Finding Hope on a Dead End Road


In Reason to Believe,, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe. What’s your reason to believe?


What a great prompt.  Why do you believe? Well, let’s see.  I lived 40+ years NOT believing in a God who cared about me – that ended in divorce, depression, suicide attempts, and hopelessness.  And a husband who loved power and control and drinking and drugging. I had come to the end of myself.  I didn’t have any more answers.  Everything I thought I knew had lead me to a Dead End Road. I hated myself, I hated my life, and I didn’t want to go on one more day.

It was there that I had to admit I didn’t know it all.  I didn’t know how to live.  I didn’t know what love was. I didn’t know who God was. And that was my open door.  For God to reveal to me who He really was, and show me how I could live in my own skin.  And it was there, with Him, that I learned what love was – a person, Jesus Christ.

Hope was born for me on a Dead End Road.




© 2013 Diana Rasmussen
Mixed/Mastered by Chameleon

What do you do
when he just walks out?
And goes back to the hell
where you pulled him out?

What do you do
when he just walks out?
And goes back to the hell
where you pulled him out?
Booze and drugs have called to him
and He’s followed them again
And He’s flirting with death
walking on a dead end road

Yes He’s flirting with death
as he’s walking on a dead end road

He takes all the money
and turns off his phone
Disappears for days
will he make it home?

Yes he’s dancing with the Devil on a dead end road
Yes he’s dancing with the Devil on a dead end road




Reach Out to God

“Still, if you set your heart on God
    and reach out to him,
If you scrub your hands of sin
    and refuse to entertain evil in your home,
You’ll be able to face the world unashamed
    and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless.
You’ll forget your troubles;
    they’ll be like old, faded photographs.
Your world will be washed in sunshine,
    every shadow dispersed by dayspring.
Full of hope, you’ll relax, confident again;
    you’ll look around, sit back, and take it easy.
Expansive, without a care in the world,
    you’ll be hunted out by many for your blessing.
But the wicked will see none of this.
    They’re headed down a dead-end road
    with nothing to look forward to—nothing.” (Job 11:13-20 MSG)



Dear Lord,

I thank you that even when we end up on a Dead End Road you will meet us there.  You knew we would end up here and You came anyway.  Thank you for the hug and the promise that with Your help things will not stay this way.  Thank you for the deliverance you provide for us and for those we love. Thank you for giving us fresh hope and fresh strength to turn around and walk with you to new lands and new opportunities, in Jesus Name.


Diana Rasmussen is a Faith Builder, Worship Leader, Veteran's wife, and a Certified Peer Specialist. At her blog Prayers and Promises she shares from her heart on how to find hope in this crazy world!

15 thoughts on “Finding Hope on a Dead End Road

  1. Hope is also found at the bottom of a pit….so many heartbreaking stories that are filled with Gods love, restoration and hope. Thank you for sharing that part of you that brings hope to others.

      1. What a blessing you have been to me too – I am so thankful for the hope that is in all of our circumstances that you share with all of us – You have blessed many people.

        1. Thank you beautiful. Not me, all Him. Sometimes I just feel like a basket case. It has to get better right? Didn’t God promise? I have to believe Him, I mean He made the world and all, right?

        2. God did indeed promise He would never leave us and will always be here for us. I am so thankful He uses many to comfort and encourage His people.

      1. I am so happy you did and that you found our common ground also. 🙂
        Bless you lots and lots,

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