Learning to Live: An Alumni of Hope

If you were to meet strong, independent, and beautiful 34 year old Nichole today, you would never suspect that she was a graduate of Acres of Hope just a few short years ago. Nichole came to Acres of Hope in 2013 with the desire to learn to LIVE.  "If I hadn't come to Acres of Hope, I wouldn't be alive today", Nichole shared.

Before coming to the program Nichole didn't know how to raise her children. Growing up, Nichole did not have responsible parents, which left her feeling unable and ill-equipped to raise her own children.  Besides not knowing some of the basics of life, like cooking and cleaning, she didn't feel that she knew how to love her kids. She even struggled when it came to letting her children touch or even hug her. 

As Nichole went through her days at Acres of Hope, she went from looking at the calendar and saying, "Good, I made it through another day" to truly embracing life.  Nichole was being transformed and found restoration with her children. As she worked on the external things like learning to cook, clean, and be a responsible woman, she discovered things were also transforming internally.  By the time she graduated in March of 2015, she sought out the hugs, kisses, and special time spent with her children.  She learned to love as she learned to be loveable.

Today Nichole is a wonderful example of a Woman of Hope.  She has a career she enjoys working for the Auburn Journal as a Customer Service Manager. She has an amazing accountability team and a stable place to live. Best of all, she enjoys raising her two amazing boys and showering them in hugs and embracing them in love every day.  You see, at Acres of Hope she didn't just learn to live, she learned to thrive. 

Nichole did not remain feeling dead inside. She learned what it is to live and love with Hope. 

 

To get involved helping women like Nichole visit: acresofhopeonline.org or call 530-878-8030

Finding Forever: We Became A Family

Psalm 68:6 God sets the orphans into families...

      "I knew I had to be a part of her life. Especially since we had more than enough room for one more".

      Juliette Bickford had no idea that her visit to Acres of Hope would change not just her life but also the future of one of our residents as well. Juliette's first visit to Acres was with her church back in 2014. 2 years later on another visit she got to talk with a young woman named Andrea. The impact of those moments were potent upon her heart. She spoke with her husband and then her kids about Andrea. The family decided it was time to give Andrea a hopeful future in a family. Juliette committed to visiting, mentoring, most importantly being a Mom to Andrea. This is something Andrea has always wanted and needed.

      Andrea who is a recent graduate of Acres of Hope was a former foster child. When Juliette came to visit that fateful day, a staff member told her, "Andrea is a wonderful girl with a beautiful heart and all she really needs now is a family". "I have a heart that loves to help others, and I love being a mom so we welcomed her in", Juliette shared.

      The impact for the Bickford's and Andrea has been amazing. Juliette's children have learned that there are realities in the world unlike the safety and love they have known. It has made them want to make a difference in the world for kids without families. Andrea and her daughter now have family, and permanent support. Most importantly the love that has grown through the grafted family is a revelation that God truly does place the orphans into families.

       Juliette thought she was just coming for a tour and to share resources back in 2014. But God had other plans. He wanted to bring together people who would love and support one another. 

 

There are ways that you can be involved in the lives of our families at Acres of Hope

1. Become a Mentor for a Mom

2. Become an Angel Grandma or Grandpa to our youth

3. Become an Adoptive Family to our Mom's and their children

 

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Every Success Story Starts With A Dream

She opens her eyes. Like crystals glistening beneath the noon day sun, the sparkle of hope breaks through. The reality of all she can be sets itself deep within her heart. It's an anthem that her past, her former fears, and pain can no longer silence. Her transformation is apparent. Her renewal is intriguing to those still lost. She pulls out her list that she has been marking off. Education, check. Job, check.  Kids reunified, check. Record expunged, check. As she looks down at her list she releases the deepest of sighs. She has done it; she has worked the process. She has fought the good fight. She will graduate from Acres of Hope. She walks over to her bed and listens to the sounds of her children playing. Seeing their mother resting, the children run and leap into her arms. She looks at each of them and whispers with hope in her heart, our dreams are now a reality. 

 

Become a part of making dreams a reality visit: acresofhopeonline.org or call 530-878-8030

An Acres of Hope Story: Unchained, She's Free

 

The sound of the chains striking the ground
         Is the war cry of freedom from what kept her bound

                             She use to know isolation, caged in everyone's secrets
                                   Yet now she runs free, and her joy cant be depleted

Her mouth was sealed
Her heart revealed
Wounds and shadows of a life left unhealed

          Rain soaked her pillow, from storms eyes only could give
                        Her agony left her cold, as she searched for a reason to live

                                              Desperate for solace, a comfort beyond herself
                                                            She sought renewal, and transformation
                                                                     A breaking from her old self

She needed a love that she had never known
           She needed seeds of protection that had never been sown

                              She desired a place that was stable where she could grow
                                 She looked to the Rescuer, crying, tell these chains to let me go

Peace and certainty is what she found
          As the chains began to crumble and they sounded off upon the ground

                 Warriors came forth and fought at her side
            To wage war with the barriers that tried to hold her inside

                                            The barricades that had been built by her pain
                        Also from the shadows she had always known, when she was in chains

Until the day when a sweet soul brought in a light, an ax, and a rope
To cut off the strongholds, bind up her broken heart, and lead her to Acres of Hope

                                      She's free, and she will never be the same.

 

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You're Safe: Settling In

         On Saturday the mothers here at Acres of Hope joined together for some quality time. The kids laughed and played. The chores were completed. The air was filled with the smell of brownies. Finally, the group of women gathered in the family room for an inspirational film.

         Glancing around the scene, seeing the contentment on each mother's face was bliss. They have security, warmth, and the ability to know they are safe. At Acres of Hope, mothers come in with stories of pain, abuse, and abandonment. Yet when they arrive at Acres, they receive security, commitment, community, and love. They receive a key to a home they can call their own. They have the basic necessities of life provided, thanks to amazing volunteers and donors like you. Mothers at Acres of Hope receive the support of mentors, counselors, and a staff team that does all they can to come alongside of them. They make sure our families know they are safe, supported, and loved. Accountability helps them move forward in their lives. They are given encouragement for each feat they accomplish.

       Acres of Hope is a safe place for our families to settle in. Thank you for helping Acres of Hope give our residents a hopeful future.

                                                    

 

I love you

From the first moment I could hear your heartbeat on the ultra sound

The first time I felt your little foot kick, or saw your little fingers with slobber from your mouth

The first time you smiled at me, the first time you laid on my chest

The first curl of your fingers around mine

The first time my heart raced in worry making sure you were fine

Every detail of your life, matters to me

You are my world

You bring joy into my life, 

You're the reason I'm here, the reason I fight

The reason I chose Acres of Hope

To make sure we would be alright

I love you, from the depths of my heart

With all of my being, 

I will give you my best

I love you

Your Mama Loves You

 

My Daughter Will Know, An Acres of Hope Story

No one could have known the feeling, the shock, the excitement, the realization, that her life was no longer the same. The moment a mom who has struggled, now overcomes. She wins back custody, wins back the title of full time Mom. "My daughter will know I fought for her" she utters, believing it in her core. Fear has grown silent, and now this new place, of HOPE. Acres of it. Is hope really for me. What do I do now? This is all so new to me, she thinks to herself. Then once again the shock, the shock that God answers prayers. That in doing so the lie that God doesn't care about her is extinguished. The fact that she has people fighting on her behalf and speaking of her character and integrity, overwhelms her. But she is reminded to sit back, enjoy the moment, and take it in. Hold onto the good, hold onto the truth, that God cares about his children. That she can have a Hope Unleashed. 

I believe hope, because I see the fruit of it everyday

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Common Sense

Many people say that a person may lack common sense. Usually this statement is said when something that seems so simple for a community of people is misunderstood, or lacking for a person who has never been shown. For Example:

A woman who comes in needing help tying her daughters shoes. Tying shoes? Really? However no one knows this young mother has come from a life of neglect and trauma. No one knows that she didn't get freedom until she was an adult. No one knew that she wasn't given shoes until she left the abuse. People might say that's impossible, I can tell you it's true. 

The woman who doesn't know how to file taxes, 

The one who doesn't know how to do hair,

The one who has never cooked or even made a pb and j sandwich

The one who doesn't know how to properly take care of her cycle or why it even happens

The ones who don't know how to raise a child, because they were not properly raised themselves.

The ones who don't know how to live outside of abuse because no one ever told them they were worth more.

The ones who struggle to leave drugs, because it is the only peace they've known.

The ones who return to abuse for love, because it is the only love they've felt. 

Common Sense, isn't common sense if the common reality, you come from, does not match the common reality someone else comes from.

Here at Acres of Hope, we have figured that out. 

At Acres we get to see what the world calls common sense, is not the reality for thrivers and survivors of life's hardknocks. You might look at them and think this is common sense, Yet from their viewpoint they might say the same about you, in the cases of their reality. 

 

Common Sense is defined as- good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.

These Moms have gone through the School of the Hard Knocks, their practical hasn't been the same as someone going through life with healthy relationships, stability, and strong support. It is now they are learning about the common world outside of the life of abuse, neglect, drugs, homelessness, and a lack of love. So sometime soon what we call common sense, they too will be able to say the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm Just Searching for Love: Faith, A Woman of Hope

A childhood taken due to tragic circumstances. Her father died early in her life. Her mother was an addict. She shuffled through homes. She eventually did a short stint with a family member, but then was placed in the foster care system. She remained in the custody of the courts until she graduated from Juvenile Hall. There were chronic abuses - emotional, physical and sexual, which led to a woman full of rage. She didn't have love for anyone (especially herself) and she was unable to feel love from anyone. She grew up without hope, and felt neglected. 

 

She was hurting so much, but didn't know how to grieve the loss of her innocence. Any ability to be vulnerable or trusting had been squashed. Faith had been sold for drugs, and believed she was worthy of no more. She attempted suicide multiple times, and was passed around several foster homes.

 

As she continued to rage, she took it out on those around her. Creating more havoc, she fueled the cycle of abuse, distrust and neglect.  Faith began to run away from her foster homes.  She didn't want to be alone, so she ran to her biological mom.  Despite the horrors of her early childhood, she wanted a relationship with her mom. She just wanted her mother's love.  So the cycle continued.

 

As a foster youth, she received a grant and walked through the doors of college. She did not finish. Instead she met her husband, who was also a resident in Juvenile Hall.  This relationship led to a life of partying. She got pregnant and had her first son. She raised her son alone the first 6 months of his life while his dad was in prison. When her husband got out of jail they built a relationship but it wasn't the same.

 

Meth was introduced, and it was like a monster came out. Physical and psychological abuse began.  Although Faith was terrified, she endured the abuse as fair trade for the few times he said he loved her. She had never known a love that was good.

 

Her husband was going in and out between jail stints when she became pregnant with her second son and Faith went to a domestic violence shelter. She felt a little bit of security going to the shelter, but she would go back and forth between the shelter and returning back to the abuse.

 

Finally, after another attempted suicide, Faith asked her husband's parents to help with the children. But she still didn't know what to do, and Faith started her journey of alcoholism as she went searching once again for a love she never truly felt.

 

Still searching for that love, Faith was led into the arms of another man. But her estranged husband grew jealous and beat her so badly that she ended up in the hospital where she found out she was once again pregnant.

 

When Faith got out of the hospital, her new boyfriend had gone to prison, and she found herself homeless again. On the streets, while her children where staying with grandparents, she was feeling the agony of the lack of love in her life. She was hopeless and lost. One day at 8 months pregnant, Faith prayed, "God help me get my family back." That night she ended up in the hospital for her gall bladder. During the stay in the hospital she reached out to a residential program. During the treatment at the recovery center she decided she wanted to change her life. So she went searching for that change online, and she found Acres of Hope. Faith says, "Acres of Hope has helped her to remain sober, get her boys back, disconnect from unhealthy relationships." She is paying off restitution, and working to get licensed.

 

Faith has been learning to love herself, she feels loved, cared about, and has support. Faith shares Ephesians 6:8, "to be strong in the Lord", which is the verse she clings too. She has been able to build close, trusting relationships, and see life in a new way. Acres of Hope inspires her daily to be the woman she was made to be.

 

Faith is very lovable, and she is a Woman of Hope who is radiating a new found love.

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I Will Not Pass The Torch

When a leader who has gone before is about to move on, or relinquish there duties to the next generation of leaders, a ceremony may be conducted called Passing the Torch. The next generation receives the responsibility of carrying on the legacy that has been established. However some legacies should not be passed on. Instead the fire must be put out, and a new type of light must erupt. Each day at Acres of Hope women are seeking to tear down strongholds, and build up new ways to live. They are seeking to pass on to their children new legacies, new hopes, and the fullness of life in ways they may not have received themselves. We are proud of the Moms who show up each day and fight to live different lives than what they have seen, lived, or been given. It takes courageous women to do what they are doing each day.

 

 

I Believe In Hope

I didn't know where to turn

 I didn't know where to go

Is there anyone I can lean on

Or am I all alone

I'm doing all that I can just to get through today

We've gone to the shelter but were turned away

There's not enough room, and how can I change

In 24 hours with no stability I can maintain

Somehow I believe in Hope

That there is a place for me

A place for my child where we can be free

A place where we can go

Where we won't be alone

Facing the cold

There's got to be

A place we can call home

 

I was told of a place called Acres of Hope

Where we I can build my family

No longer will I we be alone

A place where there is food and a place to rest

A place where we can receive love at it's best

God please bring me to the place called Acres of Hope

Where we can be safe, and trust in you alone

For I still believe in hope

For you can set us free

For we've been on our own for so long, I've forgotten what it is to be me

Please take me, take us, to Acres of Hope,

Where we can be the family, you've called us to be

Please

Bring us to Acres of Hope. 

It Takes Courage: To Listen

Coming close enough to hear a story that gives you a behind the scene look into someone's life is important. It can tear down strongholds that come from biases, stereotypes, and the many other things that brings mankind to a place of judgment over what God calls us to, which is discernment, and coming to the aid of those who need our help. The difference between discernment and judgment is discernment is the ability to analyze with the intention of bringing forth the best response and circumstance from the knowledge gleaned, judgment is the ability to gain knowledge in order to criticize, condemn, and tear down. Many people hold judgments without ever coming close enough to get the behind the scenes tales. There are so many people I have come across in my life who have received judgment before anyone even took time came close to understand the how's and why's a person ended up in the situations they were in. 

The heart who can listen is the heart who can make changes for the better. When one comes close enough to listen they can learn how they can help, why there is a need for help, listening can change lives. 

Many people fear coming close enough to hear hard stories, they fear they cannot fix what has broken a heart, fear it will be to big for them to handle, fear it tearing away at happiness, when in reality to listen is to create intimacy, awareness, and change. 

At Acres of Hope each day we see Workers, Volunteers, Moms coming close enough to listen, to bring change, to bring healing, to show they care. 

In a world who fears listening, may we be a people who will listen. 

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It Takes Courage: To Leave

She has heard his promises over and over again. She believed him, she thought he really meant it when he said he loved her, when he said he would never hit her again. Covering up her bruises, as if foundation can hide her story. Looking in the mirror cleaning the blood from her face once again, she asks herself, is this all there is. She sneaks down to the kitchen, stares at the phone, maybe this time she will leave. All it takes is one call, but if she is caught, what will he do? Fear stricken her, she walks quietly back up the stairs. She slips softly into the bed, he asks what was she doing. Just getting water she says, but in her mind, hidden deep in her soul, she says tomorrow is the day. A child sleeping in the room next door, safely tucked away from the harm, but the woman thinks to herself, how long before? The thought is to painful she knows she must do something. He knows her every move, where she will be and when she should be home. She decides at Woman's small group she would slip a note to a friend she has made. Her friend tells her husband, he is the leader of the small groups. Word get's back to the woman's abuser, and her night doesn't get any easier. Never again as she looks in the mirror once more. But yet in the same moment she wonders how much more can I take. What if he goes after my child, he has threatened to before. She says I cannot wait another night, I cannot do this anymore. She decides to begin packing, she hides her child's bag beneath the crib. She goes to the laundry room and thanks God that she did her wash this afternoon. She puts just enough to clothe her for a few days, and hides it in the closet closest to the front door. She goes back to the bedroom, and slips softly into bed. She says to herself, it has to be today. She waits til she hears him snoring, she quietly slips out of bed. She grabs her baby from the crib, calls a taxi before slipping out the front door. Her heart is racing, her life in the balance, if she is caught there is no telling what he will do to her, or her baby. With her baby in her arms, and a bag on her shoulder and in hand, she says no more. She walks down the sidewalk, doesn't look back for fear, she will crumble and return. She climbs into the Taxi at 3:45 in the morning, and tells the driver, I need to go to a safe house, for woman who have been abused, the driver looked at her face, saw her bruises for she did not cover them up. He took her to the local fire station and said she needs help. 
She never looked back. As tears fell like bullets from her eyes, and fear slipped away as she began to tell her tale. The first thing the officer told her was, It takes courage to leave!!!

Look for Part 2: It Takes Courage to Speak
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It Takes Courage: For Her To Speak

Her tears spoke louder than words the first time she entered the group. No one could get a word out of her. She had been trapped in silence for years. Those in higher status than herself in society's eyes, were to be at the forefront, and she was just a person in the shadows. She was a lockbox of their secrets, hidden in their dark deeds, she became silenced. From foster home to foster home she took their attacks and carried the shame as if it was always hers to carry. She said to herself, If I speak, more pain will follow, If I speak, no one will listen, If I speak no one will believe. Those who speak get away with their darkness, but me I am a lockbox of the secrets they keep. But then she met a counselor, one who cared about the woman hidden in the shadows, one who heard how great the sounds were of the tears that leaked from her eyes. This counselor told her of freedom, and love, truth that outweighs the dark. The Woman began to have hope. The Counselor told her, true freedom begins when we can set free the things that were never meant to be locked inside. I am here, I will wait with you, I will walk with you, I will listen when you are ready to share your truth. Freedom, the woman thought, as she prayed, God what is this freedom that my counselor speaks about? How do I speak about the horror, how do I unlock the box of secrets others have given to me to keep locked away. What if revealing them, hurts me, what if revealing them brings more shame, what if... But in the stillness of it all, she hears something speak within her heart, that says, What if you can be free of all the shame that was never meant to be yours to carry. SPEAK. The next day she meets with her counselor, and for the first time, she begins to open up about her life, she learns that healthy people don't treat girls the way she had been treated, she learned that the painful things that happened to her were not her fault, and that she was never meant to carry such shame, and secrets. Little by little the woman began to become free. She began to know the truth about her identity, she began to know the truth about her worth. She began to know that she does not have to be silent but rather that she can speak, and tell her story. She can speak, and help others. She can speak and bring God glory. After years had passed and her old Counselor was still teaching people to speak, she came across her once more. The counselor told the woman, You know something, It takes a Woman of Hope and Courage, to Speak about the things you have endured and bring others hope. Go out and help others, Speak!!

Lookout for Part three: It Takes Courage: To Really Listen
 

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Andrea: A Woman of Hope

"I once was lost but now I am found"
Andrea: A Woman of Hope

Amazing Grace how Sweet the Sound that saves a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I am found was blind but now I see.

This morning I got to sit with Andrea as a smile brimmed across her face, She will be graduating from the Acres of Hope program this Saturday.

She has worked hard, fought the good fight, and Acres is so proud of her.

She was asked what she would like to tell other mothers who may need to come to Acres of Hope, her response was:

"This is a good program, it's definitely life changing, It's worth the good fight."

She was asked what was the most important thing she has learned, she said,

"I've learned to find myself and believe in me. I have built a strong relationship with God.

Her Dreams:
Get her G.E.D.
Attend Sierra College
Go into a career of social work with Foster Youth or Juvenile kids.

"I want to help kids who were like me", she said.

At the end, I asked one final question, "What do you think the theme quote of your life is", she replied, "I once was lost but now I am found".

I am thankful for Andrea, her good fight, that she is found, and moving toward a hopeful tomorrow. Please pray for her and her family as she journey's into the next beautiful, Hopeful phase of her life.

Andrea is a Woman of Hope.

Laura King: A Woman of Hope

Laura King: A Woman Of Hope

“Acres Gave My Kids a Clean and Sober Mom”

Laura grew up in a world of violence and addiction. She was four years old when her father was murdered in 1990. Her mother was in addiction, at the age of 12 years old she was put in foster care. Her maternal Aunt got custody of her. Her mother passed away shortly after, when Laura was 14 years old. 3 months after the passing of her mother Laura began to use Meth. This began her downward spiral. She found herself in a world of no safety, identity, and just playing a game of survival. She graduated high school, but then shortly after at the age of 19 got pregnant with her first son. The father had went to prison while she was three months pregnant. She was single and homeless and went back to using Meth after her son was born. Laura eventually gave her son to her sister to care for in January of 2009. She decided she needed to change her life. She decided to give Acres of Hope a try. While at Acres which Laura calls, “The Real Deal”, she cleaned up her act. She got her son back within 4 months, after going to family court with some of the Acres of Hope staff and saying my life is changing for the better. Acres was teaching her, she didn’t just have to survive anymore, but she could truly live. Laura’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Laura Said, “I was looking at the world through my eyes and couldn’t see another way, until I got to Acres and found out life could be different. Laura now has finished nursing school. She has two biological sons 11 and 5 years old, along with 3 step children. She has been clean and sober since 2009. Laura was asked what is the one thing, you want readers to know about Acres of Hope, she said, “Acres gave my kids a life with a mom who is clean and sober. Acres truly gives the safety and love needed to TRANSFORM HEARTS of the broken. That's what Acres did for me.”

One of her former coworkers Joanne Weston said of Laura: She’s amazing and radiates compassion, she’s seen a lot and been through a lot, so she cares a lot.

Laura King is a Woman of Hope.

To share your Woman of Hope Story contact Jackie Turner @ jackie@acresofhopeonline.org

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Christie's Story: A Woman of Hope

“Legion”

Christie Griffith, knows what it is to be a woman of hope by the grace of God. In Mark 5:1-20 there is a story of a man named Legion, he calls himself that because he is filled with oppressive spirits, and Christ comes and sets him free so that he can go and share with others of his transformation by God’s amazing power. Christie shares that this is a passage that is symbolic of her life. A life of transformation by God’s grace to go out and share God’s glory through a message of grace, hope, longsuffering alongside woman and children who need it. She says, “God isn’t looking for finished pieces to show his work, he is looking for those who can share in the tears, the dirty knees, and the all between. 
Christie knows what it means to face homelessness. As a child she was homeless due to a dysfunctional family. Her dad was not around, and her mom wasn’t able to protect her in the way she needed. Christie faced physical and sexual abuse. By her teen years she was drinking, cutting, had suicide attempts. By her adult years she was fully addicted to crack cocaine. By God’s grace her life turned around.

She had three beautiful children and she had started to participate in a group called Celebrate Recovery. This recovery meant working through the pain and sin. After a while Christie began to take on leadership roles for recovery groups. She also pursued work in mental health.

Christie said, “My life reminded me of Legion, there were so many past demons to slay, but with God’s help, I began to slay them one at a time.

Homelessness is a ministry Christie has enjoyed working in a long time. As a child she was homeless and then when she was a young woman with her young children she repeated the cycle as she had seen in her childhood. She became a young woman who was homeless with her children. However, with God’s help she broke the cycle, and she wants to help others do the same.

Today Christie is a Woman of Hope, bringing hope to woman who are walking in her shoes. She is a light and helping to set free woman who need to know they can slay their demons with God one issue at a time. She is our Director of Family Services. She is bringing hope here at Acres.

God You Bring Me Freedom: A Poem of Hope

God bring me freedom, from the pain I've known
God give me shelter, remind me I am not alone,
For on my own I know I am destined for my fears
Oh God bring me freedom, show me that you're still here

God bring me hope now, for I see I've lost my way
Give me love God, for I'm barely holding on today
Remind me I am here with purpose and that you grafted me
I'm holding onto to a prayer, that you truly see me

God I know I've fallen short, I know I have lived in sin
Yet God at your altar you can find me on my knees again
I'm hoping for your love Lord, hoping for a chance
Hoping I can be your bride, deeply loved by your romance

God you've clothed me, you call me your beautiful bride
The wounds are healing, and joy lives inside
The chains don't bind me, you've been setting me free
I never knew how close you were until from the pit you lifted me

I am your beloved, I am your child, I have hope, and I can smile
I can trust, oh I can see, that you had a purpose when you created me

I am a Woman of Hope

Acres of Hope by Carol L. Barron

I stand here alone

With my children

My burden is great and

I am ready to run.

I am lost

and no longer can cope,

but you took my hand and lead me to

Acres of Hope

 

You have lead me here

to this beautiful place

and when I look around

I can see your face

shining in people I don't even know

I'm given a fresh start

with new chances to grow.

 

Walking through each room your love abounds

Where laborers have worked

transformation can be found

not just in the walls, or the paint,

or the floor

but a change in our heart down to

the very core.

 

You see, grace truly lives here

and fear is cast away.

I want to give it my all

each day that I stay,

giving back as I have been given

proving you live and truly risen.

This is the place 

to the Lord we'll be yoked

new beginnings

for all who reside here at

Acres of Hope.