Hope Can Get Long

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“Faith can be work. Love can be labor. Hope can get long.” Beth Moore

This quote seems to sum up all that I know about raising children. Holding on to our faith may require great effort. Loving our families will be hard work. And hope? Sometimes I get worn out with hoping because answers don’t come, or healing doesn’t happen even when I plead for it.

Loving Jesus doesn’t make us immune to suffering or struggle; it means he is with us in it. We are never alone – never. My friend, Michele, shared a story about her time as a missionary nurse in Nepal. She was very sick, and there was not much that could be done for her at the remote mountain hospital where she worked. It was very possible that she would die. One day she saw herself in a mirror and her entire body was blistered and peeling. As she looked at her reflection, she felt the deepest sense of Jesus’ presence with her. She knew she was not alone and in that moment, she was forever changed.

As I listened to her recount the incredible story, I thought about calling, faith, and doubt. Would I have looked in the mirror and felt the presence of Jesus, or would I have looked in the mirror and thought, “I must have been wrong when I thought God was calling me to serve the people of Nepal. Surely if it was his plan for me, it would not be turning out this way. I could die here.”

But she knew a deep truth – serving Jesus, loving people, being completely in the center of his will – may involve tremendous suffering.

Why then, do we parents doubt our calling so often? Surely, if we had heard God correctly we wouldn’t find ourselves struggling, stumbling, and barely holding on. Images flash through my mind of so many broken moments – tears, sleepless nights, the agony of my child in complete rage, fear in the other children’s eyes, days of desperately searching for help.

Can we accept that being in the center of God’s may involve tremendous suffering for us too?

Faith can be work. Love can be labor. Hope can get long.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1: 2-3

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

16 Comments

  1. Laine
    July 3, 2014

    Wow. Profound and beautiful. Thank you. Once again, you have lifted my heart. God bless you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 3, 2014

      I'm so glad, Laine. Thanks for letting me know that you were encouraged.

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      1. Laine
        July 3, 2014

        I've sent today's post to two moms today who are carrying heavy burdens and loving their children through hard, hard things. I know it will help them. Thank you again.

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          July 3, 2014

          Thank you, Laine. I hope they find it helpful, and maybe they'll find some other posts that will encourage them as well. "I Used to be a Good Mom", and "Meditations on a Messy Life" are two of my most popular posts. "It's a Crying Shame" might be helpful as well. You and your friends are not alone – there are so many of us that need to encourage one another. Blessings to you.

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  2. Chris
    July 3, 2014

    Doubting the calling in the midst of HARD!!!
    Yep, walking that walk right now…if only the rejoicing in all things could come easier than the grumbling and sighing!!! Thanks for sharing, I needed thAt today…SIGH!!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 3, 2014

      I think about this, Chris. Press on – hope is long.

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  3. Laurel
    July 3, 2014

    What a great quote! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 3, 2014

      You are very welcome, Laurel.

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  4. holdingtomorrow
    July 3, 2014

    Thank you, Lisa. This comes at a good time, in that we've finished our home study, but it seems that our home study social worker thinks we are crazy to add to our family (of 3 children, but with some special needs) and risk upsetting the apple cart. We've felt strongly called by God to this work, so I just have to keep reminding myself that He and I aren't looking for a life of comfort and ease, but of purpose and meaning. If the home study worker wouldn't choose the same for herself, that really isn't my concern. Blessings to you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 4, 2014

      I'm so glad my post encouraged you. Thanks for letting me know.

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  5. Jennifer
    July 6, 2014

    WOW! "serving Jesus, loving people, being completely center of His will – may involve tremendous suffering." I don't know how much more you could have spoken to my heart. This past week I had the privilege to go to a Christian camp with my daughter as a camp counselor. The message I heard from the pastor there was also about obeying God's calling, or doing what is right even when it is hard to do. We adopted one little boy earlier this year and I am starting to feel the holy spirit nudging me for another child to come home. I have been trying to ignore the holy spirit because of just how hard this process is! God sure is using you Lisa. Thank you for your words.

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  6. tacomafamily
    July 23, 2014

    This is a huge blessing to me today! Thank you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 23, 2014

      I'm so glad it encouraged you.

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  7. Robin
    July 24, 2018

    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing. I am trying to climb up the walls of the “why did we ever think we could do this?” pit. Grateful for your encouragement.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      July 24, 2018

      I hear you, Robin. Thinking of you while we’re at Whidbey.

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      1. Robin
        July 24, 2018

        Yes, your pictures make me wistful! Enjoy every beautiful minute in that special place.

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