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Thanks so much for stopping by godswordrhope.com

ink3Hi!  My name is Marta and I realize there are thousands of blogs in the blogosphere and so I sincerely appreciate you stopping by.  My hope is that maybe something I say can be an encouragement to you along your journey.

I am a mother of three amazing daughters…mother-in-law to two really special son-in-laws…Nana to six extraordinary grandchildren…

I have the privilege of still having my mom with me…She is 91 years old….

And recently welcomed an adorable chocolate lab to our home. Who is bringing much needed sunshine.


My life has been filled with many unexpected twists and turns…. joys and heartaches…failures…disappointments…lessons…and an abundance of grace and mercy from a most loving God.

There is a natural ebb and flow of life that can often leave you wondering where did I go wrong…or what could I have done different to ultimately land in a different place then I am now. I have spent many a nights asking the Lord about the grand mysteries of life that can often leave you puzzled.

“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way?”  Proverbs 20:24

I remember as a little girl I was convinced that when you grow up everything turns out just fine.  Not sure where I got that; maybe from watching all the episodes of Leave It To Beaver and Father Knows Best.  Wow…I’m really dating myself here.

But it didn’t take long as I grew up to discover that life doesn’t always come wrapped up in a beautifully decorated perfect box, and it certainly doesn’t always play out the way we may have envisioned or hoped for.

BUT…STILL…EVEN IF…there is a beauty to be found in the whole tapestry of our lives….there is…hope…redemption…lessons…illumination…to be found…no matter what has happened. Like a miner mining for gold…chipping away at what seems impossible but knowing that underneath there lies abounding treasures to be discovered.  There is a richness to be tapped into and extracted from both the heartaches and joys of life…

No matter where we may find ourselves today….may we be facing forward…determined to continue to move onward…even if it is one slow step at a time….but to continue to move forward with resolve and with great confidence in a God who takes everything in our lives and weaves great purpose. And that looking back is only allowed if it enriches our moving forward.

I pray you know this day how loved and valuable you are to the God that created you.  And that whatever situation you may be facing God is mighty enough to carry you through it.  I pray God’s strength…healing and peace for your life.


May God wondrously show you HIS love….Psalm 17:7



He is the way, the truth, and the life…John 14:6 nasb  

Copyright © 2016 by Marta VanGerwen. All rights reserved.

You may contact me @ –  godswordrhope@gmail.com





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