(Inside: Need hope? Are you thinking I need hope right now? Or I have no hope for my future. Do you wonder how to get hope back in your life? Hope will find its way back to you.)
Something I’ve noticed about hope is that it will always come back to you.
It’s like how my son sends his yo-yo rapidly toward the ground and yet, when it reaches the bottom, it curls its way back up the string to be caught by ready hands.
Or just when you think the night can’t get any darker, the first of the morning rays peek over the horizon.
Or when you’ve told your dear friend you’re fine and no worries, yet she later sends you a check-in text anyway.
There have been times in my life when I’ve felt no hope. Despair. Overwhelmed. Solutions dimmed to invisible. And God felt silent.
But, I hung on…just hung on by the tips of my fingernails.
And then, hope appeared. At first, hope flashed as such a small, quick glimmer that I wondered if I even saw it…
I briefly felt okay.
Someone said something that gave me comfort.
The sun warmed my skin just right.
My son wrapped his arm around me and I felt love.
An idea occurred.
A friend cried with me, and I didn’t feel alone.
The chicken wrap tasted good.
God’s truth and promises appeared in some way in my life.
Until I began to see more and more moments of hope all around me. Tangible examples and deep inner feelings of how God loves me in extraordinary ways through ordinary life emerge like kernels of corn popping to life.
“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
As I continue to see hope, another idea also emerges…
It feels like God just might be working in my life and around me, even when I don’t understand how or why.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
So in your journey, what’s something you can do when you feel hopeless? When you need hope, how do you get it to bounce back to you?
Take a shower.
Hold your head up high and carry on about your day.
And you wait for it.
Look for it.
Hope will show up. It might be the tiniest of slivers or the entire sun itself, but it’ll be there.
Hope always will come back to you.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Read the Full Series on Self-Care & Inspiration for Moms
Why is self-care so hard for moms? Y’all, I ignored it for so long, that I had an epic mom crash. (I talk about it over here.) I never want to go there again, so it’s game on, self-care!
I recently listened to a podcast by the author of my favorite book on creativity (affiliate link), Liz Gilbert, where she talked about how she feels like she has been given the divine responsibility of being in charge of “Liz,” so needs to do what’s best for “Liz.”
Okay, I hope I don’t mess up the interpretation of what she said too much, but let me tell you how it went into my heart…
God gives us the sacred responsibility of taking care of ourselves. So, I need to see myself in the 3rd person. I need to step outside of myself and say, “Cheryl doesn’t need to be doing that. She’s done enough..she needs sleep, or to say ‘no,’ or to sit and pet her beloved dog.”
For this go-go-go, do-all-the-things girl, that way of explaining our self-obligation was powerful. Self-care is vital. We better serve our families and communities when we are in a good place. So, be encouraged by the full series on self-care and other inspiration for moms.
Self-care & Inspiration for Moms
Momma, Go for Your Dreams! Let Faith Overcome Your Fear
SELF-CARE IN THE CHAOS
8 Reasons Why “Me Time” for Moms is Good FOR YOUR KIDS
The Power of Finding Peace and Joy In the Choas of Momlife
Good Parenting Skills: The Single Best Thing Parents Can Do
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.