Saturday, September 17, 2011

Knowing Hope

Linking up with Charlotte at Spiritual Sunday & Laura

"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise." Maya Angelou

How does someone find hope in the dark? How do they hold on when everything in them screams to let go? I think hope comes from hearing that someone else made it.

A friend called....told me she gave my book to her Muslim friend. When she went to visit her, the woman was reading my book. She said she had been reading all day and couldn't put it down.

Someone I met at a party emailed to say she bought my book...finished it in a day and went out and got a copy for her daughter.  

I bumped into someone I had worked with. He told me he heard that I wrote a book. He wanted to read it. He asked if it was my story. When I said yes, he became serious and said there was something he had never told anyone......

I think we all have stories to tell....maybe not in written form....but by living our lives...pointing to the Light....showing hope. A friend once apologized for having an easy life. I told her....her life has given me tremendous hope.....showing me that I could live 'normal' and free. I've taken so much from her.....her calm attitude....easy going nature....ability to trust when things go wrong...healthy self-esteem.....

Giving hope...touching lives. It's what I want to do. And the thing is....His Light shines in the darkness and makes all the difference.

You are the hope living in us. You are the source of heaven's hope on earth......





 

26 comments:

Whidbey Woman said...

HOPE. Such a powerful word. Something the whole world needs. We know our source of Hope and need to share the good news with others.

Ginny said...

Everyone has something to teach us, even if it is how NOT to behave! I think in a way we are all living lessons. And yours is so uplifting!
Because of the bad times in your life, you are giving others hope!

Lisa notes... said...

Thank you, Sarah, for validating all of our lives, hard or easy. We all have things that can help others. You are definitely living proof of how the Lord can use even the bad things in our lives to help others. You continue to inspire me! I pray God will continue to shine through you.

Finally Free said...

Sarah,
Your post is so inspiring... I know how hard it was to tell your story, but with God's help He is taking your story and healing so many. Keep shining your light sweet Sarah (Nikki). You are a blessing in my life. :)

Blessings and lots of hugs,
Tammy

Sober Julie said...

Hope and inspiration, that's what kept me sober in the beginning.

Renee said...

It must fill you with such joy to know how God has used your story to help others...to keep Hope alive for those who struggle. God bless you Sarah...

Cinner said...

Beautiful post Sara, yes we all have a story, you are an inspiration for so many. I am going to just have my main blog Sara, so hope you can visit me at things about who, what, when, where, and why. hugs to you.

Tracy Ray said...

Thank you for this it hit me right where I was this week! Very encouraging! Many blessing to you Nikki!

alicelynnalfred said...

Hi there, Sarah! How have you been? Long time no blog-talk!! :>) Thank you for visiting me today...over at my end...and for taking the time to share your lovely comment!! I am so glad I came to visit you and read this lovely post....such a great reminder of where it is we find life....in the light and truth of Jesus!! Thank you for this glorious reminder! Much love ~ alice

Mom Daughter Style said...

this is very inspiring thank you for sharing. by the way, im your latest follower.
http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

Just Be Real said...

Dear one it never ceases to amaze me what God is doing in your life. And to be a part of it witnessing just the same. Blessings and hugs to you!

Sharon said...

Oh Nikki - I just love that God is using your words to work in the lives of others! After all - Our story, His glory!

May God continue to strengthen you to share the glorious freedom of His salvation to those who so desperately need Him!

GOD BLESS!

Saleslady371 said...

I can see how your book would speak to their hearts. Your posts speaks to mine every single week! Thank you for caring for others; your words are so soothing.

Pamela said...

When we obey God's plan for our lives, He uses it to bring glory to Him. I love hearing stories like this -- what a blessing your obedience will be to those who read your words.

Charlotte said...

I know your witness, testimony and book have brought hope to many. It's amazing how God can use such bad things for so much good. The song is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us each week.
Blessings,
Charlotte

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Amen , He is our only Hope ! Wonderful testimony & Beautiful Video !

Shanda said...

God is so blessing others though your obedience to share your story.

RCUBEs said...

Without His hope, where would we be? Scary...

I'm glad that many are being touched by your powerful testimony. I know that the hope you received, will also bring hope to those whose hearts are ailing. God bless.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful witness you give in this post. God is using you in a mighty way.

Michelle said...

`Jesus is our hope...our Prince of Peace`.

Thank you so much for allowing Jesus light to shine through you.

Chatty Crone said...

I have read your book and it was a story of a wonderful witness for the Lord. I hate like heck you had to go through that to get where you are today - but I am glad you are where you are today.

Make sense?

Love,
sandie

Anita said...

Sarah, I'm SO happy to find you and your blog!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leading me here. I can't wait to read more about you. My husband and I too just want to give people hope...especially people who feel like they have been forgotten. Looking forward to getting to know you!

Rhonda said...

What an awesome vessel to share her hope by giving her hope to others through the pages of a book...thank you

Glenda said...

He is our hope . . . my hope! Beautiful post!

Crown of Beauty said...

Hope is the tiny ray of light that keeps us going when everything around us is darkness. In sharing our stories with one another, in real life, or through our blogs... we speak hope into the darkness.

Your story has brought hope to many, Nikki!

Thank you for being willing to share your pain, without shame.

I know that when we share our stories, the evil structures inside of us are exposed and eventually dismantled when brought to the light!

Blessings,
Lidia

TheBlogWriter8 said...

Nikki, you're awesome. I am still on the wait-list to read your book; so know this- that book will keep going into print and selling.