Hope, by its very definition is “to look forward to with confident expectation.” We hope our children live Godly lives. We hope our car will get us to where we need to go. We hope we can make it through another day sane. But does that hope last the mere 24 hours that we need it to. Do we often become lost in our own self pity that we lose sight of the true hope that we have, the hope that is Jesus Christ.
I know I do.
I want to share hope. I want to share the longing of Christ’s abundance with confident expectation. I want to experience his hand at work in my heart, not my own selfish desires dragging me down.
I want to really show his love to those around me. I want to be his vessel every day, not just when I am in front of people.
Won’t you join me in this challenge? What would your life look like if you held on with a tight grip to his Lasting Hope, and then, through that holding on, you rubbed it off on those around you?
We have two choices in our lives:
To wallow in our own man made self pity,
To hold on tight to the Lasting Hope that Christ gave us this Christmas season.
Which will you chose?
Melissa May says
Thank you Heather! I have loved Hebrews 10:23 since I “discovered” it almost 20 years ago, but have sort of forgotten it’s about holding on to HOPE. Not holding on to faith or effort or something else spiritual, but HOPE.
Living the Balanced Life says
Our pastor preached last Sunday about having that hope. That in this holiday time, many people are miserable because they have no hope. We must be that hope and share that hope to those who are hurting!
Perfect verse for concluding that post. Thank you for sharing, challenging, hoping.
Lord, I pray you give me courage to speak hope-filled words to the hopeless; your words, not mine.
Heather, Your blog screamed Hope to me all year long- Thank you. I am still praying for you, and yours.
Galen Pearl says
Your inspiring post reminded me of this quotation by Albert Einstein:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
I have been anxious about some things lately. Your post inspires me to memorize that Bible verse and use it as my mantra whenever I start to fret. Thank you!
Thank you for this post…needed it today more than usual.
Awesome post. God never fails to fulfill His promises. Why do we not live as if we believe that? I want to hold onto that hope with unwavering faith. I can\’t even begin to imagine what life would look like, but I\’d sure like to find out. Thanks for sharing this, Heather.
Holley Gerth says
Heather, you are one of the most courageous women I know because you face the hard things with truth and authenticity. Thanks for always taking us back to hope!
Bonnie Gray says
Heather, your words have extra oomph because you are living your words — and your challenge brings to a place of faith — where it really counts. It’s easier to not hope, but you’re pointing us forward! Thank you!
Awesome post Heather…I am holding on to Hope 4 ever!!!!!
Jeri @godsdreamsforme says
I want to have that kind of hope…the kind that rubs off and points them to Jesus.
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