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Hi Gary, thanks for your bold journey with regards to this 'untoucheable' topic on hope.

Have been confronting the idea of hope. Why is there so much pain tied to hope? How is hope biblical when it brings confusion and exhaustion? I see hope as a white and yellow looking four letter word that sits on a fluffy tuft of clouds in the heavens. Why is hope good? Why is it biblical?

I know it means trusting God and learning to let go. But what does trusting God mean? Does it mean knowing what the end result is going to be and letting Him work out the path towards that? Wouldn't it mean so much more if we left even the end result to him? But then, what good is hope? I understand trust, but why lead me down a path believing in something, and then asking me to let go even of what's at the end of the path? Why wasn't it just leading me down an expansive field with no definitive path that would all lead to me 'trusting' you with the 'end' - whatever it was.

Just some thoughts I typed out loud :/


I just read all 16 days of Scary Hope and I am amazed at how God is speaking thru you. I can relate to almost everything (situations, actions, emotions) which you have posted. It's really making me think. I am almost 50 years old, have always wanted to be married and have a family but it has never happened. Do I let go of that hope or do I hang in there just a little while longer (as I always seem to do)? I lost my job of 26 years last year and now I have to "re-invent" myself. I've decided to start my own business. But how do I know if this is what God wants for me or a hope only I have? I have prayed about it but perhaps not long enough or hard enough. Oh the ramblings of a middle-aged, single, unemployed woman. lol Thank you for the thoughts and ponderings. It's helping at least me and I'm sure countless others. It's nice to know I'm not alone. :)


More good stuff.
"The Journey" is what I call that changing thing too.

Rebekah Bloyd

Thank you, thank you for this series. As I go though a period of change in my life, it is a reminder that God's ways are higher than my ways, and maybe the change in my life circumstances is what he is using to change me. I can't see the end of the journey, but HE can. I remember Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God..."

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Thank you for the thoughts and ponderings. It's helping at least me and I'm sure countless others. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

Joy Manoleros

"Pursuing the dream changes you." You ain't kidding...


I needed this today. I'm glad your daughter linked to it.


My definition of hope is changing.

I’m thinking it’s more about faith, trust, and commitment, than it is about any particular results of faith, trust, and commitment.

- - so true! so glad to have read this today via emily at chatting at the sky.


Failure is such a tough topic. We all go through it, multiple times throughout our life, but we prefer not to look at it or remember it. But you do a great job in reminding us of why we need to look at our failures to better appreciate our successes and to constantly hope and build. Thank you for this post. I too am joining you today from Emily at Chatting at the Sky.

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