What is hope anyway? What happens when we don’t have hope in our lives? Today I read my morning meditation and there was a reference to hope. That once the hope is realized; it is not hope anymore.
Without hope we find ourselves in a sad way. My birthday is January 11th and 111 is a special number to me. One day I decided to look up those numbers. I have been trying to put this together for weeks now and today it all came clear in one of my favorite Bible verses. Hebrews 11:1 Here is what I found. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We all need something to hope for; this is our dreams. We have the ability to make our dreams come true. My friend Rita Davenport taught me about hope; what good are low hopes! We need to Dream Big and visualize those dreams in our minds eye! I like to keep my dreams in front of face. I use my computer to do this. I put pictures of my dreams as my computer screen saver. This way when I walk away from my computer and come back to it; I see those dreams and my hope is energized.
I don’t allow any negativity to slip in and beat me up. I deserve to have my dreams come true! My hope keeps those dreams alive. Without hope we lose our will to go from one day to the next. Hope and faith are connected. Hope is the dream and faith is the affirmation that those dreams will happen. We see it; we feel it and we can experience it in our imaginations and before we know it those dreams become a reality!
We have to watch our perfectionism in this process. We want what we want and we want it now! Anything worth having is worth working for and we have to learn to take babysteps to get to where we want to be. Where do you want to be? Do you know or have you stuffed those dreams into a deep hole?
Then we have our perfectionism to cause us to give up when things are not happening fast enough. This is when we just throw in the towel because our dreams seem too out of reach. As Rita and Ryan Shupe would say, “What good are low hopes? Dream Big!
Everyone asks why do we have to shine our sinks to get started. It is really quite simple; that shiny sink is a ray of hope for you! Something small that can grow into your dream! Right now we struggle with just trying to find our keys. As the clutter and chaos disappear one babystep at a time we give ourselves the freedom to Dream Big. I never knew that I could be an author or anything other than someone who was beaten down by life. With each new habit I acquired, I found a little bit more of me! I didn’t set out to be the FlyLady. I just wanted to be nice to myself. That became the fuel for my routines.
In the beginning all I knew was there had to be something more than just surviving and that God had something for me to do. Each new habit along with every item I got rid of uncovered my purpose in the deep hole. It wasn’t long until I could feel hope blossom inside of me.
That hope is still there today! Where is your hope? I have faith that my dreams will come true. It only takes a little mustard seed of faith to see those dreams become a reality.
I want you to hear one of our songs that is available on our FLY CD. The song was written by Amy Lacey and I made a music video of it for our website. Go to the Getting Started section on our homepage. You will see a sink full of dirty dishes. Turn your volume up and get out your hanky. Here is a direct link.
I want you to find hope and realize that your dreams can come true!
The music on this video is part of our FLY CD! We have it available as a digital download.
My dream for this year is to raise the money to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. My goal was to raise this money by my birthday on January 11th. We are only a few days away from that date. I am not going to beat myself up because we have not reach our goal yet. That goal is $111,000. That seems like a lot of money but for a new home that is relatively inexpensive. We started our project on November 19th. I think we have done really well considering we went though Christmas. We have almost raised $20,000! I think this is amazing since most of the donations have been in small denominations. Everyone at Habitat for Humanity is excited by our progress.
Please help me build this home. Our local Habitat folks have already picked the next new home owner. I can wait to meet her. I’ll bet she becomes a FlyBaby very soon. I have even talked the FlyCrew into helping to actually build the house for a week.