Living with Hope

Monday, January 16

{with two of God's sweetest gifts}

This weekend, God's deep light shone bright into the crevices of my heart, spilling out smiles and laughter and hope. Beauty came in the form of 40 children at winter camp, where together we ran and jumped and played like little children. Like children are supposed to play. No cell phones. No internet. Just pure fun goodness.

I'll post more about camp later, but today I ran across a beautiful quote by Henri Nouwen on HOPE. I hope you are encouraged today by the truth and loveliness of his words. Let's live in HOPE together today:)

Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes. Optimism is the expectation that things-the weather, human relationships, the economy, the political situation, and so on-will get better. Hope is the trust that God will fulfill God's promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of life is in good hands.

All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let's live with hope.

- Henri Nouwen

love Katie


  1. girlfriend, this is GOOD. I am making this my facebook status. WOW. totally speaking this over my life right now as we wait and pray and believe for FULL RESTORATION of my family. Standing in the gap, firm footed in the HOPE of the Lord. THANK YOU!

    1. Christy! Thank you so much for your encouraging comments! I'm so glad this post spoke to you...that quote spoke to me so much too. Hope is a beautiful thing:)Thanks for saying hello, I hope I can get to know you more!!


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