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Beauty and struggle are all around us. Our eye often chooses to focus on the beautiful over the broken, but what if we learned to find beauty in the broken things? How might embracing a life we never envisioned help us refocus our vision? 
Listen to my conversation with Renetta, as she shares how raising a son with intellectual developmental disorder and autism helped her find hope and beauty in unexpected places. Link to YouTube in profile. 
#chronichopebook #chronichope #hope #autism #autismawareness #intellectualdisabilities #intellectualdevelopmentaldisabilities #beautyinbrokenthings #hopewriters
Ancient words of comfort.
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The past few weeks I have returned over and over again to these ancient words from the prophet Isaiah ~
“Who got things rolling here? Who did this? Who made it happen? Who always gets things started? 
I did. GOD. I’m first on the scene. I’m also the last to leave.
Don’t panic. I’m with you. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.”
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When I live my life imagining that I control so much, the pressure of holding everything together and measuring every moment’s success or failure is exhausting. I need this reminder that God held the desires of my heart in his mind before I even conceived them. He got everything started - my desires, my abilities, my vocational life, my family - all of it, and he’ll be the last to leave. And every day in between, he promises to hold me steady when I rest in his presence. 
I needed that reminder this week. How about you?
#chronichopebook #chronichope #hope #hopecanalwaysbefound #spiritualdirection #spiritualdirectionandsoulcare #hopewriters #godsplan #godspresence #godspromise #iamwithyou #notalone #godisgood #control #letgo #letgoandletgod
Work is always easier when the cherry tree is spilling into my space, the orchids are in bloom, the pup is by my side, and I have the pleasure of interviewing the very generous and wise @amyjuliabecker .
Listen in as she shares her story of hope after learning her newborn daughter had Down syndrome, how she coped with fear, guilt, and loneliness, and how she discovered the beauty and belovedness of every human being. Link to my YouTube channel in bio.
#chronichopebook #chronichope #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #beloved #loveisstrongerthanfear #hope #hopecanalwaysbefound #hopewriters #hopewriterlife
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
~ Jesus of Nazareth 

This is why I feed the birds. Because it reminds me daily how much my Father loves me. 
Plus I like the pops of color in my garden! 😉
#lookatthebirdsoftheair #feedthebirds #godslove #sundayblessings #godlovesme #gardencolor #worthy #youareworthy

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