I am sitting at my writing desk for the first time in eight months. My laptop barely fits here because I have used my desk as a dumping ground for everything from cookbooks to clothing. There are piles everywhere. I guess I was hoping the more I could cover it up, the less I would think about how I was not writing. Silly me…
I am aware just about every second of every day that I am not writing. I try to push the thoughts away. I try to justify the excuses. I try to ignore the fact that each and every day I feel as though a little part of me is slowly dying.
Think I am being dramatic? It says in Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Notice it says that hope deferred (postponed, delayed) is what makes the heart sick. It’s not the delay of the dream itself. It is the act of losing hope, of giving up, of quitting and failing to believe that the dreams in your heart are real and they will come true.
Hope is not a whimpy “cross your fingers and make a wish” thing. Hope is defined as having a confident expectation of.True hope requires grit, patience and endurance. Hope gets feisty and stands its ground when faced with adversity. Hope says “I don’t care what it looks like right now. I only care what it looks like in the end.”
I am here to declare renewed hope. I will no longer be moved by lies, circumstances, limitations, or any of the other things that have slowly chipped away at my once tenacious hope. No more heartsickness for me. How about you? Are there dreams in your heart you have lost hope in? Would you like to join me in declaring renewed hope for the things you have given up on? I would love to hear from you and pray for you.
We will put substance to our hope declarations over the next few days. We don’t have to make up for the last eight months all at once. I am not going anywhere 🙂
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are the source of all hope. I thank you for the dreams you have put in my heart. I ask you to give me renewed hope for those dreams. Thank you for believing in me when I no longer believed in myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and Declarations of Hope,