31 Days of Hope

31 Days of Hope – Day 31

Wow.  Can it really be day 31? Sure enough … it is.  One month ago I set out on a journey to write… to share my heart… to, prayerfully, share hope.  I have absolutely LOVED focusing on such a crucial element of life so intensely for a month straight. 


I’m not exactly sure how to wrap up this month long adventure. What do we do with all this hope that we’ve “found” over the last 31 days?  Well… I think we give it away.  Check out these verses from 2 Corinthians 3:12-18


Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.  We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We experience hope.  We cherish hope.  We radiate hope.

Because we all need hope. 


I hope you enjoyed this journey. I know I did.  Thanks for joining me!


Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24)  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).

31 Days of Hope

Hope {Day 30} – Remember Me

So, I just finished reading, Red, the second in Ted Dekker’s Circle Series.  These are very interesting books and to be honest I would have NEVER probably picked them up to read on my own, but after the recommendation from many people, I’m reading them. I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised.  Still at times not what I normally would be reading, but there are such cool pictures of God’s love story intertwined throughout. 


There was such a beautiful picture in the last part of this second book that reminded me of HOPE.  I’ll try not to give away any of the story in case anyone wants to read this series (which I would recommend by the way). Where I pick up below, the “Jesus” figure in the book is standing with some believers and this conversation takes place…



“Your lives have always been about the Great Romance, and in the days to come you will understand that like never before.  Your love will be tested. Others will join you.  Some will leave.  Some will die.  All of you will suffer.  [Others] will hate you because their hearts have been stolen and their eyes have been blinded… But … keep your eyes on me until the end…”

“None of us will ever leave you,” Lucy cried.

“Then guard your heart, my princess.  Remember how I love you, and love me the same.  Always.”

"”You won’t see me again for some time, but you will have my water. … I charge you to bring them to me.  One by one, if you must.  Show them my heart.”



Now, of course this all makes even more sense if you read the 376 pages leading up to this conversation, but even without the rest of the story, I think it still is a beautiful picture.  At least for me, it reminds me of hope in the midst of struggle… when looking at a whole situation seems too overwhelming, Jesus simply calls me to remember his love for me and love him the same.” 


God never says there won’t be trial.  In fact, he says, “In this world you WILL have trouble.” (John 16:33a).  But the cool part is that the verse doesn’t stop there.  Jesus continues saying, ‘BUT TAKE HEART, I have overcome the world.”  He’s saying, “Keep your eyes on me and I will bring you through.  REMEMBER HOW I LOVE YOU.  TAKE HEART. FIND HOPE!”


And now he commands us to hand that love…  that hope … to others.  They might resist as Satan has stolen their hearts and blinded their eyes, but Jesus’ hope, His love, is stronger.  He sends us out to bring people to Hope.  One by one if we must.  We MUST show others our Savior’s heart. 


“Remember Me.

Know Hope.

Give Hope.

And one day, we’ll celebrate together forever.”

31 Days of Hope

Hope {day 29} – “Were” … a Hopeful word?

So, I was getting ready to write my blog post for today… Day 29.  But then I read the blog post of a friend and decided that instead of writing today, I’d link to his post.  While the original topic was about his class yesterday, he had some interesting thoughts about some scripture that may not seem full of hope at first, but in reality, is packed full with it!


Check out his post by clicking here:

A Snippet from School- Trying to be the best student that I can be



Lord, we thank you that we WERE filled with sin and everything that separate us from you.  It sounds weird to say that, but it’s so true… You’ve made us new.. and for that we give you praise!  Help us to live new lives, free from guilt or shame of what we once WERE.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

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Hope {Day 28} – My Hope by Matt Redman

A beautiful song by Matt Redman called My Hope. ENJOY!



My Hope by Matt Redman

Verse 1

My hope is built on nothing else
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly live on Jesus name



When the mountains are falling
when the waters are rising
I shall be safe in you
Through the nations are quaking
Every kingdom be shaken
Still I will rest in you


Verse 2

When darkness seems to hide your face
I rest on Your unchanging grace
In every high and storming gate
My anchor holds within the veil

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Hope {Day 27} – WHY Hope?

For 27 days we’ve been talking about hope and while reasons to hope have been indirectly mentioned, I thought it would be good to see how the Bible answers the question:



In no particular order, here are some things I found:

  • When we find our hope in God, we won’t find ourselves disappointed.

Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

  • Hope takes away shame and reminds us of God’s great love.

Romans 5:1-5Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

  • Hope brings security… a sense of stability in an ever-changing world.

Job 11:18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

  • We hope because in God we find unfailing love and REDEMPTION!

Psalm 130:7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

And why not wrap it up with my confirmation verse:

  • We are renewed when we find hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 40:31 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.

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Hope {Day 26} – Hope When You Just Don’t Understand

Why him?
Why her?
Why me? 
Why now?
I just don’t get it, God!
I don’t understand


I’m sure we’ve all had moments where we just desperately LONG to understand God’s reasoning behind a situation.  I know I have.  Like when a kid in my youth group back home was killed in a car accident 3 years ago this month. Or when my little buddy, Nicholas died of cancer at only 9 years old.  I ask for understanding when I see a friend struggling with more burdens than anyone should ever have to bear or watch as another friend gets the news that yet another surgery is in the future.


We long for understanding.  This makes me think of a story I once read.  The author had just adopted two boys from Africa and was trying to adopt a little boy named Sergei, an orphan from Belarus (below Russia). The little boy got to come for a five-week visit but then had to go back to the orphanage to wait for paperwork to go through.

Here’s the story from there:

"At the writing of this book, the process had already taken more than a year, and we still don’t have him home. It has been a hard year of wanting and waiting, feeling hopeful and at the same time quite helpless. We’ve only been able to get a couple of packages to him, a few e-mails and one phone call.


When we were working on arranging the phone call with Sergei, I asked some of the officials to please provide an interpreter… I wanted Sergei to know that the adoption was being delayed not by us but by the red tape of two very different governments. When no interpreter was available, my heart sank. So much time had passed since Sergei had communicated in English with us, I doubted he would remember enough to make the conversation meaningful.

The lady helping to arrange the call, one of the few Christians involved on their end, knew I was disappointed with the news. So the day before the call was to take place, she sent me an e-mail to encourage me: "There will be no interpreter as nobody knows English as Ryasno. But you will tell him that you love him, and that he will understand."


The Belarussian lady’s comment reminds me so much of what God continues to teach me about trusting Him. When I grieve over the bummer things in life and cry out to God, I can imagine God instructing the Holy Spirit to say something similar to me. … "There is no way to interpret this event in a way she can comprehend, but tell her that I love her, and THAT she will understand.

Isn’t God amazing? Yes indeed, God is good. Even when I can’t understand His timing and His ways, I do understand his love, and that IS enough!"


It is my prayer that in those times that you "just can’t understand" that you will find hope as God says to your heart:

"There is no way to explain to you what is going on, why it is happening, or when you will see any change, but know this…

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Hope {Day 25} – Let Hope Arise!

Hello again!

Wow! What a great weekend it was with the First Trinity Crossroads Group at Acquire the Fire!  I hope to make a special post tomorrow about our adventures in addition to blogging about hope… so watch for that.


For today, I wanted to look quickly at one of the worship songs we sang many times this weekend.  The song is called “With Everything” by Hillsong and here are the words to the chorus:

Let hope rise,
And darkness tremble
In Your holy light,
And every eye will see
Jesus, our God,
Great and mighty to be praised.

When we first sang this song this weekend I was in such a state of awe.  These six lines describe my heart and my prayer… the very essence of what prompted me to even start blogging for 31 days about Hope…


I saw people that desperately needing hope.  And so I began to pray that hope would rise up in their lives.

As God shines light to the darkest places of our lives, it removes our need to fear and tremble because darkness itself is trembling in His holy light.

It can be a crazy thing to pour out your heart day after day onto a blog, but I feel as if when we’re able to share the things God is bringing to light in our lives, it gives other people the courage to let God shine light in their lives as well… they can see Jesus as he offers them hope.


So this is my prayer this week as I wrap up this 31 day adventure into the heart of Hope:

That true hope would arise in my own heart giving me the courage to share what You, God, are bringing to light from my darkness.  As I share, Lord, may all who read this words see Jesus.  In everything, may You get ALL the glory and the praise!


Let hope rise,
And darkness tremble
In Your holy light,
And every eye will see
Jesus, our God,
Great and mighty to be praised.



A thought to take with you: I’ve decided to blog for 31 days about hope… it what ways, big or small, can you help hand out some hope to people this week? 

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Hope {Day 24} – Hope Prayers

When this finally gets published to the web, I will be in Ohio with thousands of youth (16 from First Trinity) learning about Jesus and praising Him together.  I can’t wait to get back Sunday and tell you all about it!


Yesterday I asked you to finish the sentence, “HOPE IS….”

Today, I want to ask you to do something as well.  It doesn’t involved commenting (unless you want to), but today, I want to ask you to pray for people in this world, specifically in your life, that need hope

For those in difficult situations, ask God to surround them with the assurance that He is faithful. 

Maybe those people you know that need hope don’t even know God and so your prayer would be that in the midst of their hopelessness they would find Hope in the salvation Jesus has for them. 

Maybe people need hope in the midst of an illness or the loss of a loved one.

Maybe they need hope in a marriage that’s falling apart or a child that is making some difficult choices.

Maybe the person that needs hope… is you.


Take a moment right now and pray that God would reveal Himself as the God of Hope to those people.

Need some ideas of where to start?  Here are a few groups of people that could probably use some prayers for hope:

  • The thousands of youth at the Acquire the Fire conference as we explore the theme “Collision: Mend the Broken” … that as they realize their brokenness, they would find hope in God.
  • The people in Haiti and other areas hit by natural disasters recently
  • People struggling with disorder eating, self-injury, depression or contemplating suicide. 
  • Couples in struggling marriages
  • The MILLIONS of people unemployed in our country

See you all tomorrow for Day 25!

31 Days of Hope

Hope {Day 23} – HOPE IS…

As I glanced through Facebook recently I saw this posted as one of of my friend’s status updates (and of course since it had the word “hope” in it, it caught my eye):


“Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.” ~ Jean Kerr

I don’t know about you, but it took me about 3 or 4 times reading through it to understand, but in a way, I kind of like it.   It also got me thinking about how YOU, yes YOU… reading this post right now… how you might define hope.  I’ve been wanting to ask this question for the past 23 days and since I’m going out of town today and don’t really have time to write much of a post, I thought this would be the PERFECT opportunity to have an INTERACTIVE post. 


We’ve got Emily Dickinson who says: 

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all….

Samuel Smiles says:

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.

So, you’ve listened to me for 22 days about hope, and we’ve heard from Jean, Emily, and Samuel.  But what about YOU.

Now it’s your turn… comment back finishing this sentence:



I can’t WAIT to get back Sunday and read all of your responses! 

(Please note: if you’ve never commented on my blog before, your comment may not show up right away.  To avoid getting spam comments, it is set so that I have to approve new comments coming in.)

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Hope {Day 22} – A Prayer of Hope for Haiti

Gracious God,

We bring before you the people of Haiti and pray that you would provide HOPE.  In a country that has needed so much help for so long, we continue to see devastation after devastation… an earthquake, the cholera outbreak, and now a hurricane on it’s way and those are only the “big” things.  We don’t see the unbearable daily struggles these people face.  We sit here far away in geographical distance… but for many of us not far in heart. We sit and we pray.


This country (and many others like it around the world) probably could easily sound a lot like Job asking, “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? (Job 6:11).


One thing after another after another keeps impacting the beautiful people of Haiti and it must be difficult to have hope… difficult to be patient.  But, Lord, we have this promise from Your Word as well, “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” (Psalm 9:18)


You have not forgotten the people of Haiti and you never will.  Lord, I do pray that as they are afflicted in so many ways that their hope would not perish, but rather that you would restore their hope and that they would find it in You alone. 


It seem like there’s no way possible people can survive.  There’s nowhere to go… many of them are living in simple tents that probably don’t even protect them from a normal rain shower, let alone a hurricane.  It seems hopeless… but Lord, we wait in hope for You, for You are their help and their shield (Psalm 33:20) 


You are a powerful God and your Word proclaims that NOTHING is impossible for you.  So today, we pray for safety and protection for the people in Haiti.  Get them safely through this storm and continue to be with them as the rebuild and rebuild and rebuild their country.  Keep them healthy despite the many illnesses going around.  Lord, it truly does seem hopeless, but we know that YOU ARE HOPE and so we trust that all of this is in your hands.


All this, and so much more, we pray in Jesus’ Name,

AMEN! Let it be so!



(Side note: I will be out of town until Sunday.  I’ve written a post for tomorrow and Saturday and hopefully they are set to post themselves on those days.  But if it doesn’t work… don’t worry… you’ll just get three doses of hope on Sunday!  While we’re on the subject of the trip, and of prayer, please pray for the First Trinity Youth Group and many more youth groups who will be gathering in Cleveland Ohio for Acquire the Fire this weekend.  Blessings to you all!)