The Healing Journey

Sometimes hope comes in just a moment. A look, a word, a gesture. A gift to make us look up and know that God is not only here, but reaching into our healing journey to say,

“I love you.”

The Healing Journey and Moments of Hope - Lori Schumaker - God reaches in with His hope and says, "I love you"

And this week I received that kind of hope. I’ve been feeling a little weary lately. The days filled with situations that leave me allowing doubt, insecurity, and worry to have too much power in my spirit. An overloaded schedule. Health issues. Relationship concerns. Parenting struggles. Exhaustion.

In the midst of one of those situations, as I was allowing the insecurities way too much room in my heart, God sent me that comforting word through the generous heart of an acquaintance. So unexpected, but just the words I needed to hear. Words that let me know God was right there with me and He was fighting for me. And not only that, but in those moments I was feeling so alone, I knew God had sent me a new and precious friend.

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Friends in the Healing Journey

This week’s featured Moment of Hope is a testimony of hope in the midst of one of the darkest attacks of the enemy. Since I have been blogging, I have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people. People who inspire me and give me hope. One such person is Trudy Den Hoed who blogs at Freed to Fly. Friends, when I tell you she oozes love, I am not exaggerating! She often encourages others in the blogging world and shares her heart for Jesus with grace and eloquence. This week she shared her story, A Rainbow of Hope. It’s a story of the evil that broke her spirit into a million pieces and of the Jesus who picked them up and ever so gently put them back together.

You see, what happened to Trudy is one that causes many to leave the Church and to leave Jesus forever. It’s one that pushes people into a life of shame, secrecy, bitterness, and death. It’s the place where Satan cheers and celebrates his evil. But Trudy held onto Jesus and did the work to bring healing and wholeness. Follow me over to Trudy’s place to read her healing journey. And friends, I ask you to share this post wherever you can because there are so many people in our world who need this hope today. And don’t forget to love on her big, okay?
A life shattered by sexual abuse at the hands of a clergy member and a testimony to the healing available through hard work and Jesus. Rainbow of Hope.rainbow-god-is-faithful #MomentsofHope feature

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  1. We do give way to much room to our insecurities – such a good way of expressing it, because it tells me that I have a choice in the matter. So thankful that God will fill all the room that I give Him!

  2. I am so enjoying your link up, Lori. But especially loving getting to know your heart better. Thank you for carefully and prayerfully taking the time to visit us and choose a feature. This week’s feature was beautiful and heartwrenching at the same time. I love that there is always hope in Jesus, no matter what we have walked through.

    1. Oh, Sarah, I am so thrilled you are enjoying it! Your posts are overflowing with hope. Each and every one. I treasure your contributions here. Let’s keep sharing that hope together, friend!

  3. I’m so sorry you have been down lately, Lori. I know the feeling of allowing too much room for insecurity in our hearts. I’m discouraged today because of situations out of my control. Insecurities are flooding in, but I keep trying to cling to Jesus who loves us so much, understands our every hurt, and accepts us just as we are. Then I read how my story gave you hope, and I feel so humbled and blessed. I rejoice that God gave you hope. Yes, God is right there with you and fighting for you. It’s so hard to “feel” sometimes, but He is. I have a deep desire that God will send hope to every hurting soul. The journey can be painful, and we can’t make it through without Jesus. I am so grateful God led me to your site some months ago. May Jesus hold you so close to His heart that you will hear the steady rhythm of His faithful love for you! Hugs to you, my dear friend!

    1. Sweet Trudy,
      Your post was filled with so much hope. I just read a comment by someone else … leaving the markers along the path to guide the way for others who will come after you! You are such an encourager with such a compassionate heart. I am so thankful for you! Let’s keep clinging to Jesus together and keep the enemy and his whispers silenced. No more insecurities, k? Let’s be brave and confident together ♥

  4. Thank you, Lori, for sharing Trudy’s inspiration here. I can’t promise I’ll link up every time you offer the opportunity, but as this particular blog post is about God’s hope (and a rainbow), I’ll link it above.

    1. Martha,
      I’m so glad you took the time to link up this week! I loved your post and beautiful photos! Bless you!

  5. Thank you, Lori, for being such a source of hope and encouragement. Thank you for hosting this link up. I love coming here. I’m off to go read Trudy’s post now!

    1. Thank you, Dawn, for being one of those special people who have encouraged me! Your heart to love others as Jesus does is an inspiration!

  6. Hey Lori,
    Thank you for being an instrument of hope!
    I’m blessed by you and by your ministry.
    Appreciate the link up as well!

    1. Thanks, Melanie! I keep praying God will continue to use these words He is pouring through this head of mine 😉

  7. Lori – I love how God sends us encouragement in many ways and that He knows just what we need. It so blesses me to hear others are heeding prompting from the Lord and reaching our to encourage others. I didn’t know you had a Monday Link-up, so I will be back next week to check it out. I am heading over to read Trudy’s post now. – your neighbor at #RaRaLinkup

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thank you so much for stopping by! We just never know how God will use us. I am so thankful for how my now new friend reached out! I can’t wait to have you visit and link-up for Monday’s #MomentsofHope!
      Blessings and smiles,

  8. That is so true. That is why I always try to say “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon” to those I passed on the street whenever I walk on the street.

    1. Hi Patrick,
      God is using you to bless others this way! Keep looking up and greeting each person God puts in your path!
      Blessings and smiles,