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Finding the Kind of Hope that Lasts

When our hope is found in people, achievement, or life dreams we suffer a rollercoaster of hope. And it can never last. So where do we find a hope that lasts and how do we keep hope alive? #hope #godslove

Hope. Such a small but powerful word – one that within its four letters holds victory or defeat for our lives. Without hope, we stop standing when difficult tomorrows attempt to push us down. Without hope our joy fades, identity disappears, and all that we value becomes meaningless.

So, where do we find hope? Where do we seek it out?

How do we keep hope alive?

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When our hope is found in people, achievement, or life dreams we suffer a rollercoaster of hope. And it can never last. So where do we find a hope that lasts and how do we keep hope alive? #hope #godslove

Often, we look at things that cannot remain. Things that fade, wither, and die.

Maybe we look to our accomplishments only coming face-to-face with a day when they just don’t add up.

Or, we place our hope in a relationship. But just as our accomplishments fall short, so do people. They are human and we live in a broken world. People will, whether intentional or not, disappoint us and break our hearts. When they do, if our hope is in them, it collapses alongside the relationship.

What if we’ve begun to place our hope in the next good time … or the next thrill? And what if our hope has landed at the bottom of a bottle meant to soothe away the pain?

Dear friend, hope is far too important to place in the hands of something incapable of lasting forever.

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But there is an answer. A forever is possible. You see, long ago on a still dark night, Hope was born as a tiny baby in a manger. Jesus. The one who lived a sinless life among us then died at the hands of the very people He loved. Only He didn’t die as an end. He died as a beginning – conquering death not just to point to His power, but to give us all hope against sin and death forever.

For all of us. Then. Now. And always.

His hope is eternal.

His love everlasting.

His promises never fail.

Before I knew that hope in Jesus, I walked paths I should never have traveled. They brought me to places where my hope faded.

But Jesus.

Again and again, He shows me He is trustworthy. He loves me even when I land in a mess of my own making. He keeps hope alive within me.

But hope doesn’t just happen …

When our hope is found in people, achievement, or life dreams we suffer a rollercoaster of hope. And it can never last. So where do we find a hope that lasts and how do we keep hope alive? #hope #godslove

Follow me over to Embracing the Unexpected where I share the rest of my thoughts, as well as the Live Surrendered Manifesto.  It’s a commitment to keep hope alive and an intentional way of living. I pray you will take hold of it, lay down the hope you are holding in the things of this world, and commit to living a life with the hope that lasts.


Our Story of Hope

Surrendered Hearts: An Adoption Story of Love, Loss, and Learning to Trust is a story for anyone needing hope. It's for the one who needs to let go of something so that God will move them forward.Surrendered Hearts is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ChristianBook.com, and Redemption Press.


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***Just a quick note of apology … Friends, my heart is to share your ministries as much as possible. I want your words of hope to reach the masses. I know the only way that is possible is by sharing. Lately, it has been difficult for me to keep up. Writing and launching Surrendered Hearts has been an incredible blessing, yet I’ve felt awful not being able to support you as well as I would like. Please be patient with me. I know it is only a season and I appreciate your love and prayers while I push on and follow where God is calling! ♥

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When our hope is found in people, achievement, or life dreams we suffer a rollercoaster of hope. And it can never last. So where do we find a hope that lasts and how do we keep hope alive? #hope #godslove

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21 Comments

  1. Lori, thank you so much for featuring my article here. I am so grateful to you! Your writing on hope is what I so need this morning. I have been guilty of placing my hope in things that don’t last, only to be disappointed. God is eternal. He will never let us down. His steady love is burning brightly, lighting our way home to Him. Thank you for the reminder. Heading over to read the rest of the story.

    1. It is so easy to turn from our eternal hope and find ourselves looking to those things that don’t last … So you are not alone! I don’t know that there is a one of us who can3 claim the right focus at all times ♥ Thank you for joining me here and for blessing myself and so many others with your words of wisdom and hope! It was a joy to feature you here this week!

  2. I’m also a Laurie-fan! She always inspires me with a unique perspective on whatever she’s addressing!

  3. What a beautiful picture of hope you have painted here, Lori. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you for reminding me that I have to do my part to keep hope alive. I have to choose daily surrender- rather moment by moment surrender – to our God who knows best, a good God I can trust. Blessings, my friend!

    1. It really is moment by moment, right?! We so easily tumble with each turn of our day. Thanks, Carlie, for your kind words, your encouragement and your words that always point to Jesus ♥

  4. “Hope was born as a tiny baby in a manger. Jesus.” Amen. I’m thinking of using hope as my one word for 2019!

  5. It is all about hope, isn’t it! Lori, you spread hope wherever you write, and I am always centered and filled when I spend time here!

    1. Thank you, Crystal! That is the best compliment you could give me – it is the prayer of my heart ♥

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