I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. NLT
As my children are growing older, I find myself holding my breath and sometimes simply “hoping for the best.” Women face a multitude of issues that keep us in that same place of hoping.
It is exhausting at times to Just. Keep. Hoping. Webster’s dictionary speaks of this hope. It defines it as, “a feeling that events will turn out for the best.” Oh my, my future outlook rests on my feelings so many times!
In His word, God speaks to us about a different kind of hoping, a hope that is not at all based on feeling or emotions. God sized hope is a strong and confident expectation. This hope has nothing to do with feeling, but is based on truth - the truth of God. Oh how my soul desires to have confidence, to not simply wish but to know.
Romans 15 reminds us that the hope of God begins with Him and is received through trusting. We trust when we give our hearts and lives to Jesus daily. Trusting in Jesus has a result or benefit. That benefit is joy, peace, and a confident hope. Sit with Jesus today and trust Him!!
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Think about how you have experienced joy, peace, and hope from God. Trust Him today.
Dear Jesus, trusting you is difficult at times. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Give me the strength and courage to trust you in my life. I desire to have confident hope. I desire to be able to look at the future and smile. Give me your hope today for all that lies ahead for me. Amen.
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