Hope & healing

Quote from the book, “Sacred Rest”, by Saundra Dalton Smith, M.D., founder of “I Choose My Best Life”:

“Brokenness is a journey everyone must take. To be born is to be broken. We cannot enter the earth without the breaking of water. The same water that sustains us for nine months becomes the very thing we must break through. Life is filled with pregnant moments. Periods of deep darkness through which we must break through. Periods of brokenness from which we seek to be whole. The body experiences physical in the form of physical trauma, disease, and injury. The mind/soul experiences brokenness in the form of emotional trauma, stress, personal loss, and a feeling of disconnectedness from the self or others. The spirit experiences brokenness in the form of spiritual trauma, anger toward God, a lack of belief in God, and feeling a disconnectedness from God. When any one of these three experience brokenness, it affects the function of the other areas. Spiritual rest is where the broken places mend. Rest holds up the fragments, naked and unashamed, before God.”

“Why God Allows Suffering” – 3.5 minute video clip from Greg Laurie (check out his story), pastor, author, founder of “Harvest Crusades” and “Harvest TV”.

Video clip on “Hope” from donation-supported “The Bible Project”, free downloadable video clips with animated artwork to explain Bible books and themes & words used.


“Dealing with the sorrow of miscarriage” – by Emily Wierenga for “Focus on the Family”

“Do’s and Don’ts for Comforting Grieving Families After a Suicide” – by Dawn Anderson for “The Christian Post”.

“What Do We Say to Grieving People?” – by Nancy Guthrie for “Desiring God”.

“Why Does God Allow Suffering?” – article by Ray Comfort from “Living Waters.


Life’s Trials:

Age 7 year Rhema Marvanne (a teen now; not presently in limelight) singing “The Lord’s Prayer” – always gives me goosebumps.

“My Unknown Child” – by Noreen Riols; a story of God’s amazing grace, mercy, & redemption after abortion.

“Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality” – by professor, scholar, speaker, and former agnostic, Nancy Pearsey; “to counter the hostility toward the human body and the biological facts of life that drives many of today’s heart-wrenching headline stories”.

Loss (for adults):

Loss (for kids):

“It’s Okay to Cry: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Through the Losses of Life” – by H. Norman Wright.

Creating Healthy Relationships:

“Boundaries” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

“Boundaries with Kids” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with kids.

“Boundaries with Teens” – by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, founders of “Boundaries Books”; excellent book on creating and maintaining healthy relationships with teens.


“Blessed be the Lord. Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”

Psalm 28:6-8

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:29-30

“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:2-7

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

1 Peter 1:3-6

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Peter 5:10


“100 Huntley Street” – website in Canada that “brings you the amazing stories of people – whether they be world leaders, celebrities, sports figures, or everyday people – who have had life-changing encounters with God.”; 24 hour, 7 day a week prayer line.

“Anchored North”“A small but mighty team. Sharing the gospel through media”; offers “video tracts”, powerful, short testimonies of lives transformed and healed by Jesus; crowdfunded ministry.

“Focus on the Family” – multiple resources for life’s trials, emotional health, & much more.

“Got Questions” multiple articles answering questions about suffering; website has answered over 500,000 questions about the Bible; parent organization is “Reasons for Hope”.

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