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I pray that Carol’s Hope will help you:

Discover hope through “God-moments” in your day.
Encourage your heart, soul and mind.
Give you practical ideas and resources to help in your walk of faith.

Computer Problems – Sorry!

Sorry, readers –  computer problems require me to take my laptop in for service, so there will be no blogpost this weekend. I wish you all a blessed weekend, relaxation and renewal.

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As we celebrated Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I thought of both betrayal and new life. I tried to imagine Jesus’ mother, Mary’s feelings through that weekend. I’ve put my thoughts into story form, which helped me identify with her pain and her joy. I hope this will be meaningful to you as well.

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Families arrived in droves to line up for “The Hunt.” Carnival games, face painting, crafts, popcorn and an egg hunt gave us an opportunity to build relationships with our community.

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I thought she was hungry. And she was … but not for food. I’m amazed at how my perception of a person changes when I spend time listening to their story.

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Do you sometimes need someone or something to hold you, calm the tangle of issues rolling around in your mind, to rest? I felt that a few nights ago.

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Find Hope Through Challenge

Have you found hope through a challenge? Perhaps the challenge was to win five Olympic gold swimming medals, as Mark Spitzer did years ago. Don’t you think he felt hope at the end of those races? Maybe the challenge is to spend more time with your children, and when you do, you feel relief from that nagging sense of guilt you’ve carried, replaced by hope for better relationships.

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Have you held onto a grudge or a deep hurt? A slight by someone you thought was a trusted friend? Forgiveness has significant mental, physical and spiritual benefits.

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Valentine’s – What’s Love Got to do with It?

What was the best part of your Valentine’s Day? If you are single, can you still enjoy giving and receiving love, including Christ’s? He created us to be in community, as he is himself. Valentine’s Day is thought of as a romantic holiday, but there are different kinds of love, available to all.

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The Greatest of These is Love

“And now remain these three: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” Why do you think the Apostle Paul said love is the greatest? Do you agree or disagree? Why?

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Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”

Hebrews 10:23-24