Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking foward... with HOPE.

I was watching the news on New Year's Eve and they were reporting a fatal car accident locally that had happened in the early hours of the same day.  A young man, driving home, hit by a drunk driver and killed.  My man said, "Wait... I think I know him."  I looked up the young man's facebook page and saw his life sprinkled in photos and phrases there, on that page.  Turns out Adrain did know him, in a round-about-way.  The young man worked for a section of Adrain's company, in our town.  In one heartbreaking moment the connection was made and the impersonal suddenly became a bit more personal.  As we prepared to ring in 2014 my mama's heart broke for the parents with empty arms that night.  Friends, a girlfriend, coworkers and other loved ones living life with a hole where this young man's life had filled it.   And what we all know deep down hit me afresh.  We get one shot at this thing, good or bad- ONE shot. 

I've watched the passing of the last few years with relief and hopeful expectation mixed with fears that all the things we had been praying for would never change or get better....until this year. This New Year's was different.  For the first time in years, I didn't feel that hopeless sadness over a passing year of unmet expectations and fear over more of the same wash over me.  Something different was in the air this year- HOPE.  All the things Adrain and I have anxiously chewed our lower lip over these past few years are still "current" YET God has shown Himself faithful in so many details that it blows my mind and plants my feet in the camp of trusting Him with the big things.  If I could shout out the details for you I would do it, and it might even make tears spring to your eyes to see how His finger had directed us and provided for us in the shadows of the past few years of valley-living.


What I can tell you, is that you really can praise HIM and thank Him while heartbreaking circumstances stay unchanging. While relationships hang by threads you can praise Him for His plan.  While questions and heartache pillow your head at night you can thank Him for that place.  You can raise your arms in trust and cry out HIS wonders while you stand on a heap of financial loss and unknowns.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and nothing is impossible for GOD!  This past year we've watched hope resurface in our hearts- places we'd long since abandoned.  We've watched a financial rescue begin.  We've seen answers to questions from the past and we've seen that in the glorious and heartbreaking messy moments of life and relationship, God has a VERY GOOD plan. 

I don't have any resolutions for 2014.  I don't have much of anything but this one thing a person can not live long without- HOPE.  Hope because He didn't give me a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and self-discipline and I'm claiming it for my household.  Hope because He hasn't given up on me yet.  Hope that though this life will bring trouble...and unexpected loss, heartbreak and things that smack us from the sidelines... He has overcome the world and His plan for us is a good one and He delights to answer our prayers and bring us through it, to the other side. 
 
And because I promised... and because I halfway have figured out dang Photoshop Elements (WHOOO!!!) finally, here are my favorites from the wedding we just hosted in our home last weekend. I only took 400 photos.  I thought I would probably take a thousand but I didn't.  Still... that's a heap to sort through. 







 

 





Wherever this New Year finds you, Adrain and I pray that you find a way to HOPE in HIS mighty plan for your life.  We are clinging to that same hope in our hearts, (often with tears running down my cheeks) and it's awesome, if also just a little bit scary.  We all get one shot at this life, so let's make it count in all the ways that truly matter, this year! 

Are you with me? 


18 comments:

  1. Let's rock this year with HOPE!!! Thanks for all of your encouragement in 2013. Love you Sash!! xo ~Sally
    p.s. awesome photos!!!

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  2. I always love reading your blog! We serve an awesome God!!!

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  3. It must be prevalent I our hearts and minds.....usually I do not pick a word for the year, but several weeks ago I was drawn to the emotion of hope and it has been in my daily thoughts as I form my ideas for the future year...Hope, it just feels right :)

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  4. It must be prevalent I our hearts and minds.....usually I do not pick a word for the year, but several weeks ago I was drawn to the emotion of hope and it has been in my daily thoughts as I form my ideas for the future year...Hope, it just feels right :)

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  5. Thank you for your blog and the chance to follow you on Instagram. I appreciate you and your words and creativity. Happy {hopeful} New Year♡

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  6. Just gpt home from my aunts funeral...we lost her suddenly. It was an emotional day but the one thing rang true today....Hope in God will never let us down. He is faithful and good and I have the assurance of seeing my aunt again one day because of the Hope and Faith we have in him!!

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  7. Yes! Hope! Beautifully said. And amazing photographs. What a beautiful wedding.

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  8. Yes, without hope we are nothing and we serve a God that offers us hope eternally. Fabulous post for the beginning of this new year. Blessings to you this new year!

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  9. Good stuff here, my friend. The bride and groom are so dang cute. Love the photos and words of encouragement.

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  10. Yes and Amen. He is our hope and our rock.
    Your photos are beautiful! I have really loved watching the wedding unfold. :)
    Happy New Year, Sasha!! xoxo

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  11. these are so beautiful my friend

    blessings to ya'll in 2014. love you!!

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  12. Thank you, thank you!!! These words brought tears to my eyes as I have felt the same way but never knew how seeing the words which describe the glory would make me feel!! Bless you and yours for this year and all the years to come. Thanks again!

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  13. Hope is THE key. It's trusting that it's gonna be good. It's believing He holds us in the palm of His hands. It's gooooood. And girl you could totally be a photographer. Maybe after you get comfy with Photoshop you should consider it. Beautiful work.

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  14. HOPE is truly something we need to hang on to...along with faith. I think I told you that we lost my almost 16 yr old granddaughter 6/21, My brother had suffered a heart attack about 10 days earlier and it was totally a God deal that he survived. My heart was shattered about Abby and the following months were horrific. I barely remember July & August and couldn't tell you anything about it. I dreaded the holidays with a passion and no decor here but a wreath. Christmas Eve brought a sense of peace and I've felt better since. Everyone told me that God would bring comfort and peace...I didn't think that would ever happen. It has begun and I am so very, very grateful! I know God has the master plan and I am just trying to follow Him. He has the reasons for our losses even though we may never have answers.

    Yes, we need to have hope!

    xo
    Pat

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  15. P.S. Your photography is awesome!!!

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  16. Oh, I just love your words . . . And photography . . . In this post! Last year I sat across the table from a very good friend of my husband and I as we talked about life. He looked at me and told me, without a blink of the eye, that he lost hope. It made me cry as soon as he said that. Hope, as someone above already commented, is the key. I am so glad you are finding the HOPE for 2014, and know that with your faith - you will continue to do so. You are helping me be reminded to call my friend and see how he is doing this year. Thanks for that! Happy New Year!

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  17. Hello, I found you here, since placing an order for a friend at your shop - the sweet Sheep and lamb. Your blog is a wonderful place.

    Hope is a powerful word. My favorite verse is Romans 15:13 and it talks about overflowing with Hope. I pray this new year is a great one for you and your family.

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