Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rejoice In Hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words.” Emily Dickinson

Emily’s quote paints a beautiful image of a seemingly supernatural abstraction we all long for and find impossible to live without.

Hope is mentioned throughout the Bible, often coupled with other positive words.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Hope isn’t born in a vacuum, unaffected by outside influences. It’s a journey through life’s trials.

“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:2a-5.

Despair does not defeat God’s supernatural hope which strengthens and edifies our souls. Hope whispers to us that tomorrow will be better, our problems have solutions, and healing can take place.

What is troubling you today? I want to assure you of the miraculous hope God can instill in your soul. All you have to do is believe.

“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.

I’d love to add you to my prayer list. I encourage you to leave a request in the comments below, even anonymously, so others can pray for you. Feel free to email me, if you’d like your request to stay confidential. Remember to lift up the people who come to mind from past requests. If you have a praise report, please share those, as well.

As we take our petitions and intercessions to the Lord, take a moment to sing His praises with Avalon's Testify to Love. God bless you.


  1. Thank you for this word of encouragement. I sometimes find it hard to keep a grasp of that verse . . . “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.

    Our farm/home is being reposessed and my spouse is depressed and hasen't worked at a job for 2 years therefore money is really tight. I wake up each day asking for it to be over so we can attempt to pick up what is left of our life and begin again. Each day is still the same.

    However when I look around me at some of what others are going through I realize that I'm not the only one and maybe their situation is worse than mine. . . Thanks for the prayers

    1. I'm sorry about your farm/home and your spouse's job situation. I can imagine how disheartening it must feel. I will be praying for your finances, employment, and for God's peace for your soul. Please stay in touch. I want to hear from you again.

  2. Indeed He has plans for us - sometimes His plans are different than our own, but always best.

    Thank you for visiting Reflections of His Grace. I enjoyed visiting your blog.


  3. If I did not have hope, I would fall into despair. I have two sons who have rejected God and have begun drinking and doing drugs: way too much. I pray and pray and have to keep hoping and CHOOSING to believe God will turn their lives around.

    1. I agree, Shanda. Without hope, all else is despair. I'm sorry about your sons. I'll be praying for them.

  4. Very encouraging, thank you.