Let Hope In

Let Hope InHope changes everything. ~Pete Wilson

As single woman, I feel like one of the biggest challenges we face is hopelessness. All the daily warnings we get hit with (You’re going to be an old maid! All the good ones are gone! Your childbearing years are over!), the looks of pity we receive from family members and friends, and the unhealthy images of single life portrayed in the media and in pop culture can leave a girl feeling a little more than discouraged. BUT…one of the points that often gets lost in the shuffle is this: Yes, single life can be challenging and uncertain and a little lonely; but it can also be intensely beautiful and hopeful and FREE. It’s a completely blank canvass to paint our lives as boldly and colorfully as we want. It’s the delightful unknown of POSSIBILITY and POTENTIAL. It’s embracing the “unfinished” nature of our lives instead of being afraid of it and waking up every day to something entirely unique and NEW.

My friend, Pastor Pete Wilson’s, new book Let Hope In comes out today, and in celebration of that, I’ll be joining him at his book launch tonight to discuss HOPE as it relates to singleness. This will be a livestreamed event and you will be able to tune in WORLDWIDE, which I’m so excited about! More details coming about that in a second. But first, in preparation for this event, I turned to you guys and asked YOU to share with me what you feel most hopeful about as single women. Your answers were so beautiful, I wanted to share a few of them here…so when you’re having a rough day or a lonely moment or coming off an exponentially bad blind date, you can come here to remember all the things you love about your single life.

“I feel most hopeful about getting to try out different things and grow in different areas of life.” ~Jazmine

“The most hopeful thing about single life for me is serving where God wants me and can use me.” ~Shamron

“Knowing that this is God’s timing and not mine. So it will be 120% better than I ever expected!” ~Mony

“I get to live life on my own terms and can eat ice cream for dinner if I want.” ~G

“I feel most hopeful that my future is wide open for anything to happen: from travel, job opportunities, meeting new people, and yes…even love.” ~Ashley

I would like to challenge you to add your own reasons for feeling hopeful to this list, or even leave them in the comments below, and return to that list every time you’re having one of those days where you’re silently cursing your singleness and questioning whether or not you will be alone forever. Because the truth is…whether you’re flying solo or with a co-pilot, the power to fly as high and hopefully and free as you can is yours. It always has been. It always will be.

And if you need a little more HOPE for the journey, I encourage you to grab your copy of Pete’s new book Let Hope In. I’m almost finished with it and it has blessed me SO much. So many of the issues he touches on, from feeling unwanted to letting go of regret to struggling with shame, speak DIRECTLY into the heart of singleness. I think it will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me.

And please join us tonight, wherever you are in the world, for a celebration of HOPE! Let Hope In: Live kicks off at 6:30pm CT and you can tune in from anywhere in the world by clicking here. Whatever you are struggling with or feeling discouraged by, leave it at the door and join us for a night that will inspire you, motivate you, and maybe even give you a little more hope. Why? Because:

“Inside all of us is a pull toward regret. Inside all of us is a tug toward fear. Inside all of us is a desire for hope. Deep within you, nothing is hopeless. You are a child of God, and he has planted hope in you. Let go of the regret and fear, and instead focus on the hope. Focus on the desire, and let hope in.” ~Pete Wilson, Let Hope In

Let Hope In

 

13 Responses to “ Let Hope In ”

  1. G
    October 1, 2013

    I am hopeful that things will click into place and my love will come along! I am hopeful that I will no longer walk this path alone but together with my perfect partner! I am hopeful that Gods timing won’t leave me wishing& waiting for too much longer..

  2. Rhonda
    October 1, 2013

    As a single woman I am hopeful in the following: learning from the past. Growing from it. Putting the two together. Applying it to an even greater future. New experiences. New people. And, finally, knowing that I WILL find love again! 🙂

  3. Cindy
    October 2, 2013

    I am hopeful that I can reclaim my own life. Learning from the past, and finding ME again. I am hopeful that God will lead me through andhelp me find peace. I am hopeful that he will guide me in the direction of financial stability and love.

  4. October 2, 2013

    I’m hopefull that,my best blessings is yet to come,my vision is yet to be seen and my God-given talent is going to make me conquer…I’m hopeful I’m still going to serve-with love care and purpose.

    • Lekan Kuku
      October 14, 2013

      Hi Sentle,how are you doing,am Lekan from Nigeria,i would love to know more about you and see where this leads us,i believe love is everywhere and colors or race doesnt matter if there is real love,understand,honest,devotion and caring

  5. Kim
    October 3, 2013

    I am hopeful because God is my source of joy. He will never let me down, disappoint me, cheat on me, lie to me, or reject me. When I choose my own way rather than waiting for God’s perfect plan, I am hurt. Thankfully, God can use my pain to make something glorious happen. Thank you, Pete Wilson, for reminding me of this!

    • Lekan Kuku
      October 14, 2013

      Hi Sentle,how are you doing,am Lekan from Nigeria,i would love to know more about you and see where this leads us,i believe love is everywhere and colors or race doesnt matter if there is real love,understand,honest,devotion and caring

  6. October 3, 2013

    >this is blogpost reply I have yet to post tomorrow on my site. Sorry for such a long reply

    Just came from a jog, ate nuts for dinner, took a good old bath and is now sitting on my bed, reading The Single Woman’s latest blog post, Let Hope In (http://thesinglewoman.net/2013/10/01/let-hope-in/). It ends with a challenge to add my own for feeling hopeful.

    I am hopeful of a rewarding romance with my Mr. Right Guy. I am most hopeful that this Mr. Right Guy is the one God has planned out for me to live the rest of my life with. May it be an old friend, a coworker, someone I met at a random coffee shop, or may even be surprisingly my ex. As long as he is the chosen one by God, he will truly be the right one for me.

    What more am I hopeful for?

    I am confident that I am currently on the right path of my career. I have been praying for months now about my resignation from my life of audit and to traverse into another job totally different from the current one. Unfortunately, our most gracious Lord has yet remained silent on this and I take it as a sign that it is not yet my time to leave the company. After all, I have always wanted to stay in an audit firm for as long as I can. I just thank God each and every day that I have a job and no drastic thing came for me to have to leave the company soon.

    I am optimistic that with the single stage of my life, I have yet to experience the greatest, most wondrous moments in my lifetime. I’d say, I have already started experiencing them.  This begun on the day I embraced my single status. I now wake up each and every day with the freedom to do as I wish with no thoughts what so ever about another person at the end of the line who’s waiting for my good morning text. My single blessedness has taught me to go to work with a smile knowing there’s no one to rant about the traffic with. I said to myself, why not enjoy the ride while it lasts? Now, I get to eat lunch on my own while reading an e-book without any distractions from my partner in life. I now have all the free time in the world. I’m learning how to cook, I am going out for jogs, I stay out on tea shops, I am living a life. 

    There are so many good things to say about being single. And yet there are much more things to experience from life, so many doors still waiting to be unlocked and much much more rooms to venture into. Among all the single ladies out there, let us all take the courage to take that step inside these wonderlands.  Let us be hopeful for a new love, hopeful for a happy and contented life, and most of all, hopeful for a God’s promise He has given to each and everyone of us.

  7. October 3, 2013

    […] old bath and is now sitting on my bed, reading The Single Woman’s latest blog post, Let Hope In (http://thesinglewoman.net/2013/10/01/let-hope-in/). It ends with a challenge to add my own for feeling […]

  8. Kay
    October 3, 2013

    I’m hopeful that true love exists and I’ll meet my future spouse as soon as I’ve fully completed the mission God has given me as a single person! I’m hopeful that I’ll be content in my singleness

  9. Donna
    October 10, 2013

    I am hopeful that I can finally find my own way, as I never new life without him in it. I am hopeful that my children will know how much I truly love them and how I wish I could give them everything they ever hope for. I am hopeful that my self confidence will finally find its way back to me and that I will no longer wish to be someone else. I am hopeful that one day THE man will find his way to me and love me for me and never expect me to change what he doesn’t like and never make me feel like I am not enough. I am hopeful that one day soon I will finally realize that I am enough.

  10. Rebecca
    October 27, 2013

    I am hopeful that I will find my true love, someone to share in my happiness and I can share in theirs as well. I hope that I can find the right man for me, that fits with me like a puzzle piece popping into place. I am also hopeful that I will make it through as a strong single woman until I find that right man to share my life with.

  11. Eli
    November 29, 2013

    I’m a divorced woman on my mid 30’s…I’ve been single for almost 3 years now. Today on Thanks Giving Day I got to think about how the journey I started 3 years ago has not been easy, nonetheless looking back to all that I have accomplish since then..I most say I feel kind of peaceful and most of the time joyful…I have learned to love myself, to live in the present, I learned to feel grateful for all that is in my life now…and some how for the things and people that are gone for they cleared space to let the new in. I know that I deserve a good love, but I decided to accept that it will come at the right time, meanwhile I have decided not to settle for anything less than I deserve. Sometimes there are day like today when my hope seems to weaken, when fear hunts me…when I get afraid that maybe love forgot about me….. but then I read comments like the ones posted here and I realize I’m not alone, That there are so many amazing and brave women out there that are still hopeful… I can’t thank you enough for your words!

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