Romans 12:12 (NIV®)
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
I have found that when I have been willing to rejoice it has allowed hope to begin to emerge in my heart. During the most challenging seasons of my life, I’ve often found myself walking and praying. Many times there has been nothing left to say except, “God, I don’t have much to be happy about right now. But I know you’re faithful, and I want to thank you for that.” And somehow it has always been the spark that lets hope begin to grow in me again. Choose to rejoice, not because your circumstances are the way you want them to be or because everything is going according to your plan. Rejoice and be willing to say, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. When I have faced challenges even of my own making, You have never abandoned me. You have lifted me up and let me see that I still have hope and a future, with You, sharing in Your purposes. Your grace overwhelms me, Lord, and I thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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