Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hope Inside

I love my children for many reasons. I’m a proud mom and will brag about their accomplishments at a drop of hat. I know I’m not alone in this. Moms love their kids. When they are little every step, word, wonderful works of art, etc. expands our chest. When they are older every good grade, sport accomplishment, musical or dance recital, etc. doesn’t go without support and encouragement.

As adults there is a mutual respect that develops. You love when they ask your opinion on something or when they call for no reason whatsoever. Giving your opinion is not so much a matter of “You have to do this because I’m your parent, older and know better.” It’s more along the lines of “I love you and if you want to know my opinion, I’ll share it with you.” Guess what; they usually want that advice.

I got an email from my daughter. Her brother sent a link to a new movie trailer and while she was watching it, an image made her think of me (the Hope image above). She captured it and sent it to me.

The word hope means a lot to me for many reasons. For one it’s the meaning of my name. When Tom first got diagnosed with cancer he gave me a bracelet with the word hope on it. It was a reminder to keep hope alive. There are times my hope starts to fade, then I just look at my bracelet and remember -

Jeremiah 2:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

© Nadine Zawacki 2009

23 comments:

Dawn said...

Jer. 29:11 is our family verse and means a lot to me.

Blessings!

chelle said...

Hope is a beautiful thing.

Brenda said...

I so needed to hear that today, Nadine! Thank you.

Bex said...

...And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:2b

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

Romans 8:24

Brandon did our lesson last week about hope. This is a good time to reflect on it.

LISSALYNN2006 said...

amen sister! i love it and will be back

Susan said...

You bless me Nadine.
Susan

Dawn said...

There would be nothing if we didn't have hope. It is the word of the year for so many people.

And I love it when my kids call just to talk.

Lala's world said...

I agree Hope is something we need to have!
I saw the trailer to that movie, it looks really good

Shionge said...

This is so beautiful Nadine...this gave us Hope too :D

have a nice weekend.

Alene said...

Nadine, this is absolutely beautiful. I pray you are clinging to that hope in these moments. I'm praying for Tom. Blessings my special friend. Blessings.

LDH said...

Where would we be without hope? Total despair. The Jeremiah verse is comforting :)

Scarlet said...

I love the way you get along with your husband and kids!

Btw, I had no idea your name meant hope, but it doesn't surprise me. ;)

Keshi said...

I got my dose of HOPE and Im bak today! :) Lovely post Nadine!

Keshi.

JamericanSpice said...

I have to be reminded of this verse too when my thoughts turn to thinking "oh I'm so unlucky' Which is usually a whispered lie.

Thank you for sharing.

Storm said...

As always, its good to "see" you, Nadine.

Thanks for stopping by my blog(s). I appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave me a comment.

Leigh of said...

Hope is such a beautiful word. It is our trust in God.

Strider said...

Amen. Have a great weekend. I hope all the packing and stuff is going along well. Heck, if you keep purging your stuff, the next time you move you'll be able to put the stuff in the Explorer!! Blessings. Strider

CC said...

Thank you for these wonderful insights. Jer 29:11 is the verse that got me through the many hard years when we were trying to grow our family.

palmtreefanatic said...

beautifully well put Nadine! Hope is a wonderful thing!

Monica said...

I didn't know "Nadine" meant "hope"...but it fits you very, very well!

SILVER said...

I love your post..it means a lot to me in many ways.

Christina said...

I just used this verse on our memorization board about 2 weeks ago. It's one of my favorite.

Toby Parsons said...

Wonderful verse. I love the idea of the hope bracelet that Tom gave you.