Today is a new day.
Was it a sleepless night? Was it a dark night? As the morning light peeks through the curtains, do you greet it with a groan or a smile?
How is your heart today, friend?
Are you hoping that maybe today is the morning you will finally see those two lines on a pregnancy test? Or are you sore and emotional from infertility testing/treatments? Do you jump at every phone ring, hoping perhaps this call is finally “The Call” you’ve been waiting for? Are you wishing you had a beloved husband to wake up alongside you?
Or have you given up hope altogether?
Let’s revisit hope, today, friends.
Think upon the woman in Mark 5:25-34–
“A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once, Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’
‘You see the people crowding against you,’ his disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?”‘
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'”
Oh… Daughter. Did you catch that? Jesus called her daughter. And He also calls you His daughter today, my friends. (If you do not know Him, I would love to talk with you, and let you know how you can become a daughter of Christ today, dear one.)
I find such hope in that one small word; that precious name. I am a daughter of the King. No matter what my earthly father offers, whether I have a supportive husband or not, I can crawl into the lap of my Heavenly Father, and sink into His embrace. I am His daughter.
The Lord says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt…” (Jeremiah 31:3-4)
Where is your hope today, my friend? Will you allow our Lord to rebuild you and restore your hope? Will you allow Him to give you a new hope?
Place your dreams in His hands today, and let Him fill you with the hope that only our Savior can give. It is a hope that will withstand disappointments and deep heartache.
If we allow Christ to fill our hearts, and to be our true fulfillment, the challenges will not overwhelm and sink us. We will be carried in His arms, greeting each new day with a new hope in Christ. Even if it seems as if nothing in our physical circumstances is changing, God is still God. And He still offers us His hope.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Have you listened for our Father’s voice today? Have you crawled into His lap? I’d love to hear about your journey, as He desires to pour His blessings upon you as His daughter. Take hope, dear one!
I look forward to hearing from you; I welcome your questions and suggestions, as well as your prayer requests. Feel free to leave them in the blog comments or send me an e-mail at frugalgranola (at) gmail (dot) com.
I am also looking for women interested in sharing their testimonies. If you are interested in guest posting on Frugal Granola for this series, please let me know (topics on such grief, infertility, singleness, etc. are welcomed!).