Choose Hope

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One of my very best friends was devastated. She’d hoped against hope, she’d prayed, planned, studied, worked hard at two jobs while seeking a job that she loved in her field. Year after year this continued until finally it happened - She got the job! A new office, a new team - endless possibilities. I rejoiced for her, thanking God for answered prayers and blessing!

Three weeks later, they fired her.

The funding fell through and her position was dissolved. She was beyond disappointed, she was devastated and tempted to despair. As I prayed for her and reached out to encourage, I was reminded of so many times where I’d been where she was. And through it all, one thing remained: Through it all - God is faithful, constant and He is good. This world is full of uncertainty, but the gift of faith - is faith.

During my boxing training some years ago, my Coach Greg Young used to tell me, ‘You’re overthinking. You can’t think your way through a fight. You train hard, consistently, and you focus. In time, you’ll find it’s all instinct.’ Faith is just like this, you train hard and well and in time, even when you’re knocked down for the count, you always know it’s just the count…

I've learned that it's always good to remember, when you're facing a challenge that knocks the wind out of you, and you're tempted to choose despair, use whatever energy you have to choose hope.

Faith is faith, even when things get blurry.

You will get through this: Stronger, Wiser, Bolder, Better. You’re on your way to something great. Rest well, but never give up. And as you recover from whatever it is, I pray that you will choose faith.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

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