Devotion


Too Soon to Say Good-bye
17 Oct 2016

Too Soon to Say Good-bye

It’s hard to say good-bye.  My 19-year-old cousin was in an accident Friday night and didn’t make it.  Or maybe I should say he made to to the ultimate destination, because I know he’s in heaven.  Praise God for His salvation! He’s not the first our staff has lost recently at a very young age, and we’re all hurting a little.  We are thankful for...

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Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection
07 May 2016

Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!  Mothers, grandmothers, those praying to be a mother, those who mother angels, those with fur-babies, all you who mother in any way- happy day to you! Last Mother’s Day I felt Selah move inside me for the first time, and it was magical.  I absolutely LOVE being her mommy and thank God every day for this chance.  I...

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05 Apr 2016

See You Later, Baby

Good-byes are tough.  See you laters should feel a lot easier, but this one I’m facing is killing me. If you stop by the Atkins store the next few days, you might be greeted by raspberry-blowing, toe-eating 5-month old.  She’ll probably be having a grand ole time with Grandma or Aunt Ariel and be soaking up all the attention from our amazing customers like you. ...

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Waiting on God’s Time
15 Oct 2015

Waiting on God’s Time

And we wait. You brides know the waiting game… so much anticipation leading up to one big day. Waiting for my child to arrive is a whole new kind of waiting for me. It’s such a strange time to know the most life-altering thing to happen to me is coming, but not knowing WHEN!  I suppose I have an end in sight now, considering my...

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29 Jun 2015

Independence Day Reflection: Love and Unity

It’s almost Independence Day. I’m thinking a lot today about the division I’ve seen in my newsfeed since the huge SCOTUS ruling that was given Friday. For Iowans, we’ve had several years to “celebrate” or “get used to” (whatever your opinion may be on gay marriage) the idea of marriage rights extending to any couple, regardless of sexual orientation. In those years, Hope’s has served...

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Beautiful Bride
15 May 2015

Something Borrowed: Meet Director Christy and Bride Silvia

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Eph. 3:20 I’ve been struggling to know how to start this post because these stories of what God has done (and continues to do) are just so BIG. Because this isn’t really my story to tell, I want to...

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03 Apr 2015

The One Who Gave it All: Good Friday Reflection

  The Crucifixion of Jesus 26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep...

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Valentine’s Love and a SWEET Recipe!
09 Feb 2015

Valentine’s Love and a SWEET Recipe!

Love is in the air!  Happy Valentine’s week!  To celebrate, we have a great Valentine’s Day treat to share with you and some love notes from the creator of love Himself! God sends his words of love to us: 1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God,...

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24 Jan 2015

Don’t freak out, but your wedding might not be “perfect”…

It’s so easy to fall into a pit of overwhelming stress when you are planning something as big as a wedding.  The details.  The money.  The people who aren’t on the same page as you.  All while trying to nurture a relationship as you plan a future together. You hear it from all of our Real Hope’s Brides: Try not to sweat the small stuff. ...

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Christmas Eve Love
24 Dec 2014

Christmas Eve Love

“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11 Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year.  It’s all about promises fulfilled, peace on Earth and God’s love joining us in a way...

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