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In Others’ Words: Creating Hope

In Others’ Words: Creating Hope

I confess that I went looking for a quote about hope because my spirits were sagging a bit. Yes, this quote was selected because I’m encouraging myself, but I also hope you’re encouraged by the words shared. And I know that when you all join the conversation by leaving a comment, you so often encourage and uplift me and others, too. Scripture tells us to encourage others in the way we&... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Entertaining Hope

In Others’ Words: Entertaining Hope

  Are you entertaining hope? Indulge me for a minute while I play with that word “entertain.” Have you invited “great hopes” (plural) into your life? Anticipated the arrival of great hopes? Thrown the door wide open and embraced great hopes telling them, “I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve been waiting for you!” Or have you told “great ho... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Eternal Hope

In Others’ Words: Eternal Hope

There are some days that I need to lean into hope more than other days. Not just for myself … I’m hoping for the ones I love. Hoping for new beginnings. Hoping for healing. Hoping for dreams to come true. Hoping for life to be easier . . . or more satisfying . . .  for the pieces to fall into place in a way that makes sense. And yet, hoping doesn’t make it so.  Hopes are dashed .... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Looking for a “handout”

In Others’ Words: Looking for a “handout”

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins describes how he feels to Gandalf the Gray Wizard this way: I feel … thin. Sort of stretched, if you know what I mean. Like … butter scraped over too much bread.  Thin. Stretched. Scraped. All perfect descriptors of life when hope is worn out. You’re leaning ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Blocked

Have you been dreaming lately? I’m not talking about the now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of dreaming. No. I’m talking about the eyes-wide-open dreams. The ones requiring planning. And effort. And waiting. And praying. Those kind of dreams. If you’d asked me if dreams involved hope, I would have said “Yes, absolutely” without pausing to think about. Dreams demand massi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Hope

“This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in  it.” (Psalm 118:24 NASB) For months now, my husband and I have been starting our mornings by speaking aloud Psalm 118:24. Doing so gives me hope.   In Your Words: What renews your hope?   On Sunday I’m selecting — with the help of Rafflecopter — the last two winners of the Advanced Read... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Hope and Having

I almost didn’t post this quote today. I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. If I agreed with it or not. And then, while I was talking with my husband about what Epicurus meant, I distilled the quote down to one word: Now. Good ol’ Epicurus was reminding people to live in the now — not wasting today by focusing on tomorrow. And while I’m at it, don’t waste today ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Beauty in Unexpected Places

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” ~Anne Frank (1929-1945), victim of the Holocaust Many of you know that my family evacuated our home last Tuesday when the Waldo Canyon Fire erupted in the Foothills several miles from our neighborhood. We packed our cars with some precious family items — photos, a few treasured heirlooms, a cooler of fo... Read More »