Be Joyful in Hope

“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.”
(Romans 12:12)

I was recently asked by a friend going through a difficult situation, what should I pray for? How can I seek to find patience and understanding in my life?

After our conversation, I began to think about what God is doing in my life every single day. I had to chuckle at this thought because I know I am naïve to think that God is doing things in my life. He IS my life! He knows my ways, before I even have even a thought of them. I know I have written about this before, but I need to keep reminding myself of it, especially when I grow weary in this wait.

Choosing joy in times of trial is not always easy. I certainly know that I struggle staying hopeful at times.  Thankfully the Lord’s power is far greater than my biggest fear! Every time I stress about the timing of our placement, or if we are going to be a chosen family anytime soon, I remind myself that I have no reason to fret. My ways are already His and even though I may think I have a say in the matter, I really don’t. I think that this is the beauty of it. How lucky am I that God is moving mountains in my life?!

Even in the mist of my suffering and anguish over this wait, I am so joyful! I have a hope of a child coming into our lives at any given moment. I am hopeful of our future and what it may hold for our journey. Even when I think my patience has been tested to the end, I know I need to ground myself in the fact that God is already the guider of my ways.

What should you pray for? How can you seek to find patience and understanding in your life? The answer is simple and once again rooted in scripture: TRUST in his ways! “…Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your trouble and pray at all times.”

Lord, help me to trust in you and know your ways are just! Help me to hold on to the hope that only you can give. Let me be honest in my prayers and always remember that you guide my ways! Amen.

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