Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's All About Hope

I'm back! And you didn't even know I was gone!

It was a quick trip but well worth the drive. Last Friday I packed my bag, threw it in the trunk of my old car and headed west on I-10--some 480 miles. I got to Houston early enough to avoid the worst of the traffic, then savored every minute I was able to spend with my first born. In case you didn't know, my daughter is getting married in a couple of months, so some friends of the groom's family gave her a bridal shower on Saturday. We had a great time and she got some nice gifts. I tried to talk her out of some of them, but she informed me that I didn't have room for them. She's right, but I would like that griddle--if I had a place to use it.
Time with my adult children is one of life's greatest blessings.

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I left you the other day, hoping to make another "word" post. It didn't happen. That's how it is sometimes--things happen as we would like and then sometimes they don't. So what do we do when things aren't going just like we want?

Flashback

One day, during a very low time in my life, when all things concerning me seemed wrong, sad, and doomed for destruction, I was sitting at my desk at work, thankful for my cubical walls that kept co-workers from noticing my tears. I don't remember everything that was going through my mind at the time, but apparently the Holy Spirit was interceding for me because the Lord spoke to me. He said, "It's all about hope."

The message struck me hard. I had lost hope that my circumstances would improve. I felt trapped, helpless, empty--everything negative. It was a horrible feeling, hopelessness.

I wrote that sentence down on a piece of note paper and placed it on my desk where it was sure to be in my way--sure to be constantly before me, speaking to me again and again. I needed time to digest those words. It's all about hope. What did they mean and what was I to do about it all?

Today

Several times lately God has placed this word before me, so I'm sharing it with you as my word for today. Hope.


Defined: Expectation and desire combined. (I love this definition.)

So much of the time we have a desire for something, and we call that desire hope. For example, remember my last post? I hope I win the book give-away. I desire to win, but honestly, I don't expect to win. So my hope is weak and easily shaken. I think the drawing for the book is on the 7th. I bet that the 7th will come and go, and I'll not think about the book I didn't win until some day when I'm getting caught up on reading my favorite blogs and I come across a post on Lisa's page telling who the winners were. I really don't have much hope about the book, do I?

Concerning life's big stuff, the important things that matter the most--if we desire without expectation, we easily get discouraged and give up our desire. We lose hope.

So the secret of living a life filled with hope? Live expecting to receive those things we desire. I'll admit--easier said than done sometimes.

The other day as I drove home from the gym I saw a sign that read, "The man who has hope, has everything." I'm going to write that down because it is true. And I'll add to it the words God placed in my heart, "It's all about hope."

Yes, I think today it is all about hope. Psalm 38:15 says, "For I hope in Thee, O Lord; Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God." The only one we can take our desires to with expectations of fulfilment is the Lord our God--our Living Hope. (See 1 Peter 1:3-9)

Today of all days (election day) we need to hope. We need to pray with a desire so sincere that God will be moved to act on our behalf. And we need to pray, expecting that God can and will be all-powerful, all-knowing, and merciful.

And no matter the outcome of the vote, we must not lose hope. For without hope we will perish on our own, no enemy needed. We must make Psalm 38:15 our heart's cry. Remember we DO have hope. And that hope's name is Jesus. It's all about HOPE, and the man who has HOPE has everything.

11 comments:

Sharon said...

That's a great message that we all need today, thanks for reminding us to have hope. No matter what the outcome of the election may be, as long as we have Faith in God, we will have Hope. Thanks for sharing :)

Cindy said...

WOW!!!! This is so true. I hope that you don't mind but I copied this to myself. I need to read it a million times or maybe more until it is in my head. We use the word hope so often just like you said about the book. I know that I use it almost on a daily basis. From now on I think I will use the word in a different way. Thank you for sharing. I am glad that you had a great trip and I missed you while you were gone. Have a wonderful week.

Edie said...

A great Word for today. Praying with Hope along side of you.

Talkin' Texan said...

Ladies, thanks for your comments. Cindy, I'm glad you found words here you can use. Chew and digest until they are part of your being. May we all put our expectations in Christ as we offer Him our desires so hope will be a fragrance of our lives.

L.L. Barkat said...

congratulations concerning your daughter! now there's something to celebrate. :)

Shonda said...

I love it --"It's all about hope."

I just want to share too as I walk this journey out with the Lord, I desire things and hope for things. Sometimes it seems I won't receive it. But more often than not, if I wait on HIM, I will receive what I asked for but I receive in some of the least expected ways.

For example the book drawing, I may not win through that drawing. But perhaps I will receive it as a gift from someone or I'm with my DH at at a book store and he'll ask, "Isnt that the book you wanted? Go ahead and buy it." Those are blessings from the Lord just as much as winning a drawing.

I'm sorry I tend to be wordy. I like your blog and I'm bookmarking it for easy reference. I'll be back.
Blessings in Christ.

Engrafted by His Grace--
Shonda

Brittney said...

I am so glad that you were able to be with your "oldest" for her bridal shower. The way things went with our daughter she did not have a bridal shower. She did get for gifts, and her household is mostly outfitted....so I am so glad for your daughter.

I love your word for the day. So many times, as you said we hope for things, but then we forget. Only on the really important ones do we really truly remember our hope. Just a thought. How does hope and wish differ? I really don't know. I will leave that up to you. I am sure Hope is much more powerful than a wish.

So whatever comes from all the things happening in the world today. I hope your life is such that you can learn from your weakness. You can teach from your strengths. And may all that know you, be blessed from the words that God gives you.

tutietutu said...

I think hope is what gives many motivation to succeed!

Talkin' Texan said...

Shonda,
Thanks for stopping by and reminding us to keep expecting of God and His endless resources.
Thanks for bookmarking me--feel free to "follow."

Tuietutu,
I'm glad you dropped in too. Yes hope is a great motivator. I think sometimes it may be all someone has that motivates them.

Brittney,
Thanks for the point to ponder. You know me--I'll ponder it, chew on it, and if I come up with a new discovery, I let you know.

Cindy said...

As I have thought about what you said here a song came into my mind. It is interesting what you can think about while feeding babies. Anyway the song is one I have not sang in years. It is "The Solid Rock" It says: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name. Just wanted what I have thought about. As a new Christian I am finding it interesting what God puts into my mind to think about at times. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Talkin' Texan said...

Bless you Cindy.
Sing at the top of your lungs!