Four Years – A Hope Day Wednesday Your Story

Four years. Four years of knowing that something was wrong with my body, but not knowing what it was. Four years of emergency room visits and doctor’s appointments, only to be told that though the (many different) physician(s) could see the problem – they could not identify the causes. Sometimes, they couldn’t even see the problem. Four years of deteriorating muscle and joint capability. Four years of feeling like others thought I was making up an inexplicable illness. Four years {Read More}

The Power of Weakness

The reality that we are fully loved by an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, perfect God can be more than many of us are able – or willing – to grasp. We struggle with the idea that a God as Holy as our own, who also calls us to holiness, could gaze upon us –and all our flaws – with anything more than love derived from pity and tedious frustration. As we contemplate His greatness, we question how God, through whom all {Read More}

Incubation Process for the Extraordinary {and linky}

I have often contemplated Mary’s dilemma upon learning that she would become pregnant by a living, but unseen, God. While her initial response provides an entire commentary on humility and faith in regards to facing an impossible task, there is little doubt that her walk would have been one rife with humiliation, disappointment, and unjust suffering and shame. Although premarital pregnancies are commonplace today, it was not the case during Mary’s lifetime. I can only imagine the great amount of {Read More}

Daily Hope & a Prayer – March 26

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice {Read More}

Humility in the Face of Unjust Suffering

Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will {Read More}