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What revives Hope?

Lord, You alone, can change my ugly to something beautiful and free. You alone can lift me from the pit of hell and empower my journey upward! I am so grateful my future is in Your hands.

Gathered here are treasures that stir the soul. They are birthed from hope-seekers bruised, battered, bewildered who have found solace, safety and sustainability in God, their Defender and Deliverer.

Tribe of Hope community, I’ll post the most recent entries for “What Revives Hope?” on top of all previous ones, just under this block of comment. These are wonderful moving songs I’ve found on You Tube.

Special Note: For additional hope and inspiration in the face of obstacle, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to the waterfall photo. The comment I share from my heart, will give you (or someone you know that’s in pain), more encouragement to hold on and not give up.
“Power of the Cross” by Shelly E. Johnson,
sung by Natalie Grant at Saddleback worship

“You Are Worthy” Artist: Eddie James
Here’s the choral rendition of this powerful, awe-inspiring, must see video. No dancing on this version, just a full orchestra.

“You Are Worthy” Artist: Eddie James
Dance: The Breathe Dancers

“Eternal Life” Artist: Steve Crawford

“Amazing Grace” Artist: Rhema Marvanne

“Thou Oh Lord (Art a Shield)” Artist: Kent Henry

“Defender (Call Upon the Name)” Artist: Travis Doucette


God, when I cry over my loss, do You as well?

Pain, loss, unexpected tragedy, suffering, and hardships are universal marks of being human. We have choices of how these will be used to mold us.

Trial and tribulation can make us bitter or better, pitiful or powerful. We can close up and stagnate or open forward and grow upward.

God allows us the free will to trust in Him, His grace and His omniscient wisdom to rise up, or to figure out how to swim out of the watery abyss alone. There’s no escaping the decisions we must make to become all He intended.

A self-willed, stubborn, proud determination to navigate rough seas without Him, at some point, will drown us because we simply aren’t equipped to be our own navigator … God loves us that much! He doesn’t want us to endure the darkness, the emptiness, or the uncertainty, alone.

Despite my own pain, I am resolved to climb up rather than stagger down. How about you? Which direction will you opt for in your own trek?

C.S. Lewis said of vulnerability in his book, “Four Loves:”

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. Vulnerability is required for any meaningful connection in life. Some degree of risk is required for any kind of growth, be it personal, financial, scientific, or social.”



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