I’Featured imagem Michelle.  The nagging, but adoring bride of Christ, the goofy single mom to 5 precious children and a historian of life lessons.  I am glad to serve as the Children’s Ministry Director at a sweet church in south Texas.

This blog is about the Caveats of Pursuing Hope…

Several years ago, as I sat in my bedroom, hunched over the tear stained pages of my Bible, I discovered a treasure.  A precious find and a great reason to keep hoping that my faith in an invisible God would pull me out of what had become of my shattered life.

Romans 5:1-5  Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance,  endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.  This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

How could God promise a “hope that would not disappoint”?  At that moment I felt so hopeless from all of the disappointments that had crashed into my world.  And then I found the answer I already knew, only here it was tying the hope I so desperately needed to the Hope Giver:

Romans 15:13  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

As I connected the linguistic dots, and followed the trail, I realized that the path I needed to stay on was to follow the Holy Spirit who was The Source of overflowing hope, the result would be joy and peace.  That seemed simple.

That’s when I recalled the caveat.  Romans 5 told me that in my current situation, my hope had to be produced. Cultivated.  Would be a “result of”.  Hope would be the Holy Spirit’s gift to me for the afflictions I faced, the endurance I was committed to, and character that was developing in me along the way.

This is a record of my journey to follow the Hope Giver and the moments I live in the overflow of hope, joy and peace.  It’s an imperfect story.  It’s kind of messy.   But my life’s goal is to watch Jesus shine brighter than my shadow.

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