Hello from a long time ago,
Indeed, it has been a long time since I posted on this blog. All I can say is that LIFE happened, over and over and over again. Things just continued to pile up and the list of must do’s got longer…….looks like I did not heed my own advice and prioritize! My apologies.
For each new year, over the past 4 years, I have shared with you my WORD of the year, instead of making resolutions. I started with Trust, Grace, and Nowness (look back at previous January/February posts since 2019). This year my word is HOPE. My first inspiration for the word choice was through a women’s group I belong to online that the Prayer Pledge for January centered on HOPE. Then it seemed that every other email I received within the first few months of the year had some discussion of HOPE. I felt that I was being led to chose this word for a purpose. And so here we are.
As we all know, there are moments of darkness, bone tired weariness, discouragement and down right helplessness in parts of our journey. That is life: we can not escape those moments, for it is in those moments that we gain insight and learn how to move forward. We can not wish those moments away, for it is in those moments that we find little miracles of silver linings we never would have experienced had it not been for dark moments. We should not ignore those moments of clouds on the journey, for it is in those moments we will be renewed and readjust our future path….the path that was truly meant for us….our True Purpose intended only for us.
It is much easier to have HOPE when things are going well in our lives and certainly much more challenging to HOPE when we hit the rough patches. Those are the moments we must flood our brain with positive thoughts, words, readings, images and people…..yes and people! Given this multitude of positiveness everyday, there becomes space in our hearts and minds for HOPE once again.
Here are some great quotes from great people on HOPE:
” ’ For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ’plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ “ — Jeremiah 29:11.
“The one who as hope lives differently” — Pope Benedict XVI.
“To hope in Him is to rest in His heart in patience amidst trials and tribulations”—Fulton Sheen.
As we move into the month of February, may your hearts be filled not only with love but with great HOPE.