About jgodlewski

Director of Reason 4 Hope, reformed school teacher of 15 years, Jesus Lover, mother and 1993 celebrity donkey riding champion of LaGrange Co. Fair.

Who is your neighbor?

I am not just talking about the McCoy’s, the Yoder’s or the Yunker’s; but who really is your neighbor? Matthew 22:36-40  36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest [...]

By |2020-02-10T08:54:35-05:00February 10th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments


I’m 48. Really? I can’t necessarily remember what I had for lunch or why I walked into my kitchen five minutes ago, but I remember 30 years ago. Actually 31 years ago. I remember hating my life. I remember sitting in class and feeling like a failure because we lost a basketball game…a lot of [...]

By |2020-01-30T19:00:28-05:00January 30th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments


Sometimes the pain is real. Sometimes the pain is physical and be physically felt. Sometimes the pain is emotional and is felt in your heart. Sometimes you have both at the same time. Sometimes we face life surrounded by family. Sometimes we face obstacles with our friends. Sometimes we have to walk the walk [...]

By |2019-11-05T08:50:59-05:00November 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Sometimes

My Mom’s Eulogy

Before I start, on behalf of Casey and I, I want to recognize and thank the staff at Life Care Center who surrounded us with love and support. They were unbelievable. They became a part of our family. The number of nurses, aides, housekeeping that would give mom hugs, kisses and tell her they [...]

By |2019-10-06T20:01:12-04:00October 6th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on My Mom’s Eulogy

Guest Blog #2 by Andrew

Acts 2:46-47  "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Matthew 18:20 "For where [...]

By |2019-08-29T20:20:15-04:00September 10th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Guest Blog #2 by Andrew


What is Freedom? Here in America we celebrate our freedom on July 4th, our Independence Day. Yet, I saw bickering on social media about the US Women’s soccer team…apparently exercising their freedom to some peoples disliking. Freedom appears to have different meanings to different people. Some think of it as a ticket to do [...]

By |2019-07-08T10:19:49-04:00July 8th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Freedom

Summer Camp!

Hello Summer! If you live in Northern Indiana you might not believe that it is summer. One day might be 75-80, the next 50 and you need your furnace! Either way, here at Reason 4 Hope, summer is in full swing! Our first Camp Hope was a huge success! We might have only [...]

By |2019-06-17T17:12:27-04:00June 17th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Summer Camp!

Dance is Silly!

Dance is silly.  10 years ago, I would’ve said this. Yep, I confess. I was a jock and thought that dance and cheerleading were silly, and they were certainly not sports. Then, thanks to Tim Borg, my daughter decided to try dance.  This last weekend I witnessed exactly why I am so glad my [...]

By |2019-06-14T11:17:28-04:00June 11th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Dance is Silly!

I Am So Proud of You – For What?

“I’m proud of you.” For what?  This time of year, we see many young people winning awards – athletic awards, academic awards, blah blah blah awards. Parents love posting on social media the picture of their child with their awards and it never fails that they say, “I’m proud of you.” Here is a question? [...]

By |2019-06-11T10:10:19-04:00June 11th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on I Am So Proud of You – For What?