Bible Studies · Faith · Inspiration · Spiritual

Hope, How I’ve Missed You!

To hope is to be truly alive!

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three…” -(1 Corinthians 13:13)

Hope is essential. So essential, it made it to a very short list, which includes love of all things!

When I started Hope’s Diaries, I never imagined how great a thing hope was. I thought I knew its worth, but I’ve learnt over the past almost 4 years that I didn’t.

In some of my posts, I have written about my optimistic outlook on life. I’ve always been an optimist. I had no idea I could ever struggle with that part of myself. I thought it was this unshakable, unchangeable thing.

For these years past, I have learned patience and endurance, contentment and trust. Trust in God means that I don’t have to bug Him every 5 seconds about something I’ve thought or planned or wanted. It was first God’s offer and then it became my choice to learn patience, trust and contentment. It was very difficult- has been difficult.

However, somewhere along the line, having faced disappointments in walking down my path of good intentions, I lost a lot of hope. I say a lot of hope as if hope can be quantified, because my eternal hope in God was secure, and my hope in some of His promises was intact. I lost a lot of hope, and dreamed less. Why? I was afraid.

“I was afraid”, the very first words of Adam after he sinned against God.

“I was afraid, and so I hid”. I hid from life, from hope, from dreaming.

The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. Fear also works against hope. And hope against fear. To hope is to overcome fear. Hope.

Hope is essential for faith which is essential to please God, which is essential for life. I haven’t been taught much about hope; in some circles, hope is for the weak; for those who aren’t making their own destinies.

There’s such a thing as sure hope. Like the Hope the Bible talks about for those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. That’s a sure hope. And it’s within your reach. We can have hope assured because of God’s love and God’s promises which are so many. We can hope because we are loved by Someone so large, so…Love. We can hope so we can believe, and then we would truly live.

To hope is to truly be alive!

Can I hope again? Or dream again? Can I look forward even as I look up? Yes. I can. I will hope. I will have lot’s and lot’s of hope!

Bible Studies · Faith · Inspiration · Spiritual

Only One Love

There is only ONE kind of love.

Thinking otherwise is the cause of broken marriages, for example. There is only ONE kind of love. You can do no wrong in this kind of love. There is no danger, no fear in this kind of love. (Romans 13:10)The only risk is becoming more and more like our God. 

This only kind of love is the live we were made for – the love that makes us more like Him. We cannot sin in it; we cannot do wrong to our neighbor. Anything else – anything outside it – is fear and self preservation. Anything outside it is prison. When we realize that there is nothing to lose but everything to gain (even when we lose!), we are no longer afraid. “Perfect love casts out all fear.” (1John4:18)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”(1Corinthians 13 NIV)

Faith · Inspiration · Life Hacks

Life’s Capacity for SUCK-AGE

I used to be an extreme idealist (well maybe idealism is an extreme) and optimist. But I just got the 411 on life. 

Knowing that life itself is a journey at once complex and simple; that life is filled with roses as well as thorns; that life by itself it isn’t all beautiful; that there are hills as well as valleys; mornings as well as nights…and so on and so forth, gives me the power to decide what my experience is going to be. πŸ˜€

I was truly confused about what my expectations of life should be, and I asked my Heavenly Father to help me understand. He did. He simply did. The truth is I feel like this knowledge is common knowledge and I’m the last one to know😞 But! I do now! πŸ˜€ This is for every idealist out there. You know who you are…πŸ˜€

Life can truly suck. What I mean to say is that life has a great capacity for SUCK-AGE(I have poetic license to use that word). Being armed with this plain fact just simplifies everything. It’s like you wake up in the morning knowing that life would be life, but you get to be YOU! Isn’t that amazing?!πŸ˜ƒ

You get to be YOU. Life doesn’t have any control over that. YOU do. I think that’s beautiful because it means we are constantly presented with choices, and it means we are empowered to make choices irrespective of what life dishes out to us. “When life gives you lemons…”

I know now that I can truly depend on God to use me in this life, and use the circumstances of life to accomplish His purpose. It really doesn’t matter what life gives. 

“In this world, you will have troubles. But be at peace, for I have overcome the world.” -Jesus Christ

Thank You LORD! Thank you for the life you’ve given to me. I can’t wait to simply live it, knowing that You are the constant, and that You are more than able to come into my circumstances and work in and through them in a way that only You can do! Whoop-whoop! πŸ˜„