Hope is a Journey….

Show YOUR Hope!

Hope is all around us. 

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Sometimes, in this often dark and distressing world, we lose sight of the Hope that lines the fabric of our lives.

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All of us, at one time or another face adversity – whether it be medical, financial, emotional, relational, occupational…when we’re in the midst of it and there’s no escaping it – ‘difficult‘ is ‘difficult‘ no matter which way you slice it.

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The question isn’t, “What will you do IF you face adversity?” – The question should be, “What will you do WHEN you face adversity?

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The answer we all hope to give is that we will take it head on and fight fiercely and courageously.

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The reality is that not all of us believe that we have the strength or the fight to do so…

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Well, I am here to tell you that YOU DO!

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Often, we underestimate the depth of our strength, courage, and ability to overcome obstacles.  Truth is, when that moment arrives (when you stand face to face with some of your biggest fears or challenges), you often are able to dig deeper than you ever thought you could.

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How do I know this?

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Because I used to think that I was a weak and fearful person who could never stand in the face of hardship.  I didn’t see the truth inside of me…

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When life threw a curve ball, not only was I FORCED to stand face to face with some pretty big and scary realities, but I was forced to make a choice: To either let it consume me OR to let it drive me.  I chose to let it drive me.

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And…despite how difficult it has been at times to follow through on this choice, I have learned that I am stronger, wiser, more courageous, and more determined than I believed I could be, and – that with faith – ANYTHING is possible.

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Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t been afraid, felt discouraged, been angry, felt weak, or wanted to give up and let the hardship run me…truth is, it was at those times that I either found it in me to dig *JUST* a bit deeper, and lo and behold – there it was – everything I needed to make it over the daunting hurdle before me.

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And, when all else failed – when I just didn’t have it in me to push ahead, I had the love and strength of my husband, children, parents, aunt, nieces, and friends to sustain me and carry me through.

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Speaking of friends….what can I say about these amazing and wonderful individuals???  Well, I can say a lot!  Some of these folks have seen mountains of uncertainty, heartache, disappointment, fear and pain – yet they shine with brilliance and love.  Their stories of perseverance, strength, HOPE and courage lend promise to my weary heart.

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To that end, knowing just how much their Stories of Hope have changed me – I wanted to share them with all of you….because NO ONE should live a life without HOPE.

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On March 18th, 2013, I recorded my first episode of “Show Your Hope” featuring Jonas Woods.  I’ve featured Jonas and his wife, Becky here on this blog in the past, and I really wanted to feature their story on the show because their raw candor, passion for their faith and their family, and their ability to embrace their fear and fight it just inspires me, and I hope it inspires you.
Click HERE for a link to “If You Lead, I Will Follow.

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My second show featured my dear friend, Kurt Stahl.  Kurt has an enormous spirit and desire to help others, and he has done so through The Stable Coffeehouse and Cuppa Day ministries.  I’ve only met a few other people on this earth who have possessed the same fire and heart to change lives and encourage others.

Click HERE for a link to show, “Cuppa Day.”

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After that, the 3rd show featured one of my dearest and best friends, Michelle Fox.  She and I have been ‘partners in crime’ running Team Hope for many years now.  I wanted to introduce the world to someone who makes a difference in the lives of those who are fighting Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. This show was near and dear to my heart as it tells the story of “How It All Began.”

Click HERE for the link to the show (for part one – and you need to move the cursor to the 1 minute mark).  For Part 2, click HERE.

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The last episode I recorded was one for the books for sure. I was honored to have my wonderful friend, Randy Pierce and his service dog, The Mighty Quinn join us for an episode about HOPE, perseverance, friendship, trust, and “Peak Potential.”  Randy lost his sight due to a neurological disease and chose to face his adversity head on – and started 2020 Vision Quest.  His fundraiser, Peak Potential will be November 16th, 2013.

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Randy has been one of my biggest sources of inspiration over the past few years.  He always seems to know just when I need words of encouragement or a ‘toughen up, look at it this way’ kind of kick.  I am so blessed to have him as a friend.
***Note: We’re hoping to get him in to speak to the Chelmsford Public schools next year, so any of my Chelmsford families that watch this show and like his episode…please call your school and ask to have him speak!!!

Click HERE for a link to “Peak Potential.”

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As you can see, there’s a whole lotta HOPE going around…and I’m determined to find it, talk about it, and SHARE it with the world….because we all need to live our lives with a “Side of Hope.”

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Love and Light,

Stefani

*NOTE:
If you have a story of overcoming adversity (medical, financial, relational, emotional) that you want to share with the world – let me help you do so!  Please email me at ShowYourHope@aol.com and we’ll find a way to get it out there!  If you’re local, you can come on my show, otherwise, I can highlight your story either here or on my facebook page.  

PLEASE SHARE this blog and help get the word out!

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Stefani

Comments on: "Show YOUR Hope!" (1)

  1. Hi Stefani, It is always wonderful to read your posts. Some days when I just want to sit in a corner and suck my thumb – some days are days you post and inspire me. You have so many challenges yet continue to be so upbeat…well, I just feel like I have a heck of a nerve to complain…Thank you for the reality checks; they are priceless. Hoping you and the family are enjoying your vacation time!! L&B,9

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