Jeremiah 29:11 promises "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.'"
This is one of my most favorite scriptures that I love to share each time I am asked to give my testimony. So when I found out the devotion I had been asked to write was Hope, I knew immediately that this special passage would have to be included. As I sat down to gather my thoughts, I tried to focus not so much on the definition of the word hope, but on words that have similar meanings. These are just a few of the ones I found: confidence, expectation, optimism, anticipation, courage and faith. Where would we be without hope?
Many of you know my story already, but I'd like to share something you may not know. Today (12.02.12) is a very special day in my life. It is what I often refer to as my "rebirth day." It was on this day, 10 years ago, that my life was forever changed when I suffered my stroke. Although I'm not the same person as before, there is, was, and always has been one constant...my God, my Savior, my Protector, my Friend. He has known His plans for me all along, and I firmly believe that He is not quite finished with me just yet.
The same God who has been there for me is also there for you. I'm not saying there will never be discouraging times or difficult days. What I am saying is that these situations will not last. They will pass, and you will become a better, stronger, more confident individual because of them. We are promised that. He will give you hope for who He wants you to become through His power and it is your obligation to Him to share that hope with others!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow that hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" - Romans 15:13