Spark of Hope #56 – Reflect Hope

Spark of Hope #55 – Picture the most intense event you’ve ever prepared for and the emotions that accompanied it. Now multiply it times 1000! That gives you a clear picture of what I’ve witnessed this week being in the midst of military families preparing for deployment. Delivering our 2nd Choose Hope Program last night shed a bold light on my expectations. Playing out upcoming events in our minds can lead to being dismayed when reality doesn’t match what we pictured. I found myself in that place last night.  With soldiers being pulled in two directions, many spouses sat there alone for what was to be a couple’s session. As I stood there clinging to what I’d pictured, Chaplain Rich stepped into the room. His kind and reassuring words helped me realize that I was clinging to expectation, rather than purpose. All at once, I saw each member’s inner turmoil of being pulled in too many directions adding to the heaviness of impending months apart. I also saw their anticipation of the program I came to deliver. They had come to Choose Hope.  So I began at their side, sharing tools as they shared inights, fears, hopes, tears, pride and laughter. Every step of walking beside people in difficult journeys is a learning step. I pray I never stop learning. It is an honor and privilege to be in that place where Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday—the place where HOPE is magnified.

Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. A world without it is like a world without possibility. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

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  1. Our military is under tremendous pressure these days to turn the country of Afghanistan back to their armed forces. The enemy Taliban has infiltrated these forces which means within the camps that troops are remaining armed and cannot relax. These pressures add to the safety risk and the felt pressure by the dad and moms left behind plus their kids. The value of your HOPE ministry is incredibly important. Thanks for your hard work and pray you have had a great time with your sister and niece. May God bless you and keep you, and may your smile blossom with hope always!

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