WHEN THE SUNSHINE LEAVES YOUR MARRIAGE
Hope is a gift that we have for our lives today that is meant to carry you into the next.
When we become hopeless, our days are no longer SUNNY but we only see gray.
CASE AND POINT: My husband and I were missionaries in England for about 5 years in the 80’s. We arrived in December and I remember when the airplane doors opened, I was overwhelmed with the freezing temperatures. Our daughter kept her coat on all summer and in October she asked me when summer was coming. When I told her summer had just finished, she started crying. England was freezing and her hope was a gorgeous sunny summer.
Although my daughter was only 8 years old, hopelessness comes to us no matter how old we are.
Isa. 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”
No matter what you are facing in your marriage, hope is a new kind of strength that helps you to endure what you need to face.
Hope enables us to be patient and to wait CONFIDENTLY for God to act.
Do you let doubt and anxiety paint ugly pictures in your mind about your marriage or your spouse?
God’s word says that he has great PLANS, not only for your marriage but also for you personally.
God has supernatural staying power for your marriage.
Jer.29:11 “’For I know 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.’”
The Christian symbol for hope has been an ANCHOR for about two thousand years.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Heb.6:19
When disappointments bring FEAR into your life, remember that the Holy Spirit resides in you.
Fear and grief will be destroyed if your hope is grounded in God.
Confess to God if you have been putting your hope in things that CANNOT save you.
CASE AND POINT: This morning on a news station they had someone who wrote a book on how many children to have. The author mentioned how many couples keep having children thinking it will make their marriage better. Instead, it eats into their quality time and the result is a marriage breakup.
Put your trust in God and let him teach you how to meet your spouse’s needs.
Clinical studies have shown that many premature deaths have been caused by habitual hopelessness.
The National Institute on Aging did a study on people who were hopeful for the future. From three to seven years later, the ones who were classified as “hopeless”, 29% died. The ones classified as “hopeful”, only 11% died.
Hope is a healing balm for both your body and soul.
Supernatural staying power is what hope gives us.
Hope is not based on emotions, it is deeply rooted in a relationship with God.
Are there failure and betrayals in your marriage?
Are there illnesses or hardships in your marriage?
Put your trust and hope in a living God.
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