You Have a Future and a Hope

I penned these words a few years ago, but they seem more relevant now than ever, so I’m sharing there here tonight for my #Write31DaysofAffirmation series. Many times I must affirm truth and hope when I feel the exact opposite. I choose to speak those things that be not as though they were. Seasons ebb and flow as does the the heart’s dealing with all life’s ups and down.
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When life feels a little hopeless, I choose to remember God’s promises. We are not a people without hope. One of my favorite life verse passages comes from Jeremiah 29:1-14.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”
I suppose we keep faithing it, clinging to Jesus no matter what. I don’t know how the heroes of the faith held to God, but somehow they did–through thick and thin, sickness, death, loss, bankruptcy, enslavement, mistreatment, poverty, and all sorts of yuck. I guess that is where the rubber hits the road–when the firey trials of life test our faith, and we have to believe in spite of circumstances. We may say to ourselves “God is bigger than this mountain,” even though we may feel small.
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Nothing is difficult for our Great God. This is what I must remember when turmoil arises without and within. And the answer is YES… God can cause me to prosper even in the darkest desert places. He can cause me to prosper in the wilderness. He can cause me to prosper in pain. He can cause me to prosper when hope seems lost. He is not without hope. He is not without goodness. He is not without faithfulness. He is not without love. He is not without hearing. ALL His promises are yes and Amen–whether in the valley of the shadow of death, or high on the mountain, God has not left us as orphans. I am not alone. You are not alone. We have a future and a hope. That’s good news!

To all of you on walking the journey, keep faithing it. We know God’s word is true and the He–God–is NOT a man that he should lie. What he has promised, He WILL bring to pass. THIS I must believe.

Verses to encourage you.
Psalm 34, 116
Hebrews 13:5
Psalm 23, 27
Isaiah 54:17

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This is day 23 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posts here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

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