Hope Has A Name

My eyes welled up with tears as they began to share their stories of betrayal.

My heart felt their desperate cry as they sat taking turns telling me, a stranger, what life had handed to them in what started out as their own love story.

They were beautiful woman, young and smart. I could see courage sitting on the edge of their slumped shoulders.

Their hearts once open and free were now jaded by broken promises and unmet needs.

They felt abandoned, betrayed, and in their thoughts God was partly to blame.

I was there to speak and share the story of my own brokenness and the day Hope came to set me free.

It was as though time had stood still in the place we gathered. I could feel the spirit of God surrounding us and somehow his peace was descending.

Oh how I remember the deep pain that ran through my veins, waking in the middle of the night to catch my breath as the reality of my circumstances consumed me.

I identified with their tears and wanted for one moment to embrace each of them and speak to their hurts.

I knew a temporary comfort would come but what they needed was hope; that one day all would be well.

I believe something great transpires when women come together and begin to bear the wounds hidden in their hearts.

I have faith that when we choose to stand in the light of truth and realize Hope has a name and it is Jesus, healing begins to take place.

My road to healing was long and hard.  I too had been angry at God and blamed him for my troubles as well.

But I came to understand a very important truth, God is sovereign.

That means God is in control of everything including what was taking place in my life.

He understood my hurt and anger.

He was patient and kind as he gave me his words of truth to be the healing balm for my soul.

The fact is, nothing and I mean nothing can happen in your life without God’s authority.

Jeremiah 32:17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!”

Psalm 103:17 “The Lord has made the heavens His throne; from there he rules over everything.”

Revelation 21:6  And He also said, “It is finished, I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.”

The impact these verses had on my life began to change the way I saw my circumstances. God knew the details and he was in control.

No matter what you are facing in your life take comfort in knowing, “That all things work together for good to those who love God , to those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

When you begin to use God’s word as a compass to navigate your way out of the muddy waters of life and move toward the clear waters of truth and sanity, freedom is just beyond the horizon.

It is there we begin to clearly see our misplaced anger and allow that pain to be placed at the cross where healing waters flow.

Sitting and stewing over the wrongs done to you has its place, but when that is the only place you run to it is a dead-end street filled with discouragement, greater anger, and death.

Sometimes there is a misconception when we accept Jesus Christ into our heart. We can be misled to believe that only good things will happen now that the creator of the universe is on our side.

But the truth is written in his word.  Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering, being conformed to His death.”

1 Peter 4:6 “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, and do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.

Don’t get tired of running to the word of God, it is “THE TRUTH” and  “HE IS HOPE.”

Psalm 30:5 ” For His anger last only for a moment, but his favor last a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning.”

Wait patiently for the Lord my friend, be brave and courageous. He is near to your broken heart.

When you choose to find your comfort in the comforter, his peace will be displayed in your life.

When you partake of his goodness and trust in his Sovereignty, he will give you  direction and his joy will abound in you.

For all who are broken I pray that you come and drink from the living water. Do not allow this season of your life to anchor you to the pain. Take the chains that hold you captive and break free in the name of Jesus.

For it is by the Blood of The Lamb that you are set free.

Praying for you today,

Jamie

©2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Hope Has A Name

  1. You nailed it today! Everyone needs this constant reminder to lay our hurts at the altar and don’t give up hope. Very powerful!!!

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  2. Oh Jamie… that was beautiful. The Spirit of God–His comfort–shines through your writing. Thank you for wrapping us up in the blanket of His hope and reminding us that someday, somewhere, somehow, our mourning will be turned to dancing.

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