What brings me hope

Putting hope into action through the Practice of Hopeology

Rosalind Tompkins and Margaret Franklin Founder of Franklin Academy School at this year’s Hope Immersion Retreat.
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We had a wonderful Hope for the Holidays Hope Immersion Retreat (HIR), and it could not have come at a better time for me because a few days after the retreat my husband affectionately known as Kwame, had to be admitted into the hospital.

It has been a year since he finished chemotherapy and is now cancer free so when the health emergency occurred, we both were shaken.

What kept me from going down a very negative path was the experience that I and the ladies that attended the HIR had, especially the Hope Breaks.

As I was getting ready to take him to the emergency room early that morning of the incident, I decided to take five minutes to just sit still and breathe. After taking several deep breaths, through tears I thought of the best-case scenario, and I spoke it aloud for my ears to hear. 

I was then ready to go and face whatever was happening with peace.

My husband is a man of faith and peace who diligently takes hope breaks, so he was in a good place in spite of the pain that he was experiencing. Through the whole process the memories of all that we had gone through on last year during his health crisis, kept trying to bring me down, but I kept thinking hope and that no matter what, all is well. I even spoke the language of hope and said, “Everything is going to be all right.”

Well thank God everything was all right. He is doing great and only stayed in the hospital a couple of days and he is still cancer free. Praise the Lord for that! 

During this ordeal fresh off the heels of the HIR, I was reminded once again that the Practice of Hopeology is not just a theory, but it is an active part of life that will help you to get through challenging situations because as the saying goes, “Grace happens to us all.”

To receive a free copy of the Practice of Hopeology booklet please visit: www.practiceofhopeology.com and to attend or host a Hope Immersion Retreat please visit: www.hopeimmersionretreat.com.

Rosalind Tompkins, Ph.D. is author of “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Still Hope,” and other inspirational books. Tompkins is also founder of Turning Point International Church, the Chapel of Mothers In Crisis. She’s also founder of Turning Point International Alliance with ministries and churches in Pakistan, Nepal, Eswatini, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and St. Vincent in the West Indies. 


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