Moving Into 2019 With Living Hope

MBack in 2015, shortly after Moody Publishers asked us to write Men Who Love Fierce Women, my husband, LeRoy, began having some odd physical issues. We spent two years on the medical merry-go-round of doctors, clinics, and tests, but we had no answers. Finally, in the summer of 2017, doctors diagnosed him with a rare neurological disease that destroyed portions of his spinal cord and left him partially paralyzed.

Every morning, he enters a new battle with pain. Every morning, he fights for joy and for the opportunity to glorify God in this illness. But as we move into 2019, we’re moving in with hope, with a determination to not lose heart, and with an awareness that we are completely reliant on God’s mercy and grace to meet each day’s great needs.

This new year brings hope for answered prayer and demonstrations of God’s tendency to go beyond what we could think or imagine.

We know that if “hope” is based on our circumstances, then it is a flimsy thing. It will waver like the wind, blowing here and there, and on days when winds of adversity hit, we’ll be knocked to our faces and ready to give up. But, on days when blessings come on the wings of cool breezes, we feel that “All is right in the world . . .” With circumstantial hope like that, our emotions rise and fall with the wind currents. That is not solid hope.

That is not the hope of gospel reality.

Today, I’m sharing over at Revive Our Hearts, and you can read the rest of this post on their site, by clicking here. Join me there to see how the living hope of the gospel can bring stability when your world is rocked by turbulent winds and heartbreaking storms.

Dear Friends, your prayers are a tangible means of God’s grace in our lives. If you are new to the blog, and unaware of what we’re walking through and how we need your prayers, I hope you’ll read this post from the archives. Even though I’m unable to respond to your comments, I do read every one. For those who share prayer needs, I lift those to the Father and am so grateful to be entrusted with your prayer request. I love to hear from you, so please continue to leave your comments knowing that they matter.

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  • Tammi

    Praying for your continued reliance on God to meet all of your spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. He will never leave or forsake you.

  • Gail

    I know life is very hard for you both, yet your trust and faith in our Heavenly Father , gives me hope in my trials also!
    Thank you for your faithfulness, it makes a difference! 💞

  • joyfuljan


    I cannot begin to understand all you and LeRoy deal with on a day to day basis but please know that I pray for both of you.

    Several years ago you wrote a post on the True Woman blog that spoke to the situation my family was dealing with. My daughter-in-love had left my son and granddaughters as she no longer wanted to be a wife and mother. At the time my son, a youth pastor, was devastated as was our whole family as well as our daughter-in-love’s parents.

    You responded to my post that you and LeRoy would pray for them which meant more to me than you can imagine.

    They were eventually divorced so that she could qualify for Obamacare insurance. All this to let you know that almost 2 years ago they were remarried. They now minister together sharing their story of God’s forgiveness and reconciliation. So thankful that God is able to take a devastating situation and use it to bring glory to Himself.

    I hope sharing this brings a smile to your heart as your prayers had a part in this. So very thankful for your prayers!!

  • Alice Barber

    Kimberly, I just wanted you to know that I continue to pray for LeRoy and you. You are frequently on my heart. God is doing a great work in and through you during this season. You are living the truth that Hope is a Person and His name is Jesus. There is no other hope. Hugs from Dallas!

  • Donna Doverspike

    Kim and LeRoy,

    Prayers as always. You are fighting the fight now and I know that God has a plan.