Think: "You think you can, You think you can, You think you can" & one day say: "You thought you could, You said you could, You knew you could" & thus, at least: you thought you did.

Hope’s Up

pretty nice fountain downtown hopes up

Standing up for yourself when in an unhealthy relationship is not easy, I know.  I was in an abusive relationship long ago.  I didn’t have children with this man and yet, it was still almost impossible for me to escape.  He had systematically stripped me of my independence and identity.  It took a revelation from God for me to realize how bad it had gotten.  “This is my daughter he is hurting… how would you feel if someone was hurting your child that way?”  That is what he revealed one terrible night during an out-of-body experience, mid-beating.

My sister-in-law, “Tia” and niece, “Hope” live with us now.  I am very proud of Tia for having the strength to finally walk away from domestic violence, infidelity, and abuse.  Hope deserves a better environment.  Tia deserves to be treated with love and respect.

It makes our house a little tight again, but love is that way, tight.

Alarming Statistic:

1 in 4:  The number of women who will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

Read more here:

~This MUST change~

Double Talk Quote: “When my mommy and daddy are fighting, I tell them to treat other people the way they want to be treated.” – Hope (wisdom of a child)

Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:4-6  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”

Term that has Lost its meaning: another chance

Relatable Lyrics:  “This is the Last Time” by Fuel

Comments on: "Hope’s Up" (8)

  1. Never give up hope. As a survivor, you know it means the world that I can say that. Thank you for this post ❤

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  2. Wow! Praise God that he kept you safe! he was with you the whole time…… haha he is so good.

    1 John 5:4 For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

    I am crying at sarah’s comment, he is so good.

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    • Without hope, there is no resilience, no reason to keep trying. Thank God I’ve always been able to hold onto hope, even when my faith was dim. You’re right He is so good.

      Faith and hope go hand-in-hand. Faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Therefore, without hope, faith is impossible, and without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).


  3. I’m incredibly sorry that you suffered from violence in a former relationship.
    That’s truly wonderful you’ve opened your home to “Tia” and “Hope”.

    You are such amazing, kind person…love is “tight”, you’re right about that!

    You have such a fabulous way with words and a fantastic creativity as well.
    I get an extra-big kick out of your “Double Talk Quote” and “Term that has lost its meaning” – they’re always insightful.

    xoxoxo & blessings to you and yours,

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  4. Aww now Jeff you’re going to make me cry! So much love!! There are no words to describe how thankful I am that all of you persevered in your prayers for me-for so long! I love you all so much!


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