Friday, February 13, 2015

Day Thirteen - love always hopes

You want to know how I know that God has had His hand all over this love challenge?! The first thing that springs to mind is that since I started blogging a few months ago, I have struggled to post 2-3 times a week.  And, because of this love challenge, I've been able to blog for thirteen straight days.  Please don't take that as a brag - it's completely not!  It's just proof that God put something on my heart, allowed the time for me to work on it, and helped me share it with you!  I hope you've enjoyed it so far!  Now, let's get to today's characteristic!
Day thirteen - love always hopes.  Google defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  *many of you know but in case you don't, my youngest daughter's name is Hope - she definitely was a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen - God is SO good!*  Other translations of the Bible describe this trait as love always looks for the best (The Message), love never loses hope (Easy-to-Read Version), and love will always expect the best of him (Living Bible).
Hope...a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  Maybe your kiddo has started down a road that you beg and plead that they come back from. Maybe your marriage feels like it is over.  Maybe someone close to you has been diagnosed with cancer.  These all seem like hope-less situations but with God and his love, anything is possible.  Now, this doesn't mean that we just pray and sit back and wait.  We have to be active participants in this beautiful life that He has given us.  In all the circumstances I listed above, you become a fighter.  You fight for your kiddo and believe that he or she will realize their mistakes and want to right their ways.  You fight for your marriage with everything you have.  Even if it doesn't turn out the way you thought - you will know without a shadow of a doubt that you fought for it with everything that you had. You fight along side the person diagnosed with cancer.  Be there with them - through good and bad.  Be the person they know they can always count on.  So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that when it says love always hopes - we should be the hope.  By being there for others, we are showing them love and giving them hope.

Let's see what else the Bible has to say about hope.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5 (NIV)


Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  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 be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)


For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Romans 15:4 (NIV)


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 (NIV)


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

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Thanks so much for going through this journey with me!  We have one more day!!! Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, will be love always perseveres.

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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4 comments:

  1. I love you saying...we should be the hope!

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    1. Thanks, friend! You are the best encourager! That definitely is your love language!

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  2. Such a great challenge Holly! I love that you've been able to do it 2 weeks strong :) I read a verse in the MSG, that defined Hope as "Cheerfully Expectant." :) That definition just resonated with me so much. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love that! "Cheerfully Expectant" - I'll have to remember that! Thanks for stopping by!

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