“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 NIV



I got a little closer to hope a few days ago.  I snuggled up to the promise of God, of what will be.  I rested deeper in his arms and held on tighter to his plan.


Death touched our family.


In the midst of the night’s darkness last week, my family poured love upon our patriarch as he slipped from this world, into God’s presence.


And that was the closeness of HOPE.


God. Joy. Peace.


Apostle Paul reminds us that God is of hope.  Not of rules, nor of condemnation, nor of abandonment…but of Hope.  That, which is sure. That which is true.


This life will definitely slip from our grasps.  But until that day, what remains is what we hope in.  Or should I say, whom we hope in.


I clung to the words by Paul, found tucked between the “hopes”.  The words that make joy and peace come to life, even in despair…


…as you trust in Him.


I trusted that even though a life was coming to an end, a beginning was occurring.

I trusted that as my heart hurt beyond words, He was in control.

I trusted that although I can’t understand illnesses, His plan is in place.


Hope was present.


Which makes me want to ask you, “Where is hope on your barometer of life?”


Death doesn’t need to be on your doorstep to make this verse real.


If you find yourself facing a heavy day of commitments or headaches…

Trust in him.


If your days are going smoothly…

Trust in him.


If you are barely hanging on through the exhaustion…

Trust in him.




Because when you do, he promises that you will be filled with joy and peace.

And those two gifts can conquer just about anything.  Trust me, I know!


I pray that your day is full of hope.  So much hope that you overflow with it, causing others to ask why.  And in that flow, you will be blessed because it is a never-ending cycle that gives us victory over defeat.


How’s your hope today?



6 Replies

  1. Carrie

    When we have hope & trust in a God that we know will never fail us, that always provides and gives us His grace & love…we can only grow & be renewed through Him. Prayers continue to go out to you and your family. xoxo

    1. Thank you Carrie! Yes, the hope in and of God is immeasurable. What a gift he gives us. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Devery

    “….Behold, I make all things new!…” (Rev. 21:5) That is my hope, everyday, knowing that as we lean into Him, our lives are transformed, like your lost loved one, he is made new. What a glorious hope to have!

    1. Yes Devery,that Hope IS glorious! thank you.

  3. Mimi Bradford

    Beautifully said.

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