Author Archives: Kathe Wunnenberg

Hope During Unemployment

Hope During Unemployment

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

Knowing Hope

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. — Psalm 25:5 I was running late to an appointment. To make matters worse, traffic on the freeway was stopped as far as I could see. I’ll never make it, I thought.

Depression: The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted

  Selection by Barbara Hunsaker, excerpted from Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts by Kathe Wunnenberg 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

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

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

The Innkeeper in Bethlehem: Living Beyond the “No”

The Innkeeper in Bethlehem: Living Beyond the “No”

For nothing is impossible with God. — Luke 1:37 The Innkeeper who gave Mary and Joseph a stable to stay in should be a model for us as we celebrate important seasons like Christmas without our loved one. That’s because the innkeeper had the ability to think and live beyond the “no.” “No room in

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

Journey into the Fire of Surrender

For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. — Malachi 3:2-3 The embers glowed as the blacksmith stoked the fire. One callused hand held a piece of metal to

Grief is Unique

Floods of Tears

Floods of Tears Record my misery; list my tears on Your scroll — are they not in Your record? — Psalm 56:8 When too much pressure is put on the heart, tears are its safety valve. No matter how hard we try to control ourselves, sometimes there’s just no stopping tears. Though we may try

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