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Hope - Wishful Dreaming or Confident Assurance?

My flu-sick son looked up me from his bed and said,“I hope I get better soon.”  

For Jake, he was using the word“hope” like a wish … a dreamHe was “hoping” that he would get better like a person scratching a lottery ticket “hopes” that this is the winning ticket - the path to becoming a millionaire.

Jake had been sick for two days, and for him, it seemed like forever.  He was tired of bed, tired of feeling miserable, he was even tired of television!  

Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Hope - When life doesn't turn out like we planned

My wife and I had just moved into our first home. It wasn’t big … but it was ours!

That first Saturday, I got up early in the morning and prepared to do yard work. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how strangely excited I was to mow the lawn, trim a tree in the back yard, cut back the shrubs, and weed the flower bed. In fact, I don’t know if I ever again looked forward to yard work, but that Saturday I was thrilled to be working in MY yard.

The next weekend, Kathy and I did some work inside the home.

Finding Hope

Hope is powerful in our lives.  When we are depressed or overwhelmed, hopeinfuses uswith the power to more accurately see reality.  Hopehelps us envisiona better tomorrow.  Hopestrengthens usandgives us initiativeto press on and push forward.

I remember a season in my life when I was way over my head.  I felt like I was in a downward spiral.

HOPE - Something REALLY worth Believing In

Hope:“Wanting something to happen or be the case”

I’ve hoped for a lot of things in life.  

As a kid, I hoped that I would get thered schwinn bicycleI wanted for Christmas, as a junior higher I hoped thata certain girl would find me attractive, as a teenager I hoped that I would somehow find the money to buymy dream car, as a young adult I hoped I would get thatperfect jobI had applied for.

Hope“wanting something to happen or be the case”is powerful. 

Hope helps us hit the alarm clock and get out of bed in the morning.



Are you ready for a new year
and excited about the possibilities that await you? 
For many people a new year brings a list of resolutions and changes that desire to be made.  For others, it is difficult to get excited because they are stuck in their own discouragement and disappointments.  I love what my daughter said about a week ago – “What’s the big deal about a new year . . . it’s only a change in the last number of the year?!”  If your life is filled with joy, this is a great way to look at 2014 because it simply means that things can continue on the way they have been.


Today, when I found myself knocking heads with my own teenage son over his educational goals, I was reminded of an important lesson I learned from my yoga instructor:“Soften and open to grace.” 
This is a challenging thing to do as a parent, especially when what you have in mind for your teenager is not what your teenager has in mind for himself.
This begs the very important question:Does your child have to have the same values as you do? Does he have to share the same educational standards?
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