Three Essential Beliefs for Living in the Habit of Hope

God created us with the ability to heal. Emotional wounds don’t have to take up a permanent residence in our hearts. Surviving and coping are transitory seasons meant to move us toward wholeness.

God created us to do life in community. Like all living things, we need to receive things from outside ourselves in order to survive. We are not self-sustaining.

Grief and grace coexist. When dark days come, we sometimes lose our ability to recognize God’s grace over our lives. Practicing the habit of hope helps train our eyes toward things still right with the world.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen. - The Nicene Creed

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ABOUT CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is married to Ron and lives in Western Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree from Nazarene Bible College and is currently pursuing a pastoral counseling degree through Regent University. She enjoys gardening, baking, and traveling. Her never-will-come-true fantasy is to spend every summer on Mackinac Island, Michigan. She and Ron have two lovely daughters and two equally wonderful sons-in-law. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Counseling Association.