Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
This verse alone brings me comfort, brings me peace and reminds me that my faith is not in vain. Believing is not overlooked and hope is prevailing. In this turbulent season of our lives we need peace and we seek peace to carry us through the seemingly unending riptides and dwells that overwhelm our days. Day by day we may hope for many things but who our hope is in never changes. Our hope stays in the Lord. Our belief is in the Lord.
Easily we can lose hope, maybe there have been times when we haven’t had hope or we have given up hope but without hope we are sadly left with nothing. “where then is my hope? Who can see any hope from me?” – Job 17:15 Sometimes our hope is all we have. It’s the very thing that makes moving forward, especially during difficulty, doable.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
For us hope can get buried down under the burdens we are carrying around, the stress and pressures of life and hope can seem to be “hiding” in the midst of our rubble. But we have to remind ourselves that our burdens are not our own and we should cast our cares on the Lord and lay our problems at his feet. Could you imagine going one solid day without a care in the world no matter what was going on in your lives? Being so peaceful, happy and hopeful in your belief in the Lord that nothing can sway your thoughts or mood? Impossible? Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. So when we change our way of thinking and what we think about we will open space in our lives for God to fill us with peace despite what hurdles, storms, monsoons, hurricanes or catastrophes we are facing. A negative mind produces negative words and, consequently, a negative life. Our words and thoughts can actually become traps that cause us to continue our cycle of negative thoughts and actions.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3
There are days when it seems like everything that could go wrong has and the whirlwind of chaos is mounting. We may have days that aren’t our best and we struggle with finding hope or resting on God’s word. But during those times we challenge ourselves even more to focus with intensity on God and his promises. We pray for peace in our home, in our marriage, on the job and in our lives. Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through the storms, cry out to the Lord and fight battles that only God knows about.
So in the trenches of infertility we are forced to believe, have faith and trust that God’s plan is far greater than our imagination can ever dream of. Although not easy, completely necessary. We need peace to face infertility, we need peace to face the world and we need peace to surpass all understanding. The peace God brings us allows us to work together without placing blame, it allows us to celebrate other’s success / children / lives unconditionally and it prevents us from falling into the depths of despair unattached from the Lord and life.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid – John 14:27
I walk with my head held high, a smile on my face, I laugh, I enjoy, I live. Not because everything is perfect in my life, not because my mind isn’t filled with thoughts and problems but because of His peace. The peace only He can give me. An invaluable reward for my hope, faith and belief in Him. For the times of trouble in the past, the times of trouble now and the times of trouble ahead, don’t give up hope, don’t stop believing and don’t stop looking to Him for your peace through his power.
When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”