Penny Frost McGinnis

About Penny Frost McGinnis

Penny Frost McGinnis writes devotions, book reviews, and thoughtful posts on her blog, "Hope for Today's Heart." Blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren, she and her husband live in southwest Ohio with two sweet dogs. When she's not working at the local academic library or spending time with family, she enjoys reading, writing, nature, sewing, and praising God.

A Heart for the Lost

A Heart for the Lost

I’ve been a believer in Jesus for many years. Gone to church most of my life. Been involved in service and volunteered to work with youth and teach since I was fifteen. I’m good right. I talk about peace, love, and hope. Attend services on Sunday and even invite others to worship. I love Jesus […]

Are You a Dreamer?

Are You a Dreamer?

Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to relax, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a movie starring Ben Stiller. The main character, Mitty, is a day dreamer. To escape his ordinary life he allowed his imagination to take him on a climb up a snow covered mountain, rescue a beautiful woman and her dog […]

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

The Lord Goes Before Me and Watches Over Me

In the last week and a half I’ve had five doctors’ appointments and a medical procedure. Most of the appointments were check-ups. All of the results were good. Yet discouragement dogged me. I was frustrated and felt like an antique that needed refinished. In the midst of doctor visits, I had to go to work […]

He Is Faithful Even When My Heart Breaks

He Is Faithful Even When My Heart Breaks

Children love balloons. My grandson played with a red one in his living room. We batted back and forth as we tried to keep the plastic orb from hitting the ground. As we played our game, he repeated his mama’s warning that “balloons might burst, but it’s okay.” A few seconds later, sure enough, we […]

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

My youngest grandchild turned two yesterday. She’s is a delightful little girl filled with joy and an adventurous spirit. She’s learning to use her words and one of her favorites right now seems to be “No!” She says it in a quiet little voice like she’s testing the waters. I know her mommy and daddy […]

He Gives Strength to the Weary

He Gives Strength to the Weary

Have you ever been so bone-weary you can hardly move? Or exhausted due to lack of sleep, a burden of stress, or guilt due to sin? I have. I’ve stayed awake mulling over mistakes I’ve made, doubts that eat at me, and frustration from stress. I’ve lost sleep with a fussy baby, a dying father, […]

Tears are Not a Lack of Faith

Tears are Not a Lack of Faith

Tears rolled down my face. I couldn’t stop them. I heard the platitudes. “He’s been with you a long time.” “He’s lived a long life.” I knew that, but the pain of loss still thundered through my heart My dad’s been gone for almost six years. I still miss him. I sobbed the day we […]

An Inheritance

An Inheritance

My blood pumped through my veins and my breathing sped up as my daughter and I climbed the hill to visit The Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. I may have been out of breath from climbing, but I was also excited to step into the life of this excellent writer and poet. […]

To Whom I Belong

  “On the days I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and straiten my crown.”-Anonymous I tucked myself into the theater seat between two of my daughters. Lily James, a beautiful British actress, danced across the screen as Cinderella. I knew the story, read it time and again, yet I […]

Far Better Things Ahead

Far Better Things Ahead

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”– C.S. Lewis In 2015, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For more than two years I’d suffered from an almost unbearable, unexplainable pain, absolute fatigue, and memory failure. On top of that I had arthritis flares plus auto-immune issues. Whether I felt like it […]

Second Chances

Second Chances

I am overwhelmed with gratitude every day because I have a God who gives grace and forgiveness. Growing up in church, I learned  a lot about the rules. Do this, don’t do that. In the midst of those teachings, I heard of God’s love for me. But being a shy, quiet, rule follower, my focus […]