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I wanted to remind you there is power and strength in “hope”.
I recently realized the strength, power, and encouragement in the words grace, mercy, and faith, but hope tends to be neglected.
I recently felt God nudging me to share this story with you since He rejuvenated us with the power and strength of “hope”.
My daughter has struggled with a health condition that she was born with. It took me years to get the doctors to listen to me to get her the treatment she needed to live a relatively “normal” life, but it was not easy. It took the power of determination and perseverance to get her a treatment plan that worked for her.
Unfortunately, something changed this past January and her condition took a turn for the worse. She called me on my way home from work with fear in her voice that something was wrong and this is not something she does.
With all of her medical conditions, fear is never something she displays because she has a strength that only God created in her to gracefully deal with everything she battles.
So I took her concern seriously. I took it so seriously that I had her contact her primary care doctor who referred her to a specialist, who was not able to see her in a reasonable amount of time, so off to the emergency room we went.
The emergency room was not able to offer her any assistance and referred her back to the specialist.
This was when the waiting “game” began. As the months passed her problem did not go away, but her faith began to waver during this trial.
The pain began to overshadow her faith because no one was helping her.
She went through two appointments that were a waste of time. She was not able to get a new diagnosis or treatment plan, instead she was told she needed to wait an additional six more months. This was a very discouraging and defeated day for her.
This past October was when she finally got another appointment because I got tired of seeing her suffer in pain and began fighting for her, yet but again.
Do not underestimate the power of a mother when she fights for her children.
She was thankful, but yet nervous and apprehensive to go to it, as every appointment before now ended in great disappointment.
I wasn’t able to attend this appointment with her due to Covid 19 restrictions, so all I could do was pray for her and the doctor she would be seeing and be available for a face time call if they needed to talk to me so she went to her appointment alone and called me after it with a very upbeat voice on the other end.
God answered my agonizing prayers because she had a great appointment with a doctor who finally took her new condition seriously. He did not need her to go back to the very beginning of this problem because he had already done his homework and research.
My friends, he gave her hope. He gave her a new treatment plan and this plan will include a new diagnosis of what has changed as well as a new plan with the hope to give her a life without pain again.
Do not underestimate the strength of “hope”.
God truly was in control over this appointment. She has help now and for this I am excited to the point of tears.
We learned a valuable lesson in how hope is critical to our existence. When you loose hope, you begin to loose faith. This is what creates hopelessness (which we hear about more often).
Once you loose the strength of “hope” you loose a lot.
Today, I want to call attention to the strength of being hopeful brings and the weight it holds.
Are you struggling with something in your life?
Be encouraged my friend. I am sharing with you the gift of hope.
God sees your pain and your struggle. He has not left you, just like He didn’t leave my daughter. He wants you to feel hope in your situation and be encouraged this hope will replenish the faith you may have lost and may be struggling with now.
My friend, it is my prayer today that you will receive the same peace we received when the strength and power of hope was revived in my daughter’s situation.
I am offering hugs and prayers for those of you who may be experiencing the same struggles in life.
You’ve got this! Hopeis being renewed for you as well!
Today’s motivation is to encourage you to be strong, determined, and motivated to make the best of what this week is to hold for you.
Monday’s To-Do List
Make my bed
If we start our week with the mind set of these three simple principles, then we have mentally prepared ourselves for a more positive outcome.
Now, to briefly examine this list.
Make my bed
Who makes their bed everyday?
I for one, believe by getting up and making my bed I have already accomplished a simple task for the day. Every time I go to my bedroom, I am reminded this is done and it makes me feel better about myself.
If you do not make your bed every day, I challenge you to try it for just a week and see if it helps to change your perspective to starting your day.
If I was not determined to do what is often times hard, I would not have the motivation to push through what is difficult.
Think about the areas in your life you struggle with.
Do you have the strength and determination to push through what is difficult to accomplish what is important to you?
Be encouraged knowing God will give you the strength to fight for what is important. He will give you the determination you need to accomplish this task, just be sure to ask.
Do not rely on your own strength, or you will fall short of completion.
Remember these words…
“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God…”
2 Corinthians 5:5
Lastly, be grateful for everything you accomplish and do not take it for granted.
For where our gratitude is, there will be a sense of accomplishment.
Remember this verse God gave us.
“… Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude is as powerful as determination in accomplishing tasks.
If you’re not thankful for what you have and what you have accomplished, then why bother working towards accomplishing the goal?
If your week looks like it will be long and difficult, then be encouraged by these inspirational words…
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
Today may be the day that you need to try changing your perspective at how you look at your trial or difficulty.
Instead, look at it as a blessing in disguise. What is it trying to teach you? What are you meant to learn from it.
Maybe the blessing is found by trying to accomplish it a different way. All too many times we get tunnel vision and do not see there is a better way.
My friend, now you have been equipped with some motivation, here is to a happy and accomplished week.