Hope and gratitude.
I don’t know how often we think of them as resting one within the other, but I believe it is a truth we should all embrace. I don’t know that one can exist without the other. Actually, I am pretty sure that it is quite impossible!
Over the last couple of weeks as Marva and I, through our #GratefulHeart Series, have explored what gratitude means, we learned that our message wasn’t just for our readers. It was for us, too.
Gratitude Is a Weapon
It makes room for hope. It fuels the fire of hope and it keeps joy and laughter alive.
So this week, I’m grateful for a God Who never lets go. A God who offers hope when hope doesn’t seem possible.
If you are in a place of hurt right now, where life feels unjust and you have unanswered questions, I promise you there is hope. There is hope in the Savior. In Jesus.
Lean in. Hold on. Embrace His love. And pray.
A Prayer for Hope and Gratitude in the Midst of Suffering
Another Moment of Hope and Gratitude in the Midst of Pain
As I read the posts from last week’s #MomentsofHope, I found there was one that left me struck with emotion. Not too long ago you had the opportunity to read the hope-filled words from my friend, Carlie at From Dust Toward the Heavens. Today, I share her words again as this week’s feature.
I believe your heart will be moved. Encouraged. Inspired.
You will look at hope and gratitude in a different way.
…”But in my loneliness, way down deep in the depths of me, I meet Hope.
Not the hope of this world that disappoints. A Hope that picks me up and carries me at the very lowest and saddest times of my life. A Hope that promises never to leave me or forsake me. A promise I can rely upon… even in my darkest moments.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33
My heart breaks. I think of my loss. And then I think of those who have no Hope… who suffer alone. And I pray that they would know that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Follow Carlie here to read the rest of her post. Make sure to bring your Kleenex!
Want to Catch Up on the Grateful Heart Mini-Series?
- Series introductions from Marva and me.
- Post #1: Gratitude – 3 Doors that a Grateful Heart will Open
- Practical Advice: 10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Home
- Scriptural Resource: 10 Memorable Bible Verses for the Grateful Heart
- Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and your free gift: Thanks in all Circumstances: Are You Sure, God?
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ♥