Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.

The Goodbyes of this week…

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Early this morning a young couple from our church left for North Carolina. A new journey for them to the next season of their lives. In the saddness of their leaving I pray safety, happiness and prosperity over their lives. New jobs, reconciliation to family, this is a wonderful time in their lives. I thank God that they remain in his care, always. I’ll miss them dearly.

Today is the viewing for my Uncle Lee. He passed and went home July 28th @ 8:30 pm. I’ll miss him. He was a good uncle. Caring and fun, especially when we kids were young. In the life of a young girl whose father is absent, the uncles are vital.

I am embarrassed and shamed that I continue to feel this dread about having contact with my family members. Specifically my mother, stepfather and siblings. Other members are difficult for me at this time, however my immediate family is moreso for me. I feel selfish and self involved, this is bad.

Between my sorrow, 3 losses in just over a month! How much can one woman handle? Tears are just under the surface…and they should be I gather. Yet…I continue to push them back. My silent tears are all I have. I am used to being the stoic daughter, a pillar of strenght and control. Well! That has been eliminated!

I did receive a few confirmation scriptures from Father God, and I must give Him the glory and honor! He is more than faithful to this wretched soul!

All of these scriptures were given to me as comfort from my Father God. Having been taught that He speaks to me through His Word, I am comforted in this my time of sorrow. Like a hug from a loving and protective father, that which I have lacked for so very long in this earthly life, these words are carrying me through this time of transition and termoil.

Long ago the LORD said to Israel: I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

~ Jeremiah 31:3, NLT

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

~ Proverbs 4:25-27, NLT

He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:8, NLT

Oh! Do you see the wonderful love and safeguarding these words bring me! How He has read my heart! How He has comforted my spirit! One could not feel more loved than all of this…amazing how it arrived to my computer just at the moment I needed these words to stop the fear and sorrow from taking the final hold of my heart and mind! I pray you can see it!

I pray that they will minister to you where you are today. I know that if you are reading this simplistic blog of a mere stranger that God meant for these Words to reach you, as well! Let them bring you closer to the Father, let the Spirit comfort you in your day. I Praise HIm, in all of His glory!

My Prayer for today…and the coming weekend with my family!

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

~ Psalm 143:10

Dear Lord, My savior, I thank You that I am in your heart this day. I pray and thank You that I have your mind, words and countenance this weekend and forever. I thank you that I do not have to battle these things in  my power, but in Your power I will be victorious in this time. I pray for the salvation for everyone in my family at this time. Allow your humble servant to be there for those that would now seek your face. Allow me to correctly demonstrate Jesus to my loved ones.


Blessings All!


Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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