Tag Archives: Hope

Freedom Purchased!

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13-14 NLT If you have been on the Better Off Read website before, you may have noticed the BURNING BUSH SIGHTINGS CATEGORY. These are posts on particular topics … Continue reading Freedom Purchased!

Shepherds,Why This Jubilee?

 Rejoice in our confident hope. Romans 12:12 NLT In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, it is hard to press on with our Christmas celebratory traditions. Apparently, those in Newtown felt similarly and have purged the town from its Christmas decorations out of respect for those who are mourning. Weepily, I worshipped during our Sunday morning worship … Continue reading Shepherds,Why This Jubilee?

Rebirthday Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV (I recently came across this post on Facebook and was greatly inspired by it. It is a wonderful account of encouragement, faith and grace by Jessica Byrum, who is my cousin,  Alegre’s friend. Jessica’s husband, Chris was in a horrific motorcycle … Continue reading Rebirthday Gratitude

Anointed To Destroy: A Call To Prayer

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV Recently, I was praying for direction on what to share … Continue reading Anointed To Destroy: A Call To Prayer

The Wilderness Will Rejoice and Blossom

The desert and the parched land will be glad;the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.  Isaiah 35:1,2 Last summer I was seated in the waiting room at the physical therapy office where I take my daughter. It has been a weekly routine for … Continue reading The Wilderness Will Rejoice and Blossom

Reclaim! Reframe!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 I didn’t know it at the time. But as I was growing up, my father was teaching me the “art” of Reframing. I’m not talking about … Continue reading Reclaim! Reframe!


Bitter pill, blind alley, blow, blunder, bringdown, bummer, bust, calamity, defeat, disaster, discouragement, downer, downfall, drag, dud, error, failure, false alarm, faux pas, fiasco, fizzle, flash in the pan, impasse, inefficacy, lemon, letdown, miscalculation, mischance, misfortune, mishap, mistake, obstacle, old one-two, setback, slip, washout. What do all these words have in common? They are all synonyms for … Continue reading [dis-uh-point-muh’nt]