Why did I choose “Hope Is Calling” for a title? Well… first I tried my name, then I tried my favorite Bible verse (Ephesians 1:17-19), then I tried my favorite song, phrases from the song, phrases that I call myself, bits of misc stuff…and everything was taken! Talk about feeling unoriginal! I even tried a line out of a song that I WROTE and it was taken, too! Of course… every time that it said it was taken, I went to see who had taken it and what they wrote. Some of them had precious little there, others were quite interesting… katiesthoughts.blogspot was extremely interesting to read… another Katie… also a Christian… and a bit like me! 🙂 Apparantly there are a lot of Christians blogging, judging by the numbers of Christian phrases and such that I tried, which were taken. *smile*
Anyway… so I came back to my favorite verse and what, to me, is the most intriguing part of it… “the hope of His calling.” When that verse became my favorite, it was for other parts of the verse, such as “open the eyes of your heart” and “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (BTW… RevelationsOfHim isn’t taken on here yet) … and “riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” But I didn’t get the “hope of His calling” part. I couldn’t figure out what it meant, exactly. But during the last two years, I have slowly come to think of the hope of God’s calling as summing up the fullness and richness and wonder of everything that we receive of God’s love when we respond to God’s calling in our life. And THAT is precisely what the world needs to see.
So what am I mostly likely to blog about? Probably things that I wish I could share with others… things that I love… things that make a difference in my life… just sharing my heart.
In the meantime, I’ll just post the link to my testimony, as written roughly two years ago, which is my website here: www.hopeiscalling.com/makeover. That says a bit about who I am… at least the part of me that’s most important.
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I’m glad to be discovering you through your blog. This is a good honest blog introduction, and really, I’ m glad we met. I always believe that there has got to be more to blogging than simply writing to an unknown and unseen audience. (Sadly, sometimes that audience is non existent, and the only one reading your blog is yourself!) So I am really happy to be connecting to real people out there.
Will be back for more! And thank you for visiting, and re-visiting my blog place too! It feels good when I know that someone else is interested in me, and that’s just being honest.
I just came back after visiting on another blog. While at your “Kathleen MacIver” site, I noticed something about Scotland, and I was immediately hooked. Though I’ve never been there, the pictures make me want to visit. God certainly knows how to make beautiful places.
Recently I have become interested in high-end Bibles, and now have two in my collection produced by R. L. Allan and Sons from Glasgow. They are wonderful works of art, and the binding is of Highland Goatskin.
In case you’re interested, here’s a link to a post on my blog describing the Bible and has links to the Allan site.
If the Lord has called you, then hope abounds; we may not see it, but it’s there, nonetheless. Wouldn’t we be miserable without hope?
I think I got to your site while browsing one of my RSS feeds, and am happy about the excellent find.
Not sure what your favorite version is, but lately I have been overwhelmed with the ESV. Here’s the scripture you quoted:
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love  toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Oops! I attempted putting the verses in a quotation block, but your site wouldn’t allow the code. Sorry.
I’ll definitely be back.
Yours is great … and of course, looks like you. 🙂 I’ll put you on my favorites, and check up on you from time to time. Love you!
I just finished reading your testimony at my Makeover. I’m in awe, at how personal God was to you. In response to your hunger, and sincere seeking, He came.
What an encouragement you are to me, Katie.
You are an inspiration!! I was blessed this morning with your post; Makeover. You don't know me but we are sisters!
Thank you for your sweet note, Gracie! May you always be inspired to run to Him. We'll run alongside each other and cheer each other on, along with the countless others who run with us.