My Father, My Hope-Giver

My Father, in a world that screams of hopelessness, thank you that You show the way. You are the Way to believe again. You are my hope-giver.

God’s Timing as Our Hope-Giver

It can be difficult to trust God’s timing, when we pray for years and it seems that nothing changes. Especially when it is something that is closely affecting your emotions. Your heart. Maybe you miss the relationship you used to have with a family member and now even when you apologize, the relationship remains distant. It’s painful. You ask yourself WHY. What would God have you do? You long for restoration but God tells you to be content and to trust Him in all things. Yet nothing happens. He is working even when we can’t see it. So…NOW what? You pray Scripture back to God. And little by little, you will begin to trust THE Hope-Giver more and more.

For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“Call on Me and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3 (NAS)

Quote from Laura Story

“I can trust His timing. I can trust His love.”

Even when Daniel and Jeremiah prayed, God delayed.

They appealed to Heaven. They wondered if God was even listening. How did they maintain HOPE? What can I learn from their examples?

“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and take action! For thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Your Name.”

Daniel 9:19

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh, is anything too difficult for Me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

I seriously have quoted that Jeremiah verse back to God for YEARS! And I always would add to my appeal to Heaven: “I KNOW nothing is too difficult for You Father —so what do I need to do to put myself in the path of Your blessing?”

God’s response to me was one word: Contentment and ACT like you’ve learned it! For the Glory of God. (God has a great sense of humor.)  Smile

So, over the years, I’d been praying DAILY for  that contentment. It gave me HOPE, but nothing changed. (Well, that’s not exactly true. It began to remove the desire to grumble to God about the lack of change in the circumstance.)

Then unexpectedly there was a shift.

Then, on Mother’s Day, Pastor Franklin’s daughter’s brought the sermon. She gave her testimony and then focused on the importance of Mama bear prayer. She kept talking about HOPE. I was weeping. Something inside me was reaching a higher level of prayer than just contentment. I realized the missing ingredient. After I prayed deep soul-wrenching prayers about my kids and grandkids, there it was: There was HOPE.

We have no relationship. And I had just been accepting it. God seemed to be telling me that Mother’s Day that I had learned contentment about the circumstances. I had stopped whining. I had truly trusted and accepted that God had this. But now, He wanted me to grab ahold of HOPE. And I did! It was a glorious experience. God changed my mindset. My perspective. We can’t MAKE it happen. We just wait till God thinks we are ready to move to the next level. Sometimes that makes me *sigh*.

But now, I became full of hope. But I truly didn’t expect change anytime soon. But…I kid you not…Within the hour, my daughter texted me. It was that very Mother’s Day. She was sending me a delivery with Door Dash. She had put a lot of thought in what she sent.  Zowie. My change of heart seemed to have moved heaven and earth. It had taken me years to get to that point, but the “door” had cracked open.

“O Pam, put your HOPE in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with His is Full redemption!”

Psalm 130:7

“Rachel weeping for her children…Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; For your work SHALL be rewarded says the LORD, and they SHALL come back from the land of th eenemy. There is HOPE in your future, says the LORD, that your children shall come bck to their own border.”  (Emphasis mine.)

Jeremiah 31:15- 17

David Jeremiah

“Biblical hope is the excitement we feel today about what Jesus will do tomorrow. Perspective is everything. Don’t set your mind on earth, but on Heaven.”

Until next time, KLU  GIB

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