My husband broke his back in a bicycle accident…my teenage daughter was cutting…my utero baby wasn’t getting enough oxygen…my childhood friend committed suicide…and the list went on. I was in a place of darkness and disorientation. It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last, but it certainly was one of the […]
Who Does God Want to Be for You?
Editor’s Note: This week I’ve asked the TLI bloggers to share what God is saying to them in this unprecedented time. This month’s blog posts will be a series of personal insights meant to encourage and strengthen our relationship with God and with others. If you have not contributed to the blog in the past, […]
A Darker Shade of Hope, Part 2
Romans 5:2b-5, ?And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by […]
A Darker Shade of Hope, Part 1
Reflecting on Romans chapter 5, I see how Paul connects joy and hope, suffering and glory in a way that encourages (literally puts courage in me) and strengthens me. I pray that his words might be a source of encouragement to you in your journey these days as well. Romans 5:2b-5, ?And we rejoice in […]
Hopes vs. Expectations
??we hope in Someone and not merely for something. We expect things to happen, but we hope in the one who makes them happen. Our expectations can get in the way of our hope: The more specific expectations I have on my checklist (I expect you to think of my needs?to take care of me?to […]
Where Did My Heart Go?
Ever had a dream that has come to a place where it seems all but impossible? Ever started some spiritual pursuit with energy and enthusiasm, only to find yourself fading over time? These are a couple of practical examples of what biblical writers are talking about they speak of ?losing heart.? When I have found […]