January Hope Whispers

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“And my God will supply all your needs
according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19 NASB
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 “He who did not spare His own Son,
but delivered Him over for us all,
how will He not also with Him
freely give us all things?”

Romans 8:32 NASB

What Is Empathy?

🦋 “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee

🦋 “An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like.” – Tarana Burke

🦋 “Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’” – Brene Brown

Truly, no one can show perfect empathy like Jesus, but through Him we can empathize more with others. “The Gift of Presence” by Linda Stoll is a great example of empathy!
“No judgement. No opinions. No pontificating.
I felt validated. Heard. Safe to be myself, all kinds of messy, imperfect, and flawed.”

Nature Retreat

All my life through,
the new sights of nature
made me rejoice like a child.“
~ Marie Curie ~

Thank you to my brother John
for views of unique species
and to our son Glen
for the beautiful sky views.
🙂 Please respect copyright laws. 🙂

Unique Species

Out of 750 butterfly species in North America, the Western Pygmy-Blue is the smallest. Only 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch!
The underside of the Western Pygmy-Blue
Can you believe this is actually a butterfly? A Western Giant Swallowtail can disguise itself as bird poop! (Correction: This is actually the Swallowtail still in its caterpillar stage. Still amazing though!)
Chalky Bird Dropping Moth

Spectacular Sky Views from the Dominican Republic

Unwrapping God’s Gifts of Love

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Dear Jesus,

Sometimes a gloom overtakes my mind,
And each day becomes a trudging,
Not a joyous day to be alive.

You give me each day
As a newly wrapped gift
To be opened and enjoyed.

Lord, please help me
To treat each day as a gift,
Not as a drudgery.

Please help me to rejoice
In Your gifts of each day
And each promise You give.

Godwhispers

My Beloved Child,

Yes, each day I give you
Is a gift to be cherished,
More time to fulfill the purpose
I have for you on this earth,
The purpose especially meant
For you and no one else.
Just thank Me
Even when you don’t feel it,
And dance even when your heart is heavy.

And remember always
I suffered so much more,
I even died for you,
I joyfully carried out
The will of My Father
With all My heart,
Because I love you so much,
And that gift of love
Is for you, My cherished one.

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Promises
by Sanctus Real

“Sometimes it’s hard to keep believing in what you can’t see
That everything happens for a reason even the worst life brings
If you’re reaching for an answer and you don’t know what to pray
Just open up the pages, let His Word be your strength

And hold on to the promises (hold tight)
Hold on to the promises (all right)
Jesus is alive, so hold tight
Hold on to the promises”

Move
by Mercy Me

“When life won’t play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I can’t seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I won’t let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway”

Praying our hearts will open up the Precious Gift of Jesus’ Love!
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