Author Archives: Kathe Wunnenberg

Giving Hope to the Hopeless

Giving Hope to the Hopeless

My husband, Rich, lost his dad unexpectedly when he was eight. When father and son functions happened through the years, men from church and his friends’ dads always included him. Perhaps that’s why my husband has such a heart for Little League baseball and is known throughout our community as a caring coach. When our next door neighbor and

Hopelifters Need Hopelifters, Too!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “How do you fill your pitcher?” I’ll never forget hearing the speaker’s words as she finished pouring water into several glasses and held up an empty pitcher. I could relate to feeling empty after pouring

The Power Behind Our Hope

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21 I walked into the kitchen of Zion

Depression: The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted

As a principal of a small Christian school, one phenomenon I saw from time to time was “cutting.” Students would cut themselves, not deeply enough to do permanent damage but enough to inflict pain and leave scars. I wondered why students would “cut,” and no amount of discussion would help me understand. Until I experienced depression. A few

The Mystery of God’s Timing

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to

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Loving Someone Who is Dying

My mother is dying from cancer. Scratch that: she’s living with cancer. She’s quick to point it out; she’s still here. And while cancer is winning the battle, my mother claims victory. The spoils? “Apples.” But not McIntosh or Fuji. Let me explain. It’s not easy to find the right words to say to a person nearing

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Hope During Unemployment

I lost my job! I was jolted by my husband’s words. Later that morning when he arrived home, I hugged him, then listened to him share the details of this unexpected happening. His position was eliminated due to budget cuts in defense spending. I encouraged him to take time to grieve the loss of his job. Over the

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Become a Hopelifter with the Holy Spirit

With only forty days remaining until my deadline for Hopelifter, I knew the task was humanly impossible to achieve. Life happenings and my overzealous expectations had once again blocked my hope. “God, please help!” I shared my challenge during my weekly phone conversation with my life coach, Anne Denmark. “I’ve lost my joy!” I spewed.

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