Tag Archive | hope

anticipation.

I’ve walked a 2 mile trail almost daily since mid-June.

In the summer, the woods were carpeted with leafy ferns that resembled a faceted emerald reflecting the sunlight.

In the fall, it was alive with colors of copper, gold, and ruby against a sparkling river.

And now, the frost has shriveled the undergrowth and the tree branches are gray and bare.

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But I still brought my camera. Because there is beauty even in barrenness, if you will see it.

Through the leafless trees, I saw my first bald eagle flying above the river.

I discovered tiny oak tree saplings under the frost bitten, shriveled ferns.

And the faded, fallen leaves still laid out a carpet for hikers like me.

But most of all, I saw hope. This path through the woods will lie dormant with bitter winds and a blanket of snow. But it will not die. It will just be sleeping.

Because in the spring, it will come to life with wildflowers and frogs and fresh, new leaves. How exciting to have this anticipation of what will be coming!

Your life may feel dead. It’s not. If nature has cycles, don’t we?

What is hope? Seeing beyond today.

There is anticipation for a new day with new experiences which will unfold as gently and slowly as a flower bud.

Can you see it? It’s a choice you have to make.

Be patient.

 

fresh.

It never gets old.

The earth speaks – a new day, new hope.

Seize the day and bask in its beauty.

survival.

I visited the World Trade Center Memorial this past weekend. After the attack on 9-11, a severely damaged tree was found under the rubble.

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Against all odds, it survived.

Replanted to another location, it was nurtured to health, and brought back to the World Trade Center Memorial.

It is known as the survival tree.

On Saturday, new buds of hope and healing.

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If a tree can survive, can’t you?

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photo credit:

New York City Parks & Recreation

Kathleen Moulton

 

only believe.

Every year, I am amazed at the transformation that takes place from winter to spring. Ice and snow seem ripped away, exposing scarred lawns of dead grass.  Lifeless trees look ghostly against the sky.  And mud is everywhere, making everything look dirty.

But then, it happens.

The prelude begins with fresh, green shoots poking out from beneath dead leaves. Delicate buds form on the tree limbs. The mud disappears. And the gentle rain washes everything new.

Life is like that.

There are seasons of waiting, wondering, and yes, even weeping. Times of feeling like everything has been stripped away, leaving you exposed.

It won’t last forever.

God figured hope in the equation. And just like the hope of spring is a certainty, whatever you are going through will change – for certain.

Tomorrow is a new day. A new season awaits you.

Only believe.

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God is real.

Have you thought about how we can choose hope, courage, kindness, and love?

These qualities are not by accident.

People acknowledge the need for a designer/inventor/creator when it comes to things we use everyday.

Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison …

So why is it so easy to say there is no designer/inventor/creator behind humanity, the stars, planets, and universe?

Did all of the inventions just “happen”?

The fact that humans are capable of hoping, showing courage, being kind, and loving, tells me we were designed with these (and other) attributes hard-wired inside of us.

There is an inventor behind it.

I hope you will believe in God. Because I know for sure, God has helped me endure tragedies, loss, and sadness.

Why wouldn’t he? He knows how I work and what I need.

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death is an enemy.

That’s what the Bible says. And it’s true. There is nothing good about death.

The distress it brings is heart-wrenching sorrow.

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We have to live for something bigger than ourselves. What good is it if you live life, only to find out there is nothing at the end?

God wired us to believe. We have the choice whether we will or not. And beyond believing, is living with a view of eternity. It makes all the difference because we will always have hope. If we think there isn’t anything at the end, how miserable we will be.

What are you living for?

What is your hope at the end of your life?

Are you ready to meet God?

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beautiful strength.

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You can’t fix grief.

A paper cut will heal quickly.

A gun shot wound requires more time.

Sometimes the bullet cannot be removed.

People live with bullets inside of them.

People live with broken hearts.

This isn’t hopelessness.

It is acceptance of what is.

Once accepted,  you carry grief with  strength…

beautiful strength.

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