About Hope N. Griffin

Hi! I’m Hope.

Sounds like a tall order doesn’t it? That’s because it is. The story of my naming goes something like this -My parents struggled with getting pregnant. My birth was the fulfillment of their hope. So they named me Hope. Literally Hope Hope. My middle name is Nadine, which means Hope. Once hope arrived, the floodgates opened. I was born to newly Christian parents who would soon find themselves in full-time ministry raising 4 very active children. I’ve been trying to live into that name ever since.

Just try being mopey with a name like Hope.

In the fall of 2000, my senior year of college, I started working as a hostess and setup on a blind date with one of the waiters. I avoided our love story as long as possible but finally caved for this man whose purpose in life was to serve others. He followed and supported me through seminary as we began our life together. We were on track towards full-time missions when the unthinkable happened. Our baby girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and life took an unexpected detour (unexpected for us, never for the one who holds us in His arms).

Life took a new form. Survival.

Our St. Jude Story became all consuming. Work, education, and ministry took a back seat. Debt, fear, and frustration piled up. My husband, the one who lives to serve, saw one option. He re-enlisted and my life as a military spouse began.

I wrote a book titled Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife (Ambassador Int 2015) that stretches over two deployments. It shares the struggles, heartbreak, and passion that comes with loving a spouse an ocean away. It is for those who find themselves on a side road unlike any they had planned for. It is about finding joy in unlikely places: loneliness, cancer, deployments. It is about realizing that your dreams were not rewritten, they were simply revealed.

On these pages, I share the things that I cherish, the things that bring me joy.

I find joy in writing. Life is worked out in words. Words connect us and bind us to one another. Stories teach us to see the world through another’s eyes. The can equip or tear down. My goal is to share words of inspiration, words that matter, words that draw us all a little closer to one another and to Christ.

I find joy in marriage. When I met my love in 2000 I never could have imagined the adventure we were about to embark on. He took an English Major Pacifist with dreams of being the next Amy Carmichael and introduced her to a world of sacrifice, military spouses, war, and the struggles that come with each. It’s been a challenge to find my footing at times. I’ve grown a lot and discovered the complexity of protecting and loving. Did I mention we met at a restaurant? My husband has dreamed of being a chef and he has the skills to back that dream. We are in the midst of launching his food blog RedGryphonTavern.com and would love for you to join us. I’m less of a sous chef and more of his technical writer – he’s the one with the culinary talent!

I find joy in being a mother. As my children grow I only share what they give me permission to share. Afterall, this isn’t just my story. It is our story. I adore my family and the honor of being a mother to three individuals growing into their own callings.

I find joy (and comfort) in books. I often share what is on my bookshelf. Litfuse Publicity sends me books in exchange for my reaction and I love passing my opinion and suggestions on to you. Introverted bookworm is my happy place. A blanket, cup of tea, and a book (preferably one by Cynthia Ruchti) are all I need for comfort on most days.

I find joy in Jesus. A question in passing, a parable that reveals itself to me for the first time, a discussion from our weekly Pastor breakfast, these things often spur thoughts that I then share here. Whether it’s the woman at the well reminding me there is only one I can rely on or the parable of the 10 virgins reseen through the eyes of a waiting military spouse it is my hope that we grow closer to Christ together. My joy is found in faith, in studying Scripture, and in exploring it together.

I hope you will come alongside. I hope you will find safety and comfort in these pages. I hope we will be friends and share our stories of grace side by side. For now I write from the desert of El Paso, TX but who knows where this crazy journey will take us!

 

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19 thoughts on “About Hope N. Griffin

  1. I so wish I had known about this blog during my husband’s last deployment! You are doing marvelous work! I am definitely going to be following your blog. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    • Thank you and congratulations! I saw on your post that you had a baby girl recently and welcomed your husband home. I have every intention of being here for a long time. I’m here if you ever need anything. Good luck on adapting back to life with your soldier. I hope everything goes smoothly and am celebrating with you that your family is whole again.

  2. Hope,

    I responded to your question about prototyping you posted at the Transition Ministries Group website. Let’s open a dialog around this issue to see if you can discover a path that will work in your present situation.

  3. You asked where have we been stationed. We were stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Also in Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart in Savannah, Georgia.

  4. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.

    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you
    hire out a designer to create your theme? Exceptional work!

  5. Hi Hope.
    My name is Kim, I am from Victoria in Australia, and I am a stay at home Grandma, I am also a wife, mother and many other things brut right now, Grandma is my main title. I am very blessed with 5 children, and three Grand babies, one loves with me and one I baby sit while my Daughter works, hence “Fulltime Stay at home Grandma”
    I am only a year into my walk with the Lord, so I am excited to read your blog and learn more.
    Anything else you need to know I am sure you can find on my blog, I may be known to slightly overshare LOL
    Nice to meet you
    Kim in Australia,

  6. Hey, Hope!

    We just became Twitter and soon to be Facebook buddies!

    I’m a published YA and Picturebook Author.

    My YA is “Dobin” by M. J. Putnik (About bullying, and all the many personality flaws we have)

    http://www.amazon.com/Dobin-M-J-Putnik/dp/1500827568/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446391563&sr=8-1&keywords=dobin

    and my Picturebook is “Fish Wish” by M. J. Putnik (Being happy with who God created us to be)

    http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Wish-M-J-Putnik/dp/1606965972/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446391675&sr=1-1&keywords=fish+wish+m.+j.+putnik

    I just finished a Supernatural/Thriller (Based on The Book of Enoch) Waiting to hear from several agents.

    Keep in touch.

    I would love for you to read and review Dobin for me. If this interests you, let me know. I will mail you the book.

    Hugs,
    -Michelle Putnik
    M. J Putnik

  7. Hello there! Would youu mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a loot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Cheers