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When we hope, we are looking forward to something we want but do not yet have. Oftentimes we throw the word around for little things that have no lasting impact on our lives, like the hope a sports team will win or that the weather will hold out for an event.
But then there are times when hope is the only sparkle of light we have in the dark seasons of our lives. We look to it for the strength, comfort, and peace needed to endure.
I know because it feels like my family has endured one struggle after another for nearly five years straight. But if this lengthy season has taught me anything, it’s this:
Where I place my hope matters.
Political leaders, religious leaders, medical treatments, the next job, etc. all can and will fail me. If they are what I’ve placed my hope in, then when they fail me, I’m left more devastated than when I started.
However, there is one thing that never fails me. One person who I can place my complete hope in because He never breaks His promises. It is through the promises of Jesus Christ, that I find strength, peace, and comfort that is often incomprehensible to the outside observer.
I know Jesus Christ can be quite controversial, but I’m not here to preach at you or even convince you. Everyone must come to their own decisions. However, I’m always open for conversation and questions. Feel free to reach out to me via my contact form on my website, if you have them.
What I do want to do is leave you with some of the promises that have given me hope to endure the hard seasons. Call them a sprinkling of sparkles, if you will. It is my hope that whatever you are facing, these promises will encourage and strengthen you.
*All verses taken from the English Standard Version (ESV).
For when I can’t shake the shame and anxiety of my past mistakes:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“then He adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’” Hebrews 10:17
For when I feel fearful and alone:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
For when the problems overwhelm me:
“In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12b-13
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14-15
When there seems to be no end in sight:
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
May you be able to cling to His promises and feel the peace, comfort, and strength they provide.
Crystal Caudill is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW. She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Crystal can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.
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