Our shared vision and mission: fasting and praying for God to change us, strengthen men, and give the gift of marriage.
About six years ago, during a time where I was going through an especially intense struggle with singleness, I bought a simple silver ring engraved with the word “Hope.”
The purpose of my hope ring was to remind me of the hope that I have in the Lord – His love, faithfulness, provision, and my salvation – to get me through the difficult times when something I was hoping for (aka marriage) wasn’t becoming a reality. For such a plain ring engraved with a very common word, it’s generated a lot of attention with people often asking me about it.
That’s what hope does – it draws people’s attention. It’s not flashy or in-your-face, but its very existence in a person’s life draws others in, makes them curious.
I Peter 3:15 challenges, “…in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (NIV).
I quite literally have to be prepared to answer questions about my hope (ring). No, it’s not a political statement (circa Obama’s 2008 campaign). No, it’s not a fake wedding band to prevent unwanted male attention (this came from a guy who didn’t notice that I wear my ring on my right hand so it won’t be mistaken for that very thing). And, no, it’s not like a promise ring that I’ll stop wearing when I get married because then my hope will be fulfilled and I will be perfectly content with life (thanks to my human nature, I know I won’t be). As the first part of I Peter 3:15 says, hope is revering Jesus in my heart and the future I have in Him.
My prayer is that I will live every season of my life in such a way that people will ask me about the hope I have in my life and not just the hope on my ring. Like my ring, it’s something I have to choose (with the Lord’s help) to put on every day- it’s not naturally a part of me, especially when things aren’t going the way I want.
As we enter this new season of fasting and praying on Mondays, let’s focus on preparing our hearts for the journey. Are we revering Christ as Lord in order to have hope in our lives, regardless of circumstance? Is He the object of our hope or is a husband?
Hoping in Him and praying with you,