"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
Romans 15:4I wasn’t always a 44-year-old grandmother. Long ago, when dinosaurs walked the earth, I was a 13-year-old girl who thought all was lost. My mother suffered from serious mental illness. From the time I was eight until I was nineteen, she spent more time in mental hospitals than she did at home with us. I was the oldest of five children and it fell to me to care for them. Don't get me wrong, I love them all dearly, but children aren't the best choice for raising other children. As I entered puberty, I faced not only the usual fears and struggles of a 13-year-old girl, but I faced those things alone with more responsibilities than many grown women shoulder. I thought all hope was lost.
I'd been in church since I was two. I had been saved when I was only five. I had surrendered my life to the will of God shortly after I turned eight. It was only my relationship with the Lord that carried me through.
Since that time, I have experienced many trials during which I found myself clinging to the Lord.
Over the coming days, I want to give you 6 things that will help you have hope, when all seems hopeless.
Those things will be:
- It’s okay, and even a good thing to cry.
- Keep God real.
- Remember all the good things God has done.
- Be mindful of the good things in your life and don’t focus on the bad.
- Look for something everyday to remind you that God loves you.
- Look to the future.