It's funny how things seem to just fall into place sometimes. I had been trying to think of something to write about and wasn't really coming up with anything. Then my pastor spoke about the hope we have through Christ. That made me think about Hope For Survival and the message it carries. I also thought about how Bravo Echo often concludes the Patriot Express Newsletter - that we should always have hope. Then, on a recent Zoom meeting, hope was a topic on the schedule for the evening. This seem to say to me - write about hope.
I feel like the idea of having hope changes throughout our lifetime. When I was a child, I hoped for a bike for my birthday and I was lucky enough to receive one. As a teenager, I hoped that cute guy I had my eye on would ask me out. Unfortunately that one didn't happen, but we do remain friends to this day. As I got older, I hoped for a rewarding job, a perfect marriage and family. I was blessed with a job I loved for 33 years. As for a perfect marriage and family, well I think we can all agree that just isn't possible because we, as humans, are flawed. However, I never gave up hope and my spiritual life deepened.
Obviously, hope cannot be our only strategy in being prepared, but I believe that we must include it in our prepared mindset. Without hope, what do we have? I feel that we also need to be people who spread hope and not always concentrate on the fear. Yes, there is always something to fear about the unpredictable world we live in, but having hope in Christ will help us know how to deal with the fear. Having hope provides us with a way out of the dark times in our life.
Hope and faith go hand in hand to help us believe in the impossible. On a spiritual level, hope means believing that by having faith in and praying to a higher power - God - we can experience better things. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." When I am feeling lost or hopeless, this verse gives me comfort. God promises us a better time. We do have to remember that it is God's time, and not our time. That is often the hardest part!
Having hope and a faith in God is what keeps me going day by day. Having hope for the future of our great nation spurs my preparedness plans. Spending time reading the Patriot Express Newsletter and attending weekly Zoom meetings gives me hope, I see and hear so many others with a similar mindset, who have hope and faith and a plan in place to secure that hope. As you continue to adjust your plans for future events, please remember to keep God as a part of those preparations. He has a plan that will carry us through.
Let me close with a verse from Romans. "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope." This is my prayer for everyone.
Blessings to all,
East Coast Gal