Hope

8 01, 2017

Would You Rather Be Happy or Right?

January 8th, 2017|Hope, Reflection|0 Comments

I had been hopeful that once the election was over, regardless of who won, life here would gradually return to whatever passes for normal these days. So, here we are two months post election, 12 days prior to inauguration and the division seems to be getting wider, if that is possible. The self appointed guardians of tolerance and justice have launched a campaign to ensure that anyone who partakes in the Trump festivities will be standing in a bread line by spring. The idea that someone could actually choose to be a part of this event is not only an anathema to them, but verging on illegal. Many of these people said they were going to move to Canada if [...]

9 11, 2016

And the Winner Is?

November 9th, 2016|Faith, Hope, Love, Reflection|0 Comments

Many people, 59+ million to be exact, are waking up this morning wondering what happened and how it happened. I’m sure the 59+ million who voted for Donald Trump are wondering the same thing. So here we are faced with the end of a contentious, vitriolic and often very mean spirited campaign. This is the day we have begged for for quite a while now. And now that it is here many are still angry, disgusted, threatening to leave the country. I am praying that in time the dust will settle and we can begin what will be our journey toward healing the immense divide that this election has created. We had a choice of two very flawed candidates and [...]

29 09, 2016

When Christians Don’t See Eye to Eye

September 29th, 2016|Faith, forgiveness, Hope, Love|0 Comments

I can’t remember a time in my life where I have experienced the division in our society as a whole, and among the Christian community. What has happened? How did it happen? And what are we going to do about it? I read a Facebook post from a person with whom I used to attend church. I was somewhat surprised, but I have learned not to respond directly on Facebook, but through messenger. We had some differences, and some things we agreed on and after a lengthy exchange he said, “I really appreciate that we can have a civil conversation about this. Thank you.” I enjoyed learning his point of view and he respected mine. We were civil. That seems [...]

28 07, 2016

The Change We Want to See

July 28th, 2016|Hope, Love|1 Comment

A few years ago I returned from the Haggai Institute with a burning desire to change the world. This happens to me a lot and sometimes I actually put all of that energy into something life changing. The past few weeks have been dominated by the Republican and Democratic conventions, both promising immediate changes for the betterment of our country. When I return from something like the Haggai Institute or something that affects me in a way I have a desire to make change I often have to catch my breath and see that change is seldom instant, but one slow, often very slow step at a time. I know this from my own life and the changes I have [...]

6 07, 2016

Where Have You Put Your Hope?

July 6th, 2016|Hope|0 Comments

I hope you get the job, I hope to see you again, I hope you pass your test…I hope, I hope, I hope. We all probably use the word hope a lot more than we realize. As it says in Romans 8:24, “Hope always means waiting for something we do not yet possess.” Where have you put your hope? We are told in I Timothy 6:17, “Tell those who are rich in this present world not to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain.” I have often said it is very easy to have faith when to have money in the bank. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where self-sufficiency is the goal, independence, needing no one but [...]