Patti at A New Day Dawns invited me to share a post on hope. I’ve written a lot about hope recently, so I hope you don’t mind another one 🙂
This challenge has three rules:
- Link back to the person who invited you at the top of your post. (got it)
- Write a post about hope and publish it to your blog. (done)
- Invite at least one person to blog about it, too. (I can’t pick. This is an open invitation to anyone who reads this, who is inspired to write about hope.)
From a young age, I’ve had hope. I hoped Santa would bring me the perfect gift. I hoped the boy I liked would look at me. I hoped I would pass my college entrance exams. I hoped my marriage wouldn’t be a statistic. I hoped I would raise well-adjusted children.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized my hope has roots in faith. I have hope for my future, and faith that God will guide my path.
If I didn’t have hope, I wouldn’t have a reason to get out of bed each day. If I didn’t have faith that God had a plan for me, I wouldn’t have joy. Without joy, life is just a routine; a habit without meaning. When life becomes a storm that seems bent on drowning my joy, gratitude is my safety raft. When I think of my “haves”, rather than my “have-nots,” the clouds aren’t nearly so threatening.
On Friday night, I decided a sunrise photo shoot was in order for this post. I couldn’t think of anything more hopeful than a sunrise. It rained quite a bit on Friday, so I thought the freshly-cleansed air would make for great photos.
I’d hoped I wouldn’t ignore my alarm, but I overslept and we missed the 6:08 AM sunrise. Once I saw the overcast skies, I hoped for a break in the clouds. Seeing that wouldn’t happen, I was disappointed- at least until I saw the beauty that surrounded us.
Sometimes not getting what we hope for leads us to appreciate something else we may not have otherwise have noticed.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Have a beautiful Sunday and a week filled with hope!