Project Hope: What Is It?

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     Project Hope is a ministry reaching out to both men and women in jail, the juvenile center, and hopefully someday prison in Kitsap County, Washington. Project Hopes mission is to show God’s love to everyone there.

No one is too far for God.

    1 John 4:15-21 “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.  Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

    These people may seem unlovable but Christ died for us all.

No one is too far for God.

    Romans 5:6-8 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

    Christians, remember we were once sinners too and now alive in Christ. Why then should we rob others from this hopeful truth?

    2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”


The Worshiping Mom


                                      1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all  for the glory of God.

The house is a tornado. Her children run around wild and free. The sound of glass breaking rings in her ears. 

She is in tune with Christ.

She remains calm, or laughs to herself when she sees how they’ve tried to feed the dog again with its overflowing dog bowl. 

She is not lazy. No. 

She just knows whose in control.

Paint is spilled, by her little one.

She is reminded by the great creator.

As her child comes in screaming, because he has yet another wound to show her. 

She recalls how God hears our cries.

Others may frown at this women, but lets pause and see why she lets go and lets God.

See why her house is chaotic and her children run free. 


See how she is in tune with God.

Christian Crutches


                   ***For adopted Christians***
    Too many people walk around with the heavy weight of bitterness, or excuses for their behavior.

They say things like “Well you don’t understand” or “When I was little…..” and go on to tell me the sad story. Your right, I don’t understand. Everyone is different and is affected differently. But God understands.Blood Doesn’t Mean Everything
    We can cry, and ache, and hurt. That is ok. But when we become
bitter, and let it consume us, this is not ok. No one has to be on earth long to experience pain.
    Take a piece of my testimony for example, I was baby unwanted. I cried and ached for love just like any baby, but no one came. The one who was “supposed” to love me, didn’t want me. That small part right there stops so many other adopted people in their tracks.
They cannot get passed the fact that yes our birth parents screwed up! Or in few cases couldn’t take care of them. Fellow adoptees and other believers I have just one question for you.
    How are we supposed to be the most effective for Christ when we are not allowing God to use those scars as our testimony? When we soak in the heartache of abandonment we are letting the Devil win that battle. I once heard a quote that says ” The Devil may win some battles, but God wins the war”
    No more crying Children. We are men and women of Faith who can choose
to stare at life in the face fearless, because of Who has adopted us and comes to us when we cry.

    Philippians 3 12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

    Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”‘

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Blood doesn’t mean everything 

Courageous Child

Oh To Fly

Oh to fly    

    Pacing, nail biting, heart racing, palms sweating, with anxiety wondering what will come next. We all feel it, whether we are watching a movie, reading a book, or living life. We all want to know what will come next and in this waiting, we dream. Maybe your dream is working your dream job, getting married, starting a family, seeing the world, or doing great things for others. All these things on our hearts are not wrong if for the glory of God and not ourselves. He puts them there for a reason. But why is it so hard for us to allow the maker of dreams dream for us? In this letter below God writes to us in His Princess by: Sheri Rose Shepherd, reminding readers to wait on their dreams because His timing is perfect.  My Princess…wait on Me Wait on Me, My princess. My timing is always perfect. I know you’re anxious about many things, and I see your passion for all the plans I have put on your heart. I know that you long to fly and I see your enthusiasm. However, just as a vine dresser nurtures the vine and waits patiently for the right moment to harvest the grapes, so too am I working tirelessly to prepare you to bear much fruit. Don’t run ahead of Me or try to fly before My plans are complete. Your strength will fail you, and your dreams will wither away. Trust Me that my dreams for you are far greater than you can dream on your own. You will run farther and soar higher if you patiently wait for the season of My blessing. Draw close to Me now, and I promise that this season of waiting will bring you the sweetest of rewards.  Love, Your King and Lord of perfect timings.                                                   Isaiah 40:31

A Child’s Hero

Did you ever have a super hero or a person you looked up to and wanted to be? Today we’re going to talk about a child’s hero; their parent or care giver.

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it”

Ask yourself these questions before you have a child. Will I promise to always love them, provide for them and meet the basic needs? Sounds like a marriage doesn’t it? Except there is no divorce. Giving your child up for adoption is not a  divorce. It’s giving them a chance that you can’t give them and admitting to it. A divorce is a lie to society saying the vows you took aren’t apparent anymore even though it was a promise. It’s not about keeping a child alive it’s about preparing another life to do good in the world. Most people forget that when they hold a baby they grow and they become their own person with their own goals, personality, and dreams. If you decide to become a parent or caregiver will you crush those dreams, tear their personality and stomp on their goals? Or will you encourage them and their goals, provide for their needs, and help them succeed in their dreams?

“There’s only two things a persons hands can do, make or break”

For the first seven years of a child’s life they rely on their care givers the most. Those are the years when they need the most guidance. The beginning years as a baby they need a lot of hugs and kisses letting them know you are always there; this is where the trust comes in. If you are always there for every cry and hold them letting them know its going to be ok and following through by providing food when needed and comfort they soon begin to trust you. This is when you become the hero. Screaming at the child will only make them afraid of you and possibly make them scream a lot  when they are older thinking its ok because that is what they were taught. Children mirror there heroes, because that’s who they want to be.

why damage a child?

Cutting, hitting, burning, freezing, molesting or raping a child could cause them to do these things to people around them thinking it is ok, because their hero did it to them, or they can be terribly confused as they learn that this behavior is not how everyone  else was  treated by their heroes. Even one day of any of these things happening to a child could ruin the rest of their life. Hope is gone, and they don’t know who their hero is anymore or if there is a such thing.

Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

Encourage your child when they make good choices or do good at something. Their self-esteem is based on their hero; the care giver. If a child grows up hearing they are ugly and stupid they soon begin to believe it too. The risks of doing this to a child could cause depression, self injuries or suicide. They say it takes seven compliments to make up for one insult.

Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Be the example. When life gets tough do you panic, or do you say things will get better? If you panic this could make them uncertain about their environment. Will you turn to alcohol, money, self comfort, or drugs? Reacting in a positive way will only help them in the long run. They are always watching their hero.

Every day as a parent or caregiver you are holding another persons life in your hands and they are looking up to you with trusting eyes. So here’s my final question for you will you make them search for a hero, or will you be that hero?


“There is something beautiful about fire. Maybe it’s how fast one flame spreads taking the life of what was once forever, now knowing there is no turning back? Or maybe it’s the colors that make you wonder how orange, red and yellow can be in one flame? Maybe its the lingering smell that sinks into your clothes? As I stare at my handy work watching the wood burn I sit in silence taking in the beauty of fire.”

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Have you ever had a hard time telling people who you are? For example say your name is Jim. You say “Hi my name is Jim” Then the other person says “No your Joe” So you tell them again and they keep on telling you your Joe. So you think to yourself how do I tell them I’m Jim? Now it’s a big deal, because if they don’t believe your Jim you lose who you are. It’s not the situation where the  annoying kid  says your Joe to get on your nerves. It’s the situation when the  person says your Joe so you don’t get your reservations for dinner. Are you tracking with me?  You see that’s how I think God feels in this story. The Israelites tell Him He’s not God by worshiping the Baals and God says “No I am God” by using Elijah on Mount Carmel. So now your thinking what does the quote on top have anything to do with the Bible? Everything. As we look into the Old Testament in 1 Kings 18:16-39 it tells us the story of how powerful God is. In the beginning of the story Elijah Ahab calls him a troubler of Israel (vs.16) because he came to show them that God is the one and only God (read on…) They than agreed with Elijah on having a burnt offering contest. They would both prepare an offering, but not light the fire (vs.22-24) The Israelites prepared their sacrifice and called on the name of Baal, but no fire came, not even a spark. Elijah began to mock them and have them shout louder “Perhaps he is deep in thought” (vs. 27). They then began cutting themselves and screaming louder (vs. 26-28) Elijah then built his altar, but had the Israelites put jars full of water on top of his offering. Elijah prayed to God asking Him to reveal Himself to the people so that they may know that He is God. Close your eyes and imagine wood soaked in water; now imagine it bursting into flames. That’s what God did that day. He revealed Himself through fire, and the Israelites then believed (vs.30- 39).