A Devotional by Louise Pistole
HOPE IN THE LORD
As we start a new year, I want to chat with you today about a powerful word you can use for the year. It is HOPE.
This morning, I was reading the stories of several girlfriends who are battling breast cancer. A few days ago, I talked with the son of a girlfriend who has dementia. She no longer knows her family. On my heart are several friends who are struggling with various disabilities.
What ties all these friends together is their positive attitude and HOPE.
Your strength and courage shine through as you deal with everyday issues like health concerns, being a caregiver, or working a high stress job. However, the essence of real courage is due to your inner strength, your faith, and hope.
The Bible gives us many opportunities to hope in the Lord, and God’s promises give us the strength we need to face life’s struggles. He watches over us just like a shepherd watches over his sheep.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Romans 15:13 NIV offers us another view of hope. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Let your prayer today be for strength and courage to place all your hope and trust in the Lord. You will be greatly rewarded.
What are some words of encouragement that have given you hope during tough times?
What are your struggles and hopes that you are willing to turn over to the Lord today?
Today’s Joy: “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24 NIV
ღ ღ About Louise Pistole ღ ღ¸
Louise Pistole is an author, motivational speaker, and JOY coach. Her daily devotional/inspirational book, ‘Discover Your Joy’ was released in April 2021. Her writing and speaking will guide you from surviving life’s storms to finding your own joy – no matter where you are on your journey through life.
Does life leave you feeling hopeless and joyless?
Are your intentions out of alignment with your actions?
What choices do you make in life to Discover Your Joy?
Do you know you can live in joy every day of your life—but—it is a choice!
In Discover Your Joy, you will:
• Enjoy daily inspiration for happiness and joyfulness,
• Learn how to live an abundant life filled with gratitude, hope, and joy,
• Discover inner peace through encouraging words,
• Discover how to become a Joy-Fanatic and enjoy your best life.
You can follow Louise on her website at https://www.louisepistole.com/.