hope

The meaning of hope

I’d like to share something special that God showed me when I was talking with Him the other day. It started when thought of the verse “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” I thought about how the word “hope” in American culture means that something doesn’t seem likely, but we are hoping anyway. We …

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My husband’s recent testimony, from March 5th

Easter / Resurrection Sunday is the time when we celebrate the fact that Jesus didn’t stay dead. This is worthy of celebration because His resurrection is the whole reason that we can walk in newness of life! Yes, His death paid the price for our sin, and that is vitally important, because without that sacrifice …

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Discovering what the hope of your calling actually is

Fifteen years ago, I started this blog on a whim. I wasn’t really sure what I’d do with it, and I certainly didn’t think I’d be here, fifteen years later, still writing about hope!  I took the name “Hope Is Calling” from the verse that is still, 15 years later, my favorite. [I pray that] …

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The paradox of an infant Savior and what it represents today

As 2019 and the Christmas season draws to a close, I find myself thinking about how many truths and principles exist as a paradox.  The first shall be last. The greatest is the servant. Love your enemy and do good to those who spite you. To me, the biggest paradox is that God chose to …

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Why we celebrate, even though the world is still falling apart

I am going to repost what I shared last Christmas, for the world still seems to be falling apart.  Most likely it always will.  This year, I think that different people would give completely different lists of what that looks like… which parts of things are falling apart and which are falling together. But then …

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Why we celebrate, even as the world falls apart around us

December 2016.  The once-great city of Aleppo, jewel of the Ottoman Empire and home to 2 million not all that long ago (think Houston, TX for size), is in its death throws as massive evacuations continue. In South America, Venezuela is in total upheaval after the most-used currency bill has suddenly been declared no longer valid, …

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The world is dying and are we sharing what it needs?

As I look out my window, I see dying trees — trees that were healthy last year.  I see stumps of trees that died last year and were healthy when we bought this house 8 years ago. I read on the Internet how many huge percentages of trees in North America are dying at abnormally …

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Hope in the darkness, when you’re facing things you never thought you’d have to

I’ve been silent here for the last several months because I haven’t been sure that I have anything worth saying. Life’s been difficult, and it’s also been boring and normal. There have been wonderful triumphs and victories as well as great difficulties, questions, controversies, struggles, and pain. This is what life is made of. As …

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