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Want to Watch Strength and Potential Fly? November 21, 2016

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Letting Go in Trust – Discovering Strength and Potential

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Hands clenched tight.

That’s what you do when you care about something, right?

You hold on tight.

That’s how you care.

That’s how you protect.

That’s what I was doing, unknowingly, with Hope for Our Sisters and the beautiful women we serve.

Holding on so tightly my hands hurt.

However, this is not what I should have been doing.

Do I love the sisters we serve? Yes!

Do I enjoy my role of leading this organization? Yes!

Do I feel called to this life-changing work? Yes!

Do I believe our donors, investors, team members and prayer warriors can enable us to generate hope, healing and ultimate freedom from fistula? Yes!

Then I must let go. I must release. This is not mine to clench tightly.

In trust I let go.

I opened my hands in trusting release.

An old adage says if you love something set it free.

I did this, once again, with Hope for Our Sisters and our future path.

I did this knowing we are at a strategic growth point with many prayers, assessments and decisions before us.

I did this because in holding tightly, it overwhelmed my soul.

Holding tightly kept me, rather than God, in charge.

Clenching with all my might limited what He, my Lord who called me to this work, could do through Hope for Our Sisters.

Once opened…once released, what flew out of my clenched fists?

A beautiful, strong, white dove…confident in her flight and full of potential, just like our sisters.

 

What does this mean?

Beautiful, hope-generating gifts and actions will flow through Hope for Our Sisters to the beautiful women we serve if I will let go and release our next steps, decisions and plans to Him.

This is His organization not mine.

This is the calling He placed on my heart.

Only through release in trust can Hope for Our Sisters accomplish its goals, generate hope for our sisters and, along with our donors, investors, team members and prayer warriors, help to bring fistula to its end.

Look at YOUR hands.

Do YOU have a dove desiring to be set free today?

 

Our Sisters are liked trapped doves waiting to fly.

Waiting to tap into their undeniable strength and potential?

Who will help them fly?

 

Open YOUR hands, release and watch them fly!

 

To learn more about our Hope for Our Sisters, visit hopeforoursisters.org

© 2016 by Brooke F Sulahian

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Cup of Hope January 20, 2014

Filed under: Hope — Brooke F. Sulahian @ 2:33 am
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cup of hope

A cup of hope.  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Don’t you wish you had a cup of hope to sip throughout your day?  Maybe a cup ofhope to guzzle down when you really need it? 

I recently met a woman named Kathy who runs an organization called Alima’s Purse (www.alimaspurse.com).  They sell fair trade and handmade goods enabling local and international artisans to sustain themselves and their families with their trade.

Kathy was selling these precious handmade cups with “A Cup of Hope” etched on them.  Got me to thinking…what would a cup of hope taste like?  What could a cup of hope do in the life of someone else?  What would it be like to share a cup of hope with someone who really needs it?

It hit me that any time we do anything for someone else, we are essentially offering him or her a cup of hope.  Whether it’s our neighbor up the street, a family member in another state, or another person in need around the world, when we give of ourselves to help others, it is a cup of hope we offer.

Picture it…an elderly man sitting alone in his home, a child returning to an empty home each day, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, a young man “lost” due to illiteracy, a girl trapped in a brothel, a child breaking stones in a rock quarry, a young girl suffering from fistula…couldn’t they each use a cool, crisp, refreshing cup of hope?  With this hope they might be able to look forward to what the day holds, enjoy the presence of others in their lives, find the courage to seek shelter and safety, have the energy to seek out avenues to learn, find the motivation to pray and/or fight for freedom, have the hope take one more step toward healing and restoration…on and on.

As you go about your day, whether you are helping one person or many, no matter if the situation is big or small, imagine that you are offering a cup of hope.  Hope that God will use to help others survive and maybe even thrive until their next cup.

We all have a cup to offer.  To whom can you offer a cup of hope today?

© 2014 by Brooke F Sulahian

 

GO August 19, 2013

Filed under: Hope — Brooke F. Sulahian @ 8:26 pm
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“Go”

Excited

Scared

Motivated

Awestruck

Lost

Humbled

Obedient

Go?

OK, I’ll Go

Still Go?

Really?

Me?

OK, I’ll Go

Yes, I will Go!

Blank slate

New countries

High hopes

God’s calling

Eyes opened

Mind expanded

Comfort zone stretched

Heart broken

Speak out?

Speak loudly?

Speak with courage?

I will

Pray more fervently for

Healing,

Prevention,

Eradication,

Restoration

And freedom?

In Your Hope I will do my best

Go?

Speak?

Pray?

What is your answer?

“Thou shalt not be a victim.  Thou shalt not be a perpetrator.  Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”  (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

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© 2013 by Brooke F Sulahian