I am always in awe of the way God set the world in motion. In nature, the trees follow His bidding, the ocean ebbs and flows, the animals instinctively know how to care for their young, and the birds follow His lead of migration. The earth continues to spin on its axis and gravity holds our feet to the ground. All created for us, His precious children, in which He placed instincts and emotions, a heart that continues to beat because He breathed life into our very being, a body complex and amazing, and a resilient spirit filled with a sense of hope.
Hope is defined as, "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen."
I remember as a child "hoping" for a new toy, "hoping" to see my friends, in hopeful anticipation of good things to come. And oh the joy when my hopes were fulfilled.
We are such creatures of hope. As we age our hopes grow with us: hopes for a date to the prom, passing our midterms, winning a ball game. We cross into adulthood and hopes for a supportive loving spouse, a good job, a nice home, fill our hearts. As parents, we hope for wonderful outcomes for our children, of health, happiness and joy.
Remembering the disappointments, when life happens, when hopes are not realized, what then? It is here, we set our feet on the path of defeat or triumph. We must choose to remain hopeful, to seek another road, to feed the optimism, to refuse the negative, nurturing our resilient spirit given us by our Amazing Creator.
He calls us to hope in Him. He holds the world, every tomorrow, every dream, every hope in His hand Hope for peace that passes understanding, hope for everlasting, unshakable joy, hope for an eternity beyond our wildest dreams, "Blessed is he.... whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, the Lord, who remains faithful forever." Psalm 146:5-6. Nothing changes with Him, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Every day, I leave my deepest hopes and desires with Him. He knows what is best, He sees the big picture. He drew it. Have you ever hoped for something and not received it, only to realize later that it was for the best? If you leave it in God's hand, with faith, knowing, understanding and trusting that He knows best, His peace will fill you no matter what the outcome.
Write these words on the wall of your heart, "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 40:31. Oh, to soar on wings like eagles!!!!! He reminds us in Romans 12:12, "to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer".
You know, we must never, ever give up hope. We must nurture and feed our resilient spirit with the hope filled precious words and promises of our Loving Father. It drives us to persevere, to find light in the darkest of days, to continue our journey no matter the obstacles, always relying on the assurance of an eternity in paradise!
"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
Please remember, "THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!"
Make a "Thankful" list, add to it daily!
I hope you are moving around and not becoming a couch potato during this chilly weather. Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood, dance around the kitchen as you prepare your nutritious, low-fat, vegetable filled meals.
Work on your balance, stand close to a wall so that you have something to hold on to if need be. Stand on your left foot, lift your right knee so that your foot is 3-4 inches off of the floor, hold for up to 30 seconds, 3 times, switch legs repeat. It is helpful to find a point of focus while you are balancing.
-- Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at (931)703-0667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.