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Finding Hope and a Future

It’s interesting how hope and a future are built in someone’s life. It takes history and study and observation.

Years ago I had no idea how we would get our four kids through college. We didn’t have savings, and we didn’t have the income for a new car payment, much less college tuition.

But . . . we had seen God take care of each and every need of ours over the prior 24 years of our marriage.

So we read all the directions for applying to colleges and for financial aid and scholarships.

And God provided that hope and a future. All together, our four kids earned 50 scholarships. With other financial aid they each finished their four-year degrees, and the two girls earned master’s degrees.

When we see uncertainty lying ahead like an insurmountable wall, you can do three things:

– Remember God’s history in your life. Look back and recall his faithfulness over your years. Thank him and tell him you trust him for the present and for the future.

– Study God’s Word. Let it breathe truth into your life that will counter the discouragement that may seep into your head and the pessimism of others who may try to drag you down.

– Observe the opportunities God is laying before you. Take the next steps. For example, if you need a job, do due diligence. Apply. Go to businesses to follow up and introduce yourself. Make those phone calls. Opportunities rarely drop in your lap–you have to be a go-getter to get them.

Be a partner with God today for hope and a future.

Janet speaks hope and truth and joy into others and would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. The author of 24 books, including Bible studies and the bestselling PrayerWalk, she lives in the Sierra Valley in northern California–about 40 miles from Reno, where she serves as coordinator of the prayer ministries at The Bridge Church.

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