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Handful of Hope: A Short Story & Encouragement

She wanted to see if they could float so with faith she tossed them across the sackcloth that would be the sky and watched as her handful of hope like diamonds suspended themselves and twinkled as stars.

She wasn’t the King Creator, nor His Glorious Son, but she was born of His Spirit, and thusly imbued with the authority and call to create. She was learning how to do so with a voice and song uniquely her own, a song she longed to sing to please only His ears.

So she tossed up another handful of hope and watched it twinkle and grow in light until the inky darkness bled away yielding to the brilliance of life.

The cold uncertainty that had once made her limbs stiff with immobility began to retreat as her being grew warm with the fire of expectation and joy.

Handful after handful of hope and dreams and faith jettisoned from her vibrant fingertips and ate away at the dreadful nothing that sought to blanket her with fear.

Laughter erupted from her being like thunder and rain of her tears spilled forth from her eyes. No longer was she throwing her hope against the darkness but she was dancing in the key of joy and the tempo of redemption and with each movement of her soul did light dispel the darkness.



Sometimes, many times, what is written is as a prayer in the face of struggle. Using hope and working one’s faith is a choice. It takes great courage to decide that despite it all, you will choose to dance even in the darkness, that you will be the spark and ember that brings light and a wildfire where there is no warmth.

I praise my Heavenly Father, Christ Jesus for His love and His gentle urging to learn to dance when there is no music, to be the music. Yes, it takes courage even in our greatest weakness, but in our weakness, He is made strong!

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -II COR. 12:9-10

*Revised from April 19, 2016

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!


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  2. phoenixgrey85 says

    This is beautiful. Well written. 🙂 It does take courage to find a light in the darkness. A lesson I needed to hear today.

    • 😀 Thank you, Phoenix. I am so glad it spoke to you and encouraged you. I am finding that one’s personal struggles can be a blessing to others. My struggle produced these words 🙂

  3. I’ve been struggling with this whole writing thing, and prayer was the beginning of a way out for me. Part of the struggle is that some authors talk about their muse, and for me, that’s always been God.

    But so many sites seem to want stuff that’s antithetical to believers, and that’s discouraging. I don’t want to slide down that slippery slope to get accepted.

    So, thanks for sharing your lovely piece. It’s definitely a candle in the dark. 🙂

    • I’m grateful for having to go through the recent struggle in order to produce it. That’s not to say while I was going through that I was grateful lol. But bc of it I see others are being blessed and encouraged and that’s what my blog is all about. Jesus is also my inspiration my muse if you will. Continue in your authentic voice. Keep Him first in all you create and do. He will give you good success at the right time and all without you compromising the faith in Him that you express as a writer. 🙂

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