Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


elpis = the Greek word, translated hope in Hebrews 6:18. According to the lexicon at BlueLetterBible, it is "From a primary elpo (to anticipate, usually with pleasure)."

While hope and anticipation are almost always very positive words in the English language, I was terribly intrigued by the explanation of the Greek word here that so seems to capture the "catastrophising," waiting-for-the-other-shoe-to-drop, worst-case-scenario mindset one experiences when having already endured a horrible tragedy, contrasted with, "But God!"

Outline of Biblical Usage
  1. expectation of evil, fear
  2. expectation of good, hope
    1. in the Christian sense
      1. joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation
  3. on hope, in hope, having hope
    1. the author of hope, or he who is its foundation
    2. the thing hoped for
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. - Hebrews 6:18



  1. I actually woke up thinking a good name would be Hope for Tomorrow for your site.

    1. Beautiful. Makes me think of the old hymn, "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow..."

  2. just blogwalking.. Nice post and have a nice day :)