Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: I need hope

3 Truths to Remember When You Feel Depleted

  I’ll be honest—I’m feeling a tad depleted. A culmination of things have led me to this place, the most significant being my mother’s death and the necessary busyness during the eight weeks prior. But add to that the craziness of 2020, right?   You know what I mean. The pandemic has ripped away normalcy… [ read more ]

Hanging onto Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ( ESV)   Does anyone out there remember the poster picture of a kitten dangling from a knotted rope, its claws embedded in the fibrous nub? It’s still… [ read more ]

Getting Out of the Pit of Despair

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. ( NLT)   I was kindergarten age when my… [ read more ]

Jesus — Mighty God

    “These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)     Life being what it is, we sometimes face problems that appear insurmountable. We deal with circumstances that seem utterly impossible.   Perhaps Mary viewed her situation through that lens when the angel Gabriel said she… [ read more ]

4 Meditations on the Names of Jesus – Week 1

  The Christmas season is upon us full bore. Even the international airlines featured Hallmark-type Christmas movies on our flight from England to the USA yesterday. I’ll admit it—I enjoy wrapping myself in a warm blanket and watching these movies for fun on cold winter nights as Christmas approaches. I also enjoy wrapping gifts, baking… [ read more ]

The Key to Hope

  I attended the Peace River Bible Institute missions conference this week. One presenter invited mission reps to a session about identifying and overcoming burnout. He noted that burnout happens when hope is lost, and hope is lost when we fall into faulty thinking about who God is.   This session really resonated with me…. [ read more ]

Lessons Learned from a Starfish

I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.  Psalm 63:8 NLT   Gene and I left Vancouver last Monday to sail north to Quadra Island for a friend’s memorial service. We anchored in secluded coves along the way for the first four nights. One morning, when he pulled up the anchor, he… [ read more ]

Celebrating Christmas Without Clutter

Christmas is almost here! In a few hours my husband and I, together with our eldest daughter and son-in-law, will begin the long drive to southern Alberta to celebrate Jesus’s birthday with my 85-year-old mom and my brother’s family. It’s been 16 years since we made that trek through the Rockies—the lapse due mostly to… [ read more ]

Where Can We Find Hope?

The past several weeks have found me immersed in studying the theme of hope. Wow—what a relevant topic! News headlines tell of wildfires forcing tens of thousands to leave all their earthly belongings, jobs, and schools to flee headlong into an unknown future. These folks need a ton of financial assistance as they seek to… [ read more ]