By Tiffany Chartier

Special to the Prosper Press

Dreams are canoes of hope constructed in faith by flawed hands.

Wishes are less risky – less chance to sink or go adrift. Desire without action: A wish. A lack of deliberate doing leads to rows of canoes tied ashore by defeat and doubt, frustration and fear.

Challenges dry up the river, and we are left with splintered hope and faded faith. We look upon our flawed hands and see our powerlessness. We beg the rainclouds which weigh us down to settle – to return to us a brighter, more peaceful view; to fill the dry riverbeds so we can move along and beyond that which keeps us only wishing for something different.

Do our prayers reflect our desire to be in control or our desire to trust the One in control?

We often wait for circumstances to change before we make a change. We become comfortable in settling, accepting what is happening to us as our lot in life rather than being grateful for what we can modify. We pray but live as if we do not believe in our prayers – in God. Prayers without confident faith in God are nothing more than wishes.

May we not be left with wishes that we attempt to ignite by blowing out candles, signifying another year of good intentions.

A candle produces light as it burns; to leave a candle extinguished is to diminish its primary purpose. We pass by a flameless wick and see a decoration rather than a source of light. And in the absence of light and the clarity it provides, our fullest journey remains more of an elusive idea than a habit of living - a wish of possibility not fully pursued.

God often changes us as a response to our prayers for a change in circumstance. He softens our hearts, opens our minds, and strengthens our grasp of His grace and love. In our shift, we discover transformation is more than just possible … it is inevitable. We are in a new place, regardless of what or who is physically around us.

God gives a brighter, more peaceful view. He fills dry riverbeds and frees us from doubt and fear.

God allows us to do more than wish for better – He empowers us to live into His best. To be better.

The journey is not promised to be easy. We must be brave enough to fail and strong enough not to give up. We must recommit to our passions and replace procrastination with discipline. We have what it takes today to make one positive change.

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” - Unknown

May we live into the best of us by focusing and acting upon what we can change, within His will and by His light. And may we not diminish our purpose but cultivate enthusiasm and embrace our imperfections. After all, canoes of hope are constructed in faith by flawed hands.

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian Author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier; Instagram:@tiffanysgly; and Twitter: @tiffanychartier. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Texoma Marketing and Media Group.