A friend recently posted the following scripture on her Facebook page:

Isaiah 40:31                                             

31 But 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.

I have a small, hand-painted wooden plaque that just says, “Hope”. I received it as a gift from a friend whom I knew for only a short period of time, when I was in a local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. Hope gives me a reason to look forward to the future, because it means that things may change – and that may be necessary if I’m stuck in a rough situation. The definition of hope is:

To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.

Lately, as I’ve faced some rough patches, such as an illness in our family, I have been trying to remain hopeful. I rely on music a lot for this … one of my new favorite songs is Eye of the Storm, by Ryan Stevenson. One of the lines in the song is, “My only hope is to trust in you.”

Hope gives us a chance to be encouraged that the non-positive things in our lives will not be here over the long term. It gives us a chance to eagerly await that which we want to be true.

Romans 8:24-25 

Sarah Thompson

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