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12.17.2020 – Hopeful Hearts

Does “hope” feel impossible for your heart right now?

Do you fear “getting your hopes up” because you’ve been wounded so deeply by disappointment?

And you may feel like no one could possibly understand.

But God knows about all the things that have hurt you. ?

And He knows about all of the times people have let you down.

He can feel the pain that you feel in your heart, and His heart breaks with yours.

…He even knows about the deep, deep longing you have in your heart to be able let go and “get your hopes up”….

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”—Proverbs 13:12

But do you know that He never gives us “false hope”?

He IS the God of HOPE! ☀️

Do you know that He never lets us down?

He is a Keeper of promises! ?

“Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.” – Hebrews 10:23

And He’s not insensitive… He’s not cold-hearted…. He understands the deep pain that can break our hearts from those who’ve let us down.

Jesus experienced it when He lived His life here on the earth.

And as imperfect humans, we are capable of letting people down.

We’re not perfect.

But He is. ?☀️

God is not “all talk”….

And He wants to show you, to reveal to you, to make real to you— in the deepest places of your heart, that you can “let go” and trust Him.

Do you need your hope to be restored? Does it “feel” like an impossible thing for your heart right now?

Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God.”— Psalm 42:11

If it’s hard for you to trust and hope because you’ve been hurt and disappointed before…

Share with Him what’s on your heart, dare to open up and tell Him that you want to trust Him, but that it’s hard… and He’ll help you. ? He’ll do His part.

And He already knows your situation. He’s already waiting…He just wants you to come to Him…

And He’ll so beautifully mend your broken heart, He’ll bring you to a place where you’ll be able to trust Him with your whole heart. ?

He’ll make a way for your heart to radiate with “hope” like a child. ☀️

Even if that seems impossible, He can make a way.

It’s what He does. ?

“Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!”—Romans 15:13 TPT

As His children, we always get to “get our hopes up” in Him…

not in our own ideas

not in other peoples’ ideas

not in what we want

not in how we think it should play out…

But we can confidently hope in Him, and in what He has promised.

We never have to fear being let down by Him. He invites us into peace.

And He so faithfully teaches us how to “let go” and rest in the glorious hope we get to have in Him.

It can be a process… but He walks us through it, and He’s promised to never leave us.

He’s transforming our hearts with every step with take with Him. ? And in that transformation process, hope and trust begin to flourish and radiate in our hearts.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…”—Ephesians 1:18

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13

And He’ll bring you to a place where you can declare this in your heart—with all confidence…because you’ll know that you know that you know

“Oh, I must find rest in God only, because my hope comes from him! Only God is my rock and my salvation — my stronghold! — I will not be shaken.” — Psalm 62:5–6

Thank You, Father. ?

-Heather ?

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