Sometimes finding and hanging onto hope throughout the holidays is a daunting task, especially in the face of lingering doubt.
I feel it strong this season. A kind of doubt that snuffs out hope as soon as the prayers leave my lips. And my heart is weary of crying out for God to move.
This mountain grows with every word uttered toward the heavens. The faith that stands warrior-strong today yields to questions and doubts as tomorrow dawns.
Is God really listening?
Does He hear my heart cry?
Why can’t I hear Him in the midst of all this silence?
When will this mountain give way?
I wonder if all this hope I’m supposed to grab hold of is meant for someone else. If I’ve somehow missed out on the secret. If I’ll forever be swimming upstream, and if faith is some empty formula or calculation where y+x always = 0.
I’m sure you know the feeling. When you’ve been praying so long it seeps from your pores. You feel it deeply. And you know this mountain doesn’t belong.
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So we spill out our tears and lob our questions to the heavens until we’re empty to the core.
We surrender our doubt because we know the price of keeping it close.
And we choose the way of faith…the way of hope.
“True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises.” -Francis Chan
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And we let hope’s promises trickle into the cracks of doubt, to fill the heart-splitting gaps. Because we can’t let go of what brings strength. We can’t abandon the One who promises to carry us and anchor us.
We return to the promises that sustain. To the Lover of Our Souls.
And we let hope take root…again.
If you’re in need of a little hope this holiday season, let’s join together and focus on the promises of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and constant care. Let’s embrace hope and choose the way of faith to silence our doubts. And let’s choose to remember how He’s gone before us to make a way when we thought there was no way.
Join me each week throughout December for the HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS SERIES. as we encourage one another towards the kind of hope that stands strong in the face of all of our circumstances, and let’s challenge each other to be a beacon of hope for the one who may need it most…the one we pass in the grocery store…the one we meet in the line at the post office…or the one who feels lost and forgotten.
Because this is the kind of hope we all need for the holidays!
“Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.” -Oswald Chambers
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Before you leave…
I’m excited to announce this week’s Featured Fresh Find is Down Aspen Lane!
One of the best ways to give hope and receive hope is through connection. I love the featured post this week because it challenges each of us to be intentional in connecting with people through small ways to plant seeds of hope. The kind of hope that can redirect someone’s day and encourage them through difficult and trying circumstances. And it’s a hope connection that requires little more than a willing and humble heart.
Won’t you please visit Stacey’s and share some Fresh Market Friday encouragement…because we all need a little encouragement!