What is hope?

When all hope feels lost!

So what is hope by term of definition:

hope

noun

  1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
    “he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information”
  • archaic
    a feeling of trust.

verb

  1. want something to happen or be the case.
    “he’s hoping for an offer of compensation.”

What is hope in terms of God:

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:17‭-‬20 NASB

So, what does this have to do with anything right?

Hope seems to be a key factor in motivation to go forth in anything.

Hope to change our weight, our health, grades, education, career, etc. The obtaining of the end goal we shoot for and hopes to attain it are a driving force.

But, what about when hope feels lost?

We have to either encourage ourself or if you have someone close that is a great encouragement in your life to pull from in a time of weakness.

Those who can encourage you are great assets to have in this life.

I mean, I look back over my life and see where I lacked motovational encouragment in my life up until about 2013 when a lady came into my life and she is a pastor up a few counties away by the name of Juanita Gibbs.

She has been the only voice of genuine encouragment in my life to change and pursue all things. Had it not been for her voice would I be blogging today?

Would I been writing my book to put out soon?

Probably not!

With how I am surrounded in my day-to-day environment there is severe drought of encouraging hope filled voices. Many around will in not so many words be like give up, its not worth it, you haven’t achieved much in life to date, do what makes you believe it could be different? Those thoughts play often in hard times.

But, then Pastors words of the scripture that with God all things are possible. Her words have begun to dispell the dark give up thoughts of others implantes in my soul to even begin to change on any level.

Have I changed fully to where hope resides abundantly?

No!

Hope is a daily struggle for me! Its only up to me to keep and maitain a level of hope to be in faith to see God begin to even give a glimmer of wanting to do a new thing in my life.

With Pastors encouragment in my life I wouldn’t be doing most of what I do even now like working with the children teaching them. But, as long as she I along side of me its like I can go further than I or anyone else imagined for me. As God is within her and using her to transform my life!

(Pastors website, facebook and blog linked above. Check the links out on her webite check out her book and her store. Every tuesday on facebook she does a live teaching.)

~Cynthia