Hope for the Hurting

God’s Pattern of Fun

God’s Pattern of Fun

Even though life may not be going according to our plans, God desires for us to be joyful in the midst of the shocks and hurts. Joy is not surface deep, but soul deep. It doesn’t come and go but just is. Joy is not a result of our circumstances, but results in knowing our God and enjoying him no matter our circumstances. It isn’t something we can fake or produce within ourselves. In today’s post, Tracy Steel shares about how to experience God’s joy.

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Do Miracles Happen in Real Life?

Do Miracles Happen in Real Life?

I’ll never forget that day. It rocked our world like none other. “Mr. Bengtson, I’d advise you and your wife go home and get your affairs in order. You will be dead in less than two years.” As we drove home from that doctor’s appointment, hand in hand, tears flowed readily as we wondered what our future held, but determined to continue to look to the One who held our future. Do miracles happen in real life? It was then, and still is now, our belief that God still performs miracles today.

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It’s Time for a Social Media Fast

It’s Time for a Social Media Fast

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Wendy Speake about all things related to a Social Media Fast on a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast. She shares more about what she’s noticed with us here (warning…you just might feel a tad convicted like I was after reading her experience ;-)).

We all seem to be looking down these days. I wonder if that’s why many of us feel down too. We perpetually bow our heads, but not in prayer. While we might believe prayer works, we don’t have the time to get on our knees because we’re on our phones. Checking in online, responding to a text, watching a YouTube video—then looking up just in time to snap a picture of the sunset. As we post it to social media, we realize our neck aches and that we forgot to switch out the laundry.

We need a break. A holy hiatus. A social media sabbatical.

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25 Unusual Things to be Thankful For

25 Unusual Things to be Thankful For

I don’t know about you, and maybe it’s just me, but it seems easy to be thankful when everything is going well in life. But what about the difficult times, the trials that catch us by surprise? These 25 unusual things to be thankful for will help you express gratitude in the good times as well as the difficult times.

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Living Your Purpose Starts with Hope and Faith

Living Your Purpose Starts with Hope and Faith

The common denominator that I see in people as I travel is that every culture, gender and generation faces the need for hope. Hope that sees beyond life circumstances they are facing or walking through right now. Hope is not enough by itself. To live your purpose, it starts with hope and faith.

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God is Worthy of Trust

God is Worthy of Trust

Difficulty trusting God has been an issue since the beginning of man. If we trace back to the Garden of Eden, we see the first woman struggle to trust God. Do you ever struggle to trust God? Let me be the first to admit I’ve struggled with trusting God completely. Oh, we may not call it such. But when I…

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7 Ways to Keep Hope in the Midst of Unwanted Transition

7 Ways to Keep Hope in the Midst of Unwanted Transition

We all go through hardships at some point in life. If we aren’t careful, those times can lead to feelings of hopelessness. My guest, Julie Holmquist, and her family experienced difficult times especially recently. An unexpected job loss and no replacement job available meant relocating when they didn’t want to move. How do you keep hope alive for yourself and your family in the midst of unwanted transition?

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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