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Be Hopeful

Life is sometimes bland, crappy, and occasionally interesting. Be hopeful. Don’t just “be hopeful”; be JOYFUL in hope!

That’s basically all I have to say in this post. Cool isn’t it? (Or not.) It’s the truth. 🙂 

I’ve been struggling with cynicism. I, the optimist, have faced my biggest challenge yet: REALITY. You see, I’m a dreamer. It’s my design to dream – a lot. I forget sometimes that God uses the real stuff to test me. By test, I mean to cause me to grow. We don’t grow when everything is green and perfect. That’s a heaven type experience really. We grow when we are faced with affliction. 

The thing is I’ve been trying to follow Jesus’ way because the Bible says that “Christ, even though He was a son, learned patience by the things He suffered.” I’ve been working on my patience, but it turns out that I’ve been numbing myself to the pain – the suffering. 

If you are going through some suffering, I urge you as God is urging me, to be hopeful. And not just hopeful. Be JOYFUL in hope.

It’s not easy. It’s straight out difficult. But so very rewarding. Joyful people are beautiful. Faking smiles doesn’t help anybody. Smile. Laugh. Dance. Sing. Cry if you have to, but for your sake, REJOICE!

“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17 NIV)

  

5 thoughts on “Be Hopeful

  1. Reblogged this on K'Cadences: Music, Inspiration & Cool Cats and commented:
    I just loved this post so much, I had to share.

    This Lent Season, my priest, who has become a good friend, said that I should give up my fear, and the negative thoughts that go along with it (I’ve been going through one of the darkest periods of my life for some time–where everything past has to be faced once again, and the future is uncertain, but HOPEFUL :).

    I told him that this may be one Lent that I will actually enjoy!

    And so, here is this lovely article that reminds us to be hopeful, have courage, and dance in the rain!

    Blessings!
    KaiCarra

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  2. Reblogged this on Life In Pages and commented:
    Faking smiles does not help anybody. So true. I was faced with some discouragement today. I will not go about with a plastic smile pretending like nothing. But I won’t go about with a dark cloud over my head either. When will I get a chance to really prove God, if I am never faced with challenges? These are the stuff testimonies are made of. So I will be hopeful and not just hopeful, joyful;really needed to see this today.

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  3. Faking smiles does not help anybody. So true. I was faced with some discouragement today. I will not go about with a plastic smile pretending like nothing. But I won’t go about with a dark cloud over my head either. When will I get a chance to really prove God, if I am never faced with challenges? These are the stuff testimonies are made of. So I will be hopeful and not just hopeful, joyful;really needed to see this today.

    Liked by 1 person

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