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Thankfulness ♥ and Social Media


Many have spent the last several weeks expressing their thankfulness. Please let me express mine to all who are wandering through, amidst the cooking and festivities!

You bless me with your attention, I am thankful for your readership, and I am thankful that God allows me to pour Him into the lives of those who wander by, or have joined me on this journey!

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3

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I stand Thankful to God, alone, for all of the blessings of 2010…more, I am thankful for the provision that God, alone, will bring in 2011. ♥

Good morning and be blessed greatly this day!
I am thankful for you! ♥

 I am thankful for ~ the Social Media system that  has allowed us to do this world-wide.

Some may think this odd, however, Facebook, WordPress, Blogger  and many, many others allow us to connect with our loved ones who are far away.

We reach the nations! It’s amazing really.

With all the hubbub about social media being a “MeMe” thing, what I am seeing today is thousands of people expressing their thankfulness for one another!

Expressing their love for God and their families! In ways that in the past could not have been done.

We used to send cards; hoping and praying that they arrived on time, to our loved ones. Now, since cards can be so very expensive (the average commercial card being over $3.00) the social media is really a blessing!

I can tell my loved ones that I love them, right now…and they will receive it as soon as they log on, or answer their text messages! Which, if we are honest we tend to do immediately, by rote.

I see people genuinely thankful for being able to have contact with loved ones who live hundreds, to thousands, of miles away. I know we are, here in Hutchland!

My family and I are blessed with the luxury of having chat and Skype conversations with our Son, Daughter -in- Love, Granddaughters and hopefully our Daughter in Alaska. By the way, we live in New Jersey!

Our Daughter-in-Love, Corina, just texted, “Happy Thanksgiving FB family and friends! I am thankful for FB for special days like these! In fact my 3G AT&T cell phone has not stopped getting Thanksgiving blessings by text! Free texting is a blessing!

Social media is and should be a blessing! And it should be used as such!

I thank God for these luxuries, provided today. They allow me to  be connected to those far and wide, and it allows me to express my love. And a bonus blessing is I feel loved! ♥

So no matter your what your issues with the social media system may be, TODAY I encourage everyont to try and to be thankful for the blessing it can be in a life!

Through this particular social media I wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving, may God shine on you today and give you peace!

Thankfulness

 

I Am Thankful!

 

Blessings Loves! ♥


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Made to Crave


In my journey to wellness I have begun following a few blogs that encourage wellness over all of the areas of my life; Spirit, Mind and Body.

I have been following Lysa on her personal blog, as well as the Proverbs 31 Ministry Blog; because she just nourishes all of these areas!

She has authored the book “Made to Crave”, which I cannot wait to read, epecially since the issues of my health have me making major changes in my dietary lifestyle.

Please check out the promos for the book.

You can subscribe to both Proverbs 31 Ministry Blog, as well as Lysa’s blog, by visiting Proverbs 31 Ministry, online. I absolutely recommend it. 🙂

Enjoy!

Blessings Loves ❤


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On Thankfulness…


A week from tomorrow many of us will sit around a table with family and enjoy a meal that should have meaning.

Albeit, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. to commemorate our freedom from England and it’s restrictions on beliefs and religion.

But today…2010…what are we Thankful For?

Hebrews 13, the first 10 verses says, and if we are thankful we should…

  1. Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

Do we, I ask? Throughout the year, do we truly love one another like family? Sacrificing our own comforts for this love? Are we thankful that God has given us family and friends to to love, in our lives? I ask myself, do I appreciate all those who are in my life?

     2. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

I forget, do you forget, to be hospitable to strangers?

A smile, holding a door for someone, or simply ignoring an impolite driver, who may have the world hanging in the balance, at the very moment he cut you off;  are these, really, huge sacrifices in the scheme of life?

Am I hospitable? Do I miss the opportunity to bless an angel of the LORD?…Do I remember the LEAST of these…

     3. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Now maybe you do, or maybe you don’t,  know someone who is in prison proper; however, we each know someone, even within our Christian acquaintances, who are in their own private prisons.  A prison that they have not yet learned they are free from.

Do I remember that I was once in that same prison, and go to this person and show them the open Gate? This one I can say I am doing…however, I did not always!

And the mistreated, have I extended comfort? Or do we look the other way, maybe in judgement, or worse, in self-involvement, thinking I have my own wounds to lick? Oh I hazard to think, as I feel the guilt of my ignorance.

      4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

As Christians, our marriages are the vision of the church, the body of Christ. Are we standing in the gap for and with our married couples and our single brothers and sisters, alike? 

 Are we extending invitations, to our church family singles,  a place to belong in their singleness? Or are they left out to battle the temptations of the world, alone?

Does my marriage extend examples that strengthen others in this command.  Does my marriage show, those still in the world, a picture of Christ’s Church?

Do we honor the great covenant of marriage, as we do its mirror image,  The Church?

       5. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”

This is a hard one, for all of us. In this economy, this looks almost impossible, if we take our eyes off of God.

 I ask myself am I content with what I have? 

As the money gets tighter and we cut another hole in our financial belts…do I trust God? Do I remember that I do not participate in the lack of this world?

As this computer loads slower, day by day, don’t I long for the newest media laptop, with which to blog and edit pictures?

Do I really trust God to take care of the things I need, let alone the things that I want?

I learned a hard one this year health wise!! As most of my readers know. I may have left the money and the love to God…I did not, however, trust Him with my healing. Now I don’t know if I actually thought of it that way…but it was the result. I didn’t trust that He would take care of my health. So the next verse….

         6. So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Do I? In all areas, do I really see the LORD as my helper? Do I stay out of fear?

FEAR is the OPPOSITE of FAITH…a woman of faith, I call myself…really???

And those mortals?? Just yesterday!!!! I allowed the actions of a mere mortal to offend me and make me feel lesser than my Father says I am!

Do I have confidence in my Father God..or do I, small mindedly, attribute to Him the lesser abilities of my mortal father? Though I love my father(s) dearly, they are mere men.

            7. Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Do we remember what was taught to us on Sunday??? I can say that, eventually, I get back to remembering what it was God said through my Pastor. That is, after I get tired of battling what has gotten into my mind less than 72 hours later! I then…consider what Moses or Daniel or Hannah may have done…considered their faith and intimacy with God. Finally, by grace, finding center. And I can say that I am THANKFUL for Wednesday evening service because, by then,  I have wandered away, so aimlessly and sinfully wandered into the world, or my own head.

             8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Am I thankful for this?? MY goodness YES! This is the scripture I was looking for when I found this blogpost ready to be written!  He is the same Yesterday and Today and Forever, thank God! 

The immutable God: INCAPABLE AND UN-SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGE.

Oh the tragedy of this life, if HE were to change like I do, so often! Forgetful, inconsiderate waife that I am, without Him!

              9.Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.

Are we carried away by strange teachings? What are these?

These are any teachings or practices that take us away from Christ’s way of living.

Basically the ways of this world. The ways of the world, that take this Thanksgiving Holiday, we all celebrate, and make it about the things we’ve attained throughout the past year. Making thankfulness something about ourselves and our own abilities…forgetting that we do nothing without the breath of God each morning.

We are a people who tend to be thankful of things…I ask myself…what am I thankful for?

            10. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

What a blessing this verse is…STRENGHTENED BY GRACE!

Each Thanksgiving we basically eat a CEREMONIAL MEAL. In the ceremony itself there is no benefit. We see this in our very own actions on this Day of Thankfulness, when we are thankful for full bank accounts and our cars in the drive. Thankful of and for THINGS.

When what it is we SHOULD be thankful for is the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD THE FATHER who provided us the skill, provided the miracles, provided the food for this ceremonial meal.

Thankfully, But God…

and we are STRENGTHENED BY GRACE… We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

WE HAVE AN ALTAR, FROM WHICH TO MINISTER AT THE TABERNACLE, FROM WHICH WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO EAT!

Christ…He is our altar. We must minister by Christ…

We must put into practice these things revealed here so that we might, by GRACE, minister  true thankfulness at this Thanksgiving Ceremony.

We come by our Salvation by Grace…the unmerited, unearned Favor of a loving God who provided the Altar from which we minister, from which we eat, daily.  WE did not earn this altar!

Faith without Works is dead…contrary to other scripture some say, confused…but what is confusing I ask myself?

If I am a woman of Strong Faith, as I say, why then do I question my part in these tasks these verses so clearly prove as the key to such Faith?

Do I?  Am I? Strengthened by Grace…

I read somewhere that Thanksgiving, in a Christian sense, is about being thankful for the year to come. That true Thankful Faith is about knowing that God is GOING to provide…I like that.

These ten scriptures are essentially a long list of PERSONAL “to dos”…

We have a week….can we get them all in?

Personally I am going to try! Come next Thursday I would like to be able to Thank God for the opportunity to have been a blessing. I want, as well, to thank Him for the provision He has for the coming year and the continued opportunity to work this list of 10.

I thank God for those of You who read…I thank God for those of You who wander by…I thank God that He allows Me into your life and You into mine.

Happy Thanksgiving Loves 

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I Hope…I want one of these…:)


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Lost-ann-Found


This is how I felt Monday and Tuesday….basically due to developements and adjustments pertaining to my 

Lost

 

this is how I felt today, Wednesday, after some time with God and in Praise, as well as doing what I know to do…I went out and found me among like minded people.  =)

For He, Himself is our Peace,Who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, dividing the wall of hostility………………………………. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of two,

thus making Peace. Ephesians 2:14,15

How wonderfully amazing is that?

 

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3 from here & there ~ a photography collaboration

 

 Blessings Loves ♥

    

           

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Focus: God’s Beauty through the Shutter.


Auntie

I’ve been in a photography mode lately; playing with different photography manipulation tools.

This quite frankly distracts me from writing, which I actually get paid to do! =D Thank God for residules!

However, in all of my frustration with my  …… issues  {this is how I may refer to my heart for awhile, simply because I will not be persuaded to own these diagnosis’.}, it feels as if it is the only thing I can keep my mind focused on.

Let me clarify why I won’t speak or type the diagnosis’ any more than I have already. My Christain walk is Faith driven. I view myself a a woman strong in faith. I know without doubt that God built me for this. With all that I have gone through in life, and like too many, I have experienced too much tragedy. My …… will not be one of those tragedies. I know that I am healed, I know my God has this in hand and will turn all of it to good, because I love Him and am called according to His purposes.

 God said that by Jesus’ stripes we were healed, and that He (God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus) was not a man that He should lie, therefore I take my Father God at His Infallible Word. 🙂 So the fact is:

“God sent His Word and delivered me from ALL destruction.” Psalm 107:20

Back to the photography.

In my frustration and depression? disappointment? discouragement? with the …… I seek out beauty, in my disciplined effort to ‘look to higher things’…God things.

One of those things are Photography and Inspirational sites/blogs.

Beauty and God…they are basically one, and He has created individuals to provide our senses with the necessary “Light” to endure our trails. God tells us:

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
   where does my help come from?  Psalm 121:1

and…

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Through a friend on Facebook, when she posted her engagement pictures, I was drawn to…

 Kelly Sauer Photography and  Kelly Langner Sauer, her blog.

There I found beauty and light and joy, on this very trying day, week, month of my 

“You see, within the beauty before me I seek healing. In my healing I experience beauty before me.”

Changing my mind ~ Improving my Life.

Blessings Loves ♥

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Through Christ…I can…


I’ve started working the book Power Thoughts with my bible study girls!

Can someone say that God is Omniscient!!! Seriously, we’ve been learning the essential attributes of God at mid-week service @ FCMC (my church home). We have spent at least 2 and hopefully   this week delving into the depth of Who God is.

Well with this study? improvement work? I’m doing with God and the girls, He, God has proven that He truly does know the end from the beginning! He knew I would be here today doing this, in awe of His faithfulness and omniscience!

The focus is: Over the course of your life recall some of the trials you have faced. How has God used them to bring something good to your life?

Now don’t get squirrelly on me! Think about this…take some time (that’s what the book tells us to do…Think About It.). My trials have been mentioned in this blog many times and they remain:

  1. My childhood
  2. My mother’s “illness”
  3. Dad being gone & an alcoholic when he was around.

God has used our trials and tragedies to get us where we are today. We, on the other hand, have either allowed the bad to create good in us or totally made it impossible for God to turn things for our benefit. What have you done? I’d imagine, like me, a good bit of the latter, and hopefully we are getting better at the former!

All of this causes emotional issues in our lives. So now we think and decide, like most people of the world, with our emotions.

Well God tells us… ‘ do not follow the patterns of this world…’

We cannot think or, God forbid, make decisions through or by our emotional state. Feelings are transient, they change from moment to moment and they effect our ability to go from God’s Glory to Glory!

* “Do not make major decisions during a storm”. ~ Joyce Meyer

* “Let emotions subside before you decide.” ~ Joyce Meyer

For me, I consider my biggest emotional challenge in any storm that arises in my life is ANGER. That big ‘ole, ugly monster and his dangerous cousin Rage.

So what can be done? Think on this, consider your situation.

Anger, for me, seems impossible to conquer. I have worked through inummerable levels of this stuff in me. That veritable peeling of the onion that is Andrea…and most all of that black, dusty, and moldy powder was and is anger. Some of that black mold has damaged and wounded layers of me…But God, Jahovah Raphe, the LORD is my healer, is dealing with that.

So I come to this Power Thought: I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ.

I have strength for all things in Christ WHO empowers me; I am ready for and equal to ANYTHING through Him WHO infuses inner strength into me; I am sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Philippians 4:13

I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ.

IN CHRIST I am sufficient…I am equipped, I am able…to do WHATEVER I NEED TO DO.

I CAN DO THIS THING…I CAN CONQUER THIS ANGER, THIS RAGE, THIS WRATH!!!!!

You see loves, God empowers YOU and I and we are sufficient to handle these personal tragedies and trials in us. WE are able, through Christ, who gives us His strength to rid ourselves of all things that are contrary to God.

And this all begins and is possible by correct use and renewing of our minds. The Battle is in the Mind.

I’m Changing My Mind and Improving My Life.

Blessings Loves