Unveiling Hope

A candid look behind the veil

You entered my life in a quiet way like rippling waters approaching from afar touching so lightly that I could barely feel it a hand – inviting me to share life I wasn’t there.   But you were. you were always present, aware a witness to the violence and abuse, for the lies and the drama, the rejection and abandonment. I …

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From the beginning, you had your sights set on me. You watched me from afar – every move – every single step, until you could predict my comings and goings. You moved in closer, only enough to hear the sound of my voice and my cries. Listening and watching a small girl . . .  …

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The once tiny digits that caressed and kneaded my muscles now seemed like little boney, coat hanger-like fingers digging their way into every nerve ending of my body. She likely would have welcomed a slight change in pressure, but I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything. I sucked it up.

There I stood barely breathing, secluded in the barren field, tormented, scarred and scorched like a sunflower in the midday sun. You came to me. Did you hear my call? For your hand was outstretched and beckoned me. You lead me to a garden that I had only dreamed of. Your kindness touched me to …

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Recently, a friend and I were having a heartfelt talk when suddenly she said, “Let your love out, Hope.”  Hmm, I thought to myself, what have I been doing up to now? What does it say about you, or your capacity to love when your friends think you’re holding back during a heart-to-heart discussion no less? …

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Recently, a show aired on television that showed how the ancients refined gold and silver. The refining of metals dates back to 550 BC at Sardis, where the first coins were minted. The refiner would heat the fire to 700 degrees to melt the silver and then pour it into clay jars. The impurities would float to the …

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When we find ourselves calling upon God to rescue us from the furnace of affliction what we’re really doing is asking Him to save us from an opportunity whose primary function is to bring Him glory and secondary function is to inspire growth in us. I never find myself asking Him to remove circumstances from …

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If you Google the word “lonely” the results are, inevitably, a list of more than 172 MILLION are returned in .26 seconds. By the time I’m through writing this post, it might be even higher. Many people believe that being alone and being lonely are synonymous. In fact, they are not. Being alone is a choice …

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I heard you last night. Through all those tears and all the words you choked on – I heard you – I heard your heart. My desire has been to hear your heart for as long as I can remember. Oh, I know you’ve spoken to me many a time. I don’t discount any of what you’ve …

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If you’ve ever played guitar, you know that in order to continue and be proficient, you need to accept the pain of callouses on the ends of your fingers. I recently read somewhere that Eric Clapton puts alcohol on the tips of his fingers to keep them dry in order to “maintain” his callouses. A …

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