Hope!

My 5 yo was invited to a party the other day. Her little friend came up, tossed an invitation at her chest and declared, “You’re coming to my party!” Then she skipped off. At the time I laughed, but for some reason, that little exchange tickled something inside of me. I made sure my kiddo went to the party, present and all.

Isn’t that what hope does? Tosses invitations at the chest of the One who can do all things.

If I could bottle one thing for you today, it would be hope. Proverbs tell us “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” I’ve been there. The verse doesn’t stop there though, it goes on to say, “but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” You can find it here.

It’s really not about what we hope for, but rather Who we hope in. When we get around Jesus, He injects into us a living hope that isn’t deterred by reality, but rather instills in us courage to face it.

Some of the challenges life tosses our way are ugly brutes, others seem thoroughly impossible to beat. Does that mean its hopeless? Might seem like it at the time. The truth is, impossible situations are His specialty.

You’ve been given a ringside seat to His miracles.

Grab hold of His hand and don’t give up hope.

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8 thoughts on “Hope!

  1. She’s beautiful, DW. Good job, Mom.

    One day I want one or two like her in my house.

    Hope=optimism. Without it, despair.

    Excellent post. I’m guardedly optimistic about the future.

    JZ

  2. Agree, that’s a special pic. Down to the little smile on her face. There are a thousand words right there in that pic. Today’s ‘bible in a year’ reading was Mark 11-13. This is in chapter 11:

    “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

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