Welcome to a place of hope and healing. This is a site where our diverse stories meet, a place where hope is offered and we are able to find enough courage to go one more step for one more day. None of stories are the same, our brokenness is as unique as we are, but our suffering is similar. As broken people we each deal with doubt and insecurity, pain and bitterness, and the fear of an unpredicted future.

My prayer is that you will find the encouragement you need to take hold of hope and believe God has plans for you. I want you to renew your trust in God… to dream again… to imagine a future… and to walk with purpose. That is the reason I write. It is why I wrote I Was Broken, Too.

I didn’t want to write my story, but I wrote it for you, my fellow travelers on the road of suffering. So many times I wanted to quit and hide my pain from unknown eyes, but you urged me on. The belief that my journey could help others who are broken propelled me. I Was Broken, Too is my arm around your shoulder. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13a


Recent Posts

Peace-FULL in 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022
By Barbara

A Full 2022 #2 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)   Last week we discussed having a FULL 2022 by filling it with thanks. Today let’s determine to have a peace-FULL new year. I know, it almost sound like an oxymoron when we read about tensions in the Ukraine and North Korea’s ballistic missile launches. And how do we respond to the suffering refugees in Afghanistan and the broadening of abortion rights in New Jersey? Then...read more

Thank-FULL in 2022

Thursday, January 13, 2022
By Barbara

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Last week challenged this series for the new year—A Full 2022. Covid hit me and I wasn’t feeling “full,” unless pain and congestion count. Hence my omission of a post last Thursday. I insisted that despite chills, fever, and aches, I would be true to my goal of a full year. I chose to be thank-FULL. I thanked God for everything I could think of—warm blankets, a patient...read more

What Will You Do Better Next Year?

Thursday, December 30, 2021
By Barbara

I saw this question posted on the lawn of a nearby temple for the Jewish New Year in September. It wouldn’t leave me alone. I love the realistic determination of it. Not, I resolve to lose 30 pounds. Not, I will go to the gym three times a week. Not, I will read 22 books in 2022. I will just do better. I will be mindful of improving my habits. I will be aware of strengthening weak areas. I will improve my sensitivity to others. Is this a cop-out? I think not. It motivates me to own my weaknesses and submit...read more