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Hope // Five Minute Friday — 28 Comments

  1. Oh, Friend. He truly makes us strong in our weakness. My wish is for you to see yourself as I see you: faithful and seeking The Lord with a beautiful, open spirit! Thank you for always sharing your heart honestly and freely! Your words continue to bless! Hugs!

  2. Hope deferred…Oh it does make my heart sick…but keeps me longing for more of Jesus. I love your thoughts on hope…this is something we can all relate to. I pray that the Lord is bringing through seasons of hope deferred…closer to hope realized…and that you can sense it!

  3. As I read your post and also the comments, I think we’ve all spent time–lots of it!–in the Hope Deferred Camp. I never connected Jesus to our longing fulfilled though. That is beautiful.

    • Thanks Betsy. I am no scholar, but since the scripture refers to “the longing fulfilled” as the tree of life, who other than Jesus is the tree of life? Well, that’s my interpretation anyways. I love when you stop by. Have a blessed week.

  4. I’ve definitely been in seasons of hope deferred. Often just refocusing and remembering Who all of my hopes come from starts to fill that longing. What a good reminder.

  5. Barbie, sometimes we can barely register those things which our soul truly longs for. Dreams and desires can become polluted by worldly ‘less than’ things which seem greater but are really empty promises, just as you describe. To finally wake up to the reality that our hearts are in tune with God’s desires for us is a huge step forward in seeing hope in apparently hopeless circumstances. Thank you for this insightful word. Blessings, Joy. Xx

    • I do believe the world gives me a false sense of what to hope for. I want God’s reality for me, not the reality of others. I am thankful that even when I feel hopeless, that hope abounds still more and more. Thanks for stopping by Joy!

  6. Truthfully? I can recognize it in your voice (hope deferred) because I’m one who’s walked that walk, too. How grateful I am that just when it seems all hope is lost, God breathes and ignites hope again. He is faithful. He is. And I’m so very thankful.
    Many blessings to you, my new blogging friend! Here from FMF, my second, #10.

  7. Hope deferred! We have a way of doing that don’t we? I’m thankful God doesn’t defer our hope but is always able to find a way to bring it about.

  8. I love that verse that you’ve shared today. Like you, I’ve also been there where I let hope go for a bit. I am thankful for a God who gently reminds me that I do not need to give up. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

  9. Hi, it’s been a long while since I’ve visited Barbie. Don’t we all defer hope. Tragic really. Thinking of all the things I’ve deferred. And now I can never get those things back. Little things like a deferred hug to my daughter….because I was doing laundry. She died eight years ago….
    I’m sending a virtual hug to you. All the way from a hot sultry afternoon in Sicily.
    Patricia

    • Patricia, thank you for stopping by. First, I am so sorry about the loss of your daughter. I cannot imagine. But yes, we need to stop deferring things, especially where the people in our lives are concerned. I am thankful to have found your blog.

  10. Hope deferred, but not forever. Seasons do change, and I’m so grateful for that. I love the new look of your blog. It is fresh and simple! Wonderful. Stopping in from #FMFparty.

  11. So sweet. So simple. This was a lovely post! Thanks for the encouraging words and Tweetables! Jenn, FMF
    p.s. If you’re at the retreat will you teach me how to do Tweetables!? 😉

    • I won’t be at the retreat. If you want to send me an email I can respond and show you how. I use the “Click to Tweet” plugin. It’s pretty self explanatory.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Elizabeth. I’ve missed reading my favorite blogs regularly. I hope to get back into a groove here soon.

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