I believe the hope to try again comes from God. I've seen Julia start school again, feel ignored, not understand the work, want to give up, but decide to try again. I've seen Morgan feel like she had no one to talk to and
I think the thing I noticed today (and other days) is that the Lord offers us hope. Daryl and I walked and talked of complicated relationships and parenting dilemmas. While we came to no apparent solutions we realized that the talking keeps Daryl and I together. And while we don't yet have solutions, we do have hope for the future, both immediate and distant. We trust in the Lord.
Two things I noticed tonight. Nichole, Elena, and I went to New beginnings together. I saw Elena's heart softened and touched as Natalia explained personal progress to her. She immediately wanted a copy in Russian. I also stepped in and out of several conversations with Nichole and others. She's developed such a confidence and ease in talking with adults. I know part of her confidence comes with the experience of making right choices. Of doing many things of her own free will. Of being engaged in many good causes. The path her life is on was laid by the Lord. The principles she lives come with promise - not just the poise and confidence I saw, but spiritual depth as well. Promises fulfilled.