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This is Beautiful

“Can you tell what each of these folks has been through? In life.” – Charles Wiggins “Nope. All I see is JOY and LOVE and PEACE.” – Rachael Stricker “That’s because that’s what our community is.” Rhonda Norton Father God we don’t see what our brothers and sisters walk through on a daily basis. We don’t always share the same anxiety, fear, or brokenness… but I am thankful, Father, that we are so quick to share your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We are not perfect producers of your Spirit’s fruit, but when we rest in you we are bear good fruit; when we are supported by community that is led by you we bear good fruit. Father I thank

Hope Street Member Prayer

Heavenly Father, I come to you today to say thank you for all the blessings, grace, mercy and consistency you have bestowed upon us. We love you Lord! Bless your holy name! Thank you for keeping us, comforting us, protecting us, being our burden bearer, believing in us when we didn't even believe in ourselves, being our strength, being the light in our darkness, being our strength when we were weak, being our eyes when we couldn't see, being our ears when we couldn't hear, being our doctor & healer when we were sick, encouraging us, meeting us where we are, never leaving us nor forsaking us, making a way out of no way, being our peace, love & strength. Lord I lift up Hope Street Ministry to

Silence

Silence. I have often heard people say they are uncomfortable in the silence, “I don’t like silence”. “Silence is so boring.” Just about every morning I sit in “my chair”. What I love most about this time is the silence...of the house and of my mind. I soak up the silence. This will probably be the most silent part of the day. From 7:15a on, the rest of the day will be filled with some type of noise. Conversation with kids-husband-family-friends, the radio, conversations at work, music, more conversations, the sound of the small foot steps of the kiddos living above my office, move conversations, sirens, cars rattling through the alley, more conversations, dinner, bedtime. I encourage you to

Nay Sayers

“It’s ridiculous that you continually are allowed to miss school for basketball. Only 3 percent of athletes get to play in college on a full ride scholarship. Your chances are slim, you should focus on your studies” I remember those words from my 7th grade teacher to the class, like it was yesterday. I remember sitting there thinking I will prove you wrong, weeks before I received my first scholarship offer. I heard his voice again the day I was able to choose from over 75 schools, all of which would pay for my education. I did it, I proved him wrong. I beat the odds and I was on my way. As I reflect back on the things that have motivated me over the years, often it has been the nay saye