Hope Martin

Remember

Maybe it’s cliche to talk about being thankful at this time of year, but while having a day set aside every year to be thankful and express that thankfulness is a good thing, gratitude should be part of our conversations and prayers year round. Gratitude should be expressed every day, multiple times a day. Far […]

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Invest or Bury?

I used to think I was not a talented person. Sure, I had some skills and I was strong and clever at times, but I wouldn’t have said I was talented. I was friends with talented people, but I was the loyal one of the group. I thought I’d go through life doing things well […]

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Love: Needs Vs. Wants

“It (love) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8a What do you do when someone loves you in a way that you did not expect? Do you shrug it off, chalking it up […]

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The Thief of Joy

I recently started a photography job that includes showing and selling the finished sessions to clients. I have done better at sales than I expected; it helps that I believe in what I am selling. I rarely see my coworkers, so we use a virtual workspace platform where we can share tips and successes, ask […]

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Who Are the Poor?

The poor. It’s a common phrase, and as often happens with common phrases, we use it without comprehending its meaning. So, who are the poor? Generally, that phrase is used to refer to people making less than a specific income. If you asked people for some specific examples from day-to-day life, the homeless and people […]

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Speak Truth

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the sake of the gospel, and not frightened in anything […]

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What Love Isn’t and What It Is

By Hope Martin Love, real love, will never be pain-free. Pain in our relationships comes from lack of or poor communication. It comes from making assumptions about other people’s motives. It comes from broken and delayed promises. It comes from long days and short tempers. It comes from stubbornness, pride, and jealousy. Even our best […]

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Who Do You Live For?

Well, here we are. We made it to 2021. If you had any ideas that a new year would take us back to “normal”—you have been quickly disillusioned. Or perhaps, you expected more heaviness and upheaval and so, you have been proved correct. Whatever mindset you came into January 2021 with, we find ourselves brought to our knees, again.

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Hold on to Hope

We are not the first people to walk through a period of great darkness and, unless the Lord comes again very soon, we will not be the last.

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God’s Unchanging Faithfulness

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 I don’t know about you, but for me this has been a month characterized by change. I have experienced changes when it comes to health, relationships, vehicles, location, and more. This is on top of the extensive changes – in lifestyle, daily […]

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Patience & Provision

There are days filled with sunshine, the glow of abundance and tranquility casting a golden hue over everything in sight. Each step is a delight, barefoot toes brushing the soft grass; grass so green and vibrant it eludes description. Each breath; inhaling peace, exhaling joy. It truly is a path beside still waters. Why would […]

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Will You Join Me?

When I first started writing devotionals for church, I decided to write about what God was teaching me. They say to write what you know. It has been beautiful to see how He has highlighted and clarified lessons as the day for submitting the devotional’s posting draws near. He always comes through, even if it […]

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