What are you hoping for today?
Maybe you’re hoping for physical healing for your bad back, painful migraines, or constant fatigue. Maybe you’re hoping for emotional healing for your broken heart, depression, or anxiety. Maybe you’re hoping for spiritual healing for yourself, a family member, or your country.
Maybe you’re hoping for courage, strength, and purpose. Maybe you’re hoping for more love and faith in your life.
Good news! Hope is here.
How Hope Grows
Hope, Love and Faith are like three sisters. Love and Faith are grown and Hope is a small child. They go forward together hand in hand, with little girl Hope in the middle. Look at them; doesn’t it seem like Love and Faith are pulling Hope along?
When you look closer you see it’s the other way around. Hope is pulling Love and Faith forward, with bouncy steps and bright energy! Without Hope, nobody would proceed with such joy.
Want to Blossom?
This story, paraphrased from Father Raniero Cantalamessa, tells us hope doesn’t travel alone. Hope needs love and faith before she goes anywhere. And they need her.
Holding on to Hope
I’m hoping for lots of things right now! I hope:
- My husband gets back from his work trip safely, without any health or other problems.
- The fires are contained in British Columbia and California, without causing more deaths or damage.
- My first book (Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back) is a strong foundation for me as an author. I also hope my agent loves the proposal I wrote for my next book!
- God uses me to shine His light, love and joy into your life. I hope and pray for you.
And I hope I grow deeper into the freedom Jesus gives me! Freedom from the burden of submitting to other people’s opinions and expectations. Freedom from my own entanglements.
What Are you Hoping For?
The first step for holding on to hope is to be clear on what you hope for. Write it down. Describe it in three or four sentences, including how it’ll make you feel. How will it affect other people? Your relationship with God? Your future?
Second, write down why you hope for it. The more you clarify your reasons for wanting it, the more insight you’ll have. Insight will help you determine how to keep your hope alive. You may even realize that you’re hoping for the right thing, but for the wrong reasons. Or maybe you’re hoping for the wrong thing altogether! Wouldn’t that be a crazy discovery?
Third, learn how to recognize and remember the signs of hope. Here’s what helps me…
In The Silver Chair Aslan says:
“First, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs.
And secondly, I give you a warning… Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.” – C.S. Lewis,1953.
My favorite bit is: And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs.
Fourth, learn what the signs of hope are. Hope’s sisters are love and faith, so there you already have two signs. Take it a step further. How do you see love and faith in action? What does love and faith mean to you? How do you see love and faith unfold in your life?
Keeping hope alive means taking action. Hope may be a feeling, but bringing her to life—and sustaining her—means you need to actually get involved.
What are you hoping for, my friend?
May you find ways to bring hope, love, and faith into your life. May you fly to Jesus, trusting that He knows the way. May you learn how to pursue God’s will by taking small steps of faith forward, in love and hope.
With His freedom and joy,
Laurie and Blossy
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