Hope from the Light

  Driving home from North Carolina, I was exhausted, but optimistic about getting home on time after the long, nine-hour drive. Home was only three more hours away. It’d be dark before I arrived, but familiar roads were just past Memphis, which was only one hour away. Wet drops hit the windshield. I raised the sun visor to discover the sun slipping behind gloomy clouds. The sprinkling escalated to a downpour and the dark clouds blackened. The only glimpses of the road were when lightning struck too close for comfort. Gripping the steering wheel tighter, I slowed to a crawl. …

Jesus-My Living Hope

          Jesus – My Living Hope   1 Peter 1: 3-5 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” As parents we want to leave our children an …

Moving to HOPE

When you cannot find the light at the end of the tunnel, what is there to cling to? When the daily struggle of life seems too much to bear and you have nowhere to turn, what keeps you going? At the end of the rope, when the covers over your head are too thin to drown out the nastiness of the world, what is your blanket of protection? Sometimes the answers to these questions seem too difficult to think about, and the rainbow at the end of the storm seems too hard to reach. What keeps us moving forward? Growing …

Faith: The Root of all Hope

  “I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish, I wish tonight!” Oh how often I looked out at the stars at night making a wish. Hoping against all hope that something wonderful would happen or that some gift would magically appear to me in wonder and awe. Hope is a funny thing. We use it instead of prayer and hold our breath. It’s burst out into midair with no apparent destination other than to boomerang right back into our hearts. God wants you to know that you can call on Him for anything and everything. He …

Distinct Hope

  Death is a word with an extremely negative connotation, but does it have to be? Not really.  If we are saved, death means that we will be with Jesus (2 Corinthians 5: 8).  While the thought of separating from my family is heart-wrenching, being able to talk and walk with Jesus, our Savior, sounds amazing. While we may not fear death for ourselves, we still experience it through the loss of those around us.  I’ve lost grandparents, but they didn’t live close by, so I’ve not known loss like many others around me.  But when I’ve had to watch …

My Hope, My Faith

Sometimes life’s deck of cards deals us a hand we would like to “pass on.” If only we could have a new set of cards, a new set of circumstances, our life would be so much better. It’s that “the grass is greener on the other side” mentality that so many of us have adopted. That line of thinking, however, leaves us disabled and ineffective in our world. We aren’t the dealer of our cards. Our lives are not in our own hands, and because of my faith I can say I’m ok with that. You see, I’ve seen the …

Truth Or Dare

Truth or dare we used to play a lot when we were kids. We’d have to make a choice whether to tell the truth about something or be dared to do something dangerous or crazy. I always chose to tell the truth but I have friends who might remember they chose climbing the roof at 10 pm instead of telling.  It was all in good fun and back then we didn’t have many deep dark secrets to reveal anyway. The devil will dare you to believe his wild tales. He will try to convince you to confess you don’t believe …

Heart Warming Is God’s Specialty

Last night I went to our 10 year old grandson’s Christmas concert. After the balmy weather we’ve had I was freezing. I know, it’s not even winter yet, but I am already anticipating spring. Chilled to the bone, I was wishing I had at least worn a sweater. I rode with his family to the concert and back to their house. The three grands showed me the Christmas lights in their bedrooms and I got hugs from them all and headed for the car. As I approached I heard the motor and wondered if I’d forgotten to turn it off …

A Thrill of Hope

Doesn’t that phrase just sustain you even now as you are reading it. A thrill of hope. The heart-racing, butterfly producing, anticipation of something exciting, something of incredible and possibly life changing impact. A thrill. This Christmas song is one of my favorites. I think of it at least once each day of December as I do my best to keep my focus on the point of Christmas. I love Christmas, so. much. My heart for Christmas is the reason I volunteered to man the blog this month. I have loved reading the words of each MJOF ministry team member …

Hidden Grief

Hey friends! I’m back for my last blog post on Invisibility. So far I’ve covered Motherhood, Social Media and Unanswered Prayer. Whew! Who knew there were so many ways we can feel unseen? These have been heavy topics so I really wanted to write something light hearted today. But after praying and giving it a lot of thought, I felt strongly that God wanted me to share with you about grief, particularly “hidden” grief. Hidden grief is a deep sadness we carry with us daily. It’s buried underneath smiles, productivity, serving and even laughter, but it’s always there under the …

The Invisibility of Motherhood

Hey friend! Welcome to our very first “Faith Post Friday”! I am so glad you’re here!! My name is Jennifer and I have been with My Journey of Faith since 2013. I’m really excited about launching the first series of posts for this new Faith Post Friday adventure. So here’s how it will work…each month a different “My Journey of Faith” team leader will choose a topic to write about. Every Friday, you will see one of us posting to the blog about our topic. The idea for this month’s topic came pretty easily for me…invisibility. I’ve spoken to a …

Claiming Your Promised Land

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4: 7 As I compiled this devotional guide, other commitments and obligations kept getting in the way. Plus, I was exhausted. I had just completed my book, Words That Change Everything. And that process birthed more challenges than I’d like to admit. Also, my husband, Dan, had just retired. And I was ready for some REST and time off, too. Lord, I’ll never keep up with all my commitments! I thought of the story in Matthew where the Spirit led …