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Hope & Joy

Hope & Joy

Day 1

I’ve decided to join the 31 Day Writing Challenge. I haven’t written since July … that’s an incredibly long time, and I’ve come to the realization that I need to motivate myself. Last year at this time I used this challenge to motivate me and it worked for a bit … and then life got harder.

So here I am again. Challenging myself to get back to a “new” normal. This new normal is fraught with challenge and a need to remain motivated. So here I go … motivating my self to live my new life.

These last five months have been a challenge all their own. Never before tread territory for me. And

frankly I’m still at a loss … so I pray. I’ve always prayed. Now I pray continually. Sometimes my only conversation in a whole day is my conversation with God. And I’m grateful to have that, because only God can assist me in this my new normal – alone.  So my 31 Day Write Challenge is to Pray. I have started a prayer journal … this will just be where I journal for the next 31 days.

31 Days of Prayer

31 Days of Prayer

Today I’m going to share a photo I took a few years ago and edited … I have A LOT of photos that I’ve dedicated to prayer. I hope to share some of them with you here in the next few days. In fact, today, my Day 1 in the challenge is actually 4 days late … So I have some catching up to do. But I do this challenge only to challenge myself to be faithful to this call on my life to write. So I will catch up as the motivation of this self challenge allows me …

To accept the things I cannot change.

To accept the things I cannot change.

This prayer, though not mine, is perfect to begin this challenge. There is much in my life these days that I long to change, but cannot. And I don’t seem to have the courage at the moment to change my life in accordance with those things I have no control over. Essentially sometimes I am stuck.

I know, am wise to, the difference between which is unchangeable and those things I can change.


I thank You tonight for Your peace. That peace that is beyond my human understanding. I thank You that I know that I cannot change those things that have happened because change is a God thing. I thank You that I am wise in the knowledge of You and know that I control nothing. Everything in my life is Yours and is of Your plan. I trust that Father, I really do and You know my heart. I leave this up to You and look for Your guidance in this day to day challenge to live. I wake in the morning Lord and seek Your voice. I thank You for the day, whether or not I want to face that day and I push forward, because Your desire for me is to live abundantly. As I finish this prayer Lord I ask that I come to this new life of mine and find the joy and the peace in the aloneness. That I find the me that You intended as I move forward on Your path for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

*Please understand dear readers when I say “alone” I don’t mean that I am alone or forsaken by God. I do to even mean that I am alone in regard to you, my friends (either face to face or online friends). What I do mean is that my life is now a solitary one. My sweet husband has gone home to be with the Lord and I am comforted to know exactly where he is and what he is doing and I am now alone, living my life solitary.

Until next time … thanks for reading sweet friends. God bless.


Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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