A lot of bloggers are talking about a word of the year. At first, I was thinking my word would be trust and patience....but to be honest I hadn't really prayed about it, that was just the first thing that came into my mind.
Then, I decided to actually pray about it and the word hope sprang to mind (one would think that would have occurred to me before...but nooooo) so Wishy-Washy Bentrup is going to try to focus on hope this year.
"Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate."- G. K. Chesterton.
"In the struggle for existence, it is only on those who hang on for ten minutes after all is hopeless that hope begins to dawn." -G. K. Chesterton
"Hope is a very dangerous thing to lose."- Sayid on Lost. (sorry, couldn't resist throwing that in there).
I often feel that if I could just be cheerful and not worry I could handle anything. I'm more worried about the fear and anxiety surrounding something like cancer than of the actual physical pain that would be involved.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." -Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
I spend a lot of energy worrying about being worried. Right now, my worries focus on our future. While my husband has a job now, it's not permanent and it's not in the field he wants to be in. We are praying super hard that he finds a lawyer job in the right place. And, we don't know where that place will be or where we will end up. Which is a place we've been in many times before, but it's still a frightening place to be. We want nothing more than to settle down, get involved in a community, make friends and stay in one forever place. We don't know where that place will be. Will it be here or there or anywhere? There are important decisions to be made and time is zooming forward at an alarming speed.
So, I need to focus on hope...on maintaining good cheer and having hope that everything will work out. I need to focus on continuing to pray for our needs while not letting fear of the unknown take over my mental state,
As I was typing this, lo and behold, what should show up in my Facebook feed but this photo. If this doesn't imply hope, what does?
|Everyone is on Facebook these days...even St. Jude. This photo is from his page.|
Now, go see Sarah for more Chesterton wisdom.
And, since it's Sunday, I'll also link up with FLAP so you can all see what I wore today.
The sweater and the skirt are thrifted.
Same ole' boots and same ole' tights as every week.
Happy Feast of the Baptism of our Lord!