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    Me Too. (#write31days – Day 17)

    When I see copy/paste type posts on Facebook I usually gloss over them. They are an equivalent to me of the dreaded “email forward,” which I always felt compelled to share back in the day. However, when I came across the following status of a friend, I paused: “Me too. If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too,’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.  Please copy/paste.” A post like this could truly make a difference. I hesitated as I wondered if what I had experienced even counted. At the same time, I recalled the dozens of…

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    God of Hope (#write31days-Day 16)

    This is one of the crosses on that wall I talked about in a post last week. It’s small, but it stands out, with the light colors and the giant letters spelling HOPE. The verse written on the cross comes from Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What strikes me about this verse is that right away we are reminded where hope comes from. There are many names and descriptions for our Heavenly Father, but “God of hope” certainly is definitive. Hope written vertically…

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    Chain Breaker (#write31days-Day 15)

    I heard this song on the radio the other day and it’s one of my favorites right now. “If you’ve got pain He’s a pain taker If you feel lost He’s a way maker If you need freedom or saving He’s a prison-shaking Savior If you’ve got chains He’s a chain breaker” So much hope in the message of our God and Savior who is the Way. With Him ANYTHING is possible!

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    Hope in Blessings (#write31days-Day 14)

    The weekend is a good time to reflect on the week behind you. During the month of October, I’ve started the practice of writing down things I am grateful for before I go to bed. It’s a routine I’ve done before and I love doing it at bedtime because I can think about my day and go to bed at peace. What I’ve noticed is that I also wake up feeling more calm and ready for a new day. This has been helpful in providing some stability and lower my anxiety levels on a regular basis. I started looking back at the last two weeks of blessings that I wrote…

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    Like a Light Switch (#write31days-Day 13)

    I have had a very mild experience with anxiety, in comparison to many in my life who have been dealing with it for a much longer time. I do, however, recognize my own connection to it is real and valid. I had had several good weeks in a row and was feeling more normal than I had in awhile. And then like a light switch, the anxiety returned on Wednesday night. I can’t quite determine what may have triggered it, but it was the strangest feeling to be great one moment and be enveloped in anxiousness in the next. This verse struck me because I didn’t know the word ‘anxiety’ was in…

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    Only Through Him (#write31days-Day 12)

    There are many ways I have seen hope lost recently. I’ve not been directly impacted by any of these events, and so only speak from what I have seen, not what I have experienced. Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfires. We provide a roof over the heads of our loved ones. We are blessed with material possessions which aid us in creating memorable experiences. We hold on to books and journals because the writing is powerful and poignant in our lives. We spend time making a home with items that fit who we are, and then in a matter of hours, it’s all gone. Cancer. We pride ourselves in feeling fit and eating healthy,…

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    Hope is… (#write31days-Day 11)

    Hope is… Planning trips a few months down the road, with excitement and anticipation. It is short and simple but something that has been missing in my life for some time. It’s encouraging to look forward to traveling, new adventures, fun with friends and re-discovering purpose.

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    Hope in Emptiness (#write31days – Day 10)

    I am typically an optimist. A hopeful person. The glass is always half-full. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. There’s always a way out. Never give up.  The cross is empty and so is the tomb.  Wait, huh? How can emptiness bring about any hope? I have this wall in my office filled with crosses. I didn’t really realize I was collecting them, until I hung them up and realized how many I had. Some of the crosses were gifts for various occasions: confirmation, graduation, installation and Christmas. A fellow DCE melted nails to make crosses to give to us…

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    Define It (#write31days – Day 9)

    Usually if I am writing on a theme, I like to define it. Optimism is usually my wheel house, so as I contemplated this topic, I really landed in the realm of the 2nd transitive verb definition: “to expect with confidence: TRUST”.  This definition reminds me of a Bible verse from the book of Hebrews. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 What do we hope for? I hope for God to love me unconditionally – a way to love that is hard for me to imagine, but graciously receive each day. I hope for God’s will to be done…