I read this quote today: "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." -Dale Carnegie
A lot of things give me hope, in a world that sometimes doesn't offer a lot of hope.
My children give me hope. And like any mother, I also worry over my children. I don't like to see them sick, or suffering or sad, and when any or all of the above happens, I want to make it better. I've learned when I worry, I should pray.
It is in those moments of prayer I realize that all my teaching, and all my love, and all my nurturing and mothering, everything I have to give, isn't enough. In those moments I know that even though I feel pretty confident as a mother, there is someone who knows my children better than I, and knew them long before I knew them. In those moments, when I pray, He teaches me about my children and helps me see them through different eyes, as they really are...His amazing spirit children.
Then prayers are answered, and strength is given. Doors open. Love flows. Miracles exist.
So as amazing as it is to keep trying and never give up hope, life (especially life as a mother) always teaches me that it is not just about having hope. It is about having hope in Him.
"For in thee, O Lord, do I hope..." Psalm 38:15