Finding hope when the world is out of your control is hard. When anxiety and fear is knocking at your door, hope is fleeting. The tribe and I started the Hope Devotional this week and it’s so far July has been a learning experience emotionally and spiritually. There’s so much in the world in 2020 that it’s easy to allow our hearts to lose hope and fall into fear, anxiety, stress and panic. Focusing on hope helps the heart remember where home is.
Here are my thoughts after spending 5 days on the Hope Devotional Journey. Stick around to the end to download it for free.
To “take heart” is defined as regaining your courage. Sometimes when we are afraid we lose our courage and submit to our fight or flight response. When anxiety kicks in, it’s easy to lose hope. Over the course of 5 days, the devotional takes you from a simple place of remembering that God is your Shepherd and friend through the concepts of protection, strength, loneliness and ultimately a place to find hope again. We can truly take heart in any situation because there are circumstances when we have to let go of trying to control outcomes and trust that God is in control.
What is Hope? Hope is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary “to desire with expectation of obtainment of fulfilment, to expect with CONFIDENCE: TRUST”. Hope is not as simple an emotion as the 4 letter word would have you fooled to believe. To have confidence in a desired outcome can seem impossible, but our hope is not in an outcome but in the God of the outcome. Sounds super religious, I know, but stay with me. A pivotal part of what creates hope is where we are either choosing to, or unconsciously, putting our confidence and trust. What I learned during the 5 day devotional journey is that my mind can know to put its confidence in the right place, but my heart is slower to follow. Some seasons of our life may seem impossible to work our way out of, and our logic causes us to fall into a false sense of confidence in things that ultimately fail us. The devotional journey, the reflection and the gratitude time and the intention created with starting it all was a great recalibration tool for where I find myself in life right now.
Be strong and courageous
It may not seem like it, but we have so much to be grateful for. There are so many things that could have gone wrong and so many battle scars we wear that no person could ever imagine. That’s the beauty of hope; our confidence and our trust lie in so much greater than the world and we could ever provide for ourselves. Our trust lies in the Creator of the universe. That’s why we can have courage even if the impossible seems impossible, that why we can pull ourselves up and have emotional and spiritual strength. We are never alone even when it feels like we are, we have a Greater support than could ever be imaged.
You can download the HOPE DEVOTIONAL here ⬅️