Call Me Fruitful.

1/21 ((from Bridget)) As we round out our week’s journey through the book of Hosea, I recognize a lot of the background information on our minor prophet may have already been disclosed.  You know by now, for instance, that Hosea married a prostitute, Gomer, and together they built a family and he continued to love…

What It Depends On.

1/20 ((from Bethany*)) *On January 15th your Saturday Hoper, Eve, delivered a beautiful baby boy! So luckily for the HopeIsHard family over the next few weeks a few other voices are going to chime in while Baby Spencer gets some qt with his mama. Today we are oh-so happy to welcome the faithful voice of Bethany! Bethany…

Now Is the Time to Turn Around.

1/19 ((from Bri)) “Hosea Announces Israel’s Punishment“ and “The Lord’s Judgement against Israel“ These are the headers over the chapters that I get to write about from Hosea. Everything in me wants to soar past these hard chapters and get to the ‘main point’ because I know how the story ends. Isn’t that our temptation…

Sound the Alarm.

1/18 ((from Jessica)) Not gonna lie, I can be a directionally challenged soul. In fact, it’s very fair to say that sister doesn’t do north, east, west, and south. Tell me to hang a right by the Target; tell me to look for the road near the big sign that has flashing lights; or tell me the…

Whores, Healing, & Holiness.

1/17 ((from Megan)) My pastor’s teaching through a series on Hosea still reverberating off the walls of my heart, echoing this overarching reality: Hosea isn’t merely about Hosea and Gomer. Neither is the story finished centuries ago with Israel and God. Oh no, I am Gomer. Wayward in heart from my faithful Husband who purchased…

To Choose Love.

1/16 ((from Natalie)) When I see an adorable old couple that’s been married 50+ years, there’s an immediate sense of wonder… what’s the secret to their happiness and faithfulness to one another after all those years? We respect the wisdom that follows if we ask that question. We trust that their recipe for success is…

One of Us Never Leaves.

1/15 ((from Kate)) Has a loved one ever told you something about themselves that left your jaw down on the floor near the fancy rug? Maybe not shocking because of the details, but because you’d known them forever and since when were they allergic to green olives!? Well, that’s how I felt at seventeen when…

The Best Me.

1/14 ((from Bridget)) A few years back I met the executive for the Nike Women’s Clothing Line.  At first glance, I was impressed by her professionalism, intelligence, and athleticism – things that could be expected from her job title alone.  But do you know what else?  She was also cute, personable, humble, courageous, a mom,…

More Than Anything.

1/13 ((from Eve)) What does God have for us this year? I’ve been praying about what to write in this post…. what will encourage you (and me) for 2018? Something fresh and new? Or, something tried and true that needs to be rehearsed yet again? Some combination of both? As I was journaling the other…

A Beautiful Thing.

1/12 ((from Bri)) About a month ago, I was spending some time in God’s Word and came across a passage that jumped off the pages. I had read it before and heard countless messages on it, but the Lord brought fresh revelation to me in that moment; I remember thinking, “This will be my next…

What is Possible.

1/11 ((from Jessica)) I have been back and forth with God about what to write this week. I’ve prayed. I’ve thought. I’ve asked. And then I prayed and thought and asked some more. What do I share, and how do I exhort? Where do I go in Scripture and what angle of encouragement do I…

New Year, Already New You.

1/10 ((from Megan)) Layer of snow as fresh as the calendar page, below frigid temps and sky-high hopes for a (hashtag) new year, new me. Ours is a society brimming with desire to re-create ourselves with the drop of the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square. I honestly thank God that we live in a…