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Thank you & Part 2

First off, thank you for all your support earlier this week!

Second, I wanted to give you another look at what Hope in the Middle is all about.

The book is divided into 2 parts…Unchanging Hope and Changing Hope.

Part 1 includes foundational chapters like:
-Hope in the Middle of Waiting
-Hope in the Middle of the Unexpected
-Hope in the Middle of Senseless Prisons

Part 2 includes more practical chapters like:
-I am not perfect.
-It’s easy to get fixated on me.
-There’s more to food than food.

And Part 2 is the one I almost deleted. Every. Single. Word. Of. It.

Because it’s pretty raw. And makes me feel vulnerable.

Basically, I’ve listed out for you the top 14 areas of life that I struggle with–The top 14 areas that tempt me towards hopelessness.

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to Part 2:

“But how can I find hope in these long, mundane days? (No, not the really tough ones that force me to my knees.) I’m talking about the ones where all I do is change diapers and get snacks all day. What about the ones where I’m stuck in the same traffic again or dealing with the same nonsense issues? Where’s the hope in this?”

So there’s your warning. The outside of this book may be pretty (so thankful for creative people). But the inside…Well, you’ll see.

Praying somehow you can relate, and that we can all start living more hope-filled lives!

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” (Colossians 1:21-23)

And if you’re wondering what I did on release day…well, here it is!

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Y’all…He met our need!!

Before I disappear for Advent you need to know this.

After everything was totaled we owed $368 for the Dominican trip we took last month.

Do you remember this, though?

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That was in August when Kenan busted his head, and we got 11 stitches in the ER. That was also when we wrote Duke hospital an enormous check.

Last week Duke realized we had over payed them so they sent us a reimbursement check.

Guess how much it was for?

$365.

Y’all, He provided. Almost the exact amount. Only God.

Thank you to everyone who supported us. Clearly, you were part of God’s plan.

God is faithful. He meets needs. That’s what this upcoming season is all about. Christ came as a baby. He came to live perfectly where we had messed up. He came to die humbly so we wouldn’t have to.

He met our greatest need then. And His grace continues to surprise me.

Merry (early) Christmas!!!

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:19,20)

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

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