Hope Challenge Update

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The Challenge Continues:  

Even though I have not recorded each day after day five I have been diligent to continue the challenge.  Each day I have asked God for something, I have tried to do something fun, I have sought to be a blessing to someone every day, and I have earnestly tried to be thankful for at least one thing everyday.  I can’t say I have been perfect  because I have let depression steal my hope and joy on a few days during this challenge.  That’s okay…that is life.  When life knocks you down (or depression, or discouragement, or sickness or any other burden) you get back up and try…try again.  Somehow and someway God comes through and gives us the strength we need.  Keep the Faith and Keep your Hope in God! 

So, I thought I would go back over the five days I’ve recorded and do a quick update as to what has transpired and how or if God has answered my prayers.  Here we go:

1.  Day one:  I asked God to comfort Corinne’s elderly dad who had fallen and possibly broken a hip.

 Update: Mr Replogle’s hip is not broken, therefore he will not need surgery.  However, he is in extreme pain as he goes through physical therapy.  Also the insurance is threatening to stop payments for the PT if he doesn’t improve soon.  He’s 94 years old so this is not an easy task..

2.  Day two: I asked God to give us good news and to help us get the loan for our house so we could be reunited.

Update:  We did indeed receive good news.  Everything is still in the works and moving along; however it’s not                 moving as fast as I would like it too.  God’s timing is perfect and so in that I rest and know that He is in control.  (close date tentatively May 22)

3.  Day three:  I asked God to be with all those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.  I prayed for peace and I prayed that the world would step forth in love to help.

Update:    Almost 8,000 lives were lost and over 16,000 injured.  The devastation is horrific and heart breaking to say the least.  Many countries have come together to send much needed aid. Just to name a few:  United States, India , Israel, Pakistan, China. Germany, Japan, Singapore and the list continues… Major companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kellogg, Toyota, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and UPS have sent much needed funds.  Even communication companies such as:     Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Time Warner Cable have waived all fees for calls to Nepal.  Of course many non profit companies have had a major role in providing relief as well.  If you would like to contribute I suggest sending your donations to one of the following:

Save The Children/www.savethechildren.org;

Sumaritans Purse- www.samaritanspurse.org                                                                                                                      

Unrefugees- www.unrefugees.org/about-us

Red Cross-  RedCross.org                                                                                                                                                     

Joyce Meyer Ministries-  www.joycemeyer.org/HandOfHope

4.  Day four:  A prayer of blessing and opportunity for Josh.

Update: Still waiting expectantly.  I know God is working.

5.  Day five:  Asked and answered the same day.  (See Hope Challenge Blog/Day 5)

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