A wise person once told me that Hope is to place your trust in something other than yourself. How true is this statement? However that trust should be placed in the Lord alone!
I'm reading in Isaiah and this verse stuck out to me.
“. . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
How many of us are losing hope or have felt recently that we are in a hopeless situation. I've learned from experience that even when it doesn't feel possible to carry on hope is necessary.
I try my very best every day to have hope for the day about to transpire. I choose hope over worry as often as I can. But I'm human and I'm flawed and more often than I care to admit I find myself worrying and feeling hopeless. Imagine my suprise when I googled this verse this morning only to discover that Today's Christian Woman recently wrote a post about having hope. They have created a To-Be list instead of a to do list and one of the things is to be hopeful.
here's the article if you'd like to read it http://blog.todayschristianwoman.com/editors/2009/01/tobe_list.html
I love that at the end they talk about ways to be more hopeful one of the things that they suggested was to make a list of "hope stealers" in your life.
As I sat in my prayer time this morning I did just that mentally and now I'd like to write them down somewhere concrete and since after yesterday I feel I can share anything in my own little corner of the world that is my blog. Here Goes nothing!
My hope stealers:
the failing economy
the pressure to be perfect
cancer and health related issues
not being able to find a church home
budget issues and concerns
the rudeness of people
Dear Heavenly Father,
I commit my list of "hope stealers" to you Lord and I ask that you help me to bear the burden of these things.
Help me to remember that you are ultimately in control of our economy and my life remind me to have peace in that.
Lord I ask you to release me from this worldly pressure of perfection that is impossible to live up to remind me everyday that I am a child of God and I don't need to be perfect in the world's eyes. Lord remind me to commit my worries about my mother's cancer returning and my family staying healthy to your loving arms I know whatever happens is in God's Will and I must constantly remind myself to be at peace with that. Lord I am trusting to help Jeremy and I find a church home that we can thrive in together as well as with our budget making sure that we are being good stewards of our money Lord I ask that you bless our finances I know that you will take care of us. Lord remind me each and everyday that I must love others despite their worldly attitudes remind me to pray for others each and everyday and help me to remember that only I can control how I react to a situation and I can choose to be upset or take it as an opportunity to grow in You.
In Jesus Name,
Still to come pictures from my 2008 relay event later this evening!