May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A version I read once reads ‘may you overflow with confident hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
This is where my blog title comes from. Because this is what I want. I want to take the realms of hope and be confident. Calling forth change by the power of the Holy Spirit. And not so much that the action is mine but that we have the most excellent base for hope.
Our “hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”.
I want to overflow with confident hope. I want to be convinced of the true things we’ve gained in Jesus and to live as if I believe it’s true.
Our hope is in God.
Without hope we are not spurred to action. Without a basis of hope we are left purposeless. Hope is where we weigh what is with want we want and dare to imagine what could be. Hope is where we seek our wholeness. Sometimes we want to place our hope in broken places, our world, our jobs, our families, motherhood, marriage, but these places cannot be wholly hopefully unless our hope for the broken places rests in God alone.
As Amber C. Haines writes:
“We are weak, and we were made for hope, and until we find our true hope, there is no strength. The metaphors, no matter how complete they may seem, cannot be my hope. They will not make me strong, not my marriage and not my children. The metaphors of this life often prove brokenness, and hope is what pulls the tension, what moves us in love through the brokenness toward the healing. God’s love is before my eyes, and it is staid. It is my hope. I keep my eyes on him. If I do not see his love, it is my eyes that have moved.”” – Amber C. Haines,Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home, p.186
Hope is prophetic.
When our hope is in God we can hope true and good things for the broken places in our lives.
Because hope is something deeper than that bucket list of things we might hope for or hope to do or hope to be.
It’s something that starts before.
It’s the beckoning of what might be possible.
It’s the longing for different and better and change.
It’s that knowledge of something holy and perfect we all chase.
It’s a mystery. And it isn’t.
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