May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace. so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (The Message)Ten days after my daughter arrived in this world, her pediatrician contacted me to say she may have have a genetic disorder that prevents the breakdown of milk sugar. I had to stop nursing her immediately because the very substance I viewed as nourishment could harm her.
My husband and I purchased the special formula that would replace Mommy's milk. We asked for prayer from our church family. Along with our daughter, we underwent genetic testing.
The results: no genetic disorder!! Our hopes and dreams came true!
Fast forward almost three years later. I am pregnant. My doctor orders a blood test. I test positive for the trait of a different genetic disorder. My husband gets the test; he, too, tests positive. We prayed throughout the pregnancy. We hoped throughout the pregnancy.
Ten days after my son arrives in this world, the pediatrician contacted me to announce that my son definitely had a genetic disorder that affected his blood.
We asked for prayer from our church family. Our son underwent additional testing.
The result: the genetic disorder indeed existed in our son's body. Our hopes and dreams fell in our laps.
Over the years, challenges came and so did victories. Over the years hope grew - first small glimmers. Perspective changed; I learned to savor moments rather than lament over possibilities.
I learned that I could not create hope just with my hands, my mouth, or my thoughts - for me or my family.
The powerful presence of the Holy Spirit enabled our believing lives to brim over with hope!
I am brimming over with hope as I reflect on the Good God's Grace gifts:
young adult daughter living out God's destiny with grace
young adult son persevering and living out God's destiny with appreciation
husband loving, serving, giving, living passionately and wisely
Lisa dreaming, building, and advancing in her life's purpose
Jennifer dreaming, building, and advancing in her life's purpose
Alicia dreaming, building, and advancing in her life's purpose
Joy dreaming, building, and advancing in her life's purpose
Dream-boosting group monthly calls
Reviving joy in creating photographs
Hearing of friend's successful surgery and recuperation
Sharing dinner with friends
Surprising friend on her birthday
Stopping to watch children playing
Sitting and reading in the quiet
Worshiping with uncluttered mind and heart
Swallowing deeply the truths in Romans
Receiving grace for the day
Slowing down long enough to see butterflies flitting over flowers
I wrote this post as part of Ann's Multitude Mondays 1000 Gifts.
How is hope manifested in your life?