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Kayla Craig is the author of “To Light Their Way" and "Every Season Sacred" and creator of Liturgies for Parents. A former journalist, she’s adamant about paying attention and staying curious. She writes the popular "Year of Breath" devotional newsletter and lives in Iowa with her husband and four wild,...

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  1. Thank you for this reminder to always be expectant and to look for hope in whatever situation we find ourselves in. May we all have that audacity to believe that hope (like Spring) will return! What Jesus has promised, that will He do.

  2. This is a wonderful message for me to begin my morning. I especially needed the reminder to be honest with myself- yes I believe, help my unbelief.

  3. Thank you Kayla.
    This is honest, true & beautifully expressed.

    It is Hope that keeps us going in these difficult times.. times of confusion and when we can’t see what’s ahead. Yet I look back and remember that this too shall pass & our God of Hope will help us overcome.

    Sarla Williams
    Sri Lanka

    • Thank you so much for the reminder that this too shall pass, Sarla. I’m so grateful for what you shared. (And Sri Lanka, wow! Hello from Iowa, USA!)

  4. Kayla, what a JOY to read your words on (in)courage today! This is going to stick with me: “We need the small offerings of hope in our lives to remind us that just as there is darkness around us, light is near too.” Yes. Those small offerings of hope are God’s tethered kindness on display. Love your heart, honesty, and encouragement!

  5. On this first anniversary of my husband’s death, you summarized my life. Yes, I am hopeful. God has literally worked miracles on that day, and many more. The current time and near future hold extremely scary options. Truly what I need is exactly what you explained, help in my hope. He knows what I face and I’m so thankful the Holy spirit can pray for me when I lack words.
    Thank you

    • Patty, the first anniversary of my husband’s death is next month, so I understand some of how you feel. I, too, feel hopeful for the future most of the time. I loved this blog post, and when I am overwhelmed with thinking about the future, I plan to pray what we just read: “I don’t have hope right now. But with Your help, I have hope that someday, I will have hope again.” I’m praying for you!

      • Your words (and wisdom) are so beautiful and heartfelt, Cheryl. I’m so sorry for your loss and all you have had to hold. Praying for you as you approach this anniversary.

    • Oh, Patty, that is so much to hold. I hope you feel the very near and real presence of God as you remember your husband. Thinking of you today and sending you love and prayers.

  6. This is so important to me right now. I often feel like there’s no way out of this back and forth I’m putting myself through.

  7. This was just what I needed! Thank you, I’m going to use some of this in a women Bible study I’m starting up. You reminded me of just what I needed for myself in this very hard time our world is going thru. Thank you again and God Bess.

  8. Kayla, this is just what I needed today. My life is a mess right now. Through it all God is there. Even when I don’t feel His presence, even when I feel abandoned and even when I feel hopeless. “In times when hope seems lost, maybe the best we can do is get really honest with the One who knows every ache of our heart by praying this prayer: I hope. Help me in my hopelessness.” I have copied this to my notes to read again and again.
    Thanks again for your words of encouragement.

  9. What hope do we have when we see children being killed, and murdered just because they live in a certain country, Ukraine. WHAT GOOD CAN COME OF THIS. Where is God?????
    Every day I lose I little bit of hope and I CRY out with tears in my eyes streaming down my face LORD STOP THIS WAR, STOP THIS WAR!!!!!!!
    But nothing……..

  10. Kayla,

    Hope means a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Life has been & is hard these days. So much tragedy, death, war & disease. But we can take heart for Jesus has overcome this world. He is our hope when all else seems lost. When it seems like there’s nothing but trials, tribulations & seasons of dark in your life-cry out to Jesus. Tell Him of your hopeless feelings. He understands better than anyone. For He endured His own time of hopelessness on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Saturday. But take heart everyone for Sunday/Easter/Resurrection day is coming. Don’t despair. Hold tight to expectancy of hope & a new spring!!

    Blessings 🙂