Yes it’s been a long time since I’ve written. Yes it might be a long time until I write again. I’m setting very few goals for myself these days and trying to keep things realistic- I’m all about positive reinforcement.
So I was thinking today about hope. What it means, what it doesn’t mean, how you get it, how you keep it. I’m walking through a hard time right now- some of you know the specifics- some of you don’t. Not that I would mind sharing it with any of you, but for now, sometimes b/c of life, time, energy and distance I don’t talk to all of you as much as I’d like. But someone I barely know showed me a very simple small kindness today and it gave me great hope. So I started wondering- what is hope? Can you make yourself have it? Can you give it to someone else? The hope I’ve held onto the last few weeks is from Psalm 56:9:
This I know, God is for me.
I go through it and I put the emphasis on each word…THIS I know, God is for me. This I know God IS for me… and so on. It’s only 7 words, but they make ALL the difference in the world.
There are many uncertainties in my life right now, and although I have walked through a time in the past where I had many doubts and even a crisis of faith of sorts, that’s not my struggle right now and I am thankful for that. But most days, I don’t see the big picture- can’t see farther down the road b/c I’m having to keep my eyes on the steps right in front of me. I do KNOW that God is for me. I trust that in a general/overall sort of way. It’s the daily hope that I sometimes struggle with. So as I was running today I thought I’d ask for some “hopeful” thoughts.
Since I started this post about running, coffee, cupcakes and faith- I had to give up running for a while, had to give up eating most things- including cupcakes, and I am seriously considering fasting from coffee for a month. Honestly, I’m not sure I can do it- I feel like it’s my last little “thing”- my vice or treat- whatever you want to call it- but the point is even if I give up all those things, I still am left with my faith- which gives me hope each day. Even though I still struggle with how that looks in my daily life.
So- here’s my question: What gives you hope? And I mean specifically- not in general. What do you think about, focus on, concentrate on, tell yourself, believe when you are feeling hope-less? What has gotten you through the hard times? My guess is that everyone reading this has been through things that make it hard to hang on to hope, or are going through them now, or I’m sorry to say- will go through them in the future. So maybe your words here to me will help others and people you don’t even know. But for now I’m being selfish and asking for myself- what gives you hope? I “hope” you’ll share it with me 🙂