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Posts Tagged: hope

Choosing Our Perspective in Tough Situations

  Life being what it is, we occasionally face tough situations over which we have no control. Every time this happens, we get to choose the perspective we want to hold: we can either focus only on what we see and understand, or we can focus on what we cannot see or understand. The first… [ read more ]

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

  We’ve all heard the term “the light at the end of the tunnel.” We say it when going through a dark time in life. Circumstances may be extremely difficult but we see rays of hope ahead, and that hope keeps us going.   Jesus’s followers in the first century wouldn’t have used this term… [ read more ]

Overcoming Fear, Experiencing Peace

Hi, my friends. What a week it’s been, right? I feel like our world is changing faster than we can blink. How are you faring with all that’s happening?   I’ve been in Alberta at my mom’s place for the past eight days. She recently underwent radiation therapy for a benign brain tumor, so I… [ read more ]

Stay Safe: Keeping our Focus Where it Belongs

  We’re home! We totally enjoyed being involved in what God is doing in people’s lives in Romania and Poland, but it’s nice to return to the familiar. It’s also nice to return to our marina community and to get caught up with what’s been happening in our friends’ lives.   Gene spent several hours… [ read more ]

Two Views of Life

For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) I walked the docks twice at a marina this morning. They’re a bit rickety and lopsided, so the first time I only watched my steps to avoid tripping or losing my balance.   … [ read more ]

No Matter How Much We Know, Jesus Knows More

  The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she is only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. ( NLT)   Jairus’s friends and family had gathered to mourn because they knew his 12-year-old daughter had died…. [ read more ]

Finding Courage and Hope When Nothing’s Going Right

  The word “all” is teeny but don’t overlook its might. Here are several verses that will instill courage and hope when you’re tempted to say, “Nothing’s going right.”   But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.” ( Amplified)   I can do… [ read more ]

3 Reminders As We Wait to To See Hopes Fulfilled

For what are you hoping today?    I’ve spoken at numerous women’s retreats and conferences across western Canada this spring. Judging from private conversations at these events, it seems many women struggle with difficult family relationships and hope for restoration.   Some wrestle with medical issues and hope for renewed health. Others live in difficult… [ read more ]

Hope for Those Facing Giants Today

I woke today facing a giant.   After being overseas for two weeks with both a limited internet access and a desire to be fully present with the people there, I’ve returned to a workload that looms large over me. Where do I even begin? It would be easy for discouragement to overtake me and… [ read more ]

This Song Will Forever Change Your Life

  Yesterday I heard a song that literally stopped me in my tracks. I’ve listened to it many times since, and its lyrics grip my heart each time I hear them. If we, as believers in Christ, could truly live by them, we’ d forever bid fear and worry goodbye. We’ d reflect absolute peace,… [ read more ]