Saturday, January 28, 2012

Growing in the Hard Places

Linking up with  Charlotte at  Spiritual Sunday  and Laura at Brag on Fridays and Daily Walk in Grace

"I was confused. You cleared my mind. I sold my soul. You bought it back for me and held me up and gave me dignity. You gave me hope when I was at the end and turned my lies back into truth again. You even called me friend." Anne Murray

Hope -  It's the most important thing a person can have. Anyone can get by with few creature comforts....and even little food......but nobody can make it without hope. 

Hope is what has always kept me going no matter how pitch black it got....or how desperate. 
Hope.....it's the thing that kept me holding on when it all seemed so pointless.
Hope....it came from Him.....a tiny flickering hope....that pushed me to hold on.....and never give up....even when so many of my friends were dying around me. 

Hope....it came in a stranger's smile....and even a small flower growing in a rocky place. I want to tell everybody who'se fighting a tough battle...don't ever give up....keep holding on and hope....believe.  Things really do turn around.....

Below is a trailer my dgt made for me last year. I posted it before but in writing my friend's story.....it reminds me how much He reaches out to all of us....sometimes in small ways...sometimes big.....to give us the hope we need so we don't give up.

28 comments:

Just Be Real said...

That trailer is powerful. Love the flowers illustration. Remembered when you first shared it Nikki. Thank you again for sharing and your words on hope! Blessings.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Yes, things can definitely turn around. Gotta have hope!

Debbie said...

There have been so many times in my life when it seemed that HOPE was all I had. I remember studying the word in scripture and realizing that it's so much greater than a wish. It's expectation. Last year, I found myself falling into the hopeless trap about something. I stopped expecting. That's not of God and not a good place to be, is it?

Now, to enjoy your trailer.

Debbie said...

As soon as it started, I remembered seeing this. Either I'm having an oddball experience, or you have shared it previously. (Hope it's the latter since the former would be kinda creepy. Ha!)

I remain completely inspired by my blog friend, who grew like a flower in hard places.

Esther Joy said...

God used the title of my book, "Joy in the Mourning" to give a girl who was kidnapped hope until she was rescued! She said she just kept saying those words over and over. How amazing, humbling, yet rewarding to hear how God can use the tiniest thing we say or write to give hope! I'm sure He has used your word many times to spark HOPE in others.

Nana Jul said...

Powerful post sister!
Thank God for the HOPE HE gives!!
Love ya friend!
Jul

Nancy said...

Great post on hope..we all need hope and thank goodness it's a free gift we just have to open it and then share it.

Thanks for dropping by for a visit and your sweet comment.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Hope has been my reading all month..the word just jumps from every page I read...in fact "The Allure of Hope" is the book I just completed.

You confirmed again...as you have many times, what God is doing in my heart...thanks for this very "hopeful" post...I was truly blessed this morning.

Thanks also for allowing your testimony to bring hope to so many

Kris said...

Amazing!

Ginny said...

I think you posted this a long time ago, I remember it. SO powerful, and worth watching again and again!!! Is this your daughter's voice? This is so well done, and inspiring.

Whidbey Woman said...

Great post. Where would we be without hope? It sustains Ron and I as we deal with his cancer.

High Heeled Life said...

Wonderfully done and inspiring... Hope and believing are the strongest things we have when all else seems dark... HE is within each of us. Blessings, xo HHL

Lisa notes... said...

Oh, you are so right! It is about hope. Hope. I understand that more and more, the older I get. In the past I have relinquished hope to quickly, only to have to backtrack to retrieve it. I want to learn to hold on to it tighter from the front end.

Rhonda said...

One word Nikke, POWERFUL

Andrea said...

You, my sweet friend inspire me!
Hugs,
andrea

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The video is so good. Thank you for sharing it with me.

Renee said...

I remember this from before..Amazing...powerful. Yes, HOPE! One of my favorite verses is from The Message..."I have pitched my tent in the land of Hope!"

Chatty Crone said...

Hope is one of the most important things we can have isn't it - do you think everyone has it naturally or is a gift? sandie

Charlotte said...

It is so true. We must have hope. I remember seeing this before but I'm glad you shared it again. It is so powerful. I know your story has inspired so many to have hope and I'm so glad you share your heart with us on Spiritual Sundays.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Mevely317 said...

Yes, I remember this video ... and I'm soooo glad you sensed we needed to see it again!
Anne Murray's song is one of my all-time favorites :)

Patrina's Pencil said...

Powerful...

even in the hard places.... we survive. Hope and prayer are a powerful mix. I am thankful for those prayers that were uttered in your and your sister's behalf.

...Because someone cared enough.. to pray!

I love that song by Ann Murray too.

Blessings to you Nikki

Patrina <")>><

Denise said...

Awesome trailer.

Renee said...

Hi Sarah
I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your comments on my "lyme" blog, but also let you know that my posts for Spiritual Sundays are on my other blog....Adventures In Faithful Living. Would love to have you come by there...
God bless

Galen Pearl said...

The key, I think, is to have hope without being attached to the outcome. We always hope, but we have to accept what comes our way.

Pamela said...

Hope. What would we do without it? God knows best how to "answer" our hopes.

Shattered said...

Wow. Hope is a wonderful thing. But what do you do with hope that is deferred and makes a heart sick? I'm paraphrasing there but I've always wondered how to deal with deferred hope...

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Yes Hope is so important. Without it, we fail at so many things. I made a painting, HOld on to Hope, and the lady who bought it, wrote this in her blog: http://rinaperu.com/2011/12/28/hope/
Have a great week! Patsy from
HeARTworks

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