What does week 7 look like?  I will give the podium to Kathy this week.  She has a few things to say about HOPE, since she’s filled with a renewed sense of hope as she prepares for a guide dog in her future.  Wagging my hopeful tail, Harvey.

Hope.  Some thoughts to ponder.

I’m filled with hope for many reasons today.  One big reason….the weeks keep flying by that lead to training and obtaining a guide dog, meaning more independence for me as a visually impaired individual.  But is that just wishful thinking?  Here are some thoughts about HOPE:

Is there more to HOPE?

I think HOPE involves more than just wanting something wonderful to happen. It’s deeper than that.

I am reminded of the verses in the Bible that really define HOPE for me:

In Romans 15:13,  “May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may over flow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

This verse is also in Romans, chapter 12, verse 12, “Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible with regards to HOPE, happens to be Cubby, the Comfort Dog’s verse:

HOPE involves something bigger than ourselves.

When I think of the HOPE I have, that things will get better, that the pain I have will go away, that I’ll be able to walk with confidence even though I’m blind, that the grief I feel after the death of my son will somehow ease up a bit, I know Something (Someone) is bigger than me and the things I am going through.  He has the power to bring me through it.  God is right along side me, sometimes even leading the way in front of me, encouraging me with His HOPE so I can take the next step….or the next breath.  AND….this HOPE I have sees beyond my years here on earth! Yay!

2 Corinthians 4:17, 18:  “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes (my blind eyes) not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

I’m holding onto that ROPE OF HOPE, knowing God will never let go!  How about you?

Harvey & Kathy




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