God is my greatest hope

God blessed me to have a conversation with a stranger. When I asked him how he was doing, he told me he was just trying to survive. It wasn’t so much his words that touched me but the pain behind them. When I looked into his eyes, I could see a reflection of his heartache. And my heart went out to him.

Every day, no doubt, we walk beside someone who is hurting, feeling hopeless, helpless, and about ready to give up. We don’t always know who is struggling, so we should be kind and compassionate to everyone we meet.

While some people are excellent at hiding their emotions, others wear them on their sleeves.

Sometimes we need to recognize that the other person is us. How would we feel in their shoes? How would we want others to treat us? Once we humble our hearts, then we can help. I believe the ability to help someone else is a gift from God.

Of all my accomplishments, nothing compares to the gift of connecting with troubled souls and being able to help them. So often, we think that money is the only way to help someone else, but that’s not true. God has blessed me to use my story, words of encouragement, and kindness to reach thousands of people. A kind word is like a balm to a troubled soul.

Let’s reach out to the world with love and kindness daily. Let’s use it to give them a little glimpse of our Lord and remind them, regardless of their situation, that someone loves them and there is always hope.

In our minds, we can’t even understand how much God loves us. We have no idea how He protects us and His unique plans for our lives. I can only begin to understand His love for me when I feel His spirit move. When I feel His presence, I can feel His love, especially when I am in the trenches of life—heartbroken and afraid.

The joy of God overrides the pain. When we are in hardship, the pain seems so great. It feels as if it might destroy us. But the joy becomes greater when God brings us out of the pain.

Having a baby is the most intense pain I have ever experienced, yet when I think about the day my children were born, I don’t focus on the pain. I recall the joy of holding my babies and seeing them for the first time.

It was the same way when I got saved. My soul was so troubled and burdened. I couldn’t eat or sleep very much while I was under conviction. And yet, when I think about getting saved, all I remember is the joy and the incredible peace that filled my troubled soul.

Ephesians 3:13 (KJV)
13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Oh, sweet friends, God has brought glory out of my every tribulation. My best stories are the ones of significant challenges and learning to overcome. They give a beautiful glimpse of God’s amazing love for me and my life. I love to revisit my trials and see how God has brought glory out of the pain. It makes me feel so loved by Him.

Whatever you are going through, I want you to know that God can help you overcome it. Regardless of what I am going through, I hope God will help me. As long as I have hope, I can endure the pain.

Have a beautiful day!

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