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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Because Sometimes Life is Hard {But There Is HOPE}

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Romans 5:1-5 {ESV}"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." 
Hebrews 6:19 {ESV} " We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,"

These words have been tattooed on my heart. When I was fighting the darkest and heaviest depression I had ever faced, I knew that my soul needed encouragement while my body needed rest. I can remember vividly the days I put a bathrobe on over the pajamas I had worn the night before and got a bit of coffee before taking to laying on the couch for the day. Life was happening all around me and I just wanted the comfort of my couch. 

And really, it's ok to feel that way. There's no shame in a mom being frayed and weary and sad for "no reason". This life is not easy, is it? It hurts! Sometimes the hurt becomes paralyzing. What then? 

I chose to encourage my very soul. While my body didn't want to move and my mind was clouded with sadness, I listened to worship songs on my phone and prayed a simple prayer: "God, I can't". My physical body could not sing the songs through the tears, but my soul could...and from that place, I knew the words would find my lips again. 


Hope. It became the steady beat in my soul like the heart in my chest. It wasn't just something to accessorize with, it was a lifestyle. I slowly made my way off that couch by believing I have a steadfast anchor...a hope...and hope does not let me down. This is a word that I literally wrapped myself up in.


I wore it on my wrist, I found anchors to wear as a reminder, I put it on the walls of my home, and I even found an amazing shirt to wear. These Letterpress Blocks are the newest addition to my office/classroom. 



I designed the word with brackets around it to remind me that I am ALL WRAPPED UP in hope. Hope hems me in and holds me steady. Hope is the gentle embrace I need for my weary soul. Hope is the light and the way out of my depression.

Because what else do I have to cling to if not the hope I find in all God has done for me & the freedom I find in the cross? The things of this world and this life will never fulfill me - they can only point me to remember the ONE who DOES. 

Do you have a word like this that you cling to or find your next breath in? What would you don on the walls of your own home? 



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