Is Your Hope Migrating?

“Command those who are rich in this present world . . . not to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). I live in a county that features a well-known lake. The lake attracts [...]

Hope When Things Look Hopeless

I'm thinking that just about everyone goes through times when they feel hopeless. Problems and troubles; the loss of a loved one, a job, a friendship; or finances, can leave us feeling hopeless. At other times our life or marriage is in a rut and we feel like we are spinning our wheels and things will never [...]

Helping a Hurting Friend Who Needs Some Hope

Don’t underestimate the difference you can make in the life of someone who is hurting. Here’s some “kitchen counseling” from the Bible's Book of Proverbs.    1. Your friend needs you to be a careful listener. Proverbs 18:13 states, “He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame.” Bluntly put, this verse teaches [...]

Finding Hope from the 23rd Psalm

While browsing and searching Internet pages a couple of weeks ago, I came across the blog of a woman named Rachel. She has been battling leukemia, a journey that has included numerous chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant and extended periods of isolation. Rachel said the verses of Psalm 23 in the Bible had sustained [...]

Something Better Than Hopelessness

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched [...]

Hope When Life Is Difficult

“Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Psalm 94:17-19). Newscasts lately have focused on the awful flooding in Colorado. [...]

Hope When You Are Having a Conflict With Someone

 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen . . . Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate [...]

The Hope You Need to Keep Going

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping [...]

Hope That Anchors Your Life

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever” (Hebrews 6:19-20). My family physician recently prescribed a medication for aches and pains in my legs. [...]

Hope When You Have That Sinking Feeling

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me” (Psalm 120:1) As I watched television news this morning I heard another report of a sinkhole in Florida. Sinkholes occur in areas where limestone dissolves bedrock and the overlying land surface collapses. Hundreds of sinkholes form in Florida each year because of the [...]