Choosing to Hope Despite the Pain

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“Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my Savior and my God.” (Psalms 42:5)

When day after day goes by and all of the things you are trying don’t seem to be making a difference it is really easy to become discouraged. We want the treatment to work now and would prefer it to work without the side effects. It is easy to begin to question God as to why things are going so slow, or why don’t you just take it all away? But God does not want us to live a life of discouragement or frustration. He has so much more for us.

The other day I saw this on a card: “Hope is a seed God plants in our hearts to remind us there are better things ahead.”

We have a choice to make. Are we going to let our present circumstances drag us down and live in discouragement and frustration or are we going to cling to that hope that God promises us and allow Him to work in our situation to bring glory to His name? Once we choose to live in the hope God gives, then we water that seed. We need to surround ourselves with positive people, listen to music that brings joy and hope to our souls, read uplifting books, and stay in God’s Word. If you are in God’s Word He never fails to direct you to something that is just what you need for the moment.

The last few weeks this has been a choice I have had to make sometimes more than once a day that I am not going to be discouraged. I choose to put my hope in God and know that even though it is rough right now and things are progressing slower than I would like, I know that He has a plan.

He loves me and wants what is best for me and we are walking that path day by day and one day all will be well. I praise and thank Him for the progress, that even though may be unseen at the moment, is being made in my body. I praise Him for family and friends that love and care for me in so many ways.

Prayer: Lord my prayer is that I will keep my hope in you, trusting you and knowing that You have a plan for me. I want others to see that You are bigger than any circumstance and put their hope in You. Thank you for the peace you give and for the eternal hope we have in You.

About the Author:
Linda Aufrance lives in Phoenix with her wonderful husband of 36 years. She is blessed to live close to her daughter, son and his (wife along with two of the greatest grandkids ever. Linda has dealt with multiple health issues including lupus, MS, and diabetes for over 30 years but remains as active as possible. She knows that her strength comes from the Lord and each day is a blessing to be used to try and bring hope and joy to whoever she may have contact with.

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