Day 15 – Hope


“Do you have an anchor? I have found that a solid anchor is indispensable to one who intends to live life fully. To have an anchor is to be centered and well grounded. It is to have a vital spiritual base.”  ― Steve Goodier

You can say you hope for something…and maybe it happens or maybe it doesn’t.  Think a sporting event or a cold-front…especially here in Texas.  Your hope is basically a dream or vision.  But if you’re a Christian and you study the Bible, you may or may not be familiar with the original Greek translation of hope…thanks to google…we have a definition below……What is hope? Is it a wishy washy maybe or a kind of unsure optimism? The modern idea of hope is “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.”

In Scripture, according to the Hebrew and Greek words translated by the word “hope” and according to the biblical usage, hope is an indication of certainty. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.” Though archaic today in modern terms, hope is akin to trust and a confident expectation.

A strong and confident expectation.  Doesn’t that sound good?  But doesn’t it also sound brave in today’s world…if not a little naive?  What if I am not strong and confident in God?  Some days I am not.  And truly, what I want to happen may not happen, how I want my life to play out may not be the way – I can choose to have confidence in a “pocket-genie-God” and most likely be disappointed or I can have faith in God. Period. I can’t just call on God when desperate or claim him when things are going my way.  It’s a relationship, it’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s based on the strong and confident expectation that my life is in good hands…

The certain hope of our future salvation is an anchor to steady our souls while we wait on God in present storms. Lesson from Hebrews 6:19

My life, like yours, is uncertain.  Our hoped for experiences, dreams, planning, etc are all unwritten as of today.  While my today has been calm, it could very likely be the eye of the storm…who knows.  What I do know is that I have an anchor – to keep me safe in the harbor when it is calm and on course and steady in the midst of the storms.

Amidst the confusion of times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives. Thomas S. Monson

We’re half-way there y’all!  DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.