Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Word of the Week= Hope

Hope; noun, verb, hoped, hop·ing.
1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
2. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
3. to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds."
Hebrews 10:23-24

Hope has been my word this week. It seems no matter where i turn in my devos there is something relating to or talking about hope. Heb. 10:23-24 was on the bottom of my journal page this morning and it jumped up into my writing and begged for some attention. I am pretty sure it was that little 4 letter word that most caught my attention. H-O-P-E. The definition above spells it out nicely, so i won't bother re-defining it. My favorite line is this; that events will turn out for the best. Yum. I think mostly it relates to all that my week has entailed. I am hoping and actually BELIEVING that the events in my life are not happen-stance, but rather have a purpose, allowed and directed for a purpose. I certainly don't see the whole picture of my life, and why they are happening this way. I only have a Guide that helps me navigate each day. It's been a roller-coaster, as you can probably tell from the last week of blog postings. I've had lots of hands-in-the-air smiling moments, and then the next moment holding on for dear life with a face full of uncertainty and fear.

1. Not veering or turning aside; steady
2. In a constant and steadfast manner

This is how we are to hold to the HOPE we claim to have. (say #2 with an English accent, so much more fun). FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! I am learning more each day about the faithfulness of Jesus. He is the most trustworthy person EVER! He does keep all His promises, He does exactly what He says He will do. Sometimes i am the one who over thinks HOW it will be done and WHEN i will see the fulfillment, but there is no doubt it will be complete. In the last year and a half i have learned so much that this is true:

"You'll never know how Jesus can be all you need until he is all you have."

I know the provision of His hand, because it has been my what allows my life to happen. I know the kindness of His friendship, because in my most lonely moments, He has been my faithful friend. I know the most intimate Love, because when i long for it most, He shows up and His presence is indescribable! Sometimes i am afraid to be alone in my house, but then i hear Him whisper my name, and my heart skips a beat. There is nothing like KNOWING the Jesus you live for. It makes holding on the HOPE so easy, because when the doubt try to sneak in, you've got all the proof of your life that HE is all you need. HE is the only one who holds the keys to unlocking the life you dream of! In fact it's highly likely he gave you the dream in the first place!

Get to know the ONE who is HOPE and LIFE. The One who knows the WHYs, WHENs, WHATs and HOWs. and hold unswervingly, not only to Hope, but to His hand; it might be a wild ride.


Bondservant said...

Interesting! Okay quote for you... "When you feel lonely it is His first indicator that He longs to be alone with you"!
"One of the most valuable things we could ever come to grasp is to believe with conviction that He desires our greatest good more then we could ever desire it for ourselves".
Two of my favorites:)

Jami Janelle said...

"Love always HOPES!"
I am so encouraged by your words today!

brandenthomascarpenter said...

Hey Cassie, I just tried to post a comment and it didn't work right, so if you get two you'll know why. Anyway, I really appreciate your blog, it was so true and a great reminder in my life. Also, thanks for welcoming me into the blogging community! Hope you are well