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By sharing our experience and strength, we might offer hope to those who seek our wisdom.


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THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE: HOPE PREVAILS



Hope is the reasonable expectation that something good is going to happen. Without hope, our lives seem desolate and empty. Hope has enabled me to overcome extraordinary amounts of adversity. A good friend pointed out that my circumstances were given to me because I am here to help others. If you are reading this then you should know my faith is strong, and it has only been through the grace of God that these experiences have not overwhelmed me. Welcome.
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May 8, 2019 at 4:53pm
May 8, 2019 at 4:53pm
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Bullet marker in pink."I tell you" He answered, "if they kept quiet the stones along the road would burst into cheers." -Jesus, when the Pharisees tried to hush His disciples. Bullet marker in pink.

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I found myself in a creative writing mood and couldn't think of a better place for the piece than my blog about hope. Here's what was on my mind:

With a glimpse of the new moon, God's words spill forth and decorate my heart and my life like pink baby roses along the church aisle, cheering the bride as she makes her way to the altar.

My path in foresight; it's a decision to live on the high level of faith, never bowing to the fear from my youth.

The strength I have gained is wisdom; it hovers in the wing. The light of the Spirit is the passion that translates into destiny.

If I should ever have rain in the forecast, I will dance in the puddles and laugh at the stars believing that with every storm comes a rainbow, a promise from God that all things are possible with Him.



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June 11, 2017 at 1:21pm
June 11, 2017 at 1:21pm
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Bullet marker in pink. "An attitude of Hope brings about consequences of positivism." ~Crissy Bullet marker in pink.

We get to choose what to focus on in our lives. Those things which bring dismal results, or those things over which we have no control, should stay in the back of our minds. Staying hopeful about our situations and future, and focusing on that which is good and right, will bring about the joy so many of us pursue daily.

"If only you knew what I'm going through," you say. "My teen is hard-headed and stubborn and loves to argue with me." Your teen will make an excellent lawyer. "My spouse comes in from work and doesn't help around the house." Do you commend your spouse for working hard and supporting the family?

We all play a role in society and at home. Keeping hope alive means not only for yourself, but for your family, colleagues, and friends as well.

When we learn to give positive feedback, to focus on what's RIGHT rather than what's WRONG, it becomes an attitude of gratitude and hope follows suit. I've seen this in my own son. When he was about 11 years old, I began writing him encouraging letters. At that age, it was hard to get him away from his friends to talk to him about the things that matter, so the letters were my effort to communicate about important issues.

I once summarized I Corinthians 13 (which, in the Bible, is the chapter that describes what love is and is not) in one of those letters. He said it made him tear up. Him voicing those words brought me hope that I was getting through to him. Today, he is 20, and has an excellent job in an up-and-coming field installing solar panels and he's making great money. My hope for him, even through his difficulty in school, stayed intact and the consequence was positive.

So, stay hopeful despite your current difficulty, and you will reap a harvest of goodness.

God Bless.


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July 29, 2016 at 8:31am
July 29, 2016 at 8:31am
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Bullet marker in pink. 23 "At last!" the man [Adam] exclaimed.
"This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman' because she was taken from 'man.'"

24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. -(NLT) Bible Genesis 2:23-24
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When two people are married, they should put no other person between themselves and their spouse. Naturally, if we are Christian, God should come first. Children, friends, co-workers, and hobbies should come somewhere further down our list. I have only just learned this principle. I always said after my divorce that no man would ever come before my child. I did not grow up in a Christian home, and wasn't saved until I was 29. My step parent was not a nice person, and my natural parent did none of the disciplining, which is the reason for the vow I made to myself. I refused to let myself drown out my child in favor of my own (what I thought to be) selfish happiness. I didn't understand the concept of balance and priority according to the Word of God.

When you receive someone's hand in marriage, that relationship should be second only to the one you have with God. I learned this concept, by reading my Bible and by listening to and watching the teachings of Jimmy Evans of Marriage Today with Jimmy and Karen {http://www.marriagetoday.com} Had I understood this as a teen, I would have seen why I did not come before my step parent. At the time, though, it was hurtful.

Jesus said, "Love one another just as I have loved the church." Your spouse is the closest person to you. The two of you make big decisions together if your relationship is healthy. I see now how making your spouse your priority and serving one another in love will teach the children to have healthy, functional lives.

It is not Biblically sound to return to your mother or father for comfort and advice when you have committed your life to someone in marriage. Plans, secrets, problems...these are things to be kept among the two of you. Jimmy Evans, Pastor and marriage counselor, says you show love by serving each other and building one another up. Men need honor and respect. Women need security and communication. When you show love in this way, you will grow closer and will not feel the need to return to the parents who raised you for validation. God intended for us, according to the abovementioned scripture, to (aside from Him) depend on our spouse for advice and comfort, and not our mothers and fathers.

So here are my questions to you: Are you married to your best friend? Do you show them they're valued? Do you really listen to their needs? Do you respect them in front of others, whether they're there or not?

Just food for thought, but feel free to answer in the comments section.


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July 26, 2016 at 10:24am
July 26, 2016 at 10:24am
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Bullet marker in pink."If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it." -Alice Walker Bullet marker in pink.

I heard a story of hope about about a stubborn old mule. One day he was grazing in a lush pasture. He was enjoying the scrumptious vegetation so much that he didn't notice the pit before him. He fell blindly into the deep pit and was stuck there for quite some time. Finally, one of the farmer's hands found the mule and ran quickly to tell the farmer of the tragedy. The men realized there was no way to get him out so they decided to bury him. They began to shovel dirt on top of him to the dismay of the mule. Each time they threw in a shovel full of dirt, the mule shook it off his back and stomped on it. Eventually, he was level enough with the ground to walk right out!
The moral of the story? When life throws you dirt, shake it off!!




I was thinking today about hope. Sometimes, when we are buried in our daily routines with all the things that monopolize our time, we may forget about the dreams of our hearts. It's important to remember the hopes that once drove us. Believing that good things will happen puts pep in the step and a sparkle in the eye.

We may have fulfilled some of our dreams when we got married, had children, and/or bought a home, but what is in your heart that you have yet to bring to fruition?

For some here at WDC, it may be to publish that novel. It may be that running in a marathon will exhilarate and challenge you physically. Perhaps you would like to serve in some manner at your church. In order for our dreams to come to pass we must step out and try.

Alice Walker also said, "Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams." I believe that is true for men as well.

Dreams often stem from our natural gifts and talents. When our dreams correlate with our talents, we are most certainly in for a win-win conclusion. There may (probably will) be some setbacks, but we must press on toward the purpose for which we were prepared.

God Bless You as you follow your dreams. May you always first seek His will.


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February 14, 2016 at 11:32am
February 14, 2016 at 11:32am
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Bullet marker in pink."If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is...an opportunity to get to know you...to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but you for your happiness, you will realize that a little loneliness goes a long way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful you." -Mandy Hale Bullet marker in pink.

Setting expectations for ourselves is vital to becoming the best people we can be. Goals and aspirations, dreams and fascinations...they require us to be accountable, if only to ourselves. We may need to take baby steps. First we have to crawl, (some of us out of the pits of hell's grip) then stand, and finally walk toward our predetermined future.

I added this today because I believe we should never lose HOPE in ourselves. We may go through periods of down time, but in spending time alone we develop a strong sense of self that can carry us through rough patches. We should ask ourselves some questions when we feel down.

A) How did I overcome my last obstacle?
B) Who are my positive role models?
C) What is my finest attribute?
D) Can I use a former experience to help me through this?

Once you've answered them, get out and chase the wind until you discover its color for yourself.

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January 28, 2016 at 11:07am
January 28, 2016 at 11:07am
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Weakness is in every person, whether we want to admit it or not. We do not live perfectly, we do not love perfectly, and we do not do our jobs perfectly. Weakness is part of human nature, and it's okay to admit that to ourselves and others.

I remember when I was in the fourth grade. I had a straight A average. My teacher had a horse farm, and every student who maintained an A average was going to go on a field trip there. I was excited about it because my folks really didn't let me out of their sight much.

One day, another student and I went to the facilities. Even though I didn't think it was right, she influenced me to write on the bathroom wall. Then, she proceeded to tell on me for it, thus making me miss out on the trip, even though I had received my blue ribbon each week. I think that was the first time I realized I had weaknesses.

Since then, there have been many other things in my life that could be considered frailties. Fears, for example, or people-pleasing. However, today, I don't focus on what my imperfections are; rather, I try to hone in on my assets. No one can be excellent at everything. Why expend all our energies trying to perfect a skill at which we are just not suited? That's what irks me about some parents who force their children into activities that do not interest them. Hone the skills we DO have, and we will be happy. Why? Because those skills are God-given talents.

I am weak in my own strength, but in Jesus I am made strong. When we lean on, and rely in Him, all things are possible. "All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

So, if we love God, and live for Him in our everyday lives, sharpening the skills he has given us, we will be glorifying Him.

If we focus on strengths, rather than weaknesses, we will become adept at what we were meant to do in this lifetime, and we'll be happy doing it.


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January 24, 2016 at 4:32pm
January 24, 2016 at 4:32pm
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Bullet marker in pink."The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope." -Samuel Johnson Bullet marker in pink.

I'm hoping one day soon to meet the person who will help me to understand why my previous relationships have failed. It will be because destiny calls forth angels, his and mine, and we will meet in the middle. Middle ground is so important, too. I don't want to be above or beneath. I don't want to be ahead or behind. I want an equal meeting of the senses, of the hopes, of the fascinations, and of dreams large and small that will complement one another just as a beautiful voice complements music. Someone once told me, "Dream big, make your order tall, for what you don't ask you won't get at all." In the meantime, (and always) I still have TBN.


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January 17, 2016 at 8:40am
January 17, 2016 at 8:40am
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What does love do?  Written by Teri


Valentine's Day is only a month away and I find myself again this year without a soul mate. I have had my barriers up for a long time. I had been so trusting and open in my meaningful relationships because I truly wanted honest love. Unfortunately, my picker is bad. Or perhaps it was just me. Whatever the case, I have surrendered to the free love offered by my Savior. I've grown closer to Him than anyone I've ever dated, including my husband, and I believe that is a good thing. Now I'm ready to take the grace and love He has extended to me and let it flow to others. Here, I will ask for your prayers, that my eyes be opened to my character defects so I might correct them, and that a compatible person with whom I can fall in love will enter my life. I think five years alone is ample time to get to know oneself without a mate. I'm ready to surrender to love. Thanks in advance for your prayers.


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March 19, 2015 at 6:18am
March 19, 2015 at 6:18am
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Does any among you deal with some type of fear? I recently tried a medication for pain that caused me to have extreme fear of everything, which is completely unlike me. There are all sorts of phobias, from Metus (the fear of law) to Triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13).
Fear can be paralyzing. Some people are afraid they will do something the wrong way and the fear of reprimand overwhelms them to the point of anxiety paralysis. The good news is "The Lord is my light and my salvation-so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger-so why should I tremble?" -Psalm 27:1
When adversity strikes, we should remember that God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. -Psalm 46:1
I received a threat yesterday after I told someone I no longer wanted to be associated with them. That person engages in activities which are not my style. So I told her I would pray for her. No weapon formed against me will prosper.
Yes, my hope remains intact. "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears." I do not have monophobia, which is a good thing. I am perfectly happy being alone and discovering ME for the time being. You can't have fear AND faith. Its an oxymoron.
November 17, 2013 at 10:27am
November 17, 2013 at 10:27am
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My hope has not failed me. I've held on to it for dear life this entire year. I have endured trial after trial, and my faith and hope have remained intact. Don't get me wrong, I HAVE broken down in tears a couple of times because of the pressure. But I have not allowed my pity party, party of one, to last more than a few moments. When I came against adversity, I recited the promises of God, out loud, over and again until I felt stronger and was able to move on to the next thing. And there have been many, many things, from the teenagers in my building turning off my power 14 times to the car breaking down 6 times, to the people in my life betraying me, to the medication mix-ups, to the sheer fact that I am without a home right now until the first of the month, and even more. But I still have hope. As my intro to this blog states, HOPE is the reasonable expectation that something good is going to happen. I was approved for the apartment I wanted. There are two weeks before I can move in, but it is a nice community and I am HOPEFUL that I will be more comfortable there than at my last place. God said He would never leave nor forsake me, as long as I have faith. And I do have faith. I will not let Satan win.


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