Sunday, February 16, 2014


"All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming." -- Helen Keller    Inspiration From Brilliant Women

1 John 4;4  ''You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.''

          We can see suffering and overcoming in others all around us.  What is the difference?  A sense of hope, for better things to come and a better tomorrow.
          I was downtown about a week ago near the library.  As we drove by, we saw three homeless men sitting together.  My first reaction was judgemental because they were all smoking.  I thought how could they afford such an expensive habit and yet not afford basic necessities.  I pondered their lack of hope in their lives and wondered whether I might too seek temporary relief to ease my distress.  I really don't know if I could break the cycle, if I were homeless and without hope.
         Ministry to the lost and homeless is all about telling them about true hope found in God.  The burden of suffering eases when you know you aren't alone.  The strength to overcome your trials is driven by your belief in One who is greater than anything in this world.
        John 16; 33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   What a comforting verse for us all in our times of trouble.  Don't let the world steal your joy and hope.


  1. I love this blog today...Perfect as always : )
    karla t.

  2. As I was lying in bed praying this morning and asking God for wisdom concerning a "trial," I confessed to Him His sovereign design and the fact that He is the Great Overcomer. Sometimes it's hard to see the end result of God's design, but we are assured in His Word that we too, can be overcomers. Great post, Angie. Thank you for that wonderful reminder to us who believe.

  3. Wonderful and insightful blog. I liked your example of the homeless men and their lack of hope. Those of us who trust in Jesus have the greatest provider, comforter, and hope and it is all free to those who believe and let Him be ruler of their lives and not self. Mom

  4. We are all without hope if not for Christ. Just like the old saying says, "But for the grace of God, there go I." We have to seek and accept that grace, and especially that Provider of grace. I like your statement by Helen Keller. So many times we only hear about and see the negative, when the positive is all around. So thankful for God's provision and grace. Love you, T.