Hope For The Best ~ {Giveaway}

Posted by on June 12, 2012 in (in)courage, Giveaways, Product Review | 57 comments

  I'm peeking back in today to offer up a fun Giveaway from DaySpring. I hope you'll enter and share the opportunity with your friends. 

Sitting there in the darkened auditorium I’m restless–anxious for her number. She’s practiced for months and finally, today’s the day–her first dance recital. I ask her afterwards, on the way home if she was scared and she, looking out the window watching the farms and fields pass by, simply says, “I wasn’t scared at all”.

That’s my girl. Mostly fearless–except when it comes to spiders or centipedes.

She danced her heart out for a whopping two minutes and thirty-eight seconds and it didn’t even phase her that there were hundreds of people sitting just over the edge of the stage. She did what she went there to do–and I’d sat there, hoping for the best, unsure of what exactly to expect.

This is my whole life. waiting on God, watching to see what His appearance will look like. I’m an eternal optimist so hope comes somewhat easy to me. I am pretty good at sitting back and hoping for the best.

The alternative is just ugly.

What would a life of expecting the worst be like? A hopeless life? I can’t bare to think of it.

It’s not that I’m so good at it, or that I live such a charmed life, hope comes from Christ. He lives in me and therefore I have hope because I have Him. 

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25

We’re called to live life hopefully, unafraid, expectant–

We can trust God’s goodness because He sent hope to earth in the form of his only beloved Son.

Whether we dance on the stage or wait in the audience we can do it with hope for the best possible outcome, because we trust that all things work for the good for those who love the Lord.

So love Him fiercely. Wait expectantly, trust that God knows your need and will meet it with the fullest measure of His grace and love because “He’s in the habit of giving it”.

 {GIVEAWAY}

To be considered for this {Giveaway} I’d love to hear about a time when you were hopeful (hopefully, this isn’t too hard to narrow down!)

*Would you share in the comments about a time when you were hoping for the best? How did things work out?

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This {Giveaway} closes on Thursday, June 14th at midnight, EST. Winner will be announced Friday morning, and will have 48 hours to respond before another is selected. This {Giveaway} is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will receive one FREE Hope For The Best Tote and FREE SHIPPING!

*I was given this product for the purpose of my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

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  • http://twitter.com/GirlGrowsUp theGirl

    I’m with your dear daughter on the spiders.

    Right now I’m hopeful that, as I transition to a new job, I’m following God’s leading.

  • http://twitter.com/GirlGrowsUp theGirl

    I tweeted!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/shellebo29 Michelle Rogers

    Currently hoping for healing for our senior pastor. Last July he was dx w/ grade4 glioblastoma brain tumor & given 3 mos. w/o treatment. Here we are after 1 round of radiation/chemo & 6 mos. maintenance chemo and his tumor stopped growing. I’m hoping and praying for the Lord’s will, whether that’s taking pastor Home or removing the tumor and restoring him to health. God is good!

  • Gabrielle

    Following on twitter.

  • Gabrielle

    Liked on Facebook.

  • Gabrielle

    Subscribed.

  • Gabrielle

    Hopeful that I would follow the path that He has set for me.

  • http://fruitinseason.blogspot.com Christine- Fruit in Season

    How do you DO that?? You made a giveaway a beautiful thing. I absolutely adore that picture of your little dancer. Precious!

  • http://fruitinseason.blogspot.com Christine- Fruit in Season

    Oh, and I tweeted…

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrs.sampson07 Randi Sampson

    I suppose I’d say I was hoping for the best before our cross country move…I’d let you know how it went, but we’re still adjusting:)

    randi.amoderndayfairytale@gmail.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrs.sampson07 Randi Sampson
  • http://profiles.google.com/mrs.sampson07 Randi Sampson

    I follow on Twitter as well! (MrsS07)

    randi.amoderndayfairytale@gmail.com

  • Ann Washburn

    With myself, it is not “hope” but having faith. When my husband was applying for a managerial position, I simply had faith that God had plans for my family and that all would work out as He had planned. When a member of my church underwent heart surgery, I simply had faith that God would take care of her. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t blind faith that everything will work out how “I” want it; it is the faith that if I leave everything to God, it will work out how He wants it, and that I will not allow myself to worry. Now, before I give the impression of campaigning for righteous sainthood, I DO have times where worry does get ahold of me, and I do struggle, and I ask God to take that worry away, so that I can have the faith that He is in control. I haven’t always been this way, it is something that has evolved in me these past few years (I will be 45 next month).

  • Pensieve

    What a beautiful review post–in words and pictures! I’m not trying to win a tote but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you joining in this month’s Inspired Deals :).

    Your daughter is precious….I was a bitty ballerina, too :).

    • alwaysalleluia

      Awe, I am so blessed by your words!! Thank you for stopping by! I am honored to be a part of this months indeals!! I too was a tiny ballerina once upon a time- feels like eons ago…

  • http://overcomingloneliness.com Jody Watkins

    tweeted by camelback777

  • http://overcomingloneliness.com Jody Watkins

    followed on FB (overcomingloneliness) & Twitter (camelback)

  • http://overcomingloneliness.com Jody Watkins

    Subscribed & thanks for a fun reminder to expect greatness from greatness himself!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yes! Always expect greatness!

  • MomsMustardSeeds

    I love knowing that I need to have an answer for the hope that is in me, as Peter says we should have….I love showing the world that hope can be seen in love and in times of difficulty. My hope…is for people I know who have Christ – that God will open their hearts to the beauty of his love…that’s my ‘hope’…one of them.

  • MomsMustardSeeds
  • MomsMustardSeeds

    I “Like” you, Follow You and receive your sweet posts in my email!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Bless you, Rebecca, what a faithful friend I have in you!! XO

  • Kim B.

    I’m hopeful right now as we’re waiting to find out if my husband gets the job he’s been interviewing for. I’m so blessed that I know it’s in God’s hands! My hope for our future is in God alone :)

  • http://www.canaanboundbrigade.wordpress.com/ Kim B.

    I’m an email follower :)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yay! Thank you, Kim!!

  • Lolita Valle

    Thank you for this, Kris. We are a kindred spirit. I am like you, always hoping for the best (in Christ Jesus’ Name). I love to clasp my hands as in prayer, and be an expectant channel of blessing, for myself or for family and friends…..or even others I don’t know.

    A sincere wish could soar up to heaven, and I imagine Jesus smiling down and blowing it back to settle on the object of that wish and prayer.

    So blessed I am with this.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks for stopping by Lolita, what sweet words you have!

  • http://twitter.com/lifesurrendered Michele-Lyn

    You and I have giveaways at the same time. Glad to see you peeping back in, my beautiful friend… Hoping for the best, eh? Always – and sometimes finding myself sorely disappointed. I have had to learn to place my hope in the One that never changes and never will fail me — or us.

    Blessings to you — may His grace and strength be lavished on you <3

    • alwaysalleluia

      Yes, it’s nice to sneak back in, can I just say how much I have missed blogging? But this break, it’s good for me and necessary. And yes, amen, put our hopes in Him, and not on the stuff of life. He is the one who fulfills all our hopes in the fullness of His glory. Bless you, sweet girly. Your’e a jewl in the crown!

      • http://twitter.com/lifesurrendered Michele-Lyn

        Always a pleasure with you <3

  • Jessica @ Muthering Heights

    That photo? Amazing!!!

    I’m hopeful about my future with my family, and what it holds. :)

    • alwaysalleluia

      Thanks, Jessica! And yes to that hope! I am also very hopeful about the future, I can’t wait to see where God leads us!! God bless you, sweet sister-friend!

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    I hope you have that photo enlarged and hung on the wall! breathtaking…

    Coming from another eternal optimist, hope is a frequent word in my vocabulary. I have a couple loved ones that always try to convince me to plan for the worst and hope for the best. I’m just not a fan. I don’t want to think about the worst. I’d rather hope for His will and know it’s the best. Regardless of the outcome.

    But I’m human. it’s the ‘know it’s the best’ that gets me sometimes. Still it doesn’t stop me from hoping. Because I’ve seen Him in action too many times. and I know He’s got a hold on me. I just hope I can bring Him glory each and every day…

  • Debbie

    I’m hopeful right now that God will open doors for my family to make some important changes.

  • Debbie

    Tweeted @grantggreen. Great giveaway! Thanks

  • Sarah A.

    When we listed our house this past February. Everything worked out great. I clearly saw the hand of God in all of it. He truly hand delivered the buyers of our house 2 days after we listed it.

  • Sarah A.

    Following on twitter

  • Sarah A.
  • http://www.facebook.com/kellibecton Kelli Parker Becton

    I asked God (hopefully) to bless me with my own family and allow us to live near the beach where I went as a girl (I started asking this when I was 7 while walking on that beach) Guess what? :) I met my husband on that beach – was married there & we live there with our 3 boys! God is good!

  • Mary Souther

    Finding myself hopeful right now as my husband and I have been trying for over a year to have another child. (We have one little girl). God’s timing is perfect, and I will place my hope in the Lord!

  • Mary Souther

    I “like” Always Alleluia

  • Mary Souther

    I subscribe too. Thanks for the neat giveway. Dayspring has some beautiful stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaMashburnMelsWorld Melissa Scarbrough Mashburn

    Beautiful, simply beautiful…love this bag and love your blog. I just found you through the Inspired Deals review page. Great job on spreading JOY to those who visit your bloggy home. Hope…great word, something I cling to and have clutched onto for years, especially during a dark season when my oldest son became deathly ill and spent 51 days in the PICU when he was 11 years old. He’s 18 now and just graduated from High School…those dark days brought so much light to our world and showed us that God each and every day planned out for our good and His glory. Wouldn’t want to go through it again, but of so thankful for the lessons learned while in it.

  • Rachel M

    I am HOPEFUL right now that God’s majestic plan for our MOPS groups – meeting the big financial need and the spiritual needs, both seen and hidden – will be SO much more than we could have imagined.

  • Rachel M

    I also “like” Always Alleluia on Facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/helen.gentz Helen Gentz

    I am very hopeful that God will allow my older sister and her husband to conceive and have a child, soon. They’ve been married for 5 years and have been trying to have a baby for at least a couple of years. I’m hoping the Lord will grant them the desires of their heart! I trust that God can open her womb to conceive.

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    I like Always Alleluia on FB.

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    I’ve subscribed to your emails. Thank you!!

  • Kathy Schoenherr

    Email subscriber

  • Kathy Schoenherr

    Our company recently went through layoffs. I was hopeful that my job would be ok and it was.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    About two years ago, we lost our home to short sale in order to avoid foreclosure (after nearly 3 years of hubby’s unemployment). I was hopeful that things would work out to keep our home, but God has a different. His ways are higher than mine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.paoletta1 Dawn St Amand Paoletta

      Oh, Barbie- we actually lost our home in 2008- a shameful, sad time…planning on sharing more in the future BUT just knowing you have had that pain makes me feel safer to share somehow! Hugs…

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I tweeted!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I share don Facebook!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I subscribe through RSS!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dawn.paoletta1 Dawn St Amand Paoletta

    New to you through Barbie! Hello! I was hopeful when my husband and I decided after 20 years of faithful friendship to follow God’s small voice…and marry. How did it turn out. Well, I guess I would say…God is faithful, His ways are best and I wonder why we did not consider it sooner…but that’s a blog post in itself!