Have you ever felt like you are missing hope in your life? Like every day is drudgery and you’re trying to discover purpose for the next moment?
Or maybe you’ve been hit with one big wave of discouragement and you’re struggling to come up for air?
In thinking over some of the situations I’ve encountered in years past, today I wanted to share what I’ve learned from God’s Word and others when I’ve felt like there was no hope in my life. Check out these 4 things to do when you feel like there is no hope.
1. Slow your daily pace, but deliberately maintain routine.
You don’t have to be involved in every sport, activity and adventure offered in your church, school, and community. Make deliberate choices about when and where you spend your time, yet keep up with daily living.
2. Stay in the Word.
When trials come along or expectations are dashed, this is prime time for Satan to drop discouragement at your doorstep. To combat his efforts, now is high time for your faith in God to be more consistent than you’ve ever been. Read your Bible every day and in between. Keep it handy and post verses everywhere in your house!
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.- Psalm 130:15
I love the NLT wording of this verse:
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. Psalm 130:15
3. Spend abundant time in prayer.
God wants to hear your feelings about this expectation lost! He loves you and loves to hear you pray. Lam 2:19- “Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.” Hold nothing back; give it all to Him.
4. Savor the blessings.
Soak up every good thing you can. Smile when you can. Keep a daily list of things for which you can be thankful.Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits -Psalm 103:2
While this list is short and concise, I truly believe these are four practices that enable me to trust God each and every day so that I can get through the times when I feel like there’s just no hope.
The very character of God, his omniscience, promises us that he knows every detail of whatever we are going through, both the good and the bad.
Our ability to keep going often begins with the decision of where to place our hope. Once we discover that Jesus is the only one who can hold our hope, we can begin to experience the strength he gives. – One More Step
Which of these simple reminders resonates the most with you?
By his grace,
If you enjoyed this article, then you’ll love Rachel’s latest release, One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up.