Life can bring many unexpected situations. No matter where you are in life there are going to be hard weeks, months, and seasons. I am personally reminded this week that there is joy in these times. No matter what things we might be personally going through, the Lord shows up.

It is too easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, caught in our own personal storms that we forget to take a look around with open eyes. Everyday when we focus on our own storms we pass many opportunities to bless those around us who could be going through a far more substantial storm. We miss the opportunity to give a hug, bless someone with a smile, grant someone freedom by listening, and to allow space for someone to express them self.

When we miss these opportunities, we are doing an injustice. At Hosea I have truly seen that life is hard for many of our youth. I have also seen that Jesus is better.

The storms of our friends that walk through our doors are very real. From sleeping on the street in the cold winter nights to being under the chains of addiction. Life is not easy. It is the reality of their lives.

With everything happening in our friends’ lives they still get up everyday. They choose to have faith that everything will be okay. They have faith in the possibility that tomorrow will be better. Even if they don’t know Jesus, in many ways they trust him far more than I am pushed to daily. They are closer to him than they might know. That is the cool thing about Jesus. He is there waiting for the right moment. It is in His timing. He will vindicate lives.

There are many times in my life that I catch myself not having faith. I try to figure out the quickest solution to resolve a problem so that I can move on. I am reminded in these moments how human I am. One thing the Lord has been teaching me through Hosea is to have true faith. Faith that doesn’t doubt. Faith that endures the storms.

For it very well could be within these storms of our own personal lives that it could be Jesus’ timing for someone else to come to know Him. It is in these moments if we refocus and have faith it could turn into an opportunity to bless others.

Storms are going to come. Like our youth have been teaching me in subtle ways, I would urge you to ask yourself what kind of faith you are going to have. Is it one that doubts or one that trusts?

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. ~ James 1:6

True faith is a beautiful thing played out. Street life is enticing, it is addicting, there is something about it that so easily entangles our youth. Yet, I have seen staff members at Hosea have true faith that in his timing lives will be changed. He has and is changing lives. He is at work.

– J.J. Halemeier, Director of Human Resources

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