Strengthened by Hope!

My kid drinking hot chocolate.

This week seemed busier than my normal week. Today I found myself in a funk and didn’t know why. I was short with my kids and lacking patience. I didn’t think I needed hope, but I was wrong.

Often when I find myself getting emotional or in a mood, rather than turning to a specific feeling like anger, I let the feeling sit there. I try and figure out what I am feeling. Most of the time I am able to figure it out.

My list of things to get done this summer is long. It feels like I keep getting caught up with my weekly tasks and can’t make much of a dent in my list. This week I received a couple unexpected bills in the mail and tried to push through on my list. The last two days I didn’t take my quiet time with God.

The two things I was missing were love and hope. When I became task oriented love went out the door. When I stopped hoping I lost my strength to move forward. I said to myself, “I chose joy and peace. I chose to give my worries to God.” I then put a smile on my face. It helped a lot but there was still something missing.

As I was sitting in the car I began to sing a song about hoping in God. A little while later I began to sing another song about hope. I realized God might be speaking to me so I looked up a verse about hope:

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. – Isaiah 40:31

One great thing about songs is that many are declarations. I didn’t know I needed hope but I was singing songs about hoping in the Lord and choosing to trust Him even though I hadn’t been consciously thinking about it.

The featured image is one of my daughters drinking hot chocolate. I lacked patience with her today. This picture of her reminds me of sitting in a coffee shop and seeking God for the daily word He has for me. It is a picture of finding peace. When my hope is in God I will be strengthened.  For me, that hope comes from quiet time with God on a daily basis. When I make God a priority loving people around me is easy.

Take the challenge

Wherever you are at I challenge you to take time each day to read the bible and hear from God. He wants to speak to you. Put your hope in the Lord and be strengthened!

2 thoughts on “Strengthened by Hope!”

  1. Good, encouraging word David! I’m sitting in Urgent Care with Andre. He was at camp 1 1/2 hours away and fell out of a top bunk. Praying, as I drove, I realized: none of this is eternal or life altering.
    I’m thankful for what God is doing in your life – that is eternal!

    1. I’m glad you were encouraged! I saw the x-ray and will be praying for Andre. God has great plans for him.

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