This weekend I was struggling with forgiveness in regards to processing several particularly difficult situations. In a conversation with my spouse, he shared some Scripture and a devotional exercise. I am used to being the one leading the Bible study or devotion, so it was nice to listen and also a surprise, as he is … [Read more…]

“Come & behold Him…”

In the middle of November, our Sunday school curriculum focused on Jesus’ journey to the cross, death and resurrection. While this is typically the focus around Easter time, it is also the crux of our Christian faith, so I love that we were studying and highlighting this portion of Scripture together. I used a technique … [Read more…]

Grace Expectations

A few weeks ago, right before falling asleep, I began stressing about the holidays. It was the strangest thing, because it is my favorite time of year. I was thinking about to do lists,  travel plans, family dynamics and how busy the next month could potentially be. Then I read this blog post, which put … [Read more…]

We Need Jesus

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and I am not on the track I intended with regular posting this month. Many thoughts have been swirling in my mind, but none of them have landed on this blog,  my journal or another spot. In a sense, it’s been overwhelming not to be able to … [Read more…]

Love Conquers All

I just heard this song on the radio last night. It was on a Christian station, but definitely stylized as a country song. I would have normally changed the channel, but this song transcends the genre it was created in. The lyrics are a powerful reminder of what we have experienced in our lives and in … [Read more…]

For All the Saints

One of my all time favorite hymns is “For All the Saints”. Nov 1 is All Saints Day and the first week of November has always been significant for me in honoring this church festival. While there have been more contemporary versions of this hymn created, the original tune still brings tears to my eyes. … [Read more…]

Hope Restored (#write31days-Day 31)

I end this #write31days journey in a much different place than I began. It’s an unexpected blessing, which quite appropriately fits the title of my blog. While I had not lost hope prior to a month ago, it was much further in the distance and harder to see. Hope has been restored. The last two … [Read more…]