when unkind words hit their mark

On the days where the unkind words hit their mark, and I appear to be all on my own, You delight in reminding me You are not only my Rescuer, but my Hideout where I can retreat to safety, the One who will battle on my behalf, who will restore and heal my wounds when I turn to Him.⠀

“God became my hideout, God was my high mountain retreat.” Psalm 94:22 MSG #hopefortheharddays


Hope finds me…

There are moments (and honestly, some times days) where my emotions lead me straight into a funk I can’t always see my way out of. Hope finds me, even then. Every. Single. Time.⠀

“When I was upset and beside myself, You calmed me down and cheered me up.” Psalm 94:19 MSG #hopefortheharddays

reminders which come when you need them

I have tangibly experienced Hope in moments when I didn’t think I could take another breath in my grief or squeeze out another tear when in pain. What verse has He used to remind you He is with you when you needed it?

“If God hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” Your love, God, took hold and held me fast.” Psalm 94:17-18 MSG


Words to hold onto on the hard days…

I find certain Psalms really help me to look up at Him when I face difficult situations and tightly grab ahold of His hand.

Psalm 94 is one such treasure fold of promises I cling to on the hard days.

“How blessed the man you train, God, the woman you instruct in your Word, providing a circle of quiet within the clamor of evil, while a jail is being built for the wicked. God will never walk away from His people, never desert His precious people. Rest assured that justice is on its way and every good heart put right.” Psalm 94:12-15 MSG


Tip 4 for when your emotions are riding a roller coaster

Tip 4 for when your emotions are up and down like a roller coaster: Do one thing each day for yourself that you love to do, every day. ⠀

If you have an especially hard time doing this, make it two things a day! Ideas: a bubble bath, listening to favorite tunes, read a chapter of a book, a quick walk, a cuppa… you don’t need to do it for long or spend almost any money on it – but make sure to do it. It’s healthy to take care of yourself. Remember, YOU are His beloved, and He loves you! Follow His prompts to take care of yourself. Its okay to feel joy for a few moments!⠀

Word: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16⠀

Worship: “Trading My Sorrows,” Darrell Evans – https://buff.ly/2FIzaJL⠀


Tip #3 when your emotions are riding a roller coaster

When your emotions are riding a roller coaster?

3. Limit your time around situations and people you find only add to your stress right now. ⠀

If that means not answering the phone when certain people call, then don’t.

Likewise for email and attending family gatherings.

If saying no or saying nothing is best for you right now, then do so.

BUT give these over to God.

Invite Him into the situation or relationship.

Ask Him to help you to deal with them, or let them go when you are able to reengage again. ⠀

Word: “Your name is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe.” Proverbs 18:10⠀

Worship – “We Will Run” by Jesus Culture: https://buff.ly/2tFaI74⠀


Tip #2 for when your emotions are moving like a roller coaster from grief or stress

Tip #2 for when your emotions are moving like a roller coaster from grief or stress: Spend time reading the Word.⠀

The Psalms especially draw me in with their honesty and cries before God. David, Solomon, a few worship leaders such as Asaph poured their hearts out to God, and found comfort in doing so. It’s refreshing to know you are not alone, that God answered their prayers, and is for us, not against us, as He reveals Himself to us through His Word.⠀

Word: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 NLT⠀

Worship: “Your Name/Cry of the Broken,” Darlene Zschech – https://buff.ly/2tGl6eN⠀


tip 1 to finding solid ground when your emotions are riding a roller coaster

What do you do when your emotions are moving like a roller coaster from grief or stress?

How do you find solid ground again under your feet?

This week, I share 4 tips to do just that.⠀

1. Be honest with yourself, and God.

Ask yourself: “Is any of this my perception vs reality? Am I over tired and doing too much? Am I bottling how I really feel within?”

If you answer yes to any of the above, ask Him to help you see where/what you can change, and show you how.

PS. There is nothing you are feeling or thinking that He isn’t already aware of!⠀

Word: “Pour out your heart like water before the Lord…” Lamentations 2:19⠀

Worship: “Come to the Altar,” Elevation Worship – https://buff.ly/2Fwv4oR⠀


when your old clothes no longer fit

HIHP site coverThere are times when you know that you know that you know, you know? 🙂

This weekend, I had one of those.

I had worked on my vision/passion statement back in October in a workshop, then promptly filed it away and forgot about it.

But God didn’t.

And He has been taking me on a journey to becoming not only available, but more obedient.

Part of which is filtering things through not only what works for my schedule and family, but what fits best with what He has called me to do.

Offering Hope to the hurting, the broken, and the lonely.

That meant I needed to rethink everything. What and how I am writing, what I am studying, how and when I am ministering, where to go next.

As much as I loved my old logo, it no longer fits. Because I am not who I used to be, even five years ago when I launched this blog.

So welcome to the new look. You will notice my website address will be changing in a few days, and my social media links have changed as well.

I am excited about this change, for it is not only stretching but gets my heart pumping, my knees before His throne and my hands itching to get into the Word!

But more importantly, I can hardly wait to see what He has in store for those (us!) who diligently seek Him!





when you realize you are the mountain blocking your own way

These past two weeks, my eyes have been busy refocusing.

I love how God uses the Word, my small group study, and the worship music I am listening to open my eyes to the truth.

I am almost always the mountain in the way of trusting God with whatever is facing me.

For when I allow my feelings to distract me from keeping my eyes fixed on His, and my feet following His – I become the block which needs to be removed for my own faith to flourish.

Instead of worrying about what is surrounding me in this world, I need press deeper in to His arms and allow His Presence to surround me, calm me and direct me.

Not basing my response on what I can see, but on the faithfulness of the One who sees all, all the time!

For it occurred to me this morning that if I am made in His image? His faithfulness would also have been imprinted upon me!

So remaining faithful mirrors His character!

Abba, allow this truth to sink deep within, and resonate into every aspect of my character. I can be faithful, for not only is it an ability You can strengthen me in, it is actually part of me – because of how You made me! I thank You that Your faithfulness never ends, and remains ever constant. Even when I cannot see, these truths stands as a testimony to Your faithfulness:

  • You are ever before me
  • You are ever covering me
  • You are ever with me
  • You are ever for me
  • You are ever empowering and loving me.