DAD’S DAY

Meredith, This brought tears to my eyes. This is so well written and amazing insight into how how God used this situation. And what a lesson on forgiveness. As a friend and prayer partner of your Mom’s, I have prayed for you and your brother since middle school. During your parents divorce, I was quite angry with your Dad. One day at Houston HS I was talking to your Mom in the auditorium. Your Dad had shown up too and your Mom needed to discuss something with him. She asked me and another friend to stand near by as she was nervous. We stood there and prayed behind them. I could sense evil all around him. That sounds weird and I don’t know that I have felt that so acutely before. I just knew there was a spiritual battle going on. And honestly, I confessed to another friend that I had a desire to punch him. Don’t think I have ever punched anyone but I wanted to. My own parents divorced when I was in elementary school and perhaps old wounds were being rubbed. But truly I sensed evil.
Fast forward to a year or so later (I think). I knew y’all had moved and I hadn’t seen your Mom much. I was walking into Costco and I saw you Mom walking in with a man. I sensed love and peace in their body language. I assumed she had a boyfriend and I felt joy in my heart. And then the cart turned and I saw the “boyfriend”. It was your Dad!! I was surprised (and I had zero desire to punch him.:-) ) In fact, I was overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know any details. We exchanged quick pleasantries. And I walked with lightness through the store knowing that I had a little glimpse into the spiritual battle that is going on all around us.
Thanks for sharing your part of the story.
xo,
Melissa Fagan

Meredith Druelinger

Oh dads! The joy of endless dad jokes and the slight annoyance when they choose to drag them out forever. Classic.

Well I want to take a second and talk about my dad. For those of you who don’t know him-he is the most genuine, down-to-earth, hard-working guy EVER. End of story. He is the greatest Christian influence in my life and let me tell you why…

My sophomore year, my parents went through a horrible divorce. My dad moved out and I almost went a year without speaking to him. I know what you’re thinking… “WOOAAAHHH Meredith, you went from greatest Christian influence to going through tragic divorce.”  You didn’t let me finish. The important details come after the story.

God gave me these circumstances. I begged to not feel pain or even go through this at all. But instead of changing my circumstances, He used them. It turns…

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Summer 2015

 Moms of Teens: There are several opportunities for us to get together this week:

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imageJoin Hope Women’s Ministry this week at Heart 2 Heart as these two amazing women share their gifts with us through powerful message & music. Molly Ruff will encourage us to Look Again at Loving God and Tammy Oppenhuizen will share her voice and some of her personal story. You won’t want to miss it. Monday @6:30pm and Wednesday @9:30am in the South Hall.

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Summer is here and we just wanted to let you knowwhat all we have coming up for Moms at Hope…

<<<Wednesdays at Hope >>>

When: Wednesday night July 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 6:30-7:30pm (dinner is available starting at 5pm)

Who: Moms of all ages with kids of all ages (children’s activities are provided)

What: A group of moms discussing what it looks like to care for our entire selves: mind, body, soul, and strength.

<<< Women’s Ministry Heart 2 Heart Series >>>

When: Monday nights @ 6:30-8pm (July 13, 20, 27) & Wednesday mornings @ 9:30-11:30am (July 15, 22, 29)–> children’s activities areonly provided for the Wednesday morning sessions.

Who: All women!

What: Just a great time of fellowship and teaching (that simple).

** For more information on Heart to Heart you can visit Hope Women’s Ministry site HERE!

Please feel free to contact us with…

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an easter mindset.

Wishing y’all an Easter Mindset this week and every week. Check out Jessica Morris’ Post…

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easter is always the holiday that sneaks up on me.  christmas i feel prepared for.  i mean i have an endless “to do” list of gifts, decorations, lights, & crafting that seems to take place all in one month.  and halloween, well i have to be somewhat ready for…. i mean who doesn’t love trying to figure out what super cute costume your kids will wear? i may or may not obsess over this a little too much.

but easter (possibly the most significant holiday in regard to my Christian faith) always surprises me.  one time i gave up sweets for lint and that helped me fully appreciate easter… and all of the candy that goes with it.

a couple of weeks ago i spoke at the Stirring (the Sunday night service at Hope Church, here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.hopepres.com/the-stirring ) and discussed the idea of being “unified.”  of how…

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my story: Kristin Funston

A very honest account of how important Moms groups can be in our lives. Check out Kristin’s story:

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one of the things i love are stories.  stories of how people became who they are; of how life tried to knocked them down or how plans drastically changed (for the seemingly worse).  i love hearing how the beautiful mess of plans and expectations and trials ultimately shape (and better) people.  & i really love seeing how God uses the chaos and pain and loss to lead us to our destiny.  it really is an incredible thing.

one of the things that will be woven throughout this blog are those stories.   stories of people whose lives were changed.  people who experienced great pain or loss or chaos and can now say all of that mess, all of that pain has led them somewhere (maybe unexpected) but ultimately somewhere beautiful and free and full of purpose.

So, first up is Kristin Funston.

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In June 2009, I became a mom.

I was…

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a jesus plus theology.

Moms of Teens: check out this blog post by Moms at Hope’s Jessica Morris (it is a good read and I couldn’t resist trying the reblog button to see what happens. Blog PLUS reblog ??)

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i tend to like the “pluses” in life.  Carmel macchiato PLUS whip cream. yep.  Subaru outback PLUS heated seats.  absolutely.  dinner PLUS dessert. a necessity. i like the “pluses” in life.  especially when it comes to food and comfort (hence the whip cream and heated seats).

but recently i’ve been wondering if these comfort “pluses” have carried over into my spiritual life.  like what happens when it becomes the Bible plus? or church plus? or the most terrifying of them all… Jesus plus?  recently i have been studying Galatians and (honestly) have been getting my “Christian” butt kicked…a lot.  Paul says things like:

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with…

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