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Living Hopefully

hopefulIt’s just a little change in the word (and in thinking); but for me, this could be BIG!

Certain common phrases can pop into our minds regularly: “hopelessly lost,” “hopelessly behind,” “hopelessly chaotic,” “hopelessly delayed,”… etcetera… The list could go on, but you get the idea.  We often say or think such things without really hearing ourselves.

But what about hopefulness?  No one is hopelessly lost as long as we continue to hope to find or be found.

HopeFULLY behind means I’ll never give up on trying to catch up.  (And even if I don’t ever catch up, I’ll know that I have given my best effort).

HopeFULLY chaotic means joyfully busy!

HopeFULLY delayed (or injured, or ill, or limited, or challenged) means the human spirit + God’s spirit can conquer obstacles that men name ‘impossible,’ ‘improbable’ or ‘highly unlikely.’

Since we’ve been born again to a a living hope (I Peter 1:3), we are NEVER hopeless!

We may feel hopeless, but we have Christ in us, the hope of glory! (Col. 1:27)

Years ago, I bought a chapter book (about a pioneer girl facing challenges) for our daughter. The name of the book was “Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee.”

We have every reason to be hopeful (Jeremiah 29:11). The Lord wants to give us a future and a hope!

It’s my new motto: “Be ever hopeful, Cindy B.”

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HOPE FROM GOD’S WORD

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Bible Verses on Hope

Hope of Eternal Life and Salvation

Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

Titus 3:7 so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Hope from the Book of Romans

Romans 5:2-5 Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame (or, in some translations, this hope does not disappoint), because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Verses about Hope in the Midst of a Crisis

Psalm 27:4-5 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.

Mark 5:35-36 While He was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Verses about the Reasons for our Hope

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has he said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-hope-20-uplifting-scripture-quotes/#ixzz2J1d5Bto3


Quotes about hope

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Bil Keane

“God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world.” – Billy Graham

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.”
John Calvin

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

“Home was not a perfect place. But it was the only home they had and they could hope to make it better.”
Dean Koontz, Winter Moon

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

“God can inject hope into a absolutely hopeless situation.”
Mark Evans

“In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection against our enemies; in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the Cross is strength of mind; in the Cross is joy of spirit; in the Cross is excellence of virtue; in the Cross is perfection of holiness. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross.”
Thomas à Kempis, The Inner Life

“…stooping very low, He engraves with care
His Name, indelible, upon our dust;
And from the ashes of our self-despair,
Kindles a flame of hope and humble trust.
He seeks no second site on which to build,
But on the old foundation, stone by stone,
Cementing sad experience with grace,
Fashions a stronger temple of His own.”
Patricia St. John, Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story

“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”
George Iles

“Let the Lord your God be your hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself.”
Saint Augustine of Hippo, Daily Readings with St. Augustine

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”
Bern Williams

“[God] loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.

What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Christian hope frees us to act hopefully in the world. It enables us to act humbly and patiently, tackling visible injustices in the world around us without needing to be assured that our skill and our effort will somehow rid the world of injustice altogether. Christian hope, after all, does not need to see what it hopes for (Heb. 11:1); and neither does it require us to comprehend the end of history. Rather, it simply requires us to trust that even the most outwardly insignificant of faithful actions – the cup of cold water given to the child, the widow’s mite offered at the temple, the act of hospitality shown to the stranger, none of which has any overall strategic socio-political significance so far as we can now see – will nevertheless be made to contribute in some significant way to the construction of God’s kingdom by the action of God’s creative and sovereign grace.”
Craig M. Gay, Way of the (Modern) World

“Hope finds its fulfillment when nurtured through faith and shared with love.”
Mollie Marti

“If your hope disappoints you, it is the wrong kind of hope. You see, hope in God never disappoints, precisely because it is hope *in God.* This means that hope placed in any other thing will always end up disappointing.”
Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You

The quotes above came primarily from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/hope

“Lord, in a big, loud world — we hold on to Hope.
Hope for the impossible, hope for the unlikely, hope for the unexpected, hope for the improbable — because hope is nothing else but the spine of faith.
Hope is our bread, hope is the only way we keep living, hope is what we dance to, believing the music will someday soon begin.Hold on to hope
We dream hope again tonight, our rest steadied in the storm — for Hope in You is the the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19).”  ~  Ann Voskamp
(quoted from a facebook photo caption for the photo at right)
https://www.facebook.com/#!/AnnVoskamp/photos/a.369461463066034.92483.324577877554393/876749695670539/?type=1&theater

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The scriptures and quotes above were compiled and edited by C. Boyd from the sources noted.  The thoughts about living hopefully at the beginning of this post were written by C. Boyd and were first published on our Family Song blog in the post, “Hopefully”.  On that blog, the scripture verses and quotes about hope are in a page called “Hope”.  See our Family Song blog @ http://www.familysong.wordpress.com

We have 5 additional posts that would be helpful to anyone looking for hope, encouragement, perseverance, a reminder of God’s great love for you, and help in dealing with disappointment. They are:

1. Our post about the eternal hope of Heaven, where we will fully know the infinite reality of God’s love for us @ To Infinity!………………… and far, Far, FAR beyond!

2. Our post about encouraging others and the importance of encouragement @ Encouragement

3. Our post about pressing on when you feel like giving up @ When You Feel Like giving up….

4. Our post about facing disappointment, dealing with it practically, spiritually, and emotionally, and choosing hope and trust @ Disappointment…and Grace

5. Our post about God’s great love for you @ You Are Greatly Loved!

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Thank you for spending your valuable time reading the contents of this page. We hope that it has been helpful to you. If you or someone that you know is looking for answers about life, we hope that you will visit our page called “Do You Know Jesus?”. The links provided on this page will help to answer life’s deepest questions. Here is the link to “Do You Know Jesus?”: http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

Please feel free to share this URL with anyone who is looking for answers about life and eternity.

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