Romans 12:12 (NLT)

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”

Hopeful: feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event.

When I think of hope, I think about an attitude. I think about a reflection of the promises God has given to us.

For example:

I hope so. We could hear this statement in several different ways… *I’m going through every example as if I’m doing each one. Can you picture it? 😉

–   “I hope so” with a low tone, eyes looking down, and non-enthusiastic body language. This attitude exudes doubt. What are you really saying? “Well maybe, if only, if I’m lucky.”

–   “I hope so” with a normal tone, eyes look forward, and an indifferent body language. This attitude echoes apathy. What are you really saying? “Cool if God does but no big deal if He doesn’t.”

–    “I hope so” with a light in your eyes, eyes radiant with an expectation, and an enthusiastic “I’m ready to do this” body language. This attitude reflects HOPE. What are you saying? You’re saying exactly what you mean. I hope so!

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)

If you feel like your hope is gone – call on the source of hope and let Him overflow in you through the power of His Holy Spirit!

We can trip ourselves up when we rely on our own strength to fulfill the desires and hopes we have for our future. If we are truly living God’s dreams for our lives then there is no way we can do it all by ourselves. You have to rely on the source of hope.

Source: a place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.

Where does your source come from? Who does it come from? What does it come from?

There are lots of different sources we can go to in order to try and obtain what we desire. Some of them can be a substitute or a temporary fix, but we all know about those substitutes. They never give us that exact thing, feeling, or flavor that we want OR it doesn’t last very long. Kind of like sugar. Do you really think all of those fake substitutes give us the real flavor of sugar? NO! OR cookies. Getting store bought kinda makes the craving better, BUT when you get the homemade ones- that’s where it’s at. Okay, I’m talking about food- I need to stop now. Hahaha You get the point.

Let’s make a choice to really HOPE with an attitude of inspiring optimism and GO to the source of hope for all that we are hoping for. Love hopes for the best and believes in our God; the true source of all Hope.

Psalms 39:7 (ESV)

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Romans 8:25 (ESV)

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Psalm 71:14 (ESV)

“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.”

Psalm 71:5 (NLT)

“O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord…”

Journal:

Write out a list of things you are hoping for today, this week, this month, or this year. Pray the Bible verses above over the list of things you desire. “I wait with patience.” “My hope is in you.” “I trust in you, oh Lord.”

Let’s pray:

My hope is in you, oh Lord! I’m coming to you with complete surrender and trust. Encourage me today with your word and through my time with you. Let your voice trump every other voice around me. I will not go to any other substitute or source. I come to you for my strength and the power to overcome any doubt or fear I may feel. No matter what, I believe that you have a future and a hope for me. I believe it, and my attitude reflects it. I love you Lord! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.