Doubt is an ugly word. It implies a belief that something most likely will never come to pass. When hope has not been met, it can leave us in doubt and at worse sinking deep into a sea of despair. Doubt over time can choke our hope, especially when years have fled without answers, we have lost our youth, and when sorrow occurs. There is no cure for doubt as it can attack at any time, but if we keep truth before us it can smother the doubt that is hostile to our hopes. Doubt is deceitful. Hope is promising.
Scripture for encouragement:
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:114
“The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,” Titus 1:2
“Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11
“Sustain me, my God, according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalm 119:116
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19
Note: Scripture from NIV
- Don’t feel as though you must journal every day. You do not want to become overwhelmed by something that should be fun and inspiring. Starting small is better than not starting at all. But remember, even a few words or an inspiring quote is a wonderful addition to your work.
- There is no right or wrong way to journal. Just let the creativity flow. If you are having trouble getting started or just need inspiration check our blog each week as we share tips and give you prompts to help stir your imagination.
- Set goals. There are many reasons to begin journaling. I use journaling as a way to share my faith and encouragement to future generations.
- feelings, dreams, thoughts
- hopes, prayers
- gardening, nature, birds
- travel and exploration
- simple day-to-day musings
- sketch, paint, color, collage
Tip: Cut out pictures that will inspire you. Add them to your journal or create an inspiration board that will inspire you to walk into the life you dream.
- To always be prayerful and learn to listen.
- Keep priorities in their proper place.
- Take action. Very few things will happen without some effort and we should always act in accordance with our belief. We do what we can and have faith that God will do the rest. The doors you are seeking may just open wide.
- Be patient. Honestly, none of us particularly like it, but if we do not continue in patience we will give up – which is the only sure way to fail. So we continue in patience and hope. We hope in what we do not yet have.
- Remember your inheritance. As a child of God you have an inheritance that will surely come to pass. An inheritance more magnificent than anything you could hope for in this lifetime.
We all get in routines that over time can make one feel stagnate. Break your routine and try something new. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Simply climb a tree and hang out for a little while or spread a blanket and watch the clouds rolls by. Let your imagination go and have fun!
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“Madonna” by Gwendolyn Rodriguez