Hola mi amor!
I am so glad you’re here because today, I am going to talk to you about the power of hope, choosing to believe that healing DOES happen, and believing that God is with you in your storm. You ready?
When I look back to those times in college, to those dark times where my mind felt out of control and I felt emotionally weak, my heart feels compassion for that Ashley who thought that things would never get better. Because of insecurity, past pain, and breakups, I was really struggling mentally and emotionally. Can you relate?
Over those 2 years of struggle, my strength was so weak that I thought that there was no hope for me. And now, I sit here writing to the person who may be in a dark place, even if it’s a completely different kind of “dark,” with the experience to say that healing does happen and can happen for you. The ability to write this to you feels like a miracle and a God-given gift, and it may just be your story.
Amor, can I tell you something that I have learned about having hope?
Hope is powerful.
Some people think that hope is a false reality or that hope is for the weak to get through the moment. But I’m here to tell you that hope is for the strong and the courageous, and it is a necessary tool to get through the storms of life.
I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the hope of Jesus in my life. During that really hard time, there were three hopes that gave me the strength that I needed to keep pressing on.
- The first was the reality that God is good. I cannot explain enough how much having faith in God has gotten me through really difficult seasons. When I first came to know God, I felt hopeless. My relationships were shattered and my heart ached for a better life. When God met me, I knew that I was lost in my own sin, was living a hopeless life, and was far from God. But when I held on to the truth that God sent His son Jesus to live a holy life and die for me on a cross so that my sins may be forgiven, it gave me NEW life and a reason to live. NOW, I have a relationship with God and am called his daughter.
This truth kept me all of the way through and I knew that whatever happened in my life, I would still be the daughter of a GOOD God.
- My second hope was a part of my inheritance as a daughter of the King. God was going to work everything for my good. God promised that “ all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). That promise was MINE, and I held onto this promise for dear life, even if I had no idea what the fulfillment of this promise would look like.
- The third hope is the reality that healing was coming for me one day, either here or in heaven. God promised that one day, “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). My storm would be over one day and I could rejoice in that.
I want to know love. What is giving YOU hope in this season of your life?
Take this story of Jesus and what it could teach us about God and hope.
“As He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But He was sleeping. So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die! But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, you of little faith? ” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? — even the winds and the sea obey Him! ” (Matthew 8: 23- 27)
After reading that, the first thought that came to mind was Jesus, what was the significance of this story?
I began to come to an understanding that some of those reasons were probably because this story was meant to testify about God and to encourage us in our present storms.
This story revealed to me that Jesus was the God of my storm. Jesus is still God in your storm. I remember holding on so tightly to the fact that even if I felt like my life and my mental health was spurring out of control, Jesus was still, His heart at peace, His plans for me firm. He shows us in this story that He has all things under control in our stories and all that He calls us to do is to simply have faith.
My love, I need you to choose to hope again.
I am not sure when your storm will be over or how life will look like when it does, but I know that healing happens. I need you to know that God is REAL and that He wants to be with you through your storm. He wants you to know that He has it all under control.
So again I ask, what is your hope?
And now that we’ve covered this really important topic about choosing to hope, let’s get on the next blog post to talk about what to do when on that boat, okay?