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    Living Hope (#write31days-Day 27)

    3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5 I came across this passage as I was looking for more ways to write about hope. What struck me is that while hope is a concept, it is made to be a living, breathing thing through Jesus. Hope…

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    Change (#write31days-Day 26)

    On Monday as I was driving to work I wondered, “Why haven’t the leaves changed? After all, it’s mid-October!” My absolute favorite part of fall, (and there are many) are the changing leaves. The colors become so sharp and breathtaking! On Tuesday as I was driving to work, I suddenly noticed the leaves were changing! Change usually doesn’t happen that fast. But there is a lesson in how we view change. Sometimes it is happening and we do not even notice. Most likely the leaves have been changing and I have not been paying attention. There is plenty of other worries and thoughts that have taken priority. Change occurs and I…

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    Hope Rising (#write31days-Day 25)

    Hope is rising. Yesterday’s post had no expectations from me other than being an outlet to share something deep and personal. I had hope that my sharing would impact others who walked this road in their own lives. After I wrote it, the weight was lifted and I could feel a difference in my demeanor. To share personal experiences is important to me, but it also requires taking a risk in sharing in such a public forum. Writing is truly a gift to me, because regardless of the setting it conveys the message I want to express. I have read each and every comment both on the blog post and…

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    Rock Bottom (#write31days-Day 24)

    I’ve been waiting to write this post since I began this series. This topic was one that helped me focus in on the idea of hope. But, I’ve also been postponing writing it, because I knew it would take energy and a look back at a darker time, a moment described as rock bottom. As I’ve said in previous posts (this post provides necessary context), depression and anxiety are real and not nearly talked about enough. It brings shame to those who battle it. It paralyzes. And, it isolates individuals (and their partners) from the support systems they so desperately need. I’ve said it to a few people; I wish I…

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    Sandtown (#write31days-Day 23)

    It’s been two and a half years since I joined a number of individuals who gathered together for difficult discussion and walked the streets of Baltimore, praying, as the city was in uproar over the death of Freddie Gray. After the news cameras went away and the trials were over, a group remained, walking the streets of the neighborhood of Sandtown, talking and praying with the people. A group of caring individuals met together month after month, discussing what a ministry plant could look like in this Baltimore neighborhood. I was a part of many of those months of meetings, up until last fall. Other commitments and a tug from…

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    Thy Strong Word (#write31days-Day 22)

    The worship I participated in on Wednesday evening has stayed with me and is resonating with me this morning. Though our official Reformation celebration won’t take place until next week, we can honor and celebrate it each day, as it reminds us that our faith is all about Jesus and His saving work for us. “And our lives our hopes confess…”   

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    Another week (#write31day-Day 21)

    There’s hope in making it through another week, which was full of encouragement and connections. As I reflect back on my conference experience, I see… Reconnecting with ministry friends and meeting new ones Worship bringing tears to my eyes as I sat at God’s feet and rested in Him & His saving grace Promoting a cause that is of great value to helping colleagues in ministry Another good public speaking experience for this introvert, as I feel myself coming into my own in a subject area that I find great value Spending a whole afternoon with my husband as I processed and decompressed from a very full week away. It…

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    “…But Wholly Lean” (#write31days-Day 20)

    As I contemplated what to write this morning, a hymn verse came to mind and is a great bookend to the week. Such defining words to capture our reliance on Jesus. “My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” Amen.

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    One Little Word (#write31days-Day 19)

    As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am at a conference. As a church professional, I serve in a large geographical area, which covers several states. Because of this, we only gather as a district every 3 years. As the event began, with each interaction with friends and new connections, I felt hopeful. Often, these type of events remind me that I am not alone, in a serving profession that can often be draining and isolating. We have a connection through our calling to serve God and lead people to follow Jesus. We worshipped together at a local church and it brought tears to my eyes as we sang hymns together, heard…

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    A Moment to Breathe (#write31days – Day 18)

    Yesterday I left a day early for a work conference. I wanted to ride with a friend, versus driving the 3+ hours alone and it was more convenient to leave early. This meant that for the last several days, I had to work ahead and pick up my pace in order to get everything in place to be away. There’s sometimes more work to be done before leaving than when coming back from a trip away from the office. So when I got in the car on Tuesday morning, as my husband committed to driving through DC traffic to get me to my friend’s house, I was able to slow down. We…