Saturday, August 10, 2013

H.O.P.E.



1. Hope [ho'hp] transitive verb: 
a) to desire with expectation of obtainment;
b) to expect with confidence: trust; rely

2. Hope [ho'hp] noun:
a) desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment; expectation of success 
b) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
c) someone or something on which hopes are centered
(Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster)

 Hope doesn't necessarily exist apart from struggle. In fact, there's usually a battle raging. What hope does is to remind us there is the possibility of something better. Hope speaks a continual, "Don't quit." It 's that ever present whisper in our hearts that says, "It's not over. You can do this." It's the proverbial Rocky music in our ears. 

And there is a greater hope as well. Romans 5 hope. Colossians 1 hope. It's the ultimate hope in my life. It's what keeps me going in this journey.

~ Michelle

"While there is life there is hope - and while there is hope there is life." - E.E. Holmes

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sometimes Barren Fields Are Most Beautiful


There's just something really beautiful about a barren field to me. I love the way it looks. I love how big and open it is. I love its simplicity. I love to photograph it.

Even though nothing is tangibly growing, a barren field holds great potential. A field of dreams, if you will.

This is rather symbolic of some seasons we go through in our lives.

Sometimes we're planting and sowing. Sometimes we're waiting for the harvest to come in. And sometimes we're yielding and reaping a great abundance.

And then there's other times we're just sitting dormant. Nothing special going on.

Or so it seems.

Yet if you know anything about farming or gardening, you know that a great deal goes on beneath the surface during these times. Underground is where all the action is. Many important preparatory things take place out of sight here. This process is what readies the ground for it's next growing cycle.

Every so many years, a field needs to sit out an entire growing season so the ground can replenish itself. It's the equivalent of resting. And it's necessary.

So it is with us.

Sometimes God places us in a kind of dormancy in order to prepare us for what lies ahead. We need these seasons of silence, inactivity, and rest in order to produce greater harvests in the future.

These rest periods can feel really good. Perhaps even much needed. Or maybe they don't feel so good, especially if they're longer than we'd like. We can start feeling overlooked and forgotten after awhile. Maybe even lonely and uninspired.

However, while there doesn't seem to be anything remarkable happening during this time; beneath the surface, deep within us, He's at work. He is at work replenishing us and readying us to grow what He's planted in the soil of our hearts and spirits. He's preparing us to grow out our purpose. It is a necessary and refining process that leaves us matured with finer potential.

Those big, full fields beaming with their ripe bounty sure are an amazing sight to see.

But sometimes, barren fields are most beautiful.


~ Michelle


Michelle Holderman

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