Terrible situations deplete of us hope. It’s easy to lose hope when faced with hardship, broken relationships, illness or a crisis. Or perhaps we’ve been waiting for something to happen – a relationship restored, a loved one to be healed, a wayward child to come home – and it’s been a long, long wait. But … More Hope in Desperate Times
2014 was a rough year. Continuing illness from our house with mold, landlord issues, lack of employment, moving across country, saying goodbye to friends and family, and then a job loss took its toll on our family. So when our pastor, Matt Keller, at Next Level Church here in lovely, balmy Florida began talking about … More What Is Joy?
It depends on where your focus is. Every year, right after school lets out for the summer, our church hosts a week long day camp called VBS. Or as we affectionately call it “vibs.” In most parts, Vacation Bible School is a well known event among church goers. Children gather for a few hours and … More How Can I Have Joy When My Life Stinks?
The saga continues. Almost five years ago, within months of becoming a newlywed, I began to feel sick. Flu like. Tired. Nauseated. Dizzy. Headaches. At first I wondered if I could be pregnant. I mean, it would have taken a miracle, but God had already done that putting Brendan and me together. We would have … More Missing In Action
It’s been a rough week. Symptoms of illness have flared again, leaving me discouraged and depressed. In addition, current circumstances are less than desirable. Can I confess that as a result, I’ve been having a hard time getting excited about Christmas? But God has a way of flipping my perspective. Two days ago, I sat … More Looking Deeper
That is a good question. Anyone who’s ever been sick thinks of getting well. And as Christians who follow a Savior known as the Healer, we pray for it, claim it and stake our faith on it. But what happens when healing doesn’t come? Or at least, not healing as we’d like it. It’s been … More HEALING: To Be or Not to Be?