We all need some hope right about now, right?
This month at Do Not Depart, we’re talking about renewed minds, and I’ve written about holding on to hope. Join me at Do Not Depart for some verses and resources and amazing examples of spreading God’s hope.
Like Mister Rogers originally said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” We can associate that to hope, too. Let’s look for hopers together.
Five Minute Friday time (via Lisa-Jo). Where we “just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”
Today’s prompt: “Risk…”
I am probably not a risky person.
I risk my heart every time I love deeper. Who wants to lose what they love? Yet we place losing right in front of us when we love because we only (eventually) lose something when we do love in first place. If we don’t love, we don’t care if we lose it. Something is not a loss when it doesn’t matter.
And so I do risk. And that’s scary.
So is hope. Hope in the eternal sense. Hope in God’s sense.
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:24-25
We’re called to love, to hope. We’re called to risk. To risk love, to risk our lives (in love), to risk something for Him.
“Our problem usually isn’t if we’d give up everything to follow Jesus, it’s if we’d give up anything to follow Him.” – Bob Goff
And He rewards that risk. More than we can even imagine right now because we only see a hint, a movie trailer’s worth, a back-cover-of-the-book’s amount of what is to come.
Those hints drive up anticipation. I love reading the back cover of an interesting book. I want to flip right to the first page and begin the adventure. In a way, it’s a risk to even read the back cover in the first place – a risk of time and investment.
So it is with risk and God. Seeing what He gives in this life, I think it’s a risk worth taking.
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Question for you: What’s a risk to you?
Five Minute Friday time (via The Gypsy Mama). Where we “just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”
Today’s prompt: “See…”
I could see mess, clutter, junk, annoyances.
Or I can choose to see what we have, what we are blessed with, and the opportunity to give away.
I could see weariness, exhaustion, hopelessness.
Or I can choose to see joy in the now, expectant hope in the future.
I could see struggle, lack, then failure.
Or I can choose to see perseverance, strength, and inspiration.
All these “coulds” can be easier to see. Sometimes, I do see them. But more often lately, I am seeing (and I want to see) the “chooses.”
What I believe affects what I see. And I choose (and have to re-choose every day, every moment) to see faith, hope, love.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12-13
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Question for you: How do you choose to see today?
“As I sat there that afternoon watching my mom’s life on this earth come to an end, it dawned on me that I wasn’t worried about her, I was worried about me.”
When an ebook starts in this way, I know I’m in for some truth-telling. Eileen Knowles shares strong, needed truths in her recent ebook release, A Mistake Maker’s Manifesto and More.
Eileen is a master at experiencing an everyday moment in life and seeing an extraordinary lesson of faith, growth, and love within that moment. Whether it’s learning about growth out of failure from a scene in Toy Story or lessons learned from finishing last in eighth grade running meets, Eileen learns, and better yet, Eileen shares.
“Failure grows us in ways that success never will.”
At one point, Eileen shares: “One of the reasons I love reading the Bible is because it is filled with pages and pages of mistake makers.” Rather than letting my mistakes define me (which I so often do when I kick myself for my repeated failures), I can rest on the truth that I am “defined by the greatness of [my] God.”
Eileen includes personal stories, Scripture references, reflection questions, and, of course (because it is Eileen), song quotes – all for the glory of God and encouraging readers.
“As we pursue our dreams, success will rarely follow our timetable…don’t let that stop you.”
She tackles forgiving ourselves, accepting His grace, pursuing dreams, and clinging to hope in 24 short, inspiring pages.
“I’ve come to understand that this prayer, to change our hearts, is the most productive request we could ever ask of God when we are seeking to overcome our failures and our fears.”
Hope – His Hope – is powerful beyond what we can understand. Eileen shares that truth for all of us who have ever struggled with failure in our pasts (and our nows). Clinging to that hope with you, Eileen.
Download Eileen’s ebook here for free.
Question for you: How do you cling to His hope despite your mistakes?
Disclaimer: I have no material connection this ebook. All opinions expressed are my own.