Hope is a Verb: Practice It!

LisaNotes.com provides many (many!) insightful posts on Hope. She clearly has thought about and exercised hope over a lifetime. Lisa provides a wonderful little book on Practicing Hope. Below is the index from her website: Lisanotes.com:

1 – Hope Is a Verb. Practice It.
Don’t just try to keep your hopes up. Practice hope as a spiritual discipline.

2- The Anchor – A Symbol of Hope
Anchors are often used as symbols for hope. Why? And what anchors a Christian to hope?

3 – We Have an Anchor – Hebrews 6:19
The Bible is full of scriptures on hope. Download this image of Hebrews 6:19 about hope in Jesus as our anchor.

4 – 5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – Hope Edition
Links and pictures of articles, books, and things I love – February 2019

5 – When Hope Feels Dangerous
Our hope for the future isn’t defined by our past. Here’s why we should continue to practice hope, even when it feels dangerous.

6 – Hope for Far More {Scripture Image}
When you’re afraid to hope, remember this truth about God’s power. It’s far more than you can imagine. Download Ephesians 3:20 graphic.

7 – Hope in Politics – Is It a Choice? 5 Ways to Practice Hope
Politics can feel hopeless. But here are 5 ways to practice hope, even in politics. Make the choice.

8 – Choose from Hope, Not Fear
We can’t always choose our circumstances. But we can choose to respond from hope, not fear.

9 – Doves as Symbols of Hope to Start Again
When the dove brought back an olive leaf, he also brought back hope.

10 – May the God of Hope Fill You {Scripture Image}
The God of hope fills you with joy, with peace. Let hope overflow by his power. Romans 15:13.

11 – Hope Leads to Action
The more you hope, the more you’re likely to take action and succeed. Keep hoping. Keep moving.

12 – Hope, Not Just from Bad, But for Good
Hope isn’t just a desire to escape FROM something bad. It’s also FOR something good to look forward to.

13 – Even Death Is About Hope
“Connecting with the certainty of death is a critical step toward connecting with the certainty of hope.” Even death can be about hope.

14 – Hold Hope for One Person at a Time
When you can’t do the big things, do one thing. For one person at a time.

15 – Battling Between Fear and Hope? Stand on the Rock
When darkness tries to roll over your bones, don’t be shaken. Fear doesn’t stand a chance when you stand in Jesus’s love.

16 – Another Symbol of Hope – Complete and Unending
The Native American Indians used an 8-pointed star as a symbol of hope. Complete and unending.

17 – Never Give Up Hope?
“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.” (Psalm 71:14). David makes a bold claim. I’m not there yet.

18 – Presidents’ Day Hope
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here are three quotes on remaining hopeful.

19 – How Does the Bible Actually Work?
The Bible works not by giving us an answer key, but by showing us what God is like. He is our hope.

20 – God Is a Safe Place
Hope comes from somewhere. It always has a source. In God is the safest place to be. Psalm 62:5.

21 – 4 Ways to Express Your Hope
When you feel too cynical or things seem hopeless, that’s the best time to practice your hope. Here are 4 ways.

22 – Raise Your Hallelujah
When hopelessness tries to assert itself, raise your hallelujah higher than your doubts. It is one way you can practice having hope.

23 – Are You Like an Iris? There’s Hope
Resilient. Adaptable. Faithful. Do you have these traits? Like the iris, be a a symbol of hope.

24 – Another Way to Practice Hope – Recite Scripture to Yourself
One way I practice hope is by reciting scripture to myself about the Lord’s goodness. And what more beautiful passage than Lamentations 3 to recover any lagging hope?

25 – Opt for Hope – The Promises of God
See these promises of God. And opt for hope. God’s promises come from his character. And his character is Love.

26 – Get Your Hopes Up for Good Gifts Ahead
We can’t imagine the gifts God has planned for us or what time they will arrive. But we can know they will be good. Get your hopes up.

27 – 7 Books of Hope I Recommend
Here are books I recommend from what I finished reading this month.

28 – 4 Places to Look for Hope
It matters where you look for hope. It determines what you see. Here are four places to look.

What have you learned about practicing hope?


About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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