We have a houseful of hope over here…quite literally!  We’re working on fulfilling an order for a conference in November.  While our machine does the intricate cutting, there is still manual labor involved; each “hope” is wrapped in protective paper, front and back.  I’ve spent the last few days peeling back layers; unwrapping hope.  Some of the paper comes off fairly easy, and some are a bit trickier; it can be a messy business!  Delicate, too. Not only is it hard to get to that hope, but I end up dirty and start to smell like soot from the laser burn on the paper.

It’s been such a lesson; God always speaks, even in the small things.

In some circumstances, Hope is so easy to come by.  It presents itself and we are able to take it and hold it and live by that hope…it’s beautiful and pristine and ready to grasp onto during the day.

In other circumstances, peeling back those layers is an arduous business.
We end up gritty and grimy and hope might end up a little smudged as well…but it’s still so beautiful.  It’s still so worth it.  Hope doesn’t have to be hard to come by.  In our “human-ness” it often is, though.  I’ve been there many times; fighting for hope…in retrospect, realizing it was there all along, free for the taking.  I’ve learned not to fight so hard anymore, but to accept more readily.  It’s a continual learning process for this girl.

I have a dear friend, and I have a feeling that even though some days she is going to wake up and HOPE will be bright and shining and right within her grasp, other days she might end up worn and weary and she might have to work to uncover it a bit, understandably so.  So would you commit to pray that hope would be easily attained for her and her beautiful family? That God would strip away the anxious unknown and offer His supernatural Hope and Strength and Peace and Healing in the place of that human anxiety?

I’m praying that you can wake up to the free gift of hope every morning, as well.  To Hope and Grace and the incredible Love of our Savior.

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  Hebrews 6:19

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

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.  Jer. 29:11 {Message Version}