May you find peace in Christ.
Will the verbal abuse and hate stop as Hope defends herself against Brad’s bullying? Will Gavin’s friendship relieve the sadness in Hope’s existence?
“The people who walk in darkness shall see a great Light—a Light that will shine on all those who live in the land of the shadow of death,” Isaiah 9:2 (NLT).
“Negativity wrapped itself tightly around his words, harsh and condescending.” In this chapter, Hope becomes the recipient of escalating verbal abuse and starts questioning Brad’s Jekyll & Hyde moments.
Bible class turns into a stalking incident that finds Hope learning who her real allies are.
When life doesn’t allow you to know the ending, trust God’s heart.
Trust can manipulate situations to gain unfair advantages, or it can be broken in a moment of deceit. Hope learns how both played into her beliefs about life.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: …A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; …A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” The familiar words of Ecclesiastes 3:1,5, and 7 held new meaning as I found myself pressed against the damp, pasty skin of Colleen’s forearm, forced into a hug I didn’t initiate or reciprocate….
This article is about making the most out of a less-than-ideal situation.
When God is leading, unexpected things happen….
Fear and uncertainty isn’t from God.
No one gets to tell you your journey in getting from point A to B is wrong because it’s different from how they got there. Nobody. God is coauthor of your life, helping you write your story, but no two stories are exactly the same….
Praying for your enemies can be challenging, as Hope learns in this chapter.
Walk with Hope as Greg helps her uncover how the past Is affecting her present. FROM CHAPTER 4: “All it took was just one day—one false accusation—and the next five years of my life were turned upside down, along with any chance of me having a normal life.” …
Today would’ve been Mr. Dietrich’s 70th birthday. This tribute is for him!
Sometimes God uses memories to awaken the truth inside us, to stoke the need we have for Him, but only feel in His absence….
New twists and turns thrown at Hope and her family by Donald and Colleen has Hope wondering if living her life will ever be safe again.
FROM THIS CHAPTER: Concerned glances passed between those standing in the hallway, yet nobody moved. Everyone just stood there, gawking in silence. Blood circulation decreased in my arm as Colleen’s fingers tightened in brazened boldness around my elbow….
When two little creative minds are left unsupervised a lesson is learned by all.
Five years outside of a very contentious divorce, God lead me to this understanding, which helped calm the perfectionist in me from going crazy. My prayer is that in sharing this revelation you or someone you love can better survive life’s expectations, as well.
You’re a person of sense. You’re smart. You’re educated. You know what truth and facts look like. You also know when 1+1 isn’t adding up….
“…the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18 NLT
When you feel overwhelmed or like the world’s problems are all on you, the best thing you can do is reach out for help. Twenty-four years after Colleen turned Hope’s life upside down, Hope found herself in Greg’s office.
IN THIS CHAPTER: Greg leaned forward in his chair, adjusting his glasses on top of his nose. Wispy auburn curls teased the rims. “I agree that our past plays a part of our present,” he admitted, “but that doesn’t mean you’re broken. That just means you’ve overcome a lot to be where you are today.” …
When God steps in, big things happen!
Predators and abusers make up lies and fabricate truths to bolster their storylines and propagate their agendas. It doesn’t matter who is in the crossfires or who gets hurt. They simply don’t care. There is no wrapping one’s mind around their motives, either; so no need to try. They will incite drama and discord…Just. Because. They. Can.
IN THIS CHAPTER: “Thirty minutes. One false accusation. And my life laid in shambles at the hand of a crazed madwoman….”
Proverbs 19:21 NLT, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”