First of all, thank you for your prayers for my Grandpa Hollie this week. He came through surgery really well. I so appreciate your support, sweet readers!
All that’s happened in our family recently has brought to mind a devotional from my book, Rain on Me: Devotions of Hope and Encouragement for Difficult Times, so I’d like to share it with you today…
HOLDING ONTO HOPE
I wear two rings.
The ring on my left hand represents the commitment I’ve made to my husband.
The ring on my right hand is a simple silver ban with the word HOPE inscribed on it.
After experiencing a difficult season in my life, I bought the ring to be a daily reminder of my commitment to God and myself to live in HOPE no matter what happens.
Before this time in my life, I thought HOPE was an emotion. Now I’ve realized it’s so much more…
HOPE is more than a word–
it’s a state of being.
It’s a firm belief that
even if you don’t know how,
even if you don’t know when,
God will come through
and better days are ahead.
Life brings rain…
HOPE dances in the puddles
until the sun comes out again.
The world or our circumstances may tell us, “Hope is dead. God is gone. There’s nothing you can do.” On those days we have to remember we’re committed to HOPE no matter what happens.
Even when we can’t see it.
Even when we don’t feel it.
Even when all the evidence suggests the opposite.
Committing to HOPE doesn’t mean believing that one day we’ll get what we want. True HOPE is believing in unchanging truths…
God is good.
He has a plan.
We are loved.
Like a strong marriage sealed by a ring, that kind of HOPE can see us through a lifetime of “for better or worse.”
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
What helps you hold onto HOPE?
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It could be an encouraging Christmas gift or hopeful way to start off the new year.