Living with Hope

It is hard to believe how many things can change in a few months.  I laugh to think that I had plans.  I announced that, after months of drought, that I was finally coming back to my blog.  Little did I know that God had different plans.

My dad had a major heart attack.

My father-in-law passed away.

My husband found out that his job will be ending.

In other words, life happened.

I had had the greatest anticipation for this year.  I thought it would be different.  I thought we would finally be able to rise out of this season that we have been in for the last 8 years.  I thought I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Some people might say that I was wrong.  I might even be tempted to believe that.  But along with this sense of anticipation, I also think God gave me a word.

He gave me “hope“.

Hope might sound like foolishness in the midst of loss and heartache and uncertainty.  But I don’t think it does.

Hope can be defined as a wish.  Anticipation.  A desire.  Hope can sound like a flighty, head-in-the-clouds kind of desire.  The kind of thing associated with birthday candles on a cake.

The hope I am talking about is the deep-seated, heart-felt belief, the certainty that God is in control.

He was in control when my dad felt the pains in his chest.

He was in control when Pete’s dad took his last breath.

He is in control as we anticipate an uncertain future.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord,  ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”(NIV)

What it doesn’t say is that I will be privy to every minute detail of God’s plan.  It doesn’t say that I am in control.

But God is.

It just takes faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).

 

It takes faith to believe that God can and will restore my dad’s health.  It takes faith to believe that God can carry our extended family through grief to healing.  It takes faith that God will provide for our family.

It may seem foolish, but I am excited about what God is birthing in me and our family.  I am excited about the opportunities that are suddenly springing up.  I am excited about heading in a new direction.

I don’t believe that we should sit around and wait for a job to call or knock at our door.  It is going to take effort.  We may have to stretch our faith a little.  But we have done it before.  We have been handed situations that have been difficult and yet, we are still here.  I still believe in my Father God.

I still have hope.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Living with Hope

  1. Elizabeth Kendrick April 30, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Thank you for your amazing post! In the midst of all these challenges you are so hopeful! I needed to hear this as I am not feeling hopeful these days in our home here with some challenges but not like yours…The scriptures you posted were just what I needed.

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    • Cheryl May 1, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      I’m so glad it helped. We need to keep reminding each other that there is hope, even when it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I pray you will remember that, no matter what lies ahead. ❤

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  2. everydaywiththeking April 27, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Hope has carried me through the worst times of my life. A person doesn’t understand how important hope is until the hard times come. Such power in such a little word when the hope is in the Lord. Blessings, Lynn

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    • Cheryl April 27, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      That is SO true! I couldn’t imagine life without His hope.

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  3. kenzelsfire April 26, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Hope, as a mustard seed, can allow God to lead you to do great things. Hope is all God needs you to have to accomplish Isaiah 40:31.
    Blessings,
    Kenzel

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