Welcome my friend, Karen Lembo! A resident of Maryland, Karen & I connected through an article she wrote for Journey Magazine. She’s a prolific writer and blogger, as well as a teacher and talented artist. Her paintings are gorgeous!
We hope to connect in person one day, but in the meantime we’ll continue our bloggy friendship! Be sure to check out some of her practical tips and encouraging posts at her blog, Living Above The Laundry Pile.
Riding the Escalator of Hope
“How do I do another load of laundry?” I sigh as I come to grips with the time on the clock by my head. Sometimes it is just hard to drag myself out of bed and face the mundane, repetitive tasks before me. ”I want a life of adventure!” my soul cries. But the dog needs to go out, the lunches prepared, I need to exercise, grocery shop and do another load of laundry. My family needs me. But I’m tired of doing this, Lord.
“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope“
I read in Romans 15:4 over my breakfast cereal. Hope. Endurance. Encouragement. The words linger, beckoning me to a place above the laundry pile. I take God’s hand and let His words lift my slumped shoulders.
“Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”
I am still in Romans, now chapter 8, verses 24-25. Want to know more about hope? How about Hebrews 11:1-2
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for”
Hope is like an escalator that propels my spirit to a place above the laundry pile. To a place where the view is clearer, the air fresher. I’m not all I’m going to be, but I’m heading in the right direction. I have hope because God is who He says He is. And one day I will see Him.
From up here, I realize, “this is the adventure! Even if all I can see is laundry and children and dinner that needs to be prepared, the adventure is in the hoping. The adventure is in seeking the promise, wherever that trail may lead.”
And I don’t think I’ll be in this place forever. If I let Him, God will continue to lead me through other seasons. For now, my place is at my post, right here, creating the heart of my home. Watching, waiting, hoping, enduring–these are all part of having the adventure.
I can’t climb to this place, Lord. I need your hope to transport me to this place above the laundry pile, to this place where I feel peace and security. I may not have physically changed circumstances, but hope changes my perspective and my attitude. I think it will be a better day now.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope,
by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13)
And may our families, friends and others get caught under that overflow of hope today. Have a great week, my sweet friends!