Thoughts of Hope – Introduction

Hello world! I have decided to start this blog to share with the world the awesomeness that God has put before me. I am on a really crazy journey right now, and He is the master of it all. To not only sort out my own thoughts but also to share my experiences with all of you, I have decided to (try) and keep this up. Let’s see how it goes! My hope (haha, get it?) is that the thoughts and needs that God has placed on my heart I will be able to share with someone else going through similar situations or struggling with the same things. If nothing else, I hope this blog brings a smile to your face.

To begin, my name is Hope. I like to smile and go on crazy adventures. One of the most beautiful things in this world is friendship, and I have been blessed with some really awesome ones.

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Thankful for a great best friend.

This has been a whirlwind year, let me tell you. If we had to sum it up in a list, which is way simpler than any other form, it would look something like this:

  1. Get accepted to college
  2. Graduate from high school
  3. Go on a few last crazy adventures with family and friends
  4. Arrive at West Point on 27 June for the start of Cadet Basic Training
  5. *Survive the summer*
  6. Start the school year
  7. Survive classes… especially chemistry.
  8. Make it to the holidays (currently where I am at in life)

Well, maybe a list does not do justice. God has been working in my life in crazy, magnificent ways, especially through my journey so far at West Point.

During the summer I really had to rely on God to get me through every day. On R-Day (Reception Day, aka 27 June), I showed up ready to go. I don’t think my parents were surprised when we were given 60 seconds to say our good byes and I only used about 10 of them (mainly because I had already said my ‘see you laters’ [I don’t believe in good byes] and it was just easier for everyone if I was excited for the next step rather than worried) before I fist bumped my dad and walked to the front of the room to get in line to begin the transition to a New Cadet (which is not a glorious title at all). R-Day was a tough day… mostly because I had no idea what was going on or what I had gotten myself into.

I didn’t know who was a “Sir” and who was a “Sergeant.” I didn’t know why I was greeting the cadre (upperclassmen) with “send me” (send me where? To my room? I wish!). And most importantly, I didn’t know why I could not step on the tape… like, for real though, what is so special about their tape? I guarantee they picked the tape up and threw it away once all of us new cadets were done at their station…

Anyways, that was just the beginning of many interesting days at West Point during “Beast,” and God delivered me through it all. One of my all time favorite Bible verses that got me through Beast was James 1:2-3 which reads:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

The encouragement that this verse gave me, and continues to give me, helps me to see the perspective of situations from God’s point of view. God is not putting difficult situations in my path to test me and make my faith falter; instead, He is giving me the opportunity to lean on Him and trust in His plan. Making it through the tough times is so much sweeter when you know that you have your Heavenly Father on your side. What more could I possibly want?

As I sit here writing this blog (when I could be working on a project or writing an essay or studying for exams), I am thankful. I am thankful that I have the ability to use my words to bring glory to the Lord and that He is always showing me his way in the truth.

This week (be it only Tuesday) has been a struggle already, mostly because I am just so ready to be at home with my family whom I miss dearly. I will leave you with a verse that really struck me as I was getting into the Word this week:

Romans 8:26-27

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

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