Hope in the Midst of Affliction

I sat at a chic bistro table on a sunny back patio sipping iced coffee with three other women. I’d asked a friend if she wanted to start a Bible study with me, and she’d invited two of her friends, and here the four of us sat, trying to work out the ground rules of…

The Pruning Work of Perseverance

I feel like I’m failing at all the things my hands have touched or my feet have walked into. Being stretched thin, working dawn to dusk on two businesses, raising and homeschooling four young children, managing my home, and the feeling the weight of strained or broken relationships: it all has just left me physically…

Standing in Jesus

I will persevereAnd face every fearJesusHope becomes quite dearBecause You are nearWith usIn hate came the spearYet You shed a tearFor us Hope I will maintainDespite chronic painDear LordAffliction and strainOn this body rainLove pouredThough You once were slainYou will always reignAdored To You I hold fastYour mercy so vastMy RockWhen mired in my pastIn…