-14.  I’ve mentioned it on this blog before - but I think it bears repeating:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. …

Sometimes I Forget …

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Sometimes I forget. 

And it is a forgetting that does not bode well for my health- whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. 

What do I forget?

As I read in Colossians, I realize that I forget just what Paul admonished against forgetting. 

I am trying so hard to please Him and do His will - that I forget how He sees me right now.

Yet now, He has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in His physical body.  …

Sharing An Ann Voskamp Post …

I’ve been reading and rereading this post by Ann Voskamp, I know many of you already follow Ann’s writings.  For those who don’t, I thought I’d share her words here. They’ve helped me a lot this week.

Five Truths When You Feel Tired  & the World’s Broken Your Heart a Bit.


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