Hope is like Magic

To hope against hope is to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment. In Romans 8:24 it states, “We are saved by hope…, but hope that is seen is not hope”. Hope is never backed up with actual proof. When you are in the state of hoping, you don’t have any evidence that assures you that what you believe is true. You have to believe.

Because hope doesn’t require proof, it can open your mind to new possibilities. In this way, hope is like magic. It gives you the go ahead to try new things. If you do the work to change things, then hope has the power to change your life. After all is said and done, it’s what you believe about life and do with that belief that changes the world. Hope gives you the power to change your world!

Hope as a Anchor

I love the metaphor used in the bible which states, “Hope is the anchor of our souls…”. I’ve been around boats enough to understand how important an anchor is to staying where you want to be in the middle of a large body of water. Without an anchor, the boat would float away with theContinue Reading

Conquer Discouragement with Hope

How can hope help you conquer discouragement? Especially when hope lost is what creates the void which discouragement fills? Through God discouragement can be conquered by hope. In Romans 15:13 it states, “Abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost”. Just as the Holy Ghost has the power to heal your soul afterContinue Reading

Hope Motivates you to Keep Going

How can hope motivate you to keep going? The Merriam-Webster dictionary also defines hope as “to expect with confidence”. When you expect something to happen, then you don’t get discouraged and quit when you don’t succeed on your first try. Instead of being disheartened, your “hope” will move you to keep looking for answers toContinue Reading

Rest in the Lord

Psalms 37:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him….”  I love the saying, “Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.” When we patiently wait on the Lord, He will answer our prayers, and then we will be able to recognize His power in our lives.Continue Reading

Patience Can Be Learned

When I was in my twenties and even thirties (I can say this now I’m nearing fifty), I used to be very impatient, irresponsible, and impulsive. I wanted things when I wanted them and my attention span for focusing was very limited. Luckily, God saw my potential and didn’t give up on me. He taughtContinue Reading

Patience Changes Your Life

Yesterday we discussed how “When patience is coupled with hope, faith, and charity, it motivates you to react in the best way possible.” I’d like to continue with that discussion by sharing an example of how this principle is used to transform weakness into strength. Let’s use the example of a body builder. You haveContinue Reading

Patience is Required for Success

Patience is required for you to work through a problem, develop a new skill, or transform weakness into strength. How can patience be so important? Remember being patient is being “able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people.” So patience isContinue Reading

Patience Strengthens Love

Patience strengthens love.  A couple of months ago, I caught a bad case of influenza which put me down in bed for four, long weeks. Luckily, I have a patient husband who didn’t get annoyed with me. Day after day which turned into week after week, he lovingly took care of me without annoyance. HisContinue Reading