May Roundup of Hope Resources


ABCs of Jesus’ Love

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❤  Holy Love 
“The angel replied,
‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
and the power of God shall overshadow you;
so the baby born to you will be
utterly holy—the Son of God.’

Luke 1:35 TLB

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💞  Articles/Blog Posts That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞

💞 Hard Times? How to Hear God’s Song Louder Than Any Hard Times – Ann Voskamp’s guest post by Aubrey Sampson – “In a world full of hate, abuse, and game change, God doesn’t avoid or ignore pain. He sings a louder song over it. And He invites His hurting people to sing with Him.”

💞 It’s Okay to Process Your Loss – Dolly Lee shares about learning self-compassion toward our hurts. To God, suffering is suffering, and He doesn’t compare one to another. – “When we don’t deal with what is inside us, it tends to result in other harmful attitudes and actions.” 

💞 You’d Never Know It From Looking At Her – Alia Joy shares honest truths about the hidden pain of mental illness. – “Sometimes it’s hard to be the one in line for your antidepressant, or anti-anxiety meds, or in my case all of the above with an added antipsychotic to control my bipolar disorder. Sometimes we don’t want a consult, we just want a connection. We just want to know it’s ok. We just want to know we’re not alone.

Nature Retreat

“The more often we see the things around us –
even the beautiful and wonderful things –
the more they become invisible to us.
That is why we often take for granted
the beauty of this world:
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds –
even those we love.
Because we see things so often,
we see them less and less.”
Joseph B. 

Again, some awesome pics from my brother. 🙂 Thank you, John!

Yes, Big Bertha is really the name of this cactus!
Cactus Wren’s Home
Cactus Wren’s Nest
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl Facts

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Quotes

❤ How radically must we rework our own self-image if we accept ourselves as loveable – as deeply, passionately, and unconditionally loved by God?” – Antony Campbell

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” – Brennan Manning

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

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Thank You
to anyone and everyone who
recommends links, quotes, etc.

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New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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“Real influence is a quality of the soul
that enables others to feel at home with us —
more loved, comforted, accepted and known –
because we feel at home with God. As is.”
~ Bonnie Gray 

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Books

 Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography
by Jen & Craig Ferguson

pure eyes clean heart“In this candid account, Craig and Jen Ferguson share their personal story of the shame, anger, and hopelessness associated with Craig’s porn addiction. It threatened to destroy their marriage until they discovered how drawing close to Christ could lead them out of the pit of sinful habits, unhealthy responses, and personal despair toward true recovery. Marked by biblical and practical guidance for addressing the heart issues that lead to addiction, Pure Eyes, Clean Heart offers encouragement and hope to those who struggle—or whose loved ones struggle—with the lure of pornography. Includes Scripture-based prayers, discussion questions for couples, and other helpful resources.” (Amazon Review)

I found out about this book at A Heartening Life: Mending a Marriage. I haven’t read it, but it sounds like it gives hope to those who need healing because of pornography invading the home.

Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live by Leeana Tankersley

breathingroomBreathing Room is a beautiful release of self-condemnation, a discovery of the rest that comes when we offer ourselves some space to breathe. Vulnerable and winsome, Leeana Tankersley shows you how to stop breathing yourself up, how to be radically on your own team, and how to truly experience grace. If you’ve been putting on a strong front and yet are secretly coming apart, you’ll find in these pages a trusted friend.”

Just a few snippets of wisdom from this book:

  • “This was the beginning of something for me, the reality that breathing room was available when – and only when – I faced the very thing I didn’t want to face.”
  • “The toxic voice is the dark voice of scarcity, while God’s voice is the voice of abundance.”
  • “The pressure’s off when we can ingest – with compassion and acceptance – our God-image and our dirt-self, our brilliance, and our brokenness.”
  • “The inner bully says, There isn’t enough grace out there for you.
  • “When I practice being not God – nonGodly – I am trusting God’s God-ness.”
  • “God is unfolding a work of beauty in us, but the beauty is made from castoffs, throwaways, reclaimed, even broken pieces.”
  • “My job is simply to allow myself to feel all these events – to let the crash happen – and not be in charge of forcing it all back together again.”
  • “Christ saves us when we cannot save ourselves. Christ comes and sits with us when we cannot get ourselves up off the floor.”
  • “Faith says, I will let myself be led by a power that is higher than I am, by someone who can see what I can’t see from here.”

 

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Hope Harbor

Alcoholics Anonymous 

“If you are concerned with a drinking problem, wish to learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous or want to find A.A. near you, we can help you.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”

Mental Health Ministries   

“Mental Health Ministries is an ecumenical, interfaith outreach through the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to educate faith leaders and lay persons for the purpose of decreasing the stigma associated with mental illnesses in our faith communities. Providing resources to faith communities to develop a mental health program appropriate to each congregation is the important first step in the inclusion and support of persons with mental illnesses and their families into the life of that community. Our mission is to give voice to those who have suffered in silence and to enable faith communities to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain.”

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Center for Disease Control and Prevention Information

“Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities.”

 

Nature Retreat

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
~ Mother Teresa

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed.
And to have my senses put in tune once more.”
~ J. Burroughs

 ➺ HubbleSite Gallery – “Spectacular pictures of stars, galleries, nebulae, and more. Picture album spreads the universe out before you in its dazzling complexity.”

 ➺ Patrick Zephyr Photography – Galleries of a variety of nature photography from close-ups of jumping spiders, insects, amphibians and reptiles to peaceful landscapes and waterscapes 

 ➺ Macro Photography and Wildlife Photography – Macro images of insects and other small, beautiful creatures and photos of birds, wildlife, and other nature landscapes and skyscapes

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Quotes

❤︎ “Hope is the silver shaft of sun breaking through the storm-darkened sky, words of comfort in the intensive care unit, the first spring bird perched on a snow-covered twig, and the finish line in sight. It is a rainbow, a song, a loving touch. Hope is knowing God and resting in His love.” ~ NLT Life Application Study Bible: Zephaniah introduction

❤︎ “God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you, too.” ~ Rick Warren

❤︎ “I want to share my story, and I want to know yours. I believe with all my heart that sharing our stories, the real, ugly, broken ones, is one of the most powerful things in the world, because to share our story we must first accept it. We must own it. We must stop running from it or shoving it into the corner when company comes over. To share our story is to admit that we’ve been changed.”
~ Anna White in Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

 

“May hope replace your despair,
May healing embrace your brokenness,
May freedom break your chains!

 

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New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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In case you’ve never seen this video, here’s a smile for you:

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“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.”
~ Hosea Ballou

I hope you’re enjoying these summer months. I love the warm times of the year, so it’s flying by far too quickly for me.

I hope you find sunbeams of hope and healing in this month’s new links. May tears of sadness turn to tears of joy!

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the Storm Inside The Storm Inside: Trade the Chaos of How You Feel for the Truth of Who You Are by Sheila Walsh

I just finished this book. Sheila experienced many storms herself, so she shows genuine empathy and shares what she has learned to help us rise above the storms of life.

“There are lots of storm pressures that brew around and within us each day. Many days can feel so out of control. Our sometimes overactive lives & responsibilities cause our minds to play havoc with our emotions and bring us crashing down. We fret, we worry, we play the blame game, we sometimes live in the past. But when the storms come we do not have to be afraid and depressed. We can rise above the storm and overcome the chaos. Sheila’s book offers examples of how to get through one’s storms and come out stronger on the other side. The 10 chapters within give examples of how failures, struggles & fears can strengthen us. How we can overcome these by redefining ourselves, by using ‘HOPE & positive words”‘ to replace negative thinking and how to help each other through life’s difficulties. This book also offers an end section of helpful tools to overcome the storms, like Bible verses, journaling and prayers. We can fight the chaos by standing on God’s word and promises. Sheila’s quote, ‘Fair doesn’t live here anymore but Jesus does,’ is life affirming that through our ups & downs, Jesus is still walking on storm waters with us!!” (Amazon Review)

Love Idol Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval – and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes by Jennifer Dukes Lee

I just started reading this book, and I’m already hooked:

“We all want to be valued, to be respected. To be loved. Yet this yearning too often turns into an idol of one of God’s most precious gifts: love itself. If you, like so many of us, spend your time and energy trying to earn someone’s approval—at work, home, and church—all the while fearing that, at any moment, the facade will drop and everyone will see your hidden mess . . . then love may have become an idol in your life.

Love Idol will help you dismantle what’s separating you from true connection with God and rediscover the astonishing freedom of a life lived in authentic love.” (Jennifer Dukes Lee)

Pardon's Price Pardon’s Price: One Young Woman’s Dramatic Journey of Faith as She Faces the Ultimate Test by Diane Yoder

I was deeply moved by reading this book. Though this is historical fiction, it is based on what Christian martyrs experienced in A.D. 258 under Roman rule. It really causes me to reflect: What would I do under persecution? Would I still hang onto hope and cling to faith in Jesus even when lions’ teeth are tearing my flesh and cracking my bones or hot flames are burning me up? God, please help us to be faithful no matter what! Please hold up all persecuted Christians throughout this world!

“As a young woman growing up in the third century, Rachel Gallus has access to all the attractions and excess Rome has to offer: the games at the Coliseum, vivacious friends, and slaves to attend to her every whim. Yet questions haunt her thoughts—questions of human justice, of purpose in life, and of her own identity. After viewing a particularly striking martyrdom in the Coliseum, Rachel finds herself in a surprising set of circumstances, bringing her face to face with her own gripping desires and deepest sorrows. As she learns about the faith of the Christians, she is astonished at the price they pay for their beliefs. But she cannot forget what she has seen and heard. Join Rachel as she battles tenaciously through her anger, questions, and fears until she can accept pardon’s price.” (Amazon Review)

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❀  7 Steps to Self-Love: Self Compassion – “Many people ask me, ‘How do I become my own best friend and stop the negative self-talk in my head that just beats me down and makes me feel not good enough?’; well, today’s video is your answer!”

Chronic illness can be difficult to live with, and it’s important to know the words that hurt and that help:

15 Things Not to Say to Someone with a Chronic or Invisible Illness – Some things you say to someone with a chronic illness may hurt their feelings, even though you may not mean to. A lot of the time you are just trying to understand or sympathize. Well, from the perspective of someone who lives with a chronic illness, here are 15 things you should never say to someone with a chronic illness.

 What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear – An article at Psychology Today written by Toni Bernhard, J.D. who knows what it’s like and had to retire early due to chronic illness.

 

 

Nature Retreat

The Common Potoo
One of Nature’s Best-Camouflaged Birds

 ➺ All About Birds – “The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.”

 ➺ Audubon – Pursues the mission “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”

 ➺ BirdNote: Stories about Birds, the Environment, and More – Believing that birds connect us to the joy and wonder of nature, BirdNote strives to transport listeners out of the daily ground into the natural world with outstanding audio programming and vivid stories about birds and the challenges they face.

 

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Quotes

❤︎ “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

❤︎ “The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.” ~ Arthur H. Stainback

❤︎ “With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow beings. We drop prejudice. We withhold judgment.” ~ Christina Baldwin

 

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