Family, Jesus

Hope over fear

The past few weeks I have literally been able to feel the fear in those around me. From the shooting in Newark, to the accident at the State Fairgrounds, I’ve felt the wave of fear sweeping through our area. It breaks my heart.

It obviously breaks my heart for those involved in either of the incidents, but it also breaks my heart to realize how many of us actually put our entire hope in the world.

We can say that life on this planet is our temporary home. We can believe in heaven, but is it enough? Is it enough to believe it and not actually live it?

I don’t think so.

I might get some heat for this, but that’s alright with me. I love my family, so so much. I love my job, I love my co-workers, I’m so thankful for my friends and the things that I have in this world. But I don’t live for them, they’re not my purpose. My son is not my purpose. My family is not my purpose. My purpose is not of this world, this earth. It’s oh so much higher than that. 

My purpose in this temporary life is to shine the light of His glory. His grace, and His love. Not through my blog posts, nor social media, but through my life on this planet.

Showing joy and hope in times that it’s natural to show fear is not popular. Some might view it as insensitive or insane, and that’s okay. It’s difficult to understand how you feel about it when you’re unsure of the reason behind it. For that, I’ll elaborate a little bit.

My hope and my life are in the hands of Jesus Christ. There is literally no greater name. Through tragedy, trail, injustice, and devastation, my life stands firm in the ONLY constant that there ever was. That there ever will be.


You guys, when we put our lives and our hope in EARTHLY things, those things can be taken away. They can fade, they can leave, they can lie. They are never going to be guaranteed.

I want to say again that I love my Husband, my son, and everyone else in my life with everything that I have. I am so blessed to have been given the gift of such a wonderful family and I wholesomely cherish every moment I have with each of them, but it is not what I live for.

All God wants in return for unwavering, unconditional, eternal love is our heart. Our WHOLE heart. The good, the bad and the ugly. He wants us at our most broken, at our most afraid. It is not wrong to be afraid. When fear creeps in, when the darkness starts to block out the light, come right to Jesus.

If you’re a non-believer, or if you’re not really anything and have no clue and just want to talk, maybe get coffee or grab dinner and chat about life – – PLEASE email me, text me, Facebook message me.

email –

text – 740.877.0097

facebook – Maggie Kissell

Music to hear:

Glimmer in the Dust by Hillsong United

No Long Slaves by Bethel Music


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