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Holding on to Hope

Let’s Look for the Hopers

We all need some hope right about now, right?

This month at Do Not Depart, we’re talking about renewed minds, and I’ve written about holding on to hope. Join me at Do Not Depart for some verses and resources and amazing examples of spreading God’s hope.

Like Mister Rogers originally said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” We can associate that to hope, too. Let’s look for hopers together.
Holding on to Hope

Adventure and Hope-Filled Love {Book Review – Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss}

A rising star in the pressure-filled, overscheduled music industry in Los Angeles, Ginny Marshall suddenly realizes she craves the advice of her former fiancée, Brett Miller, living in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Her trip rewards her with stunning Alaskan scenery and adventure, and perhaps even more exploration while she searches her heart for what in her past causes her to run away from any blessing in the present or future.

A new novel from Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska follows Ginny’s present day story as she figures it out. All the while, Ginny reads old letters sharing Ellie’s story, a woman from the 1920s and 1930s who journeyed to Alaska to be Reverend Clay Parrish’s governess for his children after the death of his beloved wife.

The authors take the reader right into conflict in the second paragraph of the first chapter. The main character, Ginny, leads a very different life from my own from her childhood in foster care to current business in music. Her perspective is new and enlightening for me to read. The authors include magnificent scenery and event descriptions, helping me imagine the scene as if I’m present (like the description of oystercatcher birds on page 71).

The characters’ layers are revealed slowly and generally realistically. I like Grandma Ethel’s level nature, yet steady faith (and her responses to Ginny throughout the book). I found myself tense at some points, and chuckling out loud with delight at others—a sign of a good read for me. New details and events kept me guessing at what might happen next.

“If given the chance, new life is born from what’s once been stripped away.” – p. 162

With powerful writing, action enticing quick page turns, and story focused on seeing His presence and finding hope regardless of situation, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska provides a thoughtful and fun read.

What novels or stories do you know that reveal hope and His presence even if unseen at certain points along the way?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Risking Hope {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute Friday time (via Lisa-Jo). Where we “just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”

Today’s prompt: “Risk…”


I am probably not a risky person.

But maybe I am.

I risk my heart every time I love deeper. Who wants to lose what they love? Yet we place losing right in front of us when we love because we only (eventually) lose something when we do love in first place. If we don’t love, we don’t care if we lose it. Something is not a loss when it doesn’t matter.

And so I do risk. And that’s scary.

So is hope. Hope in the eternal sense. Hope in God’s sense.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:24-25

We’re called to love, to hope. We’re called to risk. To risk love, to risk our lives (in love), to risk something for Him.

“Our problem usually isn’t if we’d give up everything to follow Jesus, it’s if we’d give up anything to follow Him.” – Bob Goff

And He rewards that risk. More than we can even imagine right now because we only see a hint, a movie trailer’s worth, a back-cover-of-the-book’s amount of what is to come.

Those hints drive up anticipation. I love reading the back cover of an interesting book. I want to flip right to the first page and begin the adventure. In a way, it’s a risk to even read the back cover in the first place – a risk of time and investment.

So it is with risk and God. Seeing what He gives in this life, I think it’s a risk worth taking.


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Five Minute Friday

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Question for you: What’s a risk to you?

Choosing to See {Five Minute Friday}

Five Minute Friday time (via The Gypsy Mama). Where we “just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”

Today’s prompt:See…”


I could see mess, clutter, junk, annoyances.

Or I can choose to see what we have, what we are blessed with, and the opportunity to give away.

I could see weariness, exhaustion, hopelessness.

Or I can choose to see joy in the now, expectant hope in the future.

I could see struggle, lack, then failure.

Or I can choose to see perseverance, strength, and inspiration.

All these “coulds” can be easier to see. Sometimes, I do see them. But more often lately, I am seeing (and I want to see) the “chooses.”

What I believe affects what I see. And I choose (and have to re-choose every day, every moment) to see faith, hope, love.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12-13


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Question for you: How do you choose to see today?

Book Review – A Mistake Maker’s Manifesto

“As I sat there that afternoon watching my mom’s life on this earth come to an end, it dawned on me that I wasn’t worried about her, I was worried about me.”

When an ebook starts in this way, I know I’m in for some truth-telling. Eileen Knowles shares strong, needed truths in her recent ebook release, A Mistake Maker’s Manifesto and More.

Eileen is a master at experiencing an everyday moment in life and seeing an extraordinary lesson of faith, growth, and love within that moment. Whether it’s learning about growth out of failure from a scene in Toy Story or lessons learned from finishing last in eighth grade running meets, Eileen learns, and better yet, Eileen shares.

“Failure grows us in ways that success never will.”

At one point, Eileen shares: “One of the reasons I love reading the Bible is because it is filled with pages and pages of mistake makers.” Rather than letting my mistakes define me (which I so often do when I kick myself for my repeated failures), I can rest on the truth that I am “defined by the greatness of [my] God.”

Eileen includes personal stories, Scripture references, reflection questions, and, of course (because it is Eileen), song quotes – all for the glory of God and encouraging readers.

“As we pursue our dreams, success will rarely follow our timetable…don’t let that stop you.”

She tackles forgiving ourselves, accepting His grace, pursuing dreams, and clinging to hope in 24 short, inspiring pages.

“I’ve come to understand that this prayer, to change our hearts, is the most productive request we could ever ask of God when we are seeking to overcome our failures and our fears.”

Hope – His Hope – is powerful beyond what we can understand. Eileen shares that truth for all of us who have ever struggled with failure in our pasts (and our nows). Clinging to that hope with you, Eileen.

Download Eileen’s ebook here for free.

Question for you: How do you cling to His hope despite your mistakes?

Disclaimer: I have no material connection this ebook. All opinions expressed are my own.