~ Today’s Scripture art and mini Bible study about hope are designed to help us discern what the Bible says hope in Jesus should look like in real life. ~
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After finishing the book Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolf (which I highly recommend), a couple of quotes really stuck with me. In fact, they had my wheels turning and questions sparking so much that I had to dive into my Bible to learn more!
Now that’s a sign of a good book – one that draws us into God’s Word!
Before I give you the quotes, I want to tell you a little about Katherine Wolf because her story makes the quotes even more amazing.
This preview is on the back of the book …
“With her six-month-old sleeping in the next room, Katherine Wolf screamed for her husband, Jay, and crumpled to the ground. Her modeling career was just taking off in Malibu, California, and Jay was ready to take his final law school exams in a few hours. But those plans changed in an instant. On April 21, 2008, Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke. She was rushed into micro-brain surgery, where the neurosurgeon told Jay, ‘I need you to know there’s a good chance she will not survive.’ As the sun rose the next morning, Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain. And that’s where the hard part began.”
And this is inside the book jacket …
“Katherine and Jay’s story continues to be written. And their story of wounded things healed is your story too. If you’re suffering. If you’re disappointed. If your life looks nothing like the one you expected to live. Travel with Katherine and Jay down this excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery. At the end of your journey, you might find for yourself the very gift that helped Katherine and Jay survive … hope.”
Did you notice what they said helped them survive?
Wait – hope?
I started wondering: what did they mean by that exactly?
Maybe they were hoping for healing – after all the book is titled Hope Heals. But I know from their website that she wasn’t totally healed. Or maybe they were just hoping for better days ahead.
I had to find out.
Because regular old hope doesn’t seem big enough to help someone survive.
That brings me to quote #1 that rolled around in my head for days.
“The pain has weighed heavily on our shoulders and hearts, threatening to crush us, but we have not been crushed. The hope in our hearts has always been greater than despair because it anchors us.”
Let me stop in mid-quote for a sec to highlight their theme verse.
Hebrews 6:19a: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (CSB & NIV)
This verse also came to mind …
2 Corinthians 4:8: We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; (CSB)
Okay, back to the quote. It continued …
“Our hope is Jesus. We trust Him and all He is doing – in all that we understand and, more importantly, in all that we do not.”
Aha. There’s the answer to my previous question. Their hope is Jesus.
They weren’t just hoping for healing, or hoping for life to change. It dawned on me that they used the word “hope” in a whole different way than the norm.
For them, Hope = Jesus.
It was starting to come into focus, but I was still weighing in.
Then Jay elaborated with this …
“Then I flipped to Job, a book I had honestly hardly ever read before because it seemed like kind of a downer. I couldn’t help but superimpose Katherine’s name there. This most ancient of biblical texts felt so strikingly modern, so relevant to Katherine’s story, that I was stunned. I considered the reality that sometimes suffering comes because of the decisions we make; sometimes it comes as a way for God to gauge His place in our hearts; and sometimes it comes simply as a by-product of living in a world that is in a state of falling apart. Yet no matter the origin of suffering, God’s presence remains the same. He finds us in our hurts, if we want to be found. His power to filter the worst that life has to offer, with goodness remaining, is our great hope.”
So to summarize, Jay said hope is: God’s presence.
And that Presence has the power to get us through the worst life has to offer, with goodness remaining!
Can we really hope for that?
There’s one way to find out! Check it with Scripture.
Join me in searching the Bible for truths on what this special hope is supposed to look like in real life …
Mini Bible Study About Hope
This 7-day Bible Study will help you find out for yourself what Scripture says about … what “hope in Jesus” looks like in real life!
We will study and write Scripture for 7 days (because when you write something, it helps internalize it) with our guided Scripture writing worksheets – to make sure you truly write HOPE on your heart!
This intentional Bible Study Kit includes 3 parts …
- Part 1 – Scripture writing worksheets to help internalize God’s Word
- Part 2 – Scripture Art in both 8×10 and 5×7 plus greeting card
- Part 3 – Today’s mini Bible study
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I pray we can all learn to live out: Hope = Jesus.
It’s worth the learning curve. In fact, Katherine and Jay wouldn’t change a thing …
“Those first ten years of marriage weren’t ones we would ever have chosen for ourselves or our child. Yet we remembered them, celebrated them, and even gave thanks for them, knowing, quite surprisingly, that we would not change them because if we removed the depth of our sufferings, we would also remove the power of our hope.”
*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!
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