Friday, July 10, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Clinging to Hope

Clinging to Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3-7   
Last week was filled with challenging days for me. I struggled to take care of William and Adelaide while Will was at work. My energy levels barely carried me through the day until 5:00 when Will came home. I spent the weekend in bed, like I have most weekends this summer, simply recovering from five days with my children in my home.

The fatigue was intense, and I had to fight to cling to hope. Will patiently, and lovingly, and consistently reminded me of the hope I have. He helped me to see the bigger picture. He helped me to keep an eternal perspective in the midst of the very hard now. He reminded me of my living hope, of my inheritance waiting in Heaven. He encouraged me with the words from 1 Peter, showing me that the testing and trials now are serving a good purpose: my future glory.

What an amazing thought! The trials that I face now will result in praise and glory and honor. I am so undeserving, but because of the amazing grace of God, I have an inheritance waiting in Heaven. If I am faithful in the hard here and now, I will, in the future, receive praise and glory and honor. I am clinging to that hope.




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9 comments:

Leah Sophia said...

what a beautiful post and glorious scripture passage! I'm new five minute Friday (2nd time ever), and so enjoying meeting people.

Rachel Lundy said...

I'm so glad you are joining in Five Minute Friday! Welcome! I'm a sporadic Five Minute Friday blogger. I join about once every month or two. I have a hard time coming up with a blog post in just five minutes!

Karen King said...

Rachel - this is a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.

Tonya L said...

I hope that you are having a better week <3
This was sort of on my mind earlier today. For awhile I've had a lot of thoughts of this is never how u expected life to be and all the sadness and frustration that comes a long with it. Just this morning, I had the thoughts of how earth is not what our lived are for. We have our hope and home in heaven and that is yet to come, the best is yet to come even when it's been a stinky run her on earth.
This verse is encouraging to me John 13:7
Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."

Stacey Patrick said...

This post comfort me so much. It wasn't just the verse (I skipped over it, I am going to try and focus enough to read it - Promise!), but your sharing too. I have been in bed, unable to stand for.... over a week. Today, my standing bp is normal (alas!!) - but still havin' issues. Anyway, I enjoyed your post. Brought me great comfort!

On "Five Min. Friday", I think I might need to join in the fun. It sounds fun. I have been trying to get involved in different link-ups.

Rachel Lundy said...

This has been a MUCH better week than last week! My sister is also here helping out this week, which allows me to get the rest I need each day.


Thanks for sharing John 13:7. It is so encouraging to know that God has a plan and that one day we will understand!

Rachel Lundy said...

I'm so sorry, Stacey. The stuck-in-bed days are so hard. I'm glad that this post could bring you comfort.


That's great that you are joining in Five Minute Friday today! I'm heading over to your blog to check out your post!

Denise Oldham said...

yes, keep clinging precious one.

Corrine said...

Thanks for bringing joy to a stuck on the couch day

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