Nina Joan

Tag: hope

hope is like the sun


‘Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it,

casts the shadow of our burden behind us’

~Samuel Smiles

Looking for the Sunshine


Queensland is now on a cyclone watch, again. We have endured some very intense weather already this year. Many people have been affected by cyclone Oswald and the floods that followed. I know there is not much that we can do about the weather other than to pray. We have endured a great deal and that endurance creates character in us and we become better people. This gives us hope and we should hold onto that. Someday soon the sunshine will come again.

It’s Raining Again


It’s raining again in Queensland and it is predicted we may get more flooding.
I love the rain but I think we had enough flooding rains to suit us.


This Lonely Road


This photograph was taken as I visited a friend south of Brisbane. It was a grey and dreary day. I wandered around for a while looking for photographs but the light was dull and the landscape, depressing. As I crossed this road, I was immediate struck at the sight. A lonely road is rather a foreboading sight.

Sometimes I wonder why life is sometimes lonely. Life is often hard, and full of problems. How is it possible to see the sun on dreary, overcast days?

I wrote in a previous post ‘Into the Fog’ about where we are travelling and the path that life takes us. We don’t often know where we are going. As we travel along our road there are roadblocks that often hit us or the road is long and lonely. We don’t know when, how or why things in life happen to us. Life’s harships can cause even the strongest heart to feel faint. How can we never lose hope in the purpose in our lives when every thing around us shouts, you are alone and nothing goes right for you? How can I keep being strong and pretending that life is lonely and my heart is breaking.

Psalm 34:18 says, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

This promise reassures us that the Lord is with us. He knows and feels our pain. Even though life presents its challenges we must continually rely on the knowledge that He is with us where ever we are and whatever we are going through.


New Beginnings

The end of 2011 has quickly passed and 2012 has begun to disappear. Every New Year brings its own challenges and blessings. It is like a new flower slowly growing then suddenly  blooming into glorious beauty and splendour. I hope and pray that 2012 is full on glorious and wonderful things for you. These things may often be presented in life’s many challenges but remember to always look for the blessings and beauty in life.

Nina Joan

%d bloggers like this: