10 Reasons to Hope

  1. When God made you, He knew exactly what He was doing.
  2. You’re here because the Lord wants you here.  You have a purpose and you matter. You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else because He has marked out your path, and it is full of meaning.
  3. You’re going through hard times because you follow a crucified Lord. It doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. It doesn’t mean He’s forgotten you.  Your name is written on the palm of His hands; He will never abandon or forget you.
  4. Your story isn’t finished. It will turn out great. This is an episode, not the boxed set.
  5. You are never alone. You have the power and the hope and the peace of the Spirit – and nothing can take Him from you.
  6. Your body may be crumbling; but by grace, your inner self is becoming more beautiful each day.
  7. You’re going to mess up; over and over. But you don’t need to be perfect; and you never did. You don’t need to have a five year-plan and you don’t need to work out the answers. When you fail an exam or screw up a relationship; that’s not the end.
  8. Your prayers are heard.  Every tear, every question, every whisper.  None of them will be lost – and through them the world is changed.
  9. We aren’t our failures, our past or our patterns. We don’t have to settle for the old ways, we don’t have to be defined by our old mistakes and we don’t have to live out the verdicts of others. Through Jesus we are new. Fact.
  10. He’s coming back to get you.  And you have a future more beautiful and extraordinary than you can possibly imagine.

10 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Hope

  1. If I were a box like that, I’d be labelled “fragile – handle with care”!

    It’s been a bit tough coping with work environment (so much people! .. yes, anything more than 5 people is Much. previous place had 4, inclusive me. This place has like, 10?
    & coping with lots of face to face discussion and communication and arghhhh), though I like the actual scope itself and people are generally nice.

    It’s hard balancing vulnerability and boundaries in writing, yet still telling a compelling story (how do you do that!), when you have to write multiple articles a week. I feel like, there’s only this much vulnerability I can give … IDK.

    this is a v precious post (but meanwhile my head screams FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE) – onward with mint tea … and trembly heart and hands. Oops.

  2. Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man. After all, a dream is just a dream, some dreams can’t be realized, just like the snowflakes, they will melt away finally.

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