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The Imperceptible Shift

And so it begins,
more of me and less of You,
trying to squash the fear in me,
unnerved by how it shows through.

Fear has pummeled my door.
Thick, icy layers
staunch and steadfast
wrapped tightly around my soul.

Less glancing up,
more searching within,
intentionally moving away,
I knowingly waiver.

Intentional masterminding,
controlling, calculating.
Less relying,
continuously believing.
Have I pushed you away?

I want to lean in and look up
but, my humaness takes over.
Swirling worldly emotions suck
me back to my own scheming.

Please invite me back.
I need a place to rest,
and unhitch my load.

A tiny vignette of eternal paradise
would surely do the trick,
A glimmer of Grace.

Debbie Hope
Full of Hope



Quiet Please……



The world we live in moves at an incredible dizzying pace. Each minute technological advance deepens our connection to every new gadget on the market. It becomes a race to see who can get to the Apple store first. Our behavior becomes frantic. Facebook, Twitter and texting have quickly become our national obsession, and we all participate on some level. I swear I can see the flash of my Blackberry from another room. Not to mention the adrenaline rush when I hear the ping of the latest CNN push on my Ipad.  Do I really need to know the latest result of the Iowa caucus? Will it change the direction of my life? I am torn between being informed and oblivious. I openly admit that when I am on information overload I put myself on long, self-imposed news fasts. It feels good to stick my head deep down in the sand. Sad, but true.

Creating a place to rest and re-fuel is essential to one’s emotional and spiritual balance.  So, where do you go to disconnect from the chatter of the world? I am, and have always been a nester at heart. I find great peace from the space I call home. It warms my soul to sink deep into my comfy library chair and glance over at family pictures and personal mementos scattered throughout the room. Others may see clutter, I see a lifetime of treasures.  Solitude is not a luxury for me. It’s as necessary to my overall health and well-being as food is for sustenance. It hasn’t always been that way. There were many moments early in my life where I would do just about anything I had to not to be alone with my own thoughts. Silence during this time was deafening. It’s quite the opposite now. I will do just about anything to build a little silence into my day.


If you don’t think you need to carve out a time for peace and reflection, dig a little deeper. I promise the excavation will be worth it. More importantly, find a place where you can refuel…..and if it serves you, fill it with amazing beauty. Do what feeds you. Follow what soothes you. Fill your days with things that really matter. When you fill your soul with real beauty, you will thrive. Remember, it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Full of Hope



Worth their weight in gold

There’s a moment– one single moment, when everything changes. 

Maybe it’s a look, a tear, a word, a feeling, a birth, a fear, a joy, a prayer, a wedding, a goodbye. Whatever it is, it matters.

Think about these moments, relish in these moments, move past these moments, breathe in these moments, forget these moments. 

Savor them, steal them, make them count, cherish them, grasp them, chase them, let go of them, hold on to them, feel them, value them, and ultimately understand that you will run out of them.  String each one together-carefully.

Each incredibly unique moment leads to the next. One day you will look back and see a life filled with amazing blessings, sprinkled with a dusting of Grace that only God can provide. 

They are precious, use them wisely.  They will be gone in the blink of your life.