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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Where is Your Hope in a World Full of Hopelessness?

As Hurricane Harvey moves out of Texas, the destruction left in its wake is unimaginable. From our favorite little seaside town of Port Aransas that took a severe beating from winds and surf, to the huge metropolis of Houston where friends and family have suffered the loss of homes, businesses, work, school, and all the comforts of life we take for granted. Sadly, even some precious lives have been lost in the flooding and destruction.
When faced with the uncertainties of the future, it's easy to get fearful. Very easy, in fact.

That's when the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and you have to ask yourself, "In whom do I trust?" In whom do you place your trust? In man? In jobs? In houses? As we've witnessed in Houston and Port Aransas this past week, "things" of this world are all too easily lost. A terrible storm. An illness. A fire. A flood. It's obvious to me that putting ones faith in a job, a house, money, and people is foolish.

The older I get, the more I realize there is only ONE place to put my hope, and that is in GOD. Earlier this year I was reading in Psalm 33. At the end of the chapter I wrote, "Words for 2017!" I had no idea what 2017 would hold for me, but I was determined to put my trust and hope in God. He knew we would be looking for a new job and a new home a few months after I wrote those words. I didn't, but he did.

"We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you." Psalm 33:20-22

There is a song with a chorus that goes, "If I have you and nothing else, I have everything." I've said it before and I'll say it again now: Jesus is my everything! Right now I don't have a job or a home, but you know what? I have everything  I need! God continues to bless me and my hubby, and we will wait on Him to open the right doors at the right time.

For all who are feeling hopeless today, I pray you find real, true hope in the Lord. In John 16:33 Jesus said we will have trouble in this world. I think we can all agree he was right. But getting to the other side of the trouble IS possible. I've been there, done that, and I will do it again ... and again ... and again. Not until the day Jesus takes me Home to be with him will I be free from the troubles of this world. But take heart, dear friend! Jesus has overcome the world and all its troubles! Not even death kept him in the grave.

Today is a new day! Like the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 118:24: "This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!"

If you are feeling hopeless and need prayer, please email me at AuthorMichelleShocklee @gmail.com. It would be my honor to pray with you.

Blessings,

~Michelle




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