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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Having Hope

Wordle: HOPEI personally think that the absolute hardest thing to ever come to in your life
no matter who you are,
where you are
or
how much money you make is the day when you realized you've lost hope.
Have you ever felt like you lost every ounce of hope you were clinging to?

Grief is painful.
Breakups hurt.
Sickness destroys ... all of these are terrible but I think they pain they offer is often compounded by an abandonment of hope.

If the day comes when you realize you've stopped believing.
When you have convinced yourself you'll never get around that corner.
When you don't believe tomorrow will be better and you realize your hand has let go and released all your dreams.... I think those are the worst days.

I've found, however, that hope is very surprising. Hope has snuck up on me from time to time.
One day, you can fully believe that you were wrong,
that that thing will never happen for you,
that it's not going to get better and
this is as good as it will get and the next moment briefly, seemingly out of nowhere
it dawns on you that
you forgot you stopped believing.

Like a flicker of a light inside your mind calling to your heart.

Believe.
Don't give up.
Hope.

You turn your head ever so slightly and let the weight of the moment roll over you. The experience is so foreign to you, you've been kicked down so long, you dare to wonder if it's real.
Well, I want you to know that it is real.
It's hope.
That is the way hope works.
She's sneaky.
She pops in in an instant and double-dog-dares you to reach out and grab hold.

So friend I say grab ahold. Take you hand, reach out and wrap your five fingers around that four letter world and hold on for dear life.

Listen, there are times in life when we all find ourselves
stretched,
broke,
sick,
lost or
misunderstood.
We can't avoid those seasons.

So when you're lost - nurture hope.
When you're afraid - have hope.
When you're sick - be hopeful.
When you're hurting - hope evermore.

Hope makes all the difference in the world. Do not let go of her. Nestle her in the pocket of your heart if you must but keep her close by.
Hope doesn't disappoint.

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:18 NIV)

3 comments:

  1. Thankful you made this journey ahead of me so I have these blogs to read.

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  2. Yesterday, God kept reminding me of this scripture from Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." God is the eternal optimist. He KNOWS the plans He has for us and they are good. We only have to believe in His goodness and not lose heart,lose sight or lose hope. It isn't often easy but possible. As my very wise husband says, "God loves us too much to leave us where we are". Hope believes. Faith knows even when we cannot yet see. But one day faith will become sight and the manifestation will come of all that God has for us. Until then, yes, HOPE!

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  3. Do you know, this reminded me of a poem I wrote not too long ago? I feel like sharing so, enjoy!

    Hope is a light
    Setting fire to my determination
    With it I believe
    I'll reach my destination
    People tell me it's impossible
    The dark is inescapable
    But I have power of will
    And with it am unbreakable
    I have faith in my God
    And with him all is hope
    I am made strong
    All pain I can cope
    If I'm falling, He'll catch
    In death, He'll bring life
    If stuck, He shall free me
    If overwhelmed, He'll take strife
    He is my hope
    My lantern, my light
    With it, He'll guide me
    Help me see, day or night

    Thanks for reminding me of that determination. I need to remember that feeling I had when writing that, every day of my life. Have a great day, and happy writing!

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