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“In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV.  

Desperation and Faith

Like Hannah’s moving prayer, my life began with desperation and faith.

My mother received news from the doctor that her body had a condition that would prevent her from conceiving another child. Her heart was shattered into innumerable pieces as her dream of having another baby crumbled into the abyss of hopelessness.

Something began to shift in my mom’s heart—she began to speak faith. The word of God is replete with abounding promises and miracles, so she decided to declare certain scriptures in prayer. She reminded God of His promises to women of faith, such as Sarah and Hannah.

Envisioning Faith

She would envision being pregnant by putting a pillow underneath her blouse while looking at herself in the mirror, pretending to be healed and with a child forming in her womb. This may sound silly to someone who has never walked the road of infertility—but to someone who is desperate for a child—this was an act of sheer faith.

For eight long years she invested a wealth of prayers and tears into the ether of the supernatural realm, not knowing the outcome, but pressing onto her promise. And, for eight long years she fought a war between doubt and faith and battled between hope and hopelessness.

Broken, my mom walked into church yet again, with a silent cry of her heart beating for a child. The evangelist, without knowing her situation, walked up to my mom during service. He placed his hand on her forehead and said, “There is new blood flowing through your veins, be healed in Jesus name.”

Fulfilled Faith

That night my mother was healed completely.

Nine months later, I was born.

My mother learned that God may send barrenness our way to cause us to trust completely in Him.

There might be an impossible situation that you are facing right now and you have been weeping bitterly before God. You’re heart may feel like it’s in a million pieces, but remember this:

Miracles operate in the realm of impossibility.

There is hope.

Prayer: Lord, I have an impossible need in my life right now and I have pleaded for your provision but I am still waiting on You to answer my prayers. My heart grieves as I wait on You and I do not understand what is taking so long. Help me to trust You, regardless of how You decide to answer my prayers. I know that You can do anything and I choose to believe in the impossible.

Romans 2:7

He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.

I have two young children, and as a parent I carry a huge responsibility and burden for raising them in this day and age.

It seems like anything that is moral is being torn apart and reduced to ashes by people who want to live their own life, their own way. People are fuelled by hate and anger. Sin is running rampant.

I am so thankful though for the hope of eternity. I absolutely cannot imagine living life thinking that this is all there is. Our world may be crumbling around us, but we have a future with our Mighty King!

Imagine a place with no sorrow? No sin, no disaster, no sickness. We have never known perfection, so it’s difficult for us to try and imagine what heaven will be like, but all I can see is beauty.

Have hope today! There is so much more to life than this!

Jesus, I am so thankful that we have a future beyond this earth. Help me to prepare for that day when you sound the trumpet and we go to be with you.

If this world could buy peace, it would become one of the most popular commodities. However, peace cannot be purchased, so there is a surge of fabricated peace that assures the anxious heart to take rest through self-medicating, busyness, or prosperity. This counterfeit peace reveals its fallacies after a few uses, but unaware of another remedy, people enter into a vicious cycle of trying to escape the cares of this world.

Jesus gives us hope, even through our trials. He declares,

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

We can have peace today because Jesus has overcome the world. Peace doesn’t come from perfect circumstances, a robust savings account, or straight A’s on your report card. Perfect peace is supernatural and flows from the throne room of God. When your life is being shaken, when your faith is tested, when you are grieving, there is hope. There is perfect peace that can pass your comprehension (Phil. 4:7) and every fear and stress has to submit to the authority of God. Today, we can have peace because Jesus has overcome the world, He is a Resurrected Savior.

Prayer: Jesus, I’m so thankful You have overcome the world. Today, I pray that You would help me be an overcomer over the many things that cause anxiety in my life. I worship You today and I’m so thankful for Your peace.