Scripture Promises Can Stimulate Hope

You know, the Bible doesn’t promise us a life free from trouble. On the contrary, Scripture says we will go through trials. And then it says, when (not if) we face trials, Jesus will accompany us as we go through them. I’ve learned something about trials: just because you went through horrendous things in the…

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Growing Up Without Hope

Having practiced medicine as an EMT and then as a PA for a total of 25 years, I’ve seen a lot of sickness. I also saw multiple physical and emotional illnesses that had roots in sickness of heart. I got so frustrated seeing the lack of hope and its aftermath. Somehow, I never realized that…

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How Do We Lose Our Hope?

I think we all know how hope gets lost: time after time of getting hurt with no relief in sight. Eventually your self-image gets distorted until it doesn’t even come close to resembling the one God intended. Every child essentially starts out on the same plane. A baby has only basic needs: comfort (clean diapers),…

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Putting Your Hope in God is Safe

Do you ever feel your soul (mind, will, and emotions) is so cast down that all hope is gone? “Why so downcast, oh my soul? Put your hope in God.” This worship chorus is right out of Psalm 42:11. Is it just “positive speaking” to tell your soul to put your hope in God? Honestly,…

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Do You Have Hope?

Victim or survivor? When I first started hearing people refer to themselves as abuse survivors, I thought it was just a silly exercise in semantics. That was many years ago. I have since changed my mind. What changed it? Two things. It started to look like our society is way too full of people who…

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Am I Alone in My Pain?

It may feel like you’re alone, and probably does. The shame of having a history like ours – yes, I said ours – leads to secrecy and that results in feeling alone. All types of childhood abuse distort our feelings. But you are not alone. Verbal and emotional abuse is the most common type. It’s…

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