All Hope is Gone

Do you ever feel like all hope is gone? Like there is nothing that can happen to change your situation? I had a co-worker many years ago who shared with me that she had lost all hope of ever having a baby. It broke my heart because this came from a woman who said she believed in God. The problem with that is you can’t believe in God and have no hope at the same time. We are told in Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” If our hope is in God and we know that He is faithful, then it is impossible for us to be in a hopeless situation. My co-worker was putting her hope in a god but not in THE God. I’m not sure which god her hope was in – maybe it was her own abilities, or her spouse, maybe a doctor or procedure but it wasn’t in the God she said she professed to believe in. As one of my favorite songs says “My hope is in you, God. I am steadfast, I will not be moved. I’m anchored, never shaken. All my hope is in You.” He is the hope for the hopeless. Isaiah 40:41 says “but those who put their hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. Who or what are you putting your hope in?

Dance Moms, Hoarders and Kate, Oh My!

Last night my 17 year-old son saw Dance Moms for the first time. I asked him his thoughts and he said “I feel like I need to report them to someone. But how do you report people who are on TV?” Between Dance Moms, Animal Hoarders and the finale of Kate Plus 8, we witnessed destructive parenting at its worst. And the disturbing reactions by the children, who witnessed the horrific and verbally abusive outbursts, is evidence that there will be long-lasting consequences. And the part that is most heartbreaking is that it’s all for the sake of selfish ambition, greed and pride, all of which are at a level that is hard to comprehend. We may never know the long-term impact that the adult’s behavior will have on their children. But what I do know is that many adult women have scars left behind by wounds, hurts and unspeakable acts that they experienced in childhood. Many times these unhealed scars are easily “reopened” and bleed into all areas of their lives. And in most instances the women seek healing in relationships, activities, food, positions that make them feel important or needed and in the worst cases, addictions. Unfortunately, these are only small bandaids for the gaping wounds that have been left. There is only one place to find true and lasting healing – in the arms of Jesus. If you are hurting and have scars that need healing once and for all, I encourage you to talk to someone about what that means. And if you have no one to ask, you can always ask me.

“I Need a Break!”

Have you ever said this? Is this something you may be shouting right now? If you are waiting for breakthrough in an area of your life (your marriage, finances, health, children, a broken relationship) and your faith and trust is in God and His abilities and not in your own or someone else’s, then your breakthrough will come. I can’t tell you when it will come or what it will look like, but I can promise you that breakthrough is on it’s way when you completely release your problems to God and let Him bring about the resolution instead of trying to fix it yourself. Letting go of our marriage, our children, health or finances and having the faith to believe God will take care of it is sometimes the hardest thing to do. But when you do and you get out of the way of God’s ability to move in your situation, then the change you so desperately desire can begin to take place. And when it does, it may not be as quickly as you would have liked and it may not be exactly in the way you had wanted, but it will happen. And God’s ways are always so much better than ours. So let go, and let God.