Hope for a New Year—Lessons From English Class

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I hope to reach my goals. I’m dreaming big this year.

Sentiments of hope and dreams may be shared with family and friends or stay hopeful thoughts dancing around our heads. Humans are distinguished from every other living creature by our hopes, our passions and ambitions.

Nouns and Verbs

Mrs. Lewis was my favorite high school teacher. She taught English, French, and Speech and Drama. Having each of those subjects, I was privileged to sit under her teaching for four consecutive years.

Whether it was the major parts of a speech, constructing grammatically correct sentences, or learning a foreign language, Mrs. Lewis stressed the importance of nouns and verbs working together. She knew descriptive action verbs made all the difference in the world of nouns.

When we set new goals, plans to accomplish those milestones become the verbs—actions that must accompany our dreams or they’ll be just dreams. Nothing more. Our nouns and verbs work together for a successful outcome.

We hope tomorrow’s The End looks more promising than today’s once upon a time. And we Hope Photo courtesy of Pixabay.comhope for the future—the fresh start to a new year and a new us.

Yet, we often wane in our efforts, no matter how much we strive to achieve. Hitting our mark one week, missing it the next. Wishing we could be consistent. Trying to find stamina to endure.

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:31 AMP)

Our striving to reach new heights, and our dreaming to make passions a reality, are in vain without the inner strength of the Lord. We wait for hope in Him.

Hope is a noun and verb.

Hope is the feeling of expectation (noun) and wanting or expecting (verb).

  • I hope for a raise at work.
  • There’s hope for the world.
  • We’re hoping our brother pulls through this illness.
  • She put her hope in winning the contest.

Hope Photo courtesy of Pixabay.comSeems that hope and hoping are commonplace in life. But there’s a place our expectations and expecting come together—in God alone. God is hope and God gives hope. Therefore, He is both the noun and verb of our hope.

God has plans for our hope in the present, in the coming year, and in the future. Scripture confirms this promise.

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV.)

We can trust the Lord always has our best interest in mind. A loving heavenly Father who has sentiments of hope and dreams for our today and our tomorrow.

Often the plans we make for our future hope don’t quite turn out as we had anticipated. But we have hope in Christ. It’s in Him that our passions, ambitions, dreams and goals bring the most reward. He is the noun and verb of our hope. In God’s plans, nouns and verbs work together for a successful outcome. Whatever that looks like to Him, not to us.

I’m dreaming big this year. I’m placing my dreams in Christ.


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Karen Friday

Whether the spoken or written word, Karen thrives in moving an audience to experience laughter, tears, surprise, and deep reflection. She not only possesses an affection for words (just ask her family), but she also cherishes God’s Word. Karen is an award-winning writer who has published both devotions and articles with a mission to know Jesus more and make Him known. She contributes to several national sites while she works on her first non-fiction book. In the blogging world, she is referred to as “Girl Friday” where she shares a central message: you are never far from hope. And she considers her life as a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader a sacred calling. Karen and her husband Mike reside in East Tennessee and have two grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology. Connect with her blog community, Hope is Among Us.

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