My heart grieves from all of the tragedy in this world. My heart is broken. I sense despair rearing its ugly head…again. Maybe you know exactly what I am talking about. Maybe your heart is broken from a tragedy that is close to home. Perhaps the last few months or weeks have been marred with pain and grief. Did something happen that made your whole world come crumbling down? Or maybe you are trying to help a friend cope with her loss. Maybe, like me, your heart is simply heavy from all of the sin in the world – you are bearing burdens that you just aren’t sure what to do with. Here are 4 Uplifting Things To Remember In Your Heart When Pursuing Hope.
I’ve had to make some intentional choices in my life because I am a burden bearer. I’ve had to work super hard to make sure I take every thought captive under the authority of Christ. I’ve had to be purposeful in pursuing
Are you just waiting for the week, month or even year to end so you can start fresh? I felt like that in 2008/2009 – I was just waiting for winter to be over! I anticipated SPRING – new growth, the freshness of rain – the sun shining. I know what it’s like to be ready for a difficult season to end and a new one to begin.
The rebuilding phase will come. You see, I remember feeling like I was losing my faith when in fact, God was tearing down the old in order to build the new. Rebuilding cannot happen without demolishing the original structure.
I feel like the last 3 years or so have been this phase for me. Much of my heart has been rebuilt over that time. Often, He has taken the broken shards of my heart and put every single piece right back where it belongs. God has restored so much for me and proven His faithfulness time and again. God showed me that when we leave things to Him, He comes through and He comes through in ways that are so abundant and beyond our expectations!
In the Old Testament, we are told the story of Ezra returning to his home country in order to rebuild Jerusalem. Take note that the very first thing they started to rebuild was the temple. They also had great opposition. Our enemy despises the restoration of hearts. He loathes the fact that our God rebuilds. So, don’t be surprised when you face opposition during this phase.
If you are feeling like your life has been demolished, take heart. He is setting the stage for rebuilding – and the new structure will be stronger, newer, healthier and more beautiful than you can imagine!
Perhaps you are looking forward to the phase of abundant joy, health and blessings. Those times are wonderful, aren’t they? We see God’s hand so easily during those times. I’ve had those times, too. In fact, I believe this is the phase I have just entered this year.
While I know God wants us to delight in this precious gift He has given, it can be easy to forget to be thankful and to praise God for them. We get comfortable in this season and tend to forget about the hard times that we’ve had to go through to get to those blessed seasons.
We need to be intentional in giving Him praise and thanks for His good and perfect gifts.
This is also NOT the time to sit back and relax. This is not an opportunity for me to become lazy! On the contrary, my friend! This is the perfect time to train and prepare. When we are strong and steady, we can dig deep into God’s word and sharpen our skills without distraction. If I know anything for certain, it is that our enemy is on the prowl and he sits patiently waiting for the precise moment to attack. And he will. So, let’s take advantage of this time of harvest and blessing to prepare for battle.
Look forward to these times! They are coming!
Perhaps God called you to do something big recently. Did you ignore His invitation to something wonderful because of fear? Or did you grab hold of the calling and run with it? I’ve missed many callings myself – I was too busy to notice, I was complaining too much to see, I was too prideful to be convicted…Oh, yes, I have missed many of His invitations!
But I’ve also experienced the fulfillment of heeding His voice when I was quiet enough to hear Him. It can be hard to quiet our souls so that we can hear him, can’t it? Perhaps that is just another reason why He commanded a day of rest for us. In the resting of our hearts, we are more able to hear His whispers.
What about now? Are you listening for His call? Are you ready? He calls every single one of us to something, so don’t believe the lie that He has nothing for you. Let this be the time that you step out in faith and follow the leadership and guidance of your Heavenly Father. You won’t be sorry.
Expect Him to do something NEW in you and for you right now. May your greatest expectations come from Him – not from yourself or from anyone else. Do you know why New Year’s Resolutions fail so often? It is because we are looking to the self for improvement and expectations. And then, when we fail to live up to our own false expectations, we lose hope and become discouraged. No wonder resolutions rarely stick. We are sticking them on the wrong person!
But He never fails. His grace is steadfast. He remains faithful when all hope has been lost everywhere else. Even when we have lost hope in ourselves – and this is a GOOD thing! I don’t want my hope to be in myself!
As we reflect on the months that have passed and look forward to rebuilding, a harvest and the abundant life, how can we grow closer to our Heavenly Father? How can we rest and hold fast to our Saviour? What do you plan to do? How will you be intentional in shaking off the feelings of despair and looking towards hope?
I love helping other women grow closer to God and restoring hope to their soul. I have this incredible product that I created to do just that – to help you take your thoughts captive under His authority and start to claim your rebuilding, your harvest, your calling and the abundant life of hope and joy that He was promised in His word.
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