Monday, January 26, 2009

Hope (Motivate Me Monday)

Praise Me. This I ask of you in times when in seems indescribably difficult to do so...I know unequivocally that praise is your only hope for survival...Joy alone is your healer, and you can have it in the darkest hour if you will force your soul to rise to Me in worship and adoration...Why should you allow any human experience to alter or affect your divine relationship with your Father?

Your God is your maker. He is your defender. And He is mighty to save...He is mighty to save from despair, from sorrow, from disappointment, from regret, from remorse...This is not the end. Press on.

I read this early this week from the devotional book Come Away my Beloved, by Frances J. Roberts.

As I read it I was thinking about hope. It seems to be something in short supply lately. The circumstances of our times, the financial unrest, the relational messes and all the other stuff that comes with life seem to be weighing God's people down. But we are not without hope.

We had a string of unseasonable warm weather a few weeks ago. Warm enough to open the windows, to play outside and search for flip flops. It was a glimpse of hope to me. In what should have been a dark and gloomy winter, spring came, if just for a few days. When we should have been bundled up with hot cocoa we were out on our bikes and looking for sunscreen. I found myself out running a bit more than I had been simply because the weather allowed it.

Those runs were glorious, not because of the workout but because God was reminding me that spring will come. All is not lost, there is still hope. You see times are hard, and we know a lot of people who are walking through dark times. We've been standing at the door of that ourselves. But in the midst of trial and darkness we were blessed with a glimpse of what God wants to do.

He wants to restore our hope.

The glory of those runs on those beautiful days will keep me going through runs on cruddy days. Just as the glory of his hope will keep me going when I find myself in the midst of trial and pain. He asks us to persevere, to press on, to take a hold of our faith and go forward. Is it easy? No, but all hard work is worth the effort once we get on the other side. Will we prevail? With his help we shall

"You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy." John 16:20.
That's his promise to us, there will be joy and there is still hope. And because of that we can be encouraged.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
Be sure to stop by Sarah Mae's for more motivation and encouragement today, and a great reminder on trusting God.

3 comments:

  1. Amen! What a great post! It is so easy to look at the dark side of things and be discouraged. But that is not the way of God. With God there is always hope. Thank you for the reminder!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. It is just what I needed today.

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  3. I agree with Alicia! What a great post. Thank you for sharing the wonderful gift of writing that God has given you! It blesses me. Love you, Mom!

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