Hope Trusts, Prays and Waits for God’s Answers


In the Facebook group, One Word 2022, one member suggested writing a cinquain beginning with your #oneword. According to Wikipedia, “Cinquain /ˈsɪŋkeɪn/ is a class of poetic forms that employ a 5-line pattern. Earlier used to describe any five-line form, it now refers to one of several forms that are defined by specific rules and guidelines.” My word is hope, because we all need hope during these times.

Since I always like a challenge when it comes to poetry or any writing for that matter, I enjoyed working on this. I chose the style of American cinquain which is 5 lines and follows the pattern: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 1 stresses and 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables. It took a few tries to get to the final version, but I like the result.

Hope trusts
When you are stressed
Pour out your heart to God
Wait and know that He will answer
Now rest.


I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word. (Psalm 130:5 CSB)

The Psalms are full of examples of praying with hope and trust. They inspire many of my poems. True hope trusts in the finished work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection. We rest in the promises of God, knowing that He hears and answers prayer. When troubles overwhelm us, we can cry out to Him from the depths of our hearts.

Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge. Selah

(Psalm 62:8 CSB)

My steps are on your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
I call on you, God,
because you will answer me;
listen closely to me; hear what I say.

(Psalm 17:5-6 CSB)

hope trusts
Art journal page of my cinquain

Have you chosen a #oneword for this year? If so, what do you do to help you remember your word? Have you written about or done any art work using your word? Please share whatever ways you use to keep focused on your word throughout the year.

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday

5 thoughts on “Hope Trusts, Prays and Waits for God’s Answers

  1. Love what you share about resting in the finished work of the Cross and pouring out our hearts. As I sat with what you shared this verse came to mind:

    Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.

    And as I prayed about commenting here, God gave me Song of Songs 2:5. That verse says: “Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples because I am lovesick.” Sustain also means “to lean on” and raisin cakes also means “foundations exposed by rubble” or “something closely pressed together”. Refresh also means “support, prop up, aid” and apples stems from a root word meaning to breathe or blow. Lovesick also means “severely wounded, afflicted, grief, ill”. So perhaps the deeper meaning is something like:

    Lean me on the foundation of Your living Word that is pressing us all together in You, the dynamic and living Word You are uncovering in the rubble of all You have shaken off of me. Now support me, prop me up and come to my aid, comforting and healing me in my loss, affliction and wounds by blowing Your Holy Spirit breath upon me.

    Such a beautiful picture that reflects your sharing here too.

    1. Anna, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and the meanings of those words. Yes, before we call, He answers! I love your thoughts of the deeper meaning. Beautiful! Blessings and love to you, dear Anna! xoxo

      1. Just look what verse was on my Bible app this morning:

        And just look at the verse of the day that dropped into my Bible app this morning:

        If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
        Luke 11:13 ESV

  2. I love your words here, Gayl, and the way they help bring forth the beauty of God’s Word and hope! I haven’t tried a cinquain poem for years, but my interest is really piqued now. God continues to remind me of my two words of Prepare and Overshadow, and I want to pray about what He might give in a poem like yours. You have inspired me to rest in His hope and promises again. Love & hugs!

    1. Thank you, dear Bettie! I love that it has inspired you to look into writing a poem with your words! That makes me happy. Blessings, love and hugs to you, my dear sister! xoxo

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