Hello friend! Welcome to Hope Dwellers! My name is Trish, and I am so glad you’re here.
My story may be similar to yours. I’ve been a believer since I was 9 years old. My husband and I married right out of college and were blessed to have 3 wonderful children, a daughter and two boys. When they were young, our days were filled with homeschool endeavors of every kind. As they hit the teen years, our time was invested in dance and drama and cross country and church youth group. In the midst of the busyness and challenges, I had a treasure, and I just didn’t realize how much I enjoyed being a mom.
Then in 2010 we were thrown into the “empty nest season” unexpectedly when our youngest son passed away. I found out for real that God’s compassion never fails and His mercies are new each morning. His mercy and grace really are there in time of need.
However, when you are cut open to the core, all the things you have stored deep within, things you’ve left unattended, issues you’ve not wanted to face, manage to find their way to the surface.
I realized I didn’t have an identity other than being a wife and mother. I had no idea who I really was because I had lived my entire life trying to please others.
My bouts with low self-esteem that I had wrestled with since I was a teen became crippling and suffocating. The clamor of voices in my mind that rattled with constant negative opposition left me in chaos and confusion much of the time.
The simmering anxiety and fear I had felt much of my life threatened to engulf me.
The Lord was faithful. He was good. But I could only reach Him in my mind. Why could I not get His words, His promises down in my heart?
Why was I not able to see my Christian beliefs as a reality in my life?
I had experienced several “crises of faith” over the years, but now I was literally tormented with the feeling that I just couldn’t believe enough or do enough to change.
Deep despair left me feeling I would never be what I should be and do what I should do.
Then, I found help. I learned about grace.
And the Lord came to my rescue, something He’d been wanting to do for quite awhile.
I was encouraged to get to know Him. And He was better than I had imagined! He actually liked me! His attributes and names became real to me, and I became convinced that He was really, really for me, not against me.
Grabbing hold of the fact that He never condemns His children and is in the business of always lifting us up was life-giving to me. What freedom!
I can’t wait to tell you more!
In my 50+ years, I have experienced many of the same struggles you may deal with in your life: depression, anxiety, shame, inability to accept myself, poor body image, moodiness, emotional instability, doubt, unbelief, grief, loss, heartache, and more.
I know – it’s hard.
While I have no titles behind my name or degrees or certificates that qualify me, I have a testimony that Jesus helps us overcome!!! He transformed me from the inside out, something I didn’t even think was possible.
He continues to help me grow and flourish.
And friend, I assure you, it IS possible for you, too, to overcome and to live in confidence, peace, and purpose, no matter your circumstances.
One thing I have learned about myself is that I am a seeker, always on an exploration to find things that help me on my journey to wholeness. And I love to share what I have found!
Our life with Christ is a big place to explore. It would be my great delight to help you explore all that He is and all He’s created you to be. I would love to see you overcome whatever holds you back!
And it would be an honor if you would choose to become a Hope Dweller with me. Be encouraged to live in hope! I’m with you to say it really is okay to hope in God and have hope for yourself.
He is amazing, you are amazing, and I can’t wait for you to see it!
May you have the courage to go searching for treasure, both in Christ and in you! May you find much hope and encouragement for your own journey. And may you live in true freedom – with worth, dignity, and confidence, totally in love with our Lord.
Much love in this journey of hope and grace together,