• 21Nov

    “Hang in there.”

    In my depression and despair my heart cried, “Hang in there till when, till what?  What does my future hold?”   I often feel at a loss as to where to place my hope for the future.  As much as I know it would be good for me to have some future goals and dreams, something to work toward, I find it impossible to think much farther than the next day or week.  What can I say?  I was made to complement a dreamer, not be the dreamer.

    I miss my dreamer.  I miss his hugs, his stimulating conversations, his protection, his presence, his heat, his touch, his love, his enthusiasm, his help . . .  each one of those words creates a picture in my mind and his loss, my loss, makes my heart ache. 

    Do I have the hope of being that fulfilled part of a whole again?  Dare I let myself hope?

    “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?  Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”  Ps.43:5

    “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”  Ps. 31:24

    “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;” Ps. 33:18

    “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Ps. 119:114

    “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” Lam 3:24

    Hope in God, hope in the LORD, hope in His mercy, Hope in His Word, Hope in Him . . . I have hope.

    “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jer 29:11

    His thoughts are of peace, mine should be too.

4 Comments to Hang In There

  • I hurt for you Liisa. The burden you have been given is such a hard one to bear, but Christ will give you the strength. You may not walk without tears, but you will walk, by God’s grace. I am praying for you, even now.

  • Your comments remind me of Naomi left without husband, sons, or livelihood. She was without hope in a foreign land. She had heard there was renewal back home. It was God’s gentle nudge on her heart. Naomi decided to take the road back to Israel. She still had no hope or vision for her future. She had no dream, and yet she took that first step to the land of blessing. Likewise Peter when he was in prison had the doors miraculously opened for him, yet he had to walk through those doors. When he arrived at the house of the believers in prayer, the door remained shut. He had to persist in knocking to go through them. I guess I want to encourage you to take a step even without a dream in place or a vision for your future. A dream may not miraculously be dropped in your lap. It may come as you head towards a direction. It did for Naomi. And as in the case of Peter, it may need to be something we pursue through the house of believers. As always, we are thinking of you and yours Liisa! God has given you many natural gifts as well as spiritual gifts. You have much to contribute to the body of Christ. The rest of us, as trees of the field, will clap our hands in support as you go out with joy.

  • Hang in there……………

    Hang in there till the kids are asleep and you can fall into the Comforter’s arms.

    Hang in there till you get done with school for the week.

    Hang in there till you complete the month with so many reminders of your aloneness.

    Hang in there till the kids are a little older to help.

    Hang in there till you get a vision from God for your future.

    Hang in there for the next breath, the next moment, the next prayer.

    Hang in there till the Lord comes……………..

    Hang on to the Lord till you can’t anymore, then let Him catch you and hold you close in a way that can’t be described.

    I know, Liisa, I know how it hurts and how weary and lost it is when the future seems so blank and overwhelming. Just remember God is with you now and in your future too. And we are surrounding you in prayer.