Friday, November 2, 2012


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: hope

What does hope feel like?

What things do you hope for in this life?

What is one thing that you long for with hope in eternity?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. To me, hope is the thing that keeps me from looking down when things are down (or I am down) and looking up instead. I have an eternal hope, and the one thing that I hope is to see God face to face. I can hardly think about it when I try to.

    On an earthly level, I have some hopes, too. Some of my hopes have turned into dreams in recent years, though. I think the difference between a hope and dream is that a hope is something you still believe can actually happen. A dream? notsomuch.

    Therefore, my HOPE on earth is to be a grandmother and have a tidy little extended family with happily married daughters with Christian men in their lives. That is my primary hope.

  2. Hope feels like expectation to me sometimes. Hope I know is something they say a person can't live without. My hope for eternity is no more tears, no more sadness, no more pain and seeing Jesus every day!!


  3. Hello my mountain-bound friend . . .

    HOPE - for those of us on the eastern seaboard - this is a HUGE word just now. Though my town is a 40 minute drive inland from the shore and we came through hurricane Sandy virtually unscathed, our coastal communities are disaster zones. We're all thankful for our health and wellness here because we have the ability to help re-build - what can be. The landscape is so altered - nothing will ever be the same. People who have lost everything are struggling just now with HOPE. Our local churches are mounting relief efforts and we pray that through tangible ways the HOPE of Christ might be ministered to the spirit and salvation come from the debris. Yes - digging out of the sand and keeping HOPE alive is on everyone's mind here. I pray that that hope is not displaced in man, but laid before the Lord. I hope for another - great awakening - to follow such a great shaking. Good word for flame fanning this week. HOPE you are well, milady . . .

  4. Hope for things unseen and hope for peace. sandie

  5. Hope feels good, tingly! I think it is a feeling of excited anticipation. My hope in this life is to live and love like Jesus. I hope to someday see my King face to face, knowing that I tried my very best to live and honor God in everything!
    Love you!

  6. What does hope feel like?

    Hope feels like a physical weight lifted off my shoulders. It feels like the sun coming out after a rainstorm. It feels like the sunrise, like opening presents on Christmas morning, like summer vacation - a joyous anticipation of something really, really good coming on the horizon.

    What things do you hope for in this life?

    I hope for God to lead me into new purposes and ministry up here in my new home. I hope for grandchildren someday - so of course, I am hoping for wonderful daughters-in-law! I hope to publish something someday. And, above all else, the one thing I hope for in THIS life is the NEXT life!

    What is one thing that you long for with hope in eternity?

    The one thing that I long for is to look on the face of Jesus. I also long to see loved ones that have died. I long for freedom from anxiety - for REST. And, we are taught in Scripture that we can long and hope for reward!




"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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