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Trust

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." --Ernest Hemingway Trust – it’s a word that’s been on my mind a lot lately. There are about two-million ways that this could be taken right now, so let me make sure that I am clear: this issue of trust is… my issue. It is, at the end of the day, my wrestle with you Father. It is nothing to do with anyone else breaking my trust, but me allowing my trust in a person to supersede my trust in you. Help me remember, Father, that trust is a process, that it is a movement we are all working on, that none of us is ever fully vulnerable nor do we need to be. Father there are ulterior and alternative motives to all things; good or

Recap: Women's Luncheon

If you did not make our first ever Women's Luncheon you missed a great time! Over 170 women gathered to share a meal and hear from guest speakers from our board, staff, and members. Thank you to all who attended, and shared their hearts with us. Over 40 women have responded with a desire to be involved at Hope Street somehow. One of the suggestions for getting involved was to read a book, and we have had many questions about which one(s). Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Help wrap your imagination around the radical cultural differences between, say 26th and Captiol where the Greenhouse for People is located, and 124th and Capitol, where you might be. We recommend: Same Kind of

Growth in a Greenhouse

Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, joy and sorrow really belong together, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement. - Henri Nouwen At Hope Street we learn these truths each day. We learn it’s a process and that growth takes time. We learn that we need each other. We learn that God’s pruning work in our lives at the Greenhouse for People brings healing and hope. We learn that resentment can stunt our growth and make us blind to the work God desires to do in and through us. We learn that we are being formed into a flourishing plant, that we are being prepared to be a person who can offer our own pain as a source of healing and hope for

Sunrise

I had to drive my daughter to school twice this week (it's only Wednesday). The first time, Monday, she straight up missed the bus. The second time, this morning, she wanted to arrive early (7a) so she and her friends could decorate the locker of a friend who’s birthday is today. Locker decorating in 7th grade is a big thing. Twice this week I witnessed the sunrise. It burned my eyes it was so bright. Have you witnessed the sunrise this week? Yesterday I had to drop one of our cars off for service. The dealership was nice enough to give me a rental car equipped with XM radio for the day. I searched the channels and came to Y2KCountry. Jammed to some Y2K tunes. A George Strait song came on, “

Burden.

Burden. I used to think I had made it to the top of the “spiritual tiers” when I knew I had been placed with a burden. Now I wish someone would take it away. Do you have that thing in your life that gets you up in the morning, or keeps you up all night? The thing that if nothing is done about it you are righteously outraged and unsettled? Maybe it’s human trafficking, slavery, refugees, orphans, the next generation, or the addicted. Or maybe quite frankly it is your teenage daughter, spouse or unkept household. Whatever your thing or your burden is.. when was the last time you laid it at Christ’s feet? When was the last time you acknowledged that as outraged or passionate as you are about