Cultivate hope.

My pastor’s sermon this past Sunday emphasized the duty to pursue hope, the same way we’d practice and pursue patience and self-control. I’d not thought of it that way before. Hope is something to cultivate and nurture, that we may “set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). This means to set our hope perfectly, unchangeably, without doubt and despondency. As my pastor put it, “the cultivation, or fortification, of our hope is essential to living joyful and victorious lives as Christians.”

This message is very timely for right now. Sometimes, as I wait for the adoption to go through, my hope wanes and I wonder if our family will EVER start to grow. So I made two wallpapers based on the sermon and recent interaction with some friends of mine from Massachusetts. I want to have the reminders of hope in front of me while I’m at the computer. Original flikr credit for the first image goes to Pink Sherbet Photography. The second I found here. You can download the full-size images here and here.

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