Having Hope in the Unknown

Good morning this lovely Tuesday!

Today we are beginning the theme for May’s Tea & Word: ~HOPE~

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The Backstory

Hope has been pouring into my heart for months and now and when I need it most, He is calling me to write about it.  I wish sometimes I could be writing about it while things were hunky dorey, but I think God is wanting me to write about it out of experience.

There are many life experiences I could write from, but none would quite pack the punch as the one I am living in this moment:

We signed papers on a home March 24th to hopefully buy a home. We packed up 75% of our house we are renting, the landlord put the For Rent sign in the yard since our closing date on the new home was scheduled for May 5th – and then a week before, the lender pulled out from under us over a technicality.

You can imagine, I fought it emotionally for a day or so.  Then I told God how frustrated I was. Then eventually let a deep breath out and surrendered: Okay, Lord…your will be done.

No sooner than that held true in my heart, I got a phone call saying there might a lady who could help us because she didn’t understand what the problem was.  So we are waiting to hear back from this other company, and guess what? No matter happens, it is still in God’s hands. It always was and we always will be. That is where I found my peace. That He has a plan.

 

Romans

There is a verse in Romans that I want to present to you.

You have probably read it before, but let’s just chew on this today in a few different translations.

Who wrote the book of Romans?  Paul!  Well he had a man named, Tertius actually write the words down for him as he spoke them.

Paul was addressing the Romans. He had such a passion for this group of people because he himself was also Roman.  He knew how their thinking was, and knew how to encourage the believers there.

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Romans 12:11-12

Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.” TLB

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“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” The Message

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My favorite of all the translations here is in the Amplified Version

 “..never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in HOPE [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],..”

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Why is this such a hopeful verse?

Because he is saying here, no matter what: rejoice in HOPE!

No matter what is going on in your life, hang in there and keep praying to God!

We have  Hope in Jesus Christ. No matter how grim the world may be down here right now, we can always rejoice because we have eternity with Him to look forward to!

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Your flesh may try to tell you are being silly, dramatic, or even a phony for being so rejoiceful when maybe your circumstances are less than pretty, but this is what God’s Word says – and it doesn’t need our flesh’s permission to stand.

Did you need to hear a message of Hope today?

Are you going through something that makes you want to give up?

You are loved and not alone!

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Are you a faith-filled blogger?  Do you enjoy digging in God’s Word? When we seek Him, we find Him and He reveals revelations and wonderful Truths that need to be applied to our daily lives.

 

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12 thoughts on “Having Hope in the Unknown

  1. Meghan – Thank you for being an inspiration to others to have hope in the midst of what seems to be hopeless. I am excited and looking forward to hearing the great testimony God is going to give you out of this not so pleasant at the moment housing situation…. Our God is able to do abundantly more than we can think or imagine. believing for God to show up in a big way!

  2. I relate to your post so much! How difficult it is to have our plans changed and take big twists and turns…but we truly do find peace when we put out hope in God and let Him worry about the details!

    My hubby is looking for work currently and I’m continually having to remind myself that this is God’s hands…I can have hope in Him and know that He will provide.

    I’m so happy I found you and your linkup. May all of your worries be taken care of and God’s peace prevail!

    1. You are so right. He really does have a plan! We had 10 straight years of job loss one after another. For crazy reasons almost ever time. Through each loss, it was emotional but over time we saw God was molding us for something. Still not sure what it is but do know there is so much joy in bringing hope to others through what we have learned so far. Trusting God doesn’t necessarily get easier for the flesh but each time something happens it’s like the skin gets thicker and your spirit grows stronger making you more able to hush the lies faster than the times before!! I’m glad we met on here too
      God has a way of orchestrating things!!!

  3. I know we always say this, but God has a plan for you and it is a good one. Just a quick story…We were trying to buy a house one time while living in another state. Well it didn’t work out and the contract fell through. So we packed up and moved back home. At the time we didn’t know why every thing that was happening, was happening. To make a long story short, a hurricane came through and destroyed the house we were planning on buying. In the meantime we were safe living in another state. It took us a couple of years to finally purchase our own home but we have been living here for over 15 years now. My point is that God knows the future and he knows every detail about you and your circumstances. Nothing is a surprise to Him, He’s got this! Thanks for such an encouraging post.

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