I’ve been choosing to remain in hopelessness as a protective mechanism. The thinking goes as follows: no hopes, no heartache. The outcomes are as follows: no hopes, no joy. When I run away from suffering rather than turning to Christ, I can’t heal. When I don't heal, I can't be free and I have found it impossible to be genuinely happy while holding on to the past. Choosing not to hope helps me avoid uncomfortable feelings, but it doesn’t change what has happened or what is happening, it just leaves me slave to a situation. There is legitimate pain in all of this and that is to be acknowledged, empathized with, surrendered and worked through. My choice to “protect myself” however, shows me that I do not trust that God will help me through this. I KNOW I'm not alone in these feelings... did we forget what we’ve been promised or did we never believe it in the first place? “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) He doesn’t want to just help me survive a situation, He wants to give me peace, joy and love that help me thrive and look forward to another day! The problem isn’t in hoping, the problem is in WHERE we place our hope. My hope and strength is to be in Christ, not in people, places and things. Lysa Terkeurst talks about this in her book (1). Others will disappoint me and I will disappoint others. Christ however will always be true to His promises and will make the impossible, possible. We trust that no matter what happens, Christ will use everything for our benefit if we allow Him to. Allow yourself to dream again. He put those desires in you so that He could fulfill them. Turn to HIM. (1) It's Not Supposed To Be This Way, Lysa Terkeurst

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