It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Chapter 12, Page 3, Book 16

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What's Hope?

Hope is knowing that a positive outcome awaits. 

Hope is not only expecting a dream to come true, but having a deep assurance that it's within your reach. 

 Hope is saying you can.
Hope is knowing that you can improve and that you always get better with practice.
Hope is knowing that you can achieve your goals through hard work and persistence.
Hope is looking to the future with joy and having an expectation of better things to come.
Hope is the knowledge that life is everlasting, and that miracles happen every day.
Hope is something that never abandons you. Even when your life is filled with sadness and disappointment, a spark remains inside to help you get through the rough times.
Hope is one of God's greatest gifts to you, because it's the magic that inspires you to keep trying, learning, loving, and living.

 Author unknown 

The poem above seems to pretty well wrap up my thoughts on Hope and tomorrow we’ll change our focus to a favorite subject of mine - LOVE.  Hope is the first stop on journey toward Christmas and thankfully we’ll have three more.  Love, Joy and Peace.  

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.      

Robert H. Schuller

Taking time on the journey to stop and reflect awhile on the importance of these blessings in our lives will hopefully makes us more aware of the the miracle of Christmas and what it means to each of us in our lives

It is a journey of triumph and struggle, promise and possibility, hope and peace.  Remember it is the journey that matters in the end. Hope is the light that can lead you in those dark period towards your goals.

Hope is the feeling you have, that the feeling you have, isn't permanent.

Jean Kerr

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Chapter 12, Page 2, Book 16

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The story of four candles; Peace, Faith, Love and Hope. These four candles have a message for us, if we are able to hear it. 

The 4 candles burned slowly.Their ambiance were so soft you could hear them speak

The first candle said, I am peace, but these days nobody wants to keep me lit.

Then the peace flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second candle says, I am faith, but these days I am no longer indispensiable..

Then faith’s flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

Sadly the third candle spoke, I am love and I haven't the strength to stay lit any longer. People put me aside and don't understand my importance, they even forget to love those who are nearest to them.

And waiting no longer love goes out completely.

Suddenly a child enters the room and sees the 3 candles no longer burning.

The child begins to cry, why are you not burning? You are suppose to stay lit until the end.

The 4th candle spoke softly to the little child.  Don't be afraid for I am Hope and while I still burn we can relight the other 3 candles.

With Hope no matter how bad things look and are, Peace, Love, and Faith, can shine brightly in our lives.

Keep alive the flame of HOPE!

Even if something seems to become more and more unlikely, do not stop believing in it.  Nothing should take the place of hope in our lives, especially in this present time. At times, hope is the only lifeline that sustains us.

But the most potent adversary of hope is simply the passage of time. The waiting that constantly chips away at our hope, day by day, month by month, year by year.

We need to remember that hope gives us sustenance and even the slightest bit of light will keep us going in moments of unbearable darkness.  It is important to remind ourselves daily that our attitudes and actions have consequences. 

Our attitudes and actions can foster despair, or they can nurture hope by committing ourselves to do good to others, to sow seeds of compassion and kindness.  If we want to be hopeful, then we need to be faithful, we can’t give up.

Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness. 

J. Parker

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Chapter 12, Page 1, Book 16

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What oxygen is to the lungs, such
is hope to the meaning of life.

Emil Brunner

We will all battle hopelessness at some point in our lives. And no matter who we are or what our situation; HOPE is one thing we all desperately need. The reason is, hope is powerful. Hope is more than a motivational thought or a fading daydream

 Hope is what stabilizes our frantic thoughts and emotions.  It’s an awareness that there is no problem big enough to keep God from rescuing you.

Hope: The Happy and Confident Anticipation of GOOD

 Hope and faith go hand in hand. Hope also enables us to endure hardships and long waiting periods, and God uses these times to develop character and endurance in us.

Hope dares us to believe that things might just work out after all. It’s the sometimes unexplainable, but always undeniable, feeling that today would be a bad day to give up.

Never assume that where you’ve been or where you are is as good as it gets. And when your goal or your situation seems impossible, keep in mind that nothing is impossible for God.

Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There's a famous passage of scripture that ends with the line, And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. For me, hope carries a very potent energy. I can so easily fall into the trap of pessimism and cynicism and begin to wallow in my own despair. Even if love is present, without a glimmer of hope from time to time, depression nips at my heels. But hope rejuvenates. Hope fills me up when I am empty.

Hope has a way of reminding us, in the midst of all the challenges and uncertainties life brings, that it might. just be okay. That there is an end in sight. That there is light at the end of this tunnel. 

Remember always:   Keep hanging on. Keep trusting God. Keep hoping.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chapter 11, Page 30, Book 16

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There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectationof something better tomorrow. 

Orison Swett Marden

Our world is going through massive change on every level. Our trust and faith in the future has been severely shaken. Material wealth has proved to be a false God. There is no longer a certainty of a job and many institutions that we may have trusted such as government, business, banks and churches seem to  have failed many of us. We are now living in a world that is increasingly hard for people to comprehend and predict and people of all ages are finding it hard to see hope in their lives.

Life changes every single day, and so can we.  That’s the truth, yet oftentimes we feel hopelessly stuck against our will.   Because the changes we seek breed uncertainty, and life can be hard to navigate when we’re uncertain about things.  That is when we need hope.

Be a Beacon of Hope for the World

We all need hope...When things don’t feel like they are going our way…When things around us just don’t make sense…when we wonder when the pain is going to end…we all need hope.

Sometimes pain ends when one person is kind to another or when we express gratitude, share loving words,  or help someone out. Hope, after all, is the richest gift we can give. It may come in the form of a few dollars, or an easy smile or perhaps a gentle nod. But, however small, it is the greatest gift we can give.
We must not ever underestimate the importance of hope within our lives. Hope is what makes what seems impossible possible. Without hope life becomes meaningless and we will lose our dignity and our quality of life.

A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give.

Dale Carnegie

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 16

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The Weary World Rejoices In Hope !

This is a season of hope and of longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation.

It is a time of getting ready for the celebration of Christmas

The traditional Christmas tree is a very ancient custom which exalts the value of life, as in winter the evergreen becomes a sign of undying life. The tree is decorated and Christmas gifts are placed under it.

The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging of the green, decorating  with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolize  new and everlasting life

The message of the Christmas tree,  is that life is 'ever green' if one gives: not so much material things, but of oneself: in friendship and sincere affection, and fraternal help and forgiveness, in shared time together.

Advent is about hope that human existence has meaning and possibility beyond our present experiences, a hope that the limits of our lives are not nearly as narrow as we experience them to be. It is not that we have possibility in ourselves, but that God is a God of new things and so all things are possible

The circle of our Advent wreath reminds us of God Himself, eternal and endlessly merciful. It is evergreen reminding us of the hope of eternal life. Candles light the winter night's and are a sign of hope for the future light of spring and new life.

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. 

Anne Lamott

The season of Advent awakens the hope at the heart of humanity, a hope frequently obscured by the monotony and disappointment of daily life. We long for a better world: a world in which generosity triumphs over selfishness, a world in which integrity drives out corruption, in which peace safeguards heart and home. 

Wishing you all the joyful hope of Advent! 

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the one thing left to us in a bad time. 

 E.B. White

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Chapter 11, Page 28, Book 16

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Have hope and Prepare 

Happy Advent! It’s that time of year to begin to prepare for  Christmas. I believe that Christmas is not just a memory but a reality.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is special. The lights are up, trees are decorated, and everyone is busy getting ready. Anticipation is in the air.

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. 

Samuel Smiles

Advent Week One:  Hope

The marvelous thing about Advent is that we can find joy in the journey as well as in the destination. Who doesn’t need more hope in their life these days?  Hope is what helps us step out and believe in what we cannot see. Hope is God’s grace to accept that there is a certain amount of mystery to our faith and to still be confident that God can work in our lives. 

This is not a blind hope, and it’s not all an impossible mystery that we will never understand. In the midst of all the mysteries of our faith, we can still believe because of what we do understand: that God’s Son came to us on Christmas in order to save us from our sins and fill us with his Holy Spirit.

So for the next four weeks, let’s set our hearts on preparing. And let’s do it filled with confidence and hope.

We might have been so stuck in discouragement that we are no longer attentive to signs of hope, to graces being offered us, to any light at all.  Sometimes genuine healing and reconciliation in our families, our communities and in our world need serious preparation.  We prepare by letting light into places of darkness.  We can let Advent come alive by spending time saying that our relationships are more important than our differing ideas.

Bright star leads through the night.

Fragile, flickering candle persists against the darkness.

First sunbeam, rising over the the mountaintop, shines with warmth and light.

Hope leads. Hope persists. Hope shines.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chapter 11, Page 27, Book 16

Once again, my dear people,
Merry Christmas is here,
With holly and mistletoe
And its good will and cheer!
With its joys and its heartaches,
With its laughter and song,
It comes as a reminder
That time marches along.

Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

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Thanksgiving is over and as always time keeps marching on.  We are now entering in to what I call THE MOST WONDERFUL SEASON OF ALL.  All the busyness of days of preparation for Christmas and then the Christmas Season its self are just WONDERFUL.

It’s the season of Hope, Joy, Love and Peace!

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. 

W.T. Ellis

Each week leading up to Christmas I’ll be writing about each one of these topics:  Hope, Joy, Love and Peace.  They will make for some interesting subjects I’m sure.  

I hope you’ll join me on the path to Christmas in the days ahead.  We are told to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  But amidst the hectic pace of holiday preparations, that’s much more easily said than done.

The pictures are from last years black Friday celebration here at my house when we gathered to decorate gingerbread houses.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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