Hope for the Hurting
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.
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.
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.
As an author, and one who has many writer friends, I curated this list of my top recommendations for the best gifts for writers. These great gifts are unique, practical and useful. Good for Christmas and all throughout the year.
Many, especially in this space, know me as an author, but I have always been an avid reader—reading somewhere between 50-100 books a year. Friends often ask me for my “best picks” for what to read next. So if you’re looking for books to put on your Christmas wish list, or books to buy for your reader loved one, you’ll definitely want to check out these 32 great gifts for readers and book lovers. They are perfect Christmas gifts for the Christian readers on your list.
I shop for stocking stuffers all year long, and I’m always excited to get new, fun ideas to surprise my family with. Your family will love this huge list of practical gifts that are both useful and unique. 60 top 2020 Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for teens, adults and in-laws.
The holidays can be a stressful time. In an effort to lighten your load, and help you stress less this Christmas, I’ve culled a list of 36 great Christmas gifts for 2020 that you can find on Amazon! Take care of your shopping without leaving the comfort of your own home. Still in need of the perfect gift for that special someone on your list? Hopefully you’ll find that here from my recommended list of gifts.
Sometimes we have to be intentional about caring for ourselves, especially during a stressful holiday season. The holidays are always portrayed as a merry, cheerful time, yet not everyone feels that way. Get ahead of anxiety, overwhelm and avoid burnout by practicing self-care for this year.
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.
Practicing these 8 relatively easy, practical self-care tips can have huge payoffs in terms of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Try them today to calm your mind, regulate your mood, and decrease anxiety and depression.
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