Hope In Love

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“Love is the movement, Hope is my hero” -> that’s been my status on whatsApp, skype and GTalk for forever…and it has also featured on BBM, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Love is the movement” is from TWLOHA, which i’ve written about on this site before.

“Hope is my hero” is from hopeismyhero.com, which was launched this week on Monday.

Their tag line -> More Love. More Music…two of my favorite things. How could I not love it right. And I’ve also written a post on the word HOPE, seeing as it’s not only my name, but it is probably my favorite word and the characteristic I most long to embody throughout my life – along with love. I mean, just check out the name of this blog.

Anyway, HIMH “is an alternative bilingual clothing brand that is grounded deep in the heart of the South African music scene”, according to their site. The label was started by JP Erusmas, drummer of Bright Blue City (you might recall me talking about his awesome tats if you read my music blog).

I dig their stuff. I also dig what the label is built upon. Check out what’s it’s about here.

So anyway, if you wanna be my best friend forever, please buy me the black “More Love More Music” t-shirt

Love, music...yes please!

and a wristband as well.

I want the black one...no the white one...ok, both.

Thanks.

And you’re welcome ;)

one of my hobbies is collecting translations of the word “hope”. why? cos that’s my name. it’s a pretty useless collection…i’d need to actually know other words in the language to need to use the word. also, my name is tsholofelo. i can’t go around introducing myself in other languages, it would be too confusing.

anyway, here’s what i’ve committed to memory so far

Hope – English

(south african languages)
Hoop – Afrikaans (also Dutch i believe)
Tsholofelo – Setswana
Tshepo – Sesotho
Themba – isiXhosa/isiZulu
fulufhelo – tshiVhenda

(other african languages)
Tumaini – Swahili

(european languages)
Esparanza – Spanish
Espoire – French
Speranza – Italian
Tikva – Hebrew
Von – Icelandic (thanks sigur ros)
Hoffnung – German

(asian languages)
Xi Wang – Mandarin

if you know of any more translations please let me know.

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i really like the word hope – and not just because it’s my name.

i feel like hope is that thing that keeps us holding on when everything about us is crumbling. my hope rests in christ and in his work on the cross and in his love. when all about me is falling and it feels like i’m falling with it, i remember that the father loved me enough to send his son to the cross and i am comforted. that’s not to say i think that everything will work out as i want it to, but i know that it will work together for my good – when things don’t go the way i want them to, i remember that he is in control. and that’s how i face life’s trials and tribulations. i keep looking to him, and trusting that he knows best.

my very first blogpost reads:

“I always wanted to go into full-time ministry (i.e. work for the church) and I thought that if I ever did i would call my ministry “hope in love”. Why? 3 reasons:

1. We find hope in His love for us
2. Because of His love for me and my love for Him, i bring hope to others
3. I, Hope (my name translated into English), am in love with Joshua Davidson

And for those wondering who Joshua Davidson is: Joshua or Yeshua is Jesus in Hebrew, and Davidson is the son of David – or a male born in the lineage of David.

So yea, I’ve decided to use this space to document my growth (or lack thereof) – spiritually (and maybe maturity-wise if that ever happens) and I figure by putting that on the web I’m inviting billions of people around the world to keep me accountable, and to call me out on it if I become hypocritical – which I tend to do. And because the people who will be reading this are most probably all total strangers, I have no need for masks therefore I can be totally 100% honest. Scary thought. And so here begins my ministry – not what I imagined it to be all those years ago but hey, anything short of sin, right.

I’m not a professional blogger nor do I consider myself a writer, but if any Christian reads anything I’ve written here and thinks, I want my walk with Christ to be better or if any non-Christian reads anything I’ve written here and thinks, maybe this Jesus Christ guy isn’t so bad – I’d like to get to know more about him, then this exercise is all worthwhile.

Keith Green put it perfectly when he said “I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”

So let the journey begin…”

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this post was written for the one word at a time blog carnival. this week’s theme is “hope”. Click here to read other posts from some awesome bloggers.

blogs of the week:
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Ultimate Reality (Katdish.net – Katdish – @katdish)

How I’m like crazy Mel Gibson (Ramblings and Such – Bryan Allain – @bryanallain)

Born-again rebel Don Miller reveals ‘best sermon I ever heard’ (CNN – Jon Blake – ?)

Starting over (What I learned today – Billy Coffey – @billycoffey)

One letter changes everything (Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff – @prodigaljohn)

quotes of the week:
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“Coffee is one of the best things ever, unless it’s cold – then it’s one of the worst things ever…except when it’s iced – cos then it’s amazing” – Jon Poole (of Echoing Angels)

“Devotion to Jesus, not dogma, is what defines a Christian” – Donald Miller

“You were not supposed to be amazing. Not only did you put your best foot forward, you put your best selves forward. You disappointed a lot of former South Africans who bad-mouthed the country in their adopted countries. Worse, the display of unity and pride in your nation has caused these people to want to come back. It appears now that South Africa’s dirty little secret is out. It is a great country filled with a proud people who get their hands dirty to make the best of what they have. We showed the world the better angels of our nature. Many say that it was the spirit of the world cup. It was not the spirit of the World Cup. It was the spirit of South Africans.” – khaya Dlanga

tumblr of the week:
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http://tsholo.tumblr.com/post/839948848/stationarystationery-spoonlang-if-i-have-a

music video of the week:
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http://tsholo.tumblr.com/post/836335652/garethallison-my-friends-in-the-lottery-tickets

tattoo of the week:
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http://tsholo.tumblr.com/post/835635071/thenothingthatkills-thisgreatdivide

[FYI: while Hope In Love is my real blog - my thoughts and questions and attempts at writing and going-ons of my life - I Liked This is my collection of cool things i find online. although, to be honest, i've been very lazy with it, so it's mostly cool things i find on tumblr...]

Patient
Kind
Not envious
Not boastful
Not proud
Not rude
Not self-seeking
Not easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Rejoices with Truth
Always Protects
Always Trusts
Always Hopes
Always Perseveres

Love Never Fails…

Read the story of To Write Love On Her Arms
Read the story of the Adulterous woman
Read the story of the prodical son
Read the story of Uthando LeNkonsi
Read the story of Christ

Love is practical…love gives without expecting in return…love puts others’ needs above its own…love gives up all it has…love sacrifices and does not hold back…love speaks the truth…

If I take care of my needs and you take care of your needs, both our needs are met…but if I take care of your needs and you take care of my needs, both our needs are met AND there is the added bonus of relationship…

Am I living in love? Am I putting other’s above myself?

And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is love!

In honour of To Write Love On Her Arms Day happening this Friday, November 13th, 2009

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Title: The Way She Feels
Artist: Between the Trees
Album: The Story and the Song
Year: 2006

She’s upset
Bad day
Heads for the dresser drawer
To drive her pain away.
Nothing good can come of this.
She opens it,
There’s nothing there
There is only left over tears.
Mom and dad had no right she screams
The anger runs down both of her cheeks.

Then she closed her eyes
And found relief in a knife
The blood flows as she cries.

All alone the way she feels
Left alone to deal with all the pain-drenched sorrow relief
Bite the lip just forget the bleeding.

Then she closed her eyes
And found relief in a knife
The blood flows as she cries
Wooah oh
Then she closed her eyes
And found relief in a knife
The blood flows as she cries.

Curled up,
She’s on the floor.
The relief left her…
She had hoped for something more
From it (Hoped for something more)
From it
And he leans down to comfort her
She is weeping
And He
Wraps His arms around
And around and around and…
The deeper you cut
The deeper I hurt
The deeper you cut
It only gets worse
The deeper you cut
The deeper I hurt
The deeper you cut
It only gets worse
Gets worse.

Now she’s slowly opening…
Yeah, slowly opening
New eyes…

Then she opened her eyes
And found relief in His life
And put down her knives
Wooah oh
Then she opened her life
And found relief through His eyes
And put down
She put down,
Her knife.

Today I am participating in a “Trust Blog Carnival” over at One Word At A Time…do check it out

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treasured
new creation
free
loved
wanted
chosen
forgiven
good enough
accepted
child
His

This is who He says I am, and yet I continue to doubt. I continue to believe I’m a failure, that I’m not good enough, that I’m unworthy/undeserving of good things because I’ve failed in the past – because I’ve let him down before.

Yet time and time again he comes to me and pours His love and mercy and grace over me…and for a moment I believe…for a moment I trust in His words…then the devil comes around and reminds of that past again and for some unknown reason I believe his words over God’s.

Today I choose to trust God. Today I choose to believe that I am who He says I am. Today I am choosing to hold on to His freedom and stop letting my past and my circumstances and my failures and my surroundings determine who I am. Today I choose to let him define my identity…Today I am His.

Today I choose Hope. Today I choose Love.

Today I will be Hope In Love.

2 Samuel 7:28
Psalm 40:4
Psalm 56

How is it that some guys grow up without father’s in their homes, see the pain and hurt it causes and resolve to be better people, while others grow up without a father, and become their fathers?

for instance, i met this one dude once, B-rad, he grew up without a father…and because of that saw the need/the importance of a father in his life, and i’m sure he is going to make a great father…i’ve had chats with him in the past about fatherhood…and wow. my other friend, Ryan, grew up with his father but didn’t really have a good relationship with him and he also resolved to be a better father to his kids and i’m so sure he will be…cos i know his heart…

on the other hand, you get guys who grow up without fathers…their mom and dad were never married or got divorced or whatever and they didn’t have a relationship with their fathers and then they grow up, have children, and abandon their children…how does that happen…how do you not see the destructiveness you are causing…do you really want your kids to grow up with the same pains and insecurities and feelings of worthlessness you did?

the fatherlesss generation thing has always been heavy on my heart…mostly cos my dad and I’s relationship growing up was not that great…it was actually pretty bad…but it’s all good…God is dealing with stuff in my heart and my life and all that…and my dad and i have started on some reconstruction…but, having grown up with that I would never want my kids to.

i was reading from this one book last night and there’s a section that talks about father issues (aaaarrrrggggg!!!!) and they were saying how all boys grow up wanting to hear the words “i’m proud of you, i love you” from their fathers and girls “you are lovely and precious and worthy and I will always cherish you” and when that doesn’t happen you “go into a strnted state of childhood” where you don’t grow up or you go out seeking those words from other people – guys tend to want acceptance from their mates so they fall into peer pressure, girls want to feel appreciated(?) so they jump from guy to guy trying to find that.

At some point this has to stop…at some point fathers have to recognize their role and how much hurt not fulfilling that role causes…at some point guys have to take a stand and say we will not take this anymore…at some point guys have to take up arms and be mentors/role models to younger fatherless guys in their neighbourhoods/communities, teach them the life lessons that only guys can impart…it’s possible…I hope it’s possible…another world is possible, let’s go out there and make it happen.

Here’s to Hope in Love…

I always wanted to go into full-time ministry (i.e. work for the church) and I thought that if I ever did i would call my ministry “hope in love”.  Why? 3 reasons:

1. We find hope in His love for us
2. Because of His love for me and my love for Him, i bring hope to others
3. I, Hope (my name translated into English), am in love with Joshua Davidson

And for those wondering who Joshua Davidson is: Joshua or Yeshua is Jesus in Hebrew, and Davidson is the son of David – or a male born in the lineage of David.

So yea, I’ve decided to use this space to document my growth (or lack thereof) – spiritually (and maybe maturity-wise if that ever happens) and I figure by putting that on the web I’m inviting billions of people around the world to keep me accountable, and to call me out on it if I become hypocritical – which I tend to do.  And because the people who will be reading this are most probably all total strangers, I have no need for masks therefore I can be totally 100% honest. Scary thought.  And so here begins my ministry – not what I imagined it to be all those years ago but hey, anything short of sin, right.

I’m not a professional blogger nor do I consider myself a writer, but if any Christian reads anything I’ve written here and thinks, I want my walk with Christ to be better or if any non-Christian reads anything I’ve written here and thinks, maybe this Jesus Christ guy isn’t so bad – I’d like to get to know more about him, then this exercise is all worthwhile.

Keith Green put it perfectly when he said “I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!”

So let the journey begin…


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