• Jen Gibbs

Instilling Hope Into Your Foundation

Updated: Mar 24



Growing up we had neighbors whose house and backyard backed up into a small wooded area. It was my brother's and I's favorite place to go. We could shoot BB guns, build forts, play laser tag, hide and seek, ghost in the graveyard, it was every child's dream space.


One day, I ventured off into the woods on my own. It had been raining off and on but I didn't mind. It had been sunny for quite some time so I figured I could deal with a bit of mud on my shoes. As I came up to a clearing in the woods to an open grass field I saw the most beautiful, crisp, clear rainbow my little self had ever seen! And to make it even better, it looked like it ended right across the field.


At this point in time, I was old enough to think, there is no leprechaun or pot of gold. After all, I knew about Santa Claus, why would I have any reason to believe that THIS folklore was real?


HOWEVER - At this point in time I was also young enough to choose to sprint across the field anyway in case of the off chance that the story I had once been told was true. I wanted to get to the end of the rainbow before it was too late but unfortunately, it had disappeared just as fast as it arrived.


As you would have probably guessed, my little self did NOT reach the end of the rainbow. It had disappeared and by the time I got to where I thought it should be, the sun was shining bright in the sky with not a cloud in sight. (I mean I was in Iowa, the weather changes every five minutes.)


That was nearly 14 years ago and I still think about that moment. How excited, yet skeptic I was at seeing a rainbow so CLOSE to me. I had this huge joy carrying me while I sprinted to get to the end of the field. I had so much hope I could have a conversation with a leprechaun that all my skepticism had melted away. I was going to do this. And my exact thought when the rainbow was gone before I got there?


"Oh I wasn't fast enough this time, but next time I will be."


That little piece of hope should be something we all carry with us throughout our life. I mean, it's what helps to keep us going!


Too often I hear stories of doubt, of worry, of stress and I just want to say I HEAR YOU! Life isn't easy. Sometimes you need to vent, get it all off of your chest. Let your anger, frustrations, sadness OUT because once it's out - once that panic attack is over, or your tears have all been cried - your body has room to hold that happiness, joy, and most importantly, HOPE once again.


You owe it to yourself to keep that fire burning. To keep your mind and body strong.


Believe in fairytales and "lost causes" and second changes. Believe that once you put your mind to something and create actual goals - you can achieve them. Failure isn't the end. Quitting is.


So until God has decided to permanently close a door for you (and you will definitely know when that is) keep hoping. Keep finding the beauty in the every day, sometimes mundane activities. Keep pushing past the stress, the doubts, the fears and learn to have hope for every situation. After all, it's going to be okay. In the end, everything is going have worked out just the way it needs to. Even if we have to get a little uncomfortable for a while.


Keep chasing your rainbows.


And if you happen to come across a leprechaun, please tell him I say hello!


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Believe in fairytales and "lost causes" and second chances. Believe that once you put your mind to something and create actual ing the beauty in the every day, sometimes mundane activities. Keep pushing past the stress, the doubts, the fears and learn to have hope for every situation. After all, it's going to be okay. In the end, everything is going to have worked out just the way it needs to.


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