From Struggles to Hope.

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Below is a devotional associated with this verse from Daily bible app.
One of the things my great-grandma and I had in common was our tremendous love for flowers and plants.
So when she passed away a few months before my husband and I were married, I took some cuttings from a few of her plants so I could start my own to remember her by. The most special one of all was her heirloom tea rosebush. I took the cuttings home to my Granny so we could plant and tend to them until they took root…if they took root.
They did and by the time John and I said “I do”, the tiny bushes were ready to plant. Over the span of thirty-seven years those bushes have been moved four times and numerous cuttings have been taken from them to be shared with others. But on this last move the bushes had to remain in buckets for several months…something they don’t tolerate very well.
When I was finally able to get them in the ground I was nearly certain they wouldn’t make it. I was heart-broken. I know it sounds silly, but I prayed for those roses to survive. They seemed to be just sitting there doing nothing, but when I returned home after teaching in a Bible camp for a couple of weeks, I ran out to check them and…they were getting new leaves!!! They were growing!
Those rosebushes remind me of many things: My sweet great-grandma, my enormous and loving family, and the fact that even when things seem dead or hopeless, God knows better. With Him there is always hope and always joy if we will let Him cultivate it in us and trust in His timing.
Pray: God, let me see the good in all things in my life. Give me the courage to trust You to always know what is best. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Journal
What hurt do you need God to heal you from?
How has God used a difficult or painful situation in your life to bring about good and hope?
These Journal questions were at the end of this devotion. Now I read this devotional a few weeks back but i saved it and I kept going back to it because I can relate so much not just to the story, but these questions.
I have been hurt, we have all been hurt. At first I didn’t channel my hurt appropriately.
I didn’t go to God to heal me from my pain and anguish. I ran.
I have spoken about it in previous posts.
Yet after some time, after My kids, I used my pain to openly talk to others complaining about the same pain I once had.
4 years ago a friend of mine and I were discussing infertility.
At that point my oldest son was 2 and half.
During her venting she said to me, you don’t understand my struggle, you have a cute, doting toddler at your whim, I have nothing.
She was right, I did have my 2 year old. What she didn’t know was the years of suffering, miscarriages, pain, loss in hope, depression, medical procedures and tests that I have endured to get where I got.
I had decided to make lifestyle choices prior to getting my son.
I had to recenter myself and focus back in Christ.
I made dietary changes.
I made life changes.
I made spiritual changes.
I did the ultimate prioritizing in my life and eliminated toxicity from it.
I shared my struggle.
I shared my burdens.
I shared my stories of miscarriages.
She was shocked.
I may have said it in previous posts, but I rarely open up to people and share my stories and my struggles.
So I got outside my comfort zone and she was inspired.
She went ahead and decided to make some changes.
She decided to loose weight.
She decided to change her diet.
She made life style changes.
She also made spiritual changes.
She omitted toxic people in her life.
She got pregnant a few months after.
Ironically around the same time I did.
Though she found out about her pregnancy before I even suspected about mine.
Our kids are two weeks apart.
She needed that pep talk.
She needed to recenter herself with Christ.
She needed to make some changes in her life.
She needed to do her part like I did, for God to do his.
This is an example of how my hurt, my pain, my trials brought good, joy and hope, not just in my life but in hers.
Father God I want to thank you for your love. I want to thank you for my trials and my tribulations. Everything that I have been through in life has only brought me closer to you. Everything that i have been through has only made me stronger. Every form of suffering which you have healed me from have brought joy, good and hope to others. Sharing stories, sharing our difficult moments, can be of a blessing and inspire hope to others. Our trials and our life experiences are not merely our own, but for others so that they too can learn from them and be inspired to grow closer to you. Father you are an amazing teacher and healer, I thank you so much for all you do. Amen.
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