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A Reflection on Hope

 

I started this year praying for the ability to hope. To keep my focus on God and trust Him through everything that came my way. I wanted to live each day intentionally, seeking the Lord’s strength and mercy. I knew I needed His grace to discover reasons to hope and live with joy and peace. More than anything, I wanted trust that God had a purpose for everything I experienced throughout the year.

I wanted hope cemented in my heart.

You see, in my mind, I never doubted God as the source of my hope or that He could restore my hope. The actual problem resided in my heart – the one place I desperately needed cooperation.

I had no idea where the journey would lead, what lessons I would learn, or how pain would be used to refine my desire to have hope.

Today, as I think about some of the things that happened this year, I struggle to comprehend it all. Continue reading

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Poetry by Leslie…

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THIS GOD

This God who said “Let there be light”
Allows me to be I am precious in His sight…

This God that controls the seasons and weather
Loves me and designed & put me together

This God who made the multicolored peacock and vibrant butterfly
Holds me faithfully close to His side… Continue reading

THANK YOU, LESLIE!!!!!

We have been inspired by the poetry of our guest author, Leslie!

I’m so thankful that Leslie took time out of her busy schedule to share her awesome works with us! Please keep her in your prayers as she continues to write and use her beautiful poems to encourage her readers.

Leslie, we wish you much success in your future endeavors. Please know that your work is always welcome on this blog, and we hope to have more poetry soon! Also, give us updates on what’s next for you.

Sending much love and continued prayers!!

Dorothea Love and the Readers of Living Waters Blog

Poetry by Leslie…

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Incredible Indeed

Lord, how could this be?
Why in the world didn’t he want me…?

I have had all my shots, clean up pretty good
Done all the things that a supportive cheerleader should
Learning how to forgive and to ask for forgiveness for my mistakes
I seek your wisdom… bathe in your love, mercy and grace
I know how to clean and how to embrace a stimulating conversation
Believe in honor, respect and admiration
I can work it in the kitchen…make some delicious homemade grub
So Lord, with all that and then some … me, how come he didn’t love Continue reading

Vows of Hope

I find joy when I witness young love.

This year, we attended several weddings, learned of engagements, and witnessed friendships blossom into romance.

It’s nice to watch these young couples. They are filled with love and excited to begin their lives together.

A few weeks ago, we attended a wedding that was held in a historic church. At the reception, our table was situated on top of a hill, giving us an unobstructed view of all the other guests.

We laughed when one woman observed that we were sitting at the “old married couples’ table.” Throughout the evening, we shared stories of how we met, reminisced about the early days of our marriages, told how we knew the bride and groom, and listened to stories about the young couple.

It was easy to make new friends with our table mates and try to guess which one of the young couples would get married next.

The other day, while I sorted through pictures from that day, I thought about the other weddings I’ve attended, how I have always felt a sense of wonder and magic during wedding ceremonies, and believed everyone held a sincere wish that the couple’s new beginning would bring great things.

HOPE.

The expectation of their new life together filled with adventures, discoveries, excitement, and joy.

The prayer for their peace in knowing their best friend would stand next to them as their life unfolded.

I feel honored to be present during these wonderful times.

To cherish the memories of feeling giddy after being newly married. To thank God for the vows, the covenant made in His presence with family and friends supporting us. To remain grateful for the people who celebrated with us and promised to support us and pray for us throughout our married life.

Just like the young couples I mentioned, I have family and friends enduring the other phase of marriage. Older couples upholding their vows after forty or fifty years of marriage and reaching out for prayers and support.

They remember their promises to stick it out in good times and bad, through any financial upheavals, and through any medical crises that comes their way.

These couples face dementia, chronic pain, cancer, and taking care of elderly parents and children at the same time.

Sometimes at these weddings, it’s hard to watch a couple sitting quietly and holding hands, watching the activities going on around them, while only one of them can comprehend the beauty of the moment.

Other times, it’s inspiring to watch the support a wife gives to her disabled husband. She helps him into the reception hall, where they sit during the festivities. They talk with everyone around them, and it is obvious they are happy to be included, to see the bride and groom dance, and to share a slice of cake.

HOPE is present with these couples, as well.

Their hope is rooted in God’s love and the promises found in His word. In the shared history of their lives, lived through the years with God as their anchor.

I find it interesting to compare these two times in a couple’s life. Even though they seem vastly different, they are the same, because both stages are based on HOPE.

Whether these couples are just beginning their lives together or facing the separation that death brings, they must trust God to see them through; to give them the courage to link their lives to Him; and to develop their faith in His love.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can trust Him no matter what trials enter our lives. He promises to love us and never leave us. We can depend on His faithfulness; lean into the power of His Spirit; and seek His wisdom and guidance.

We can look at our challenges in the same way as those older couples view the difficulties in their lives. Unexpected hardships and problems should lead us to cling to God, knowing He will help us.

We never expect to have a chronic illness, lose our job, bury a child, or watch a parent waste away mentally. Life’s troubles arrive unexpectedly, filling us with anxiety, fear, and dread. In these moments, we must remember to cast our cares on God and let His peace become our strength.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

 

 

Poetry by Leslie…

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BEAUTIFUL

 

Don’t be shocked

Cause I am not

You are so critical of yourself…

can’t even accept the admiration of someone else

Why with yourself are you so dismayed?

You know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made

Why do you look down on yourself like you do?

Don’t you believe what I said about you is true? Continue reading

Today’s Quote on Trials

“When the storms of life assail us, we may be tempted to believe that God has abandoned us – but He never will. Instead, He may be making a surprise visit – revealing an aspect of Himself through the trial that we never could have known otherwise.”     ~Dr. Charles Stanley

Scripture for Reflecion: Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Isaiah 30:18-20