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Friday, May 18, 2012

Perspective…I am imprisoned by hope…(5 Minute Friday)

Return to the stronghold,
You prisoners of hope.
Even today I declare
That I will restore double to you.
Zechariah 9:12 (NKJV)

Happy Friday...where a merry band takes up the  thegypsymama's gauntlet  to drop everything and write.   My readers, such as they are, now expect a FMF.  The rules are simple…

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. REALLY.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Visit people who linked up before us & encourage them with generous and thoughtful comments, because we all know how good they feel.

Game? Come join the fun!


Channel surfing this morning, I happened upon Joyce Meyer’s confession that she is not by nature a happy person.  (Sounds like several people I know and love…) By comparison, I am the ultimate optimist-my cup is NEVER EMPTY.  I am thankful to have passed that optimism on to at least one of my children.  The other one I’m working on, but she’s a fatalist, like her dad.  Oh well. 

I heard something else on Joyce Meyer’s broadcast this morning, a testimony about Zechariah 9:12 that stayed with me, and as it happens, informs my perspective.  I am a prisoner of hope. 

I realized that I wouldn’t want to be any other way.  Besides the empirical evidence, that optimists live longer, survive bouts of illness and other tragedies more successfully and with less measurable stress that others, it’s just the way I’m wired.  It’s my perspective on the Universe, and not one I’m inclined to change.

In matters of mothering, I have tried to teach my young ones that they have the ability to shape their destinies.  If you expect to be successful, you will work within that model.  You expect nothing less, and no matter what comes, you expect, because of your perspective on the world, that all will be well.  Even in the face of disaster, you expect that things will work out, and your orientation and your actions reflect that.

This morning, my message came both from Joyce Meyers and the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor of Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, DC, helping to further define my perspective on life…”Prisoners of Hope live shackled to God’s redeeming Grace.” 

I happily accept my life sentence, knowing that I am never alone, shackled to God’s redeeming Grace.  All the evidence I need that God is good.



  1. This is such an inspirational post. I have been through some challenging times and I am always doing everything to lift my spirit. I am a new Follower of your Blog from the Weekend Blog Hop. Have a good weekend.

  2. Great post! New follower from bloggy moms, I look forward to your future posts! Have a great weekend!


  3. Excellent post and well timed for me, thank you! I think I may visit again and partake in FMF next week :)
    New follower from MeloMama
    Life with our Family

  4. Hi Beloved,
    This is very inspirational for me. "Shackled to God's grace" Thanks for coming over to my blog and following.
    I followed you everywhere, GFC, Linky and NetworkedBlogs.
    Great to connect with another sister.
    God's grace!


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