Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Life Questions Answered - What Gives You Hope? (+ 7 Promises...)

I am thrilled to have Deb Wolf on Spring Sight today as a guest blogger, talking about an important life question: "What Gives You Hope?" and offering seven promises to give you hope when life is hard. 

Deb is the author of the book Sarah's Garden, a parable that tells of the struggle in each of us to flourish in our strengths, rather than persisting in to our weaknesses. She is also a speaker and author of several inspirational blogs including Counting My Blessings and Faith 'n Friends. She is a fan of babies, puppies, coffee, and chocolate (in that order) and loves conversations filled with laughter. 

Life Questions Answered - What Gives You Hope?

If hope is defined as…

     The belief that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Then, I wondered…

     What gives you hope?

I began with a Google search – What gives you hope? And found the following answers:
  • Not much.
  • Knowing that things could always be worse.
  • An inspiring person with strength and courage.
  • Belief that things will get better.
  • The determination and will power to improve whatever is wrong or overcome what’s going on.
  • When a child smiles.
  • Believing that dreams come true.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Optimism
  • Do you want hope that lasts?
Then I went to my friends on social media and asked. Here’s what they had to say:
  • God’s love and His Word.
  • God’s grace and forgiveness. That no matter how many times I mess up, what Christ has done has already cleaned up. The Grace of God in Christ alone gives me hope. 
  • Knowing that God is in control in my life on earth and for eternity….and that He operates only motivated by love.
  • Encouraging songs quotes and scripture that reminds me that God is in control He loves me wants the best for me and is faithful and will keep His promises. That gives me hope
  • God’s grace
  • Knowing that I am Jesus’ little lamb and someday I’ll live with Him forever.
  • Testimonies of people who were changed and saved by God’s mercy, grace, & love.
  • Knowing God has everything under control when to me it looks like nothing is under control.
  • Faith that makes it possible to take things one day at a time.
  • Remembering God created me, sent Jesus to redeem me, and calls me to be His own. Nothing happens outside of God’s control!
Earlier this week I wrote about the ways I find hope in God’s promises. Promises reminding me of His love and grace. Today…

7 Promises to Give You Hope When Life is Hard.
  1. God loves you. – For this is how God loved the world (you): He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
  2. God will meet your every need.  – This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  3. God’s grace and forgiveness make you free. – Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14
  4. God will protect you in temptation. – If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 1-:12–13
  5. God cares and is with you everywhere always. – Keep your lives free from the love of money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you or let you be alone.” So we can say for sure, “The Lord is my Helper. I am not afraid of anything man can do to me.” Hebrews 13:5–6
  6. God is always working for your good and His glory. –And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (And when it works together for good its bring Him glory.)
  7. God promises a home with Him forever and always. – I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me. John 10:27–28 and “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. John 14:1–2 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5

Let’s keep the conversation going. What gives you hope? (Share your comments below)

Life Questions Answered - What Gives You Hope? by Deb Wolf originally appeared on Counting My Blessings.

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  1. Linda, Thank you so much for featuring my post today! Praying many blessings on you and your ministry of hope! God bless you!

    1. You're welcome, Deb! And I just found out it's your birthday! I hope you have a wonderful one. Thanks again for contributing to Spring Sight!

  2. What a beautiful post full of hope and encouragement! I love these 7 promises and they definitely give me much hope. I'd say the first place I find hope is in my faith that God is in control. No matter what is happening in my life at a given moment, God is still good and God is still sovereign. In that, I have hope.

    1. Thank you, Mary. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your heart!

  3. Deb and Linda, what a difference between hope as defined by the world and by those who have Jesus. Hope was my word of the year a few years ago, so I sat with that word "hope" and dissected it, looked it up, and spent a year pondering what it meant to me. Jesus = hope. Thank you, Linda, for sharing Deb's words and your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )