I love that Brene Brown says “hope is a function of struggle. Actually, having high hopes is very risky and very vulnerable . It might make one (u’hmmm cough cough *me) not want to even put oneself in a place of hopefulness , lest we be hurt.
Again. I am a recovering cynic, you know this by now . And little by little showing up with my full self has been a prayer, an act of worship, and I do it with shaking hands most of the time. I am praying the Lord takes what I bring to the table and makes it enough, and yet He gives me more.
It’s silly because we try and not hope, but we serve a God OF Hope. Not hoping is contradictory to the word of God: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope…” I pray we strip down the hard shell of cynicism and overflow hopefulness on to others today. “It” can happen for you but beyond that, whether it does or doesn’t, You are enough in Christ.
What you bring to the table is cherished. Be filled with Hope ! *And I am going to try and show up with my face on this site most days even though it feels awkward.
Do I wish I had photos of my mom and her thoughts? hayyyyyl yes I do. And so I will quiet the voices in my head that tell me to hide & be quiet and I will show up here in this space with my whole heart.