But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Let’s talk about hope. I’ve been thinking about hope a lot lately; good and bad. I feel people generally think they have hope that blessings will come to them, someone will be healed of a disease, they’ll get the job they want, they’ll find “the one”. But how many people truly believe that God will follow through with that hope? I’m guilty of not always trusting that God will see me through. I know I should trust and hope in Him, but my human-ness gets in the way of that sometimes.
My sweet husband has helped me remember the promise of God in the Bible. The bible says in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” How awesome is that!? He’s always with us, keeping us with Him and under His watchful eye. He keeps us strong when we are weak, He carries us when we cannot walk, He gives us the words when we cannot speak. He’s amazing and I need this reminder on a daily basis lately. I am strong and courageous because He is with me. I am able to have hope in Him because God doesn’t break His promise. God isn’t necessarily answering my prayers right now and I feel that things are hard and often seem like they won’t ever turn around and get better. It’s easy to feel sorry for myself and negative. To think my life is horrible, I’m disappointing my husband, our marriage will suffer because of me and my faults.
And again, my sweet husband reminds me of two wonderfully hopeful things. We are one now, it’s not just Dannie in this relationship. It’s not just me who has to deal with my faults and insecurities, it’s us together. How hopeful is that?! I have someone in my corner who will tackle these mountains with me and who won’t give up on me. Secondly, God is answering my prayers in His time, when he has it planned. His plan is perfect and set in stone. He knows the hardship I face and the weakness I feel. Yet, He is still with me and carrying me along.
I encourage you all to remember this when you are having bad days. No matter how hopeless we feel, He is with us and that alone should bring us hope.