|We took Jazzy to see Frozen for her birthday and the princesses were dancing after the movie.|
|Snuggling in Lila's bed watching a movie together. Can you tell Faith never watches TV? She was transfixed!|
Our church has a tradition of sharing Hope Stories when we meet together. Sometimes they are endearingly simple stories - breakthrough in a friendship, the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a co-worker, a memorable interaction with a stranger. Sometimes they are profound and moving stories of transformation, healing and courage. Each story's intent - no matter how dramatic or mundane - is to give testimony to the Hope we have found in Christ.
Our friends, the Baldwins shared their Hope Story this weekend and I wanted to share it with you.
Hope Story: The Baldwins from gathering network on Vimeo.
If Jesus were sitting on your couch, what would you say to him about your biggest heartaches? I was humbled by their response. I'm not sure it would be mine. But I loved what Christina said - that she had "disciplined [her] heart to say [thank you] and that's almost the overflow now." She was saying that she chose to have that be her response - it didn't necessarily come naturally, but she disciplined herself to be grateful. It gives me hope that my responses to the suffering in my own life can be transformed into gratitude.