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


Thursday, August 11, 2022
By Barbara

Praise Prompts #6 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5 If I wasn’t in love with alliteration, I would name this praise prompt Nature. From the first garden God planted to our compromised world today, the beauty of creation feeds our souls, and will continue to do so in our eternal home. Something...read more


Thursday, August 4, 2022
By Barbara

Praise Prompts #5 Our provisions should prompt us to praise but, sadly, we’ve grown so accustomed to our comfortable lives, we often don’t take note of our common blessings until our shelves aren’t stocked, or the rain doesn’t stop, or more dramatically, we lose our home… or our country.   Last week my husband and three others handed out sandwiches and water in some of the worst areas of Paterson—sandwiches made in homes where sandwich-making is a common, thoughtless...read more

Pretty Things

Thursday, July 28, 2022
By Barbara

Praise Prompts #4 Pretty things delight us. They are mood enhancers, day brighteners, heart lifters. They reflect God’s creativity in their beauty and they make us glad. Our recent move helped me choose between what is nice, satisfactory, or familiar and things that give me pleasure. Yes, I’m aware of their temporal nature, but I’m also mindful of the expansive range of creative gifts God gives us for our personal enjoyment. Exodus 35 offers a beautiful description of God endowing humans with His...read more