Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hope and Perseverance

Since my muse seems to have high tailed it out of Dodge I am taking a stab at reviving a blog that I started a few months ago. Huh ~ in looking at the date that I created this blog posting it was 2/4/08. Doing the math in my head ~ I was in the hospital ~ probably still hooked up to a morphine pump when I found this picture to the left and thought that I might want to write about HOPE sometime in the near future.

I seem to be up to my eyeballs in HOPE right now ~

I hope I can deal with the vertigo until December 3rd.

I hope and pray that I don't have to have a fusion along with the decompression.

I hope I don't lose my mind waiting for brain surgery.

I hope I don't lose my personality.

I hope people don't treat me differently after I have my brain tail hovel renovated.

You get the picture ~ a whole lot of hoping ~ But what exactly does HOPE mean? Many things come to mind...

First ~ this is a shocker, I hear lyrics singing in my head:

"I hope you never lose your sense of wonder You get your fill to eat But
always keep that hunger May you never take one single breath for granted God
forbid love ever leave you empty handed I hope you still feel small When you
stand by the ocean Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens Promise me
you'll give faith a fighting chance And when you get the choice to sit it out or
dance I hope you dance I hope you dance " ~ Lee Ann Womack

"I hope, for more love, more joy and laughter. I hope, we'll have more than
we'll ever need. I hope, we'll have more happy ever after. I hope, we can
all live more fearlessly. And we can lose all the pain and misery. I hope, I
hope" ~ The Dixie Chicks

Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?

Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope.

For me ~ there's always hope ~ as long as I am breathing ~ there's hope. Just when I think I can't possibly hold on a second longer I realize that God is holding onto me and won't let me fall.

Just like the Casting Crowns lyrics "I'm not holding onto you ~ you are holding onto me." (I posted the song below). So with that said, I hope that some of my hope will spill over to some of you out there. Wherever you are in your journey ~ may you find hope in places where you thought all hope was lost.

Psalm 25:5 (Whole Chapter) Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.


E said...

"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark." - George Iles

Dee Hall said...

"Hope" is placing your faith in something that is unseen. Trusting that God will do good works in your favor. You are a child of God.
Romans 8:24-25
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

You are in my thoughts and prayers..

Christine from WI said...

I appreciate your honesty as you write about the things you hope for. The one that really strikes me is "I hope I don't loose my personality." I have been thinking about that a lot lately. People have always told me I'm easy-going and an optomist. I worry about the cumulative effects of chronic pain and other symptoms and what they will do to me. I don't want to end up being a crabby old lady!! It also makes me wonder - in a sympathetic way - how some people got to be so darn cranky!!

By His Grace said...

Lace, One time I was studying Hope and so I looked it up in the dictionary and saw this definition:
Hope means "something you place your confidence in."

I always thought hope meant, "I wish, I wish!" but it doesn't! It means that you are placing your confidence in something unseen!

I think it could be interchangeable with FAITH. Not sure...but we are told that Faith is the substance of things hoped for.

Since I learned that, I have looked at Hope differently and used it in a different sense.

Just thought I'd share! God bless you always.
love and hugs