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 … [Read more…]

Where Can We Find Hope? (#write31days-Day 7)

Sometimes hope is hard to find. There aren’t many good news stories. Before bed, as my spouse is typically scrolling through Twitter, I always make sure that if he is going to share something with me, he must also include something good. Sometimes it’s too hard to bear all the brokenness. I recognize that I have … [Read more…]

Stuck (#write31days-Day 6)

We are on day 6 of this 31 day writing challenge and I am already stuck. I went through several theme ideas before landing on the idea of hope and I was excited of the challenge to write everyday, as I have for the past couple of years. But this was the first year I … [Read more…]

Pause. (#write31days-Day 5)

I am very thankful to have a flexible job schedule. I don’t work 9-5, which has it’s advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that I can go out in the middle of the day to run an errand, go to a doctor’s appointment or grab coffee with a friend. Routines are great and … [Read more…]

Abide with Me (#write31days-Day 4)

As I began planning posts for this series, I wrote the title of this one on Sunday afternoon. Each hour, the bells at church play a hymn. At noon on Monday, the bells played “Abide with Me”. I heard and sang this hymn a few weeks ago with a group of my fellow professional church … [Read more…]

What Do You See? (#write31days-Day 2)

I heard a wonderful children’s message yesterday at church that gave me hope in how I see people everyday. This little coin was shared with each child. The front and back together share a quote from Mother Theresa, but that’s not the part of the message I resonated with. I don’t remember the exact words … [Read more…]

31 Days of Hope (#write31days-Day 1)

When asked on a recent trip out of town, “How was your summer?” The best I could muster was “OK.” The reality is that it was rough. Our summer included physical, mental and emotional health struggles for both me and my husband. Surgery and recovery, depression, anxiety and a lot of difficult situations. Tension and distance … [Read more…]