Thursday, December 1, 2011

There is Hope!

Yesterday I learned the sad news that a beloved meteorologist on one of our local television stations took his own life.  Apparently he had suffered with depression for a long time.  This man seemed to be larger than life.  Not only was he a great meteorologist, but he was also very entertaining to watch.  He seemed to have a zest for life, always laughing, making jokes, and goofing around with his fellow morning show crew.

It was such a shock to find out that this man was really struggling on the inside, and it made me wonder how many people - people I know, people I go to church with, people I pass by at the store, people I talk to - how many other people are hurting and feeling the same way.  It makes me want to shout at the top of my lungs:


THERE IS HOPE!

Life is hard, I get that.  Money is tight, jobs are scarce, and everyday we hear of tragedies, like the story above, on the news.  There are natural disasters destroying homes and taking lives.  Life is hard.  But I want to remind you today that God is good!

Our hope doesn't come from anything in this world.  If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we know this world is not our home.  Our confidence, our peace doesn't come from having enough money in the bank; our hope comes from the Lord.

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Psalm 121:1-2 NLT

O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You.  
Psalm 25:2 AMP

No matter what you are going through today, no matter how alone you may feel, God loves you and He is with you!

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, 
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. 
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  
Psalm 23:4

 Do you Jesus?  Do you have a personal, saving relationship with Him?  Cry out to God right now.  He wants to fill you with hope.

If you want to set your heart right, then pray to him.  
Then your life will be brighter than the noonday sun. 
The darkness in your life will become like morning.  
You will feel confident because there's hope, and you will look around and rest in safety.  
Job 11:13, 17-18

If you are feeling completely hopeless today, I pray that you will reach out to someone.  If you want to know more about God and how to have a personal relationship with Him, contact me.  I can be reached at:  lphelps4351 (at) gmail (dot) com.  

This is my prayer for you all today:  

I pray that God, the source of hope, 
will fill you completely with joy 
and peace because you trust in him. 
Then you will overflow with confident hope 
through the power of the Holy Spirit.  
Romans 15:13



And remember, There is Hope!

Many blessings,

Linking with:
Thought Provoking Thursday @ SomeGirl's Website
Koinonia Thursdays @ Sharing the Journey

20 comments:

  1. Powerful post Lisa, and a truth that I think many need to hear. Thank you for shining that light!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  2. Great encouragement. It was such a shock to hear about his death. This morning as I watched his co-anchors through tears talk about him, they said, "If you or someone you know struggle with depression, DON'T GIVE UP. Seek help." Great advice, but as you have said, the true joy and hope is in Christ. Life is hard. Period. But through Christ, we do have hope.

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  3. HOPE...that best thing in the world...because it's not of the world. It's bigger than the world and bigger than our circumstances! Great encouragement, Lisa.

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  4. THanks for this... May we all be more sensitive to each other!
    visiting from www.mylifeasanadventure.com

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  5. Great post friend, as someone who struggled with depression for a very long time Hope in Jesus is something I cherish every single day. Amen for the hope we have in Him!

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  6. Amen! Amen! Amen! Very well put. I have a friend who lives in your community and she shared about his death yesterday. How sad for him and his family. Praying for his family as they struggle to work through this painful/crushing way of losing a husband and father and son. Thank you for reminding people of this important thing. The holiday seasons are very hard for some people. I have some painful memories of the holidays myself...as does my husband. We work extra hard at gently encouraging each other and softly reminding each other of the Hope of the season. God is doing a beautiful work in both of us this year...but we both have dark clouds from the past that tend to come to the front more during this time of year. Thank you for reminding everyone that this could be happening with people you least expect.

    God bless you and so glad I found your blog!

    Unwrapping His Grace,

    Mary Joy

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  7. Simply inspiring, Lisa! We are in the season of hope, but, for so many, it becomes the season of despair as sorrowful memories crowd out the new and joyful ones that could and should be made. I pray your post touches so many hearts . . .
    Blessings!

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  8. Lisa,

    I too think of all the people I pass by on any given day and having no idea what it is they are dealing with in life. Jesus shines so brightly through you in this post when you offered to share Jesus with anyone who wanted it. Sometimes I wish I could just see inside people and see what is going on so I could reach out to them and shout at the top of my lungs there is HOPE!! Blessings to you Lisa for reaching out the way you did.

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  9. That is such a powerful post. Depression is such a hard thing to deal with/know someone who has it. I don't understand it, and I wish I did.

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  10. Oh, Lisa!! That is just tragic! I'm so sad to hear that, but your post... AH, my heart. Beautiful!!!!! Yes!!! There is always, always, always hope. I just can't imagine life about from the hope of Christ.

    Blessings to you, sweet friend,
    Melanie

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  11. This is so true Lisa, many people look full of life on the outside and in deep pain on the inside. We are facing such trying times these days, but in Christ Jesus there is always hope. I love the verse which says "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast..." (Hebrews 6:19) We must never lose hope or sight of the Lord.

    Awesome post Lisa and God bless,
    Ken

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  12. Great blog, this touches me. Psalm 121 is so beautiful. Yes, important and famous people can come to the sad decision that life is no longer acceptable. Depression can happen to anyone. Let we stand around others and about your blog ... you shows us that there is always hope. Even when the mist hangs low and do not see the Sun. Jesus lives! And He's our Hope in sunny and dark days.

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  13. Amen, THIS is the hope we rest on... all others are false and will leave us disapointed and disillusioned. Those verses say it all... beautiful, passion-filled encouragement my friend!

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  14. That was a beautiful post and was very love and hope filled. There are so many out there who have lost hope.
    Christ is the hope.
    I love following your blog so check out the blog award on my site.
    Living Waters by LeAnn
    http://lgwilliams.blogspot.com

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  15. I love this statment:

    Our hope doesn't come from anything in this world.

    You are so right, Lisa! I cannot imagine living hopelessly. So thankful for our Heavenly Father gives us hope!

    Have a wonderful day, sweet friend!

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  16. Those are awesome and timely verses. I copied and facebook messaged them to a friend of mine.

    She has been going through a hard time in her life and has been talking about suicide. She is under a doctor's care and I am hoping that the medicine will help her as well.

    That is so sad about that man, and for the hurting family and friends that he left behind. My uncle took his own life and I don't think my dad ever truly got over it. They were very close.

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  17. Oh Lisa, this just breaks my heart. I am thinking back to my post a few days ago on hope. What drives a person to a place where they feel they cannot go on? I am so thankful that in Jesus Christ, we always have hope, even when things seem bleak.

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  18. Hi Lisa. I am so glad that my hope lies in the Lord. It wasn't all that long ago when I could so relate to what you just posted about. I am so thankful...and blessed...that Jesus loves me! Our hope does come from the LORD!!
    Blessings...Chelle

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  19. Hi Lisa - wow, life is hard sometimes and some people are really good at covering their hearts up. i was touched very briefly by this last week and it was frightening at how easily one can think to end one's life. It was also so unexpected of this person. There is hope - I pray God show me how to show others that! Thank you too Lisa for all your encouragement and prayers for me this last week and for linking up with me. I am always chuffed when i see you there.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  20. anytime someone ends their life b/c it seems so hopeless....is sad. Hope..it's the thing that keeps us holding on....not giving up. Thank you for your words

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