Saturday, January 14, 2006

what are you hoping for? I will never forget that day. She asked lots of questions, but the one that I had no answer for was "what are you hoping for?" Blank. What seemed like 5 minutes passed, and she said "don't try to give a perfect answer. Just say the first thing you think of--what are you hoping for?" That advice didn't help. My heart and mind were still blank on the matter. Then she challenged me to make a list of things that I thought were impossible but that I hoped would happen. I was to begin praying for the items on that list. You see, as long as my hope was in Amanda I could not make that list--perfectionsim and the desire to not fail kept me from hoping because my hope was in me. When I finally allowed myself to place my hope in God, it became much eaiser to hope because not only is He the Hope-giver, but with Him all things are possible. When I was able to hope I was able to experiece joy and peace as well. I had never before seen the connection of having hope to peace and joy. But, oh! How very connected they are!! Even Scripture puts them together, Paul says in Romans 15:13: "So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Here are a few of the things I was finally able to add to my "Impossible with Amanda but Possible with God: A Hope List": For my brother to be become a Christian To see some of my students become a church To see that church start more chruches among other students To see the entire island become a nation of believers in Christ To have my family come see me in Taiwan For a man God has choosen to "find" me and want to be my husband To be a wife To be a mother To visit Korea To visit Thailand To pay off my school loans quickly To live debt free To bring glory to God I still keep a "Hope List" in the back of my journal because "for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly" (1 Corthians 13:13). So, what are you hoping for?

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