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Comforted


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In vv. 17 & 18 of Revelation 1 Jesus comforts John, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and life.

You see John was completely overwhelmed with the situation he was in at the time – actually floored by the amazement of being in Jesus’ presence. And Jesus, having not changed, comforted John with the information/reminder that He, Jesus, was much bigger than the situation. That He was Omnipotent, that He had conquered death and now possessed the keys of death and life. Therefore John had no reason to fear because Jesus was in control and all things would be alright.
I know, for me, my situation these days can be completely overwhelming. All to often bringing me to my knees. Like John in the beginning of Revelation I often fall at Jesus’ feet as though dead. But as I remain in His Word He continually reminds me who He is in my life and comforts me with “Do not be afraid …”.

** For my dear readers who may still be looking to read, I’ve been gone for a LONG time. I tried to write after my husband passed, and succeeded a few times here and on A Widow’s Journey, however I was not able to sustain it. And then, after believing that no thing in the world could ever be worse than my husband battling and losing to cancer, I found that I was correct about the only thing I thought might top the level of sorrow I was experiencing, the loss of a child.

My youngest boy (man) lost his battle with heroin October of ’16 and I was slammed to my knees with the most devastating sorrow one could experience.

So I’ve been learning to breathe again. Learning to rise above the ever present grieving and live.

So here I am. I believe it’s time to write.

What has you on your knees today? Have you thought about How big God is? Have you remembered today that this is His plan and He won’t let it fail you? Have you looked up for help?

I encourage you today to open your Bible and get to know your Heavenly Father. I know that all my study of just the 1 chapter of Revelation brought me fresh understanding of just What and Who Jesus is to me … and who I am to Him. It’s comforting.

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Q & A with HopeAnnFaith


Hello. Well it’s been a while, again, since I’ve written. I have a bevy of your posts in my e-mail and I read Helen’s [I Will Bloom] post with this great idea from Carrie B.’s blog [Northwoods Scrapbook]. I’ve never read Carrie B.’s blog before but am intrigued by this post and will be spending some time this coming week getting to know her a bit – first through her Q & A post and then bouncing around her blog reading.

Like Carrie B., I also indulged in the Facebook and e-mail questionnaires, the ones where you answered the questions about yourself and your life and then tagged friends; particularly when I was bored or stressed and needed mindless fun to relax. I especially like Carrie B.’s questions much better, as they are not childish, high school grade questions. Rather they are simple inquiries that will help us to get to know one another better as people and writers.

On mine, here, I am going to add another question at the end; because I’ve had discussions with a particular blogger about how our blogs are a calling and not WHO we are, nor do the identify us or our worthiness, but rather our blogs are about … well you tell me at the end of the questionnaire. =)

 Here’s the most recent picture of me [last week]:

Andrea aka Hopeannfaith

Andrea aka Hopeannfaith

Onto the Q & A:

1.What part of the world do you live?

I live at the Jersey Shore – The REAL Jersey Shore, where we wear flip flops all year round and enjoy the salt in the breezes.
2.How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for 8 years now.

3.To visualize even better what you look like – what color is your hair, your eyes… and how tall are you? 
My hair is red [from a box]; my natural color was “dirty” blond but I will wager that it is now grey. I have green eyes and am 5′ tall.
4.What is your favorite color? Green.
5.What is your favorite kind of music? I love music of all kinds but lean toward contemporary Christian music with a southern rock feel; when I listen to secular music it’s alternative and classic rock.
6.What is your favorite food or kind of food? I’m a meat and potato girl! Steak and baked or mashed! I LOVE asparagus and cabbage. I am currently giving up on obesity and am on Nutrisystem and eating better [definitely a portion control and food combination thing!] and am doing well … just about 40 pounds down since October!
7.What is your favorite drink? Black tea and water with lemon. Derived from a discipline thing. When I crave carbonation and yes, it’s a craving, I drink flavored seltzer water.

8.What is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled? And where would you like to go that you haven’t yet?            I haven’t been many places, but then I am the quintessential homebody. I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland.
9.Which famous person dead or alive would you like to meet and why? I don’t know. I’d love to have a conversation with Prince and a cup of tea with the current Pope – though I’m not Catholic, I am intrigued by the man.
10.What new or unique hobby would you like to try? I would love to learn the violin. I love the sound of that particular instrument. Simply beautiful.

11. Why do your write, and what is the focus of your blog? I write because there’s a peace in putting my story on the page [even this blank white screen that is now our paper] it’s cathartic journalling I guess. I read someone’s story where they were pondering how the journal or diary went from being a private thing to this public forum of our lives; sharing and giving others a place to realize they are not alone where they are. I love that.

I blog because, for me, it’s my ministry. I am able to share the good times and the bad times and help others how this relationship with God works.

I share God here. The writing is a gift and a calling from Him, it’s about Him and it’s for Him.
*Bonus #12. Carrie B. was only going to have 10 questions,but she was  curious to see what folks would answer to this one [I thought it a good question!]: What is something unusual about you that people may not know?
People don’t believe me, and that does not matter but … I’ve seen Jesus and talked to Him twice. Once when I was 5 and again when I was 19; both times were in response to tragic times in my life.And … I’ve always been able to audibly hear God’s voice; whether it’s just a sweet blessing or because I’m stubborn and He must make Himself physically heard by me at times, I am completely blessed by this.
Someone once made the mistake of scolding me and telling me that I wasn’t hearing God, that I was just hearing myself or my mother. I quickly and VERY adamantly stopped them and informed them that they could not take this blessing from me or make me question it. That God did NOT sound like anyone in my life … His voice is very distinctly gentle, yet firm with me in a soothing way. It makes me feel the Father in His character, something I didn’t have in my childhood. Like I said, I’m blessed like that.

So there you have it … Now it’s …

Your turn!!

Thanks for reading my faithful reading friends and God bless.

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Upgrading Me … #Hopeannfaith


Today I upgraded this place to Premium and I did some work on it to get it where I want it to be.

I want to use these gifts and callings of mine to write and photograph! I want to honor God in the best ways I am able and know how to do.

Having two art forms to create with is sometimes REALLY overwhelming just to think about! Things just run frantically around in my brain! Like …

Should I put writing or photography first? Which one does God want me to use, primarily? How do I find the time to do all of this?

And then there’s that voice saying … “OH. This is too much!” “How will you do this?” “See, no ones reading/viewing!”

Those self discouragements that we mull over in our times of overwhelming and frustration. Like this …

Still frustrated with a few features, but I’m not ready to “purchase” a theme! I’ve spent the morning creating and linking and then I changed up my twitter account too! Still can’t figure out how to lead you guys to where I am on Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn … I think there’s another, but I can’t remember at the moment. All this change has rendered my thoughts to splinters!

So I decided to stop and post this “progress report” to get myself out of the land of frustration and reset my brain to figure out how to be more attractive to YOU, the reader.

So I …

Made my writing logo:

A.Hutchinson Writer

A.Hutchinson Writer

And reestablished my photography logo:

A.Hutchinson Photography

A.Hutchinson Photography

OH! And I resurrected A.Hutchinson Photography Blog, though it remains a wordpress.com blog. For the moment. Posting on the photography log yesterday rewarded me with the most active day there since I started it! WhooHoo!

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Now I want to figure out the ins and outs of the hashtag. You know, like #Hopeannfaith … I need to find out if it’s even worth playing with the hashtag idea at all. I mean, how do these work anyway?

If you know about this and are free to school me, I’d appreciate the education. Just leave it in the comments! Thanks … and …

Thanks for reading my silliness.

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