Jul 102015

‘You know what they say about hope. It breeds eternal misery!’ –Sara Shepard

When I saw the prompt this week for Five Minute Friday’s this was the first quote to pop into my mind. I knew immediately that it was Satan trying to pull me away from God and out of scripture and I knew that I couldn’t write straight away on “eternal misery” when the Lord has promised us eternal love, happiness, bliss.

Today when I woke up the prompt was still in my head and with it was the song by Steve Bell, Wings of an Eagle. I have posted about this song many times before because it really was a catalyst for my love of scripture.

As we hope in the Lord
We will gain our strength
We will run for miles
We will stand up straight
We will not grow weary
We will not grow faint
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
For our hope is found
In the power of God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

For the Lord who is God
Takes His people home
Not to be afraid
As we journey the road
Hand in hand we’ll be walking
With the Lord our God
On the wings of an eagle we will rise

And then today when I logged into my Hello Mornings group on Facebook a member had posted this image.

Which, in my opinion, completely sums up the reason why I waited to write this post, God wanted to remind me of the message of hope that had me fall in love with Him in the first place!

Yeah, that God-man, He listens when I don’t even know I am speaking. He answers when I don’t even know I have asked a question. He is there to hold my hand before I begin to fall and He lifts me up on wings like eagles when I am at my lowest. That is what hope in the Lord is – at least for me, during this season of my life!

Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. 

But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto–as well as ones we’d rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can’t see in a hurry–secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.

For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers

· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today’s work
· find contentment in the now–even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world

Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It’s time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us–every day.

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  2 Responses to “You Know What they Say About Hope”

  1. beautifully written, thanks for sharing.

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