... From the heart of Deann Blake 

An encouraging word…Hope Rising    LESS VS MORE    

As I was sitting at PDX airport this week waiting to board my plane, I was reminded of my first flight experience. I was in my early 20’s flying from Vancouver, BC into PDX to visit family in Vancouver, WA.  
The day of the flight,  it was a dark, grey, gloomy day with a cloud cover and a steady drizzle of rain. Kind of like I was feeling inside-dark, gloomy depressed and hopeless. I was a brand-new believer and life was hard for me, I was feeling hopeless about some of the uncertainty of the circumstances I was facing.
The plane took off and began to climb with some turbulence, rising higher and higher through the clouds,  then BAM! Above the clouds - the most brilliant blue sky and the sun shining in all its glory!!  
Now, you would think I would have known the sky is always blue  and sun always shining above the clouds but I may not have been paying attention that day in science class or missed that day all together (just like I missed the day frogs were being dissected biology class!)
That day on the airplane, in my dark and dreary state of mind, it was one of those AHA moments God gives. I experienced HOPE. If the sky is always blue and the sun always shining, but the physical clouds and rain obscuring my view from what's really there... then my circumstances also are obscuring my view and God is really there in the midst of the gloom, the dreary, the hopelessness. Always there-always with me. And I knew with more certainty that He would bring good to any and every situation I would ever face. He reminded me,  "He is the God of hope and comfort".
Hope is like a reservoir of emotional strength to keep going and not give up, to hold fast. A great example- "Against all hope, in hope Abraham believed."
Without hope we will give way to a downcast and disquieted spirit. Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future, it expects it to happen. It not only expects it to happen, it is confident it will happen. There is a certainty that the good we expect, and desire will be done because we have Gods word on it - the God of hope.
God puts hope into our lives. We live Gods love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. We partner with each other to live healthy lives-physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially.  Jesus gives us the hope of the Gospel…He transforms our lives!
Made Alive in Christ
2. And you [were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the [course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.