Hope

Hope

As many of you probably know, October is breast Cancer awareness month. I’ve personally never done anything but maybe get a pink hair extension. This year I’ve seen so many friends and other believers get some kind of cancer.

Cancer is scary for anyone, in away a person’s whole life stops. A heart stopping stop, leaving them shocked, terrified, and many times unable to work because of the treatments. Their lives hit a new type of rock bottom, and often it doesn’t just stop the person, it stops the whole family.

I don’t want to sound like all doomsday, but death is a fact of life, and very few have a hope in death.

Proverbs 14:32b
but the righteous hath hope in his death.

 

Philippians 1:20
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by my life, or by death.

 

BUT there is hope in death!

BUT THERE IS HOPE IN DEATH!

Hope is a little whisper sometimes like Sky said early this month, but it’s always there, no matter how quite it is, it’s ALWAYS there!

Love at First Sight

Love at first sight

Love at First Sight?

Do you believe in Love at first sight? Everyone has been asked this question or asked themselves this question at some point in their lives. The question usually comes about through spur of the moment situations where we question the legitimacy of our emotions and how we should respond to them. And though this is a good start, the question, as well as our answer, is often left amongst those high emotions while leaving the rest of our lives untouched and unchanged. The true power in how this question is answered is something that ought to change every aspect of our living, particularly how we interact with others. It is for this reason I believe everyone should answer this question for themselves in a time when emotions have little play in the matter. The following are simply the musings on the topic which I find to be reflected in the Faith.

For a person of Faith to properly understand what is necessary for there to be true love one must look to their Faith for the answer. Faith in and of itself is trust. This makes someone who is Faithful someone who is full of trust. It is through this trust that our love for God and others begins. Without this trust there cannot be the existence of love. Though there are many people who are Faithful there is something that must be done before this Faith can turn into Love.

The bridge between Faith and Love is something that is often missed yet is very simple. Being a Faithful person requires an action in order for it to become Love. This action is to Hope. If there is no Hope or expectation of something to come of being Faithful,then Love cannot follow. An undying Hope of something better is the bridge that brings us from Faith to Love.

It is for this reason Paul writes in I Corinthians 13 about Faith, Hope and Love, and says that “the greatest of these is Love”. He is not to saying that the others are of no importance. Rather the evidence and manifestation of Faith and Hope is Love. Without these first two elements there cannot be love present. So to say that I believe Love at first sight I would have to say that I also believe there can be Faith and Hope at first sight. This of course is impossible. However, for me not to believe in the impossible would be to say I don’t believe in miracles, which for me is an impossibility.

Sometimes Hope Whispers

 

sometimes hope whispers

By Sky Walden

I’ll be honest here: the concept of hope hasn’t been coming easily to me recently. My wonderful grandma died in July after 73 years of living. She was incredibly important to me, so her death has not been easy to deal with.

Obviously, when we’re grieving, hope isn’t exactly something that we have in abundance all the time. Oftentimes, my grief has become one of the darkest places I’ve been in. It’s hard to see that things can get better when you lose someone or something so profoundly important to you. As someone who hates change, I completely get that. I want things to stay the same all the time, so when I do lose things, I feel that loss deeply. I’m sure all of us do, too.

Thankfully, a timely reminder came for me earlier this week in an email from my dad. He said that God has been telling him how bright my future is.

I don’t think it needs to be said: I needed to hear that. After I read it, I realized how depressed I had become. I didn’t think there was any way out. Thanks to Dad’s email, that changed, and something clicked into place for me. I still miss my grandma so much, but I do know that the future is bright and better things are coming, however far away they may be. I also understand that it’s okay to be sad right now. But after my dad sent me that email, I have something I didn’t have before: hope. For me right now, hope is taking a bit of a different form than I’d imagined it would. Right now, this hope I have reminds me that things will get better eventually, no matter how soon they do. I’m content in the hard times, because I know my life will be better and beautiful someday.

I’d like to remind you of the same thing. Life can be so incredibly hard with all the things we face, grief being only one of these things. But your future is so, so bright. God says so through his word in Jeremiah 29:13– “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In The Message translation of the Bible, Jeremiah 29:13 says this: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” The great thing about God is that he knows the desires of our heart, even the ones we don’t even quite know about. This verse gives me hope that God will not only give me what I need, but what I desire as well. Overall, it’s a comforting thought that God is taking care of me, that He already knows my future, and He’s got it all planned out. He’s taking care of you too. I promise.

What I’m learning is that hope isn’t always a big thing, and it isn’t always immediate. Sometimes it’s a small knowing that things could get better tomorrow, or the next day, and that God is taking care of you. This hope may not be large or grand, but maybe that’s just what we need. Maybe we just need a little reminder of how incredibly and profoundly Jesus loves us and takes care of us.

Instead of a roaring fire, sometimes hope is a tiny flame. And I think that’s absolutely okay.

Hope doesn’t always shout. Sometimes, hope whispers.

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops – at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Tiqvah: A Hope That Saves

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Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope! Today I declare that I will restore to you double.” Zechariah 9:12

In chapter two of the book of Joshua, there is a story about two Israelites who are sent to spy out the land of Jericho. Pursued by the people of the land, they found refuge in the house of an adulteress named Rahab. When the king of Jericho heard that the spies were being harbored in his land, he sent word to Rahab that she should turn them over to be taken into captivity. Instead, Rahab hid the men of Israel under stacks of flax on her rooftop; she told the king’s men that the spies had already fled the city, and sent them running in the wrong direction. After the king’s soldiers had gone, Rahab helped the two spies escape by letting them down a ~scarlet cord~ through her window and down the city wall. In return for saving their lives, the Israelites promised Rahab that they would protect her and all the members of her father’s household.

What does this story have to do with hope? The Hebrew word for hope is tiqvah (seen below). It comes from the root word kavah, which means to “trust” or “hope.” Originally, kavah meant to “twist” or “weave” the strands of a rope, in order to better be able to carry a heavy burden. Interestingly enough, this word is also used to describe the “scarlet cord” that Rahab used to help the men of Israel escape from Jericho. In the Hebrew language, Rahab saved the man of Israel by giving them hope (tiqvah!), and in the end, that hope is what earned the adulteress and her family a promise of safety.

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Much like Rahab for the spies, Yeshua (Jesus) offers us a lifeline. Though the world may beat and weigh us down (in fact, He promised that it would if we were faithful to Him) and situations may seem impossible, our hope in Him is comparable to a rope. The stronger and more resilient it is, the more easily we’ll be able to to persevere. With it, we can overcome any obstacle, carry any burden. All we have to do is believe in the promise of the One whose burden is light:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-31

Readers: Has there ever been a time in your life when you were given (or gave someone else) hope? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Life in Hope

Life in Hope

Before I get started talking about hope, I would like you to mentally ask yourself a few questions.

What was your life like before you were saved?
What were your goals?
How were your relationships?
What were the feelings that you felt the most everyday?

You don’t have to answer, but for me, my everyday feelings were of guilt, fear, and shame! I had goals, but as a human they were mainly all for my own pleasure. My relationships were difficult, I was afraid of everyone, that my sins would be found out. My life summed up: I had no hope, only fear!

Christ was a scary choice for me! It was showing that I wasn’t perfect, that I was one hundred percent guilty, and totally deserved being sent to hell for everything I had EVER done!

Titus 3:7
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

1 Peter 1:21
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Having Christ gives us peace and a type of freedom, freedom from guilt, but also freedom in knowing we are saved and can die at anytime having peace in where we’re going! That’s an AMAZING freedom in this day and age, with the chance of dying at every crossing of the street or in just driving to work! We have to live with some type of hope in knowing where we are going, because other wise we are running around like people in a sinking boat who don’t know how to swim.

Proverbs 14:32
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:
but the righteous hath hope in his death.

Psalm 146:5
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God

Psalms 16:9
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.

If we have such an AMAZING hope then why don’t we share it? We more often then not forget that we should share this amazing hope, that there are people walking all around us who just want a rope of hope to grab on to! So next time you can, please give someone some hope!

We would love to hear what you do to try sharing the hope that is in you! Please contact us at graftedmag@gmail.com or at my personal email address: gingerzimmerman3@gmail.com