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Suffering. Discouragement. Hopelessness. Emptiness. Sadness. Sorrow. Distress. Frustration.

Do any of these words describe your life right now? If not, perhaps you know someone whose life is filled with these things.

Do you remember what our key verse from Monday says? Hope does not disappoint us (Romans 5:5). How is it that hope does not disappoint us, or let us down? I think it's because hope helps us endure, it helps us believe and expect that something better is coming.

Just as Charlotte pointed out Monday, often when we suffer in life we ask God, "Why are you allowing this to happen?!" We want answers to the reason He allowed us to be afflicted by pain and suffering. However, the truth is that often we won't get an answer to this question, at least not this side of heaven.

Instead of being consumed with why something has happened to us, it's helpful to instead ask the question, "What? Lord, what is it that you want to teach me through this?" If we ask God this question and listen for His answer, He will teach us great things. He will use our suffering to strengthen our faith and our relationship with Him. In addition, He will use what He has taught us to help us teach others more about Him.

So, what are some of the things God wants to give us in the midst of our suffering, discouragement, sadness, and distress?

Strength. Hope. Belief. Joy. Peace. Abundance.

These may sound like unattainable things that exist only in your dreams. However, the truth is that they do exist and you can experience them. As we trust God to teach us through our suffering, He will give us these things.

Here's my prayer for you, sisters:

"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, NLT)

This is the hope that does not disappoint...the hope that comes from God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I'd love to hear from you!

Confident hope in Him,


Kristen

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