Founder/Author of The Philippians 4 Project
“Jesus has changed me. I can’t go back to who I was, and I can’t keep it to myself anymore. I’ve experienced trauma and suffering, but I’m no victim. I’m a survivor! Any healing, any progress, any and all joy that I experience in this life is all the handiwork of a loving God who didn’t give up on me.
It’s a little odd to call my blog-ministry-platform “The Philippians 4 Project” when my life verses are in Colossians 1. This weird conundrum is a “chicken and the egg” situation. First, Philippians 4 helped me get ahold of my sanity as I fought my way out of an Olympic pool-sized paper bag I call “PTSD.” I believe in the power of God’s word to change and rewire (renew) our brains to form healthy and wholesome thought patterns. It isn’t that PTSD is cured; it is that God helps me work around this “thorn in my side.” The journal process holds me accountable to choose life-affirming actions and responses. It has helped me, and it has helped others. If you struggle with PTSD, anxiety, depression, fear, panic, rage, debilitating discouragement, etc., you might find the Philippians 4 Project journal helpful. You’d know if it is helping within about 60 days, and it’s available on this website free of charge. So this is the chicken. (Or is it the egg? Who really knows?) In any case, this Philippians 4 Project is ongoing work, and it continues to be my mainstay.
Then, with a clearer mind, I fell in love with Colossians 1, especially in the New Living Translation bible. Paul, the writer in prison for preaching the gospel, writes to a new fledgling church in Colossae. He says dramatic things like, “So we haven’t stopped praying for you since we first heard about you” (verse 9). I experienced verse 6 in my person, and I can barely explain it, but I know it is true…
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. (Colossians 1:6, NLT)
Now, here I am. Age 56, studying my brains out, practicing what I’m learning, and praying for God to help my life bear the fruit of changed lives. This fruit is packaged in the Good News, the grace, and the help that’s available from God in our times of trouble. We’re all fragile. We all need God’s healing hand. We weren’t made to go it alone. We were made to thrive in community with each other and our Good Shepherd. God bless you as you continue to explore this community within The Philippians 4 Project! ~Missy Hogmire
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:7-10, New Living Translation, emphasis added)
Current: College student at North Central University in Minneapolis Minnesota, pursuing bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Enrolled in 4+1 Masters program.
Past Careers: I started working when I was a teenager doing corn de-tasseling. (If you don’t know what that job is, be happy. It was hard work!) I went into the military right out of high school and spent three years serving in the US Army. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, and then joined the high stakes, high adventure world of call center management. I worked in call centers for about 20 years before laying down my headset for good.
Family: My husband and I have been married for 35+ years. In that time we’ve been blessed with five sweet children who make us laugh all the time and bring us great joy. We’re at a lovely place in life when we see our family expanding as our children find their loves and start having children of their own. We have 2 deeply loved grandchildren that we don’t see nearly often enough because they live on the other side of the country.
Mission: My mission and purpose is to point people to Jesus. If there’s anything I’ve come to know for sure, it’s that Jesus can transform lives today. We tend to think too narrowly about God such as, “when I die I want assurances I will go to heaven”. However, relationship with God is continuous. It starts the day you come to believe on him, and never ends. We don’t have to wait until we die to get to know our Maker. He stands at every person’s door and knocks, waiting to be let in.
Ministry: My heart is to help people who are working on recovery from trauma to find their wholeness in Christ. Thanks be to God, we can be made whole again, no matter what kind of trauma we’ve experienced, when we put ourselves in God’s loving care.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6, New Living Translation)