Today I want to focus on what Grief + Hope does not equal.

Grief + Hope does not equal sadness

This week I missed my sister like crazy! I grieved but I was never sad! At first, I found this strange but then I had to ask myself why does my grieving have to equate to sadness or tears especially if I’m adding hope.

I feel someone asking, “ What if all I have is grief? I can’t find hope today!”

Well, let’s just look at the word grief. When researching things I don’t understand I will always search two places: the Bible and the dictionary.

According to the dictionary grief is:

1a: deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement
          his grief over his son’s death
b: a cause of such suffering
        life’s joys and griefs


I hear you as you are reading saying “Wait! Suffering  does sound like sadness.”

Now let’s look at the Bible for suffering:

“In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬
3 things are promised to you through 1 Peter 5:10
  1. Your suffering will be removed  “So after you have suffered a little while…”
  2. Your spirit will be restored “He will restore, support, and strengthen you…”
  3. Your structure will be rebuilt “And He will place you on a firm foundation.”


My hope is attached to the fact that I won’t be disappointed.

I had a moment this week in prayer where I asked God, “Am I living in this bubble of hope that one day is going to pop? Will my hope let me fall?” That same day I was in an amazing virtual bible study of the book of Romans and this scripture came up.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Because of God’s love, your hope will not disappoint you! If you are trying to add hope to your grief I encourage you to accept God’s love for you! He loves us so much that He gave us the Holy Spirit as a comforter. He is ready to lavish and pour His love on us! It’s just up to us to receive it and rest in His comfort.

Accepting His Love

If you don’t know this love of God that I write about and would like to ask Jesus to come into your heart, please don’t hesitate to email me at  I would be honored to introduce you to my Savior and the keeper of my soul!
God Bless you!
Remember to grieve with hope.

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