High hopes

“It’s so frustrating! I feel so helpless!” my friend lamented. A supervisor where we both worked at the time had made exciting promises of improvements and opportunities in order to recruit my friend’s help, only to let her down, badly.


The higher the hopes, the deeper the despair from disappointment. This is especially true in a position of powerlessness, as with an employee and employer, or voters and  elected officials. When there is no effective outlet for our feelings of frustration and anger we can be overcome by hopelessness or tempted to act out, rashly.  Fortunately, there is a way to avoid these feelings in the future: Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3

If I remember to never put my trust, my hope, my faith in my fallible fellowman, I will never be so downcast by disappointment that I feel hopeless. …those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

These are words to cling to in just such times as these. Amen and amen.

Using my maiden name, J.B. Hawker, I write what I call “feel-good fiction”, dark cozy thrillers/mysteries with a Christian worldview.
The Tillamook Tillie series features Mrs. Matilda Thistlethwaite, a wise, energetic, retired school teacher who tries to live out her faith with her whole being.
In her mid-eighties, Matilda Thistlethwaite lives each day to the fullest. Keeping her body in fine fettle with yoga exercises, church and community activities, and good-hearted meddling, Tillie, as she is known to her many friends, works to keep her mind sharp with a regimen of “cerebral calisthenics”, a seemingly endless series of self-improvement classes. However, whether leading a senior citizens’ yoga class, baking boxes of yummy treats for the town’s public servants, learning an obscure language, or practicing the bagpipes, Tillie always has time for friends and neighbors. All her efforts seem to be working until she shares a bus stop with a murder victim…or does she? When the body mysteriously vanishes, Tillie is hard pressed to convince anyone of what she’s seen. Unable to explain what happened, she even begins to doubt herself. No one can stay young forever. Has old age finally caught up with remarkable Mrs. T.?
If you like wholesome fiction, click on the book cover to go to the Amazon page. This book is enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program and also available in print.

About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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