Hope In the Midst of Heartache

One of the greatest heartaches in the Christian life is the slowness of our change. ~ John Piper

Progress comes slowly. Just as my father marked his by landmarks in our lane, I need some way to know where I am in relation to where I have been.  Peter’s second letter offers those landmarks.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1: 5 – 8

Thank you, Peter. Though its pace breaks the heart, there is progress. This gives me hope.

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What gives you hope?

2 thoughts on “Hope In the Midst of Heartache

  1. Natalie, thanks for the posts about Dan, and his steady progress. I just wanted to share with you one thing that gives me hope. Our beautiful daffodils. Thanks to some late fall, early winter sunshine our daffodils peeked up through the ground much too early. We continued to watch them as they embraced the cold of winter and mourned as their leaves turned brown and damaged from the brutal cold and ice. We waited to see if they survived after many bountiful snow storms covered them under drifts of white. We watched as they slowly grew in spring’s chill and rain. Today we smile in great gratitude as they bloom golden yellow and white. Although they were torn and tattered they never gave up nor did God give up on them.

    • I love that! The truth of life is evident in the seemingly smallest details. Your daffodils speak eloquently of hope. Those are, by the way, my favorite flower, followed closely by lilacs. Looking forward to seeing you in July.

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