Sunday, January 12, 2014

Weekends with Chesterton: Hope (and WIWS)

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.  

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!
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  1. That's a wonderful scripture passage; thanks for sharing, Amelia. :) I'm an anxious worrier too. I hope & pray something comes through for your husband and family this year too!

  2. Very cute outfit! I love the skirt with the boots. Praying that God gives you the gift of hope this year and that your husband finds the right job!

  3. I love that. It reminds us that we can only be hopeful when the circumstances are desperate. It's not possible to be full of hope when things are going well- hope is always "despite". Full of hope despite the hardship, full of hope despite the worry, full of hope despite what could go wrong (or what IS going wrong).

    1. great insight! And, since there is always SOMETHING to be worried about, I guess HOPE should be ever present.

  4. Hope is a great word! We had a priest a couple of years ago who always emphasized the "Lord, protect us from all NEEDLESS anxiety..." because anxiety isn't always a bad thing. Too much certainly is, though. Love your pretty skirt!

    1. Ooo...that's a good point about needless anxiety. Some anxiety is good...becuase (at least for me) that is what motivates me to do something.

  5. I liked this quote too - hope implies that we have Faith and that we trust God. I've found great relief in a novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots to be able to let go of the fear, gain trust in God, and then receive the much needed grace to Hope.

    1. That's a great novena. I'm going to put that on my list of novenas to pray.

  6. Hope is a wonderful word. I hope good things for your family in the coming year.


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