Practically speaking now, one place where I go with these concepts is a hope list.
Each morning, I try to list three tangible gifts I hope to receive from the Lord that day. It’s the “Thanks List” concept popularized by Ann Voskamp, in reverse. I find that as a melancholy, I look backward with enjoyment more easily than forward with hope. So I list what I have not yet experienced.
Scriptural hope is a confident expectation, rooted in the character of God.
I do not list “Bank error in your favor—Collect $1,000.” I do not list “Caribbean cruise.” I do not list “Eight hours of solitude.”
I try to list concrete things that I really think are going to come my way from His hand—or could come, if I reached for them. Sometimes they don’t happen. It’s okay; there is always another day. And He surprises me with other gifts along the way.
The point is, the exercise turns my eyes forward in hope, confidently expecting to come face-to-face with God’s goodness multiple times in my ordinary day.
Here are some from my archives:
- Hum of a sewing machine
- Flicker of a candle
- West Coast music
- A tidy house (He and I are going to bring it about, see?)
- A new dress
- Time wrapped in an afghan
- Sparkling bathrooms
- Something warm for supper
- Hanging laundry in the sunshine
- A cup of warm tea
- Seeing chaos brought to order
- Talking with a friend
- Good food purchased
- Truth-nourishment from Scripture
- Creation of beautiful trifles
- A nap
- The pleasant sound of rain
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)