Because I left Domestic Violence Blessing number 5,814: Hope
What is good old fashion hope?
How can it help you?
Is it something we desire?
Is it something that helps us to believe in something beyond ourselves?
Does it have power?
My heart had a choice when I woke up today and learned about the volcano tsunami warnings. I could choose to fear or have hope. I think it is a choice every day.
Do you have hope even though there is so much going on in the world today?
How did you answer these questions? Hope means to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be genuine hopes for a promotion hoping for the best. It means we start to trust, and we have desires, and we will act on them.
These are great definitions that can lead us to something else called faith. First, you must have hope and then take action with is faith. Faith comes after you hope for something. It’s like that next big step, and it always involves action. You have hope then you take action towards something. You act on a gut feeling, a nudge, or prompting.
What is blocking your hope? Is it fear? Well, I know the power fear can hold over us. Fear leads to what if’s and that leads to PANIC. Panic is action but based on fear. I know the fear factor many have experienced over the past two years of pandemic wildness, political unrest, human and sex trafficking, and just yesterday, volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Things that are currently escalating “will be what it is.” However, the question is, what will you choose to do? Have hope or have fear?
Hope leads to good things. We say things like; I hope you get better, I hope you are doing well. I hope things go better today. Sharing a small amount of hope can change everything. Choosing to share the hope is up to each of us.
Today, I hope my missionary companion, Sister Leakehe’s, families and my friend Leah Tonga Hanson’s families in Tonga are well, safe, and can communicate to their families soon. My hope is there; my faith leads me to pray for them and the thousands and thousands on all the islands.
The prayer is my faith in action. I hope that they can feel they are loved and cared for. I hope that millions of people will seek love and hope and not play in fear of the mess.
I know that hope and faith combats fear. So when challenging situations, disasters, or illness strikes, I choose to see, cry for a bit, have hope, have faith, take action, and love and serve others. I’m more comfortable with the light and hope than staying in the fear and darkness.