|At home with Amanda Hope Haley|
Hope doesn't just mean "wish" as most of us use it these days. To hope is to confidently expect that something will happen. I've spent most of my life wishing for very specific things: a proposal from David, admission to Harvard, safe travel to wherever-we're-flying, a baby. A second book contract! I thought I was "hoping" for them, but after spending seven years begging God for a child, I learned that God gives us only one hope: reconciliation with Him through the work of Jesus. Jesus is my one hope.
During the years it took me to better understand the blessing that "Hope is my middle name," I changed a lot of things in my life. Trying to make my body whole, I learned the virtues of clean eating and clean products. Trying to survive miscarriages, I realized the value of all my relationships--family and friends. And trying to save money for fertility treatments, David and I became debt-free. God blessed me with wholeness in so many areas, even though He never gave me a child of my own.