With Hope & Joy is a place of peace and welcome. I know what it feels like to feel that you are completely alone. We aren’t, not ever, but that doesn’t stop the feelings of desolation and crippling loneliness when it happens upon us.
I can tell you right now, with all of my heart and in total truth that God is always with us, and yes, when we completely surrender and give it all up to Him, we will and do feel His loving embrace, holding us close and soothing us as only the heavenly Father can.
There is no greater joy I have experienced as knowing with no doubts or hesitations at all, that God has not only the strength and true lasting love to stand in front of me, behind me and with me as I face each day and hurdle. I understand now that He has a plan and each heartache has a purpose to His plan and He has promised in Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I was beaten down, humiliated and crushed; I had nothing left. I sat in my home office watching my daughter painting and decided to color while she painted and something (the Holy Spirit) guided my hand to pull out one of the Scripture coloring books I had placed on Bella’s shelf. From there, I decided to create my own. Months later, my Mother expressed hopeless worry in her own heart and from there I began getting serious about writing out my own Bible Studies.
In creating those Bible Studies, I discovered that there was no greater peace to be had than speaking with God, searching and reading His Word and sharing what I learned and created with my little girl and the few friends who might enjoy them as much as I.
I am certain you will discover if you enjoy With Hope & Joy, that I am slightly obsessive, LOL, so I quickly out paced my friends, my creating vs their reading. That is when I decided that I actually might be being directed to sharing in a different way.
Romans 10:9 ~ That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
So, with all my heart, I welcome you here and hope you find some moments of hope and joy in these pages.
With Hope & Joy also is what I was looking for, when I was searching and desperate to be in fellowship with others and when I was simply desperately searching. Searching for answers, direction and inspiration. Do you know what I found?
God’s Word. Fellowship through the written word on different blogs, on many Christian websites and through my on-going conversation and growing relationship with God. I found the answers to every question I had inside of me. I found direction in my salvation and surrender. And I found inspiration in the endless hope and joy placed inside of me with God’s love and forgiveness.
I didn’t know what I needed when I began searching in earnest. I wasn’t even sure of the questions. Other than a light nudging or insight from someone else’s point of view, the only answers I could be sure of (even then) were the scriptures I could look up and read for myself, in context.
That is what I will try to offer you. I can only offer my own insight and personal experiences, but I can offer you the Scriptures that brought me comfort when I had my own thought, question or experience.
Sharing the Scriptures at the very least I hope, will give you somewhere to begin your own path in the Word, in your own search for your answer, direction and inspiration.