The Hope Deck actually began not as the 'Hope Deck', but as a thank you gift I designed for precious friends who walked alongside me and my girls during a time of deep suffering.
When the girls dad told us he was leaving to figure some things out, I don't think any of us expected he wouldn't return. When my next door neighbor, fellow momma and close friend shared her desire to leave this earth, I couldn't imagine I would be speaking at her funeral two months later. So much loss, so much grief, so much sadness... it was too much.
My wrestling with God began to look like a WWF match.
The amazing thing about being in a place of despair is when blessings come around, and they do, it's like giving a starving cat a can of wet food. You devour and delight in those moments. We soaked in every way God showed his care for us... and rejoiced.
I tell this story with a bit of humor today. There is still sadness, but some time has passed. Some healing has taken place. There's been an experience of God's care that is engrained within each of us. Hope has been stirred in our story, and I 'hope' it will be in yours too -- Hugs, jen :)