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Nine years ago this week, there was little hope evident to me. It was the week before Christmas and I had just lost my job, my husband of 23 years was moving out, my daughters were struggling and rebelling and friends didn’t know how to help so most withdrew. I was feeling alone. Without a job, single and three teenage daughters…what would happen to our home…our circumstances were quite grim. Hope? Not so much.

The week before Christmas? Hope? I was numb. I went through the motions of life. With the support of family the girls and I made it through to the new year. In that year through counseling, a faith in God that He does work all things for His good, friends, family, spiritual direction and faith-based transformational workshops God did work all things for His good.

I have come to hold hope in a different way. My definition of HOPE is “a confident expectation of a Godly outcome no matter the situation”. 

HOPE the anticipation of good from God in every area of lifeBob Hartley, describes it as a Hope in God – A “Healed & Expanded” view of God.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

HOPE IN GOD is believing that:

  • God is ENOUGH for every circumstance
  • His PRESENCE is the answer
  • His FRIENDSHIP is our ultimate reward

It is through a healed and expanded view of God that I confidently claim that I am a prisoner of HOPE. No matter the situation or circumstances, I have a confident expectation of a Godly outcome. I carry the HOPE of God everyday.

My prayer for you is that you would experience a healed and expanded view of God this Christmas season, regardless of your circumstances. May you embrace God’s gift of HOPE.IMG_1167