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Hope for a New Month

I am so thankful for a new month, aren’t you? Especially as we continue moving closer to spring and warmer weather and the hope of life getting increasingly better with each month. Hope is so necessary right now, friend. And if we aren’t careful, we can let our hopefulness slip which opens the door to all sorts of mental, emotional and spiritual challenges. Losing our hope basically makes life way harder than it already is! 

Maybe you are experiencing this today? Maybe you are facing a new day, week and month feeling less than hopeful. Maybe like me, 2021 has already taken a lot out of you and you decided not to hope for anything better this month. I get it! But friends, I think that might be a mistake. Choosing to hope when we don’t feel like it is a powerful decision. A difficult one, I know. But that’s what makes it so powerful! 

Consider this, hope is your ticket out of any place of despair, disappointment and mental fatigue.

We can choose to hope again even in the face of glaring “reality” that screams at us to “not get our hopes up!” Hope is always possible–and so necessary if we are going to experience better days this month. Hope is a force that keeps us connected to God’s heart and his purpose, even when we can’t see it. It’s unshakeable; an anchor for our souls. 

Listen to Hebrews 6: And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakeable hope! We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm.

Notice, Paul says “we have this certain hope.” In other words, we don’t have to force it or fake it, we have it. We just may have forgotten or misplaced it. Or we mistakenly believed that if we didn’t feel hopeful that meant we lost our hope. But I suggest today that hope is a spiritual gift, like faith or patience. It’s something we can receive from the heart of the Father.

Actually, Paul says we can “seize what is already established ahead of time.” Your hope for this season is already in place! You just need to seize it, to believe it and to remind yourself that you still have hope, no matter how you feel right now. 

Hope is yours, friend. It’s still there in your heart although it may have been covered over with worry and fear and the many pressures of life. I pray today, that you will let all those things go and stir up the hope that is inside of you! Your hope that is found in him. 

Hope this helps friends!

Sue

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