Holding on to hope in an uncertain world

When life tips us sideways we want something strong to hold onto.

A solid Rock to cling to.

Hope is: Holding Onto Promises Expressed

It’s a confident expression of faith in God’s word, His promises, timing, will and unconditional love, whereby we are able to stay stable and at peace in a restless, troubled world.

Hope sees beyond the horizon, believes the impossible, accepts the incredible and lives into the miraculous.

Hope stands guard at the door of our hearts, giving faith admittance and shutting out fear.

Hope rises above all circumstances, seeing and accepting grace in life’s dark places.

Hope never gives up, no matter how bleak things look.

Hope holds onto fraying rope, sure of a safe landing and God’s arms of love reaching out to hold secure.

Hope has mastered living with mystery while rooted in certainty and history.

Hope brings comfort when all looks hopeless, singing soft into the night, reminding us of light’s power to overcome darkness.

Hope breathes in Holy Spirit promises and breathes out beautiful expectation before they are fulfilled.

Hope rises phoenix-bold from the ashes, defiant and deliberate, planting firm feet of faith into God’s Word spoken, seen, revealed and heard.

Hope hears a heart’s aching cries and answers with courage and confidence, while learning to live with the ‘what if?’ and the ‘why?’ of today.


Honoured to be joining with friends for the creative outpouring in community which comprises five-minute-friday. We meet up weekly at Kate Motaung’s place to write brave and free. Today’s prompt is:‘Hope’ Come and join us?

16 thoughts on “Holding on to hope in an uncertain world”

  1. Hi! I am your neighbor at FMF this week, I loved what you shared. Hope is so deep and so amazing isnt it, have a wonderful weekend and many blessings. Aliyah (setapartwarrior.me)

    1. Hi Aliyah. It’s lovely to meet you! Hope is an amazing gift of grace which makes all the difference in our days, doesn’t it? Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

    1. Hi Carrie. I quite agree with you. Hope is a daily necessity and we are blessed that God gives us a continual supply! Thanks for visiting. Blessings. 🙂

  2. What a blessing to read your timely words about hope in an uncertain world, Joy! The image of hope holding onto a fraying rope is powerful and encouraging, to go on hoping against hope when things don’t look promising to outward appearances. Bless you. Your new blog interface is a delight to behold, too! Stunning images alongside wise and inspiring words!

    1. Joyce, you touch on an important concept of the Christian life. Hope endures and perseveres “when things don’t look promising to outward appearances” and in the struggle faith is strengthened. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the kind comments as I settle into this new space for Words of Joy! Have a blessed weekend, dear friend. 🙂 x

  3. I love how you wrote that hope breathes in promises of the Holy Spirit. I think about the breath of hope. I always imagined the outward breath to be faith and that certainly could be beautiful expectation. Your words lifted me today. Thank-you.

    1. Hi Gabriele. I love how you speak about the breath of hope as you imagine “the outward breath to be faith”. That’s how I see it too. I’m glad you were blessed by your visit and I hope to see you here again. Blessings. 🙂

  4. I am new to your blog so I won’t notice the transition. I am inspired by your words of hope. I too am standing still while life seemingly passes me by. Not by my illness but that of my husband. Blessings to you.

    1. Hi Adrian. Thank you for stopping by. Life can often seem to come to a standstill when we have chronic illness to add into the equation. It is hard to stay hopeful when our circumstances are anything but. The great thing about Christian hope is seeing God’s presence and the light of His grace with us in everything. We are not as alone as we may feel.
      And we can draw encouragement from knowing He is by our side, strengthening us for the journey of life and faith. Many blessings to you too. Caring for a sick spouse is a challenging thing indeed. May God give you the comfort of His peace and the reassurance of hope for this life and beyond.

    1. Hi Denise. Thank you for your sweet encouragement! I’m so thankful God gifted me with words to share on a topic dear to my heart. Blessings. 🙂 x

    1. Hi Barbie. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m humbly grateful you found words here that resonated in your soul. I could also say a hearty “Amen!” to the things you shared about hope being deferred. It’s such a common experience and one that can so easily lead us down the slippery slope of discouragement, despair and depression if we’re not alert and watchful. Taking our eyes off our circumstances and fixing them firmly on Jesus is a great antidote for halting this slide. Bless you for your lovely encouragement. 🙂 x

  5. Beautiful, Joy. I love these descriptions of hope. I can’t imagine what life would be like without hope! Praying God will give you hope-filled days as you step out in a new venture of spreading His hope. Hugs!

    1. Trudy, I echo your sentiments. Life without hope – and Christian hope in particular – would be a poor thing indeed. Many of us need hope just to get us out of bed in the morning to face the day. The hope of seeing change for the better is a strong motivating factor when life is painful and challenging. Thank you for your lovely prayer. That is my fervent hope! Blessings and hugs to you. 🙂 x

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