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Five Ways to Move from Despair to Hope
March 30, 2016
the word love, hope has become a misnomer: “I hope my mom doesn’t have cancer.” “I’ve been hoping for a raise at work.” “My life is beyond hope.
” We say we hope for something as if the virtue of hope were somehow synonymous with wishing for a specific outcome to our thoughts or prayers.
Hope truly has nothing to do with this superficial desire for temporal happiness or favorable conditions in our lives. Instead, hope involves both an act of our will and God’s grace.
The virtue of hope is directly related to our goal of Heaven. When we long for eternal joy and maintain the focus of our thoughts on Heaven, we exercise hope as one of the theological virtues. But no one can hope without the direct intervention of Divine Grace, however.
Most of us, at least from time to time, drift our longings from eternity to earthly desires. We become distracted from thoughts of our everlasting home by putting too much credence into the opinions of others, what we have or have not achieved, how much (or little) we have acquired in material wealth or possessions, etc.
If we fix our hearts on such matters for too long, we may fall prey to despair.
Despair occurs when we put too much stock in our own abilities rather than in God’s plan for our eternal happiness.
Over time, we become disillusioned from consistent disappointments as others inevitably fail to meet our expectations.Even life in general can fail to meet our expectations, which is why the virtue of hope is so crucial in combating this type of spiritual paralysis or even regression in faith.
When you are in the thick of darkness in the form of discouragement, despondency, disappointment, or despair, how can you find the light of hope? Is it possible to choose to hope? Can the virtue of hope replace or significantly reduce our tendency toward despair? Here are five suggestions on how to grow in this virtue and, yes, choose to hope rather than give in to hopelessness.
1. Combat fear with fear of the Lord
Paralyzing fear and fear of the Lord are two sides that compete for despair or hope, respectively. Satan uses fear to spiritually cripple us into avoiding suffering, resisting total trust in God, and detaching ourselves from self-pity.
Fear of the Lord, however, enters into that wound of fear to bring about an awareness that our suffering has merit when united with Jesus, that trusting God means knowing He will care for the details of our lives especially when we don’t see how or what He is doing, and that when life is lived as a mystery in the midst of Mystery, then we will truly thrive.
Fear of the Lord eradicates the devil’s attempt to keep us holed inside of ourselves, too fragile to consider sharing our vulnerability with others. When we fear God, we admit our wretchedness and see it more abundantly, yet instead of despairing over our lack of perfection, we turn to God’s mercy and recognize that His everything will engulf our nothingness.
Hope is the virtue that intercedes in this way, transforming fear that shackles and enslaves us into a fear that liberates and heals. Fear of the Lord draws on the tiniest flicker of fortitude that may remain if we have lived far too long in the shadows of slavish fear.
Hope is what opens the curtains of our hearts and allows the light to dispel the wounds created by the darkness of fear.
Fear reveals who we are without God. Fear of the Lord reveals who we are in relation to and in light of who God is. Hope is the grace that allows us to see ourselves as we really are while facing the God of Mercy who heals us.
2. Focus on God rather than on yourself or others
In order for hope to prevail in our lives over its corresponding vices, we must first deliberately elevate our minds and hearts to God and Heaven. Hope moves beyond mere thought, however, and it must be supplied with sufficient action that moves it into offering encouragement to others.
Since hope is a virtue that operates in the will, we know that we can choose to hope, but how? Every time you find yourself spiraling into thoughts of discouragement or emotions that lead to disappointment, consciously draw your will into thinking of God – who He is, His promises for your life, etc. A good way to do this is through prayers of gratitude and reading Scripture verses that remind us of His mercy and love. Draw your strength from His grace, even if you simply cannot utter a prayer.
There may be times in your life when you wonder if you’ll ever emerge from the clouds of darkness and all of the temptations toward despair.But if you exercise your will to hope, it will be ignited in you by the Holy Spirit. If all you can muster is a desperate, “Help me, Lord. Increase my hope,” be assured with confidence that He will grant it.
You must first will it, then keep your thoughts on Heaven rather than on your disappointments.
3. Pray for an increase in faith and charity
The theological virtues interlock so beautifully with one another, often strengthening each other when one may be lacking or weakening. In the case of a frail hope, we can return to the virtue of faith, which is the foundation upon which hope and charity are built.
Ask yourself if your faith has been waning, and it’s ly that if you are struggling in the virtue of hope, then perhaps you are also struggling with doubts. Though this may not concern a tenet of the Faith, you might doubt God’s love for you or that He has beautiful plans for your life.
Revisit that in your prayers.
Then pray for your faith to be strengthened. We must remember the words of St. Paul, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance” (Romans 8: 24-25). This is a beautiful example of how faith and hope operate together.
Faith doesn’t see with the physical eye, only with the eye of the heart – and sometimes faith must rely entirely on trusting in God’s word when there’s no evidence to suggest to our senses that He will fulfill His promise for good in our lives.
Hope is the virtue that longs for what faith provides – faith believes, and hope perseveres in the waiting.
Charity is when we love God because He deserves to be loved. Often we increase our praise and gratitude when God somehow “proves” Himself to us by answering our supplications, but charity puts into action what we believe and long for through fidelity to God, especially in times of spiritual drought or emotional desolation.
4. Encourage someone else who is doubting or despondent
One of the best ways to remove the haze of self-pity is by offering your time to someone who is convalescing, lonely, home-bound, or struggling. While this may seem uncomfortable or impractical to many of us, I’ve discovered that it’s immensely (and mutually) beneficial to step away from pondering our pain.
The times in my life when I’ve been vacillating between discouragement and despondency often coincide with grace-filled opportunities for me to step outside of myself.
When I answer the phone or open the door to an unexpected visitor, or when I engage in awkward conversation with the stranger who is asking a million questions about Sarah, there is something incredibly healing about those encounters.I find that God uses my experience with suffering to bring hope and encouragement to those with whom I’m speaking, but the greater (and more humbling) gift is that I walk away encouraged myself.
Don’t underestimate how the Holy Spirit may wish to use your brokenness to ease someone else’s burden.
5. Choose to endure hardships with patience
It’s unthinkable to consider “boasting of our afflictions,” but revisit the sage words of St.
Paul again: “We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5: 3 – 5).
Boasting of our afflictions implies that we find purpose and value in them. When God permits the hardship of emotional tumult to afflict us, it’s because He wants to refine endurance, or perseverance, in us. When we allow Him to purge us in this way, we may discover that we have grown in fortitude by enduring our struggles with patience.
Hope is the virtue that sustains us through hardship. Recall that hope operates on the belief in what we cannot necessarily see or foresee.
Because of that, hope as a grace and virtue resolves our will to persevere through difficulties and intense trials without guarantee of reprieve.
The mysteries of life grant that suffering is unavoidable, and the mysteries of faith enable us to press through them without a timeline of victory.
Hope reminds us that victory will be achieved, whether in this life or the next, and for that reason alone we do not give up the fight.When darkness clouds your ability to see light, remain rooted in choosing to hope, not necessarily feeling hopeful. One may, in fact, possess or exude this virtue without the emotional affinity of hopefulness.
Rely on your will rather than your heart in such dire circumstances.
Remember that feelings are fickle and fleeting, but hope as a virtue must be tried and refined through times of prosperity, spiritual or emotional aridity, or intense hardships.
Do not give up hope, for it will strengthen your resolve to believe in our benevolent God’s promises and thus assist you in expressing a constant and true love for God – for His own sake rather than what He does for or gives you.
Prayers for Hope
We may feel attacked, hindered, and restrained;
We may feel discouraged, depressed, and defeated
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10 KJV,
“Be STRONG in the Lord
in the Power of his Might.”
Then Paul gives us secrets
to winning our battles
by explaining the
Supernatural pieces of Armor
that we need to wear every day.
I encourage you to stand up
put on those pieces of armor
afresh and anew.
Click here for Putting on the Armor
Another full armor page: The Armor of God
First Prayer for Hope
You are my hope, and you are my strength.
You are guiding me toward your will, and I will follow you.
I will walk in AMAZING Faith this day.
I will lift up truth,and I will pull down strongholds.
I will declare that my enemies will not triumph over me.
Sickness will not triumph over me.
Financial lack will not triumph over me.
And______________ will not triumph over me.
(fill in the blank)
I was created to be POWERFUL.
I was created to beVICTORIOUS.
Today I will walk in the Power, Purpose, and Peace of Jesus Christ.
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon ofInspirational-Prayers.com
Presenting a song
Power of Encouragement!
Prayers for Hope
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am facinga situation that appears hopeless.
Emotions disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to me.
Reach out to me and bring me thoughts of a good future. I will welcome them.
Lord, show me newpossibilities.
Help me to more clearly see my gifts and talents. Help me to more clearly see the good things in my life.
Father God, help me to believe
that I am precious and valuable to you.
Thank you that you have reminded me that I was born for a great purpose.
I will choose to believe that you are bringing hope into my heart this day, so that I will have more hope tonight when I go to bed thanwhen I got up this morning.
Father God, I will realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Next is an adaptation
of the above prayer
that can be prayed
for a friend or loved one
who is facing a hopeless situation.
If you are praying for a man, please adapt the prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift up pray for _______.
She is facingsituations that sometimes appear hopeless.
Disappointment, confusion, anddepression want to attach themselves to her.
I pray that you would reach out toher and bring her thoughts of a good future.
I pray that she would begin to see newpossibilities.
I pray that her gifts and talents would become more apparent toher.
May she see a glimpse of her great value.
May she believe that she was bornfor a great purpose.
May she have more hope tonight when she goes to bed, thanwhen she got up this morning.
And may she realize that hope has a name:
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 KJV
Prayers for Hope for Parents
Next is a prayer to pray for parents who are facing a
hopeless situation concerning their child.
Your children may be young or old.
The problem may be
financial,physical, relational, or other.
The situation may include an issue of an addiction.
Whatever theproblem or problems,
we lift up all aspects to our Loving Lord.
We lift up these parents to you.
Bless these parents as they standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage them to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help them to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give them renewed strength as they wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Prayers for Hope continues with a
Prayer for Strength
Parent to Pray.
You may want to visit our Prayer for Children page.
That page has in-depth prayer
for many importantissues that
our children face.
I am urgently seeking your help.
I am asking you to send your blessings on my emotions.
I am asking you to bring me strength as I standon your Word and on your goodness.
Encourage me to stay motivated andhopeful.
Help me to sense the POWER that is unleashed in prayer.
Give me renewed strength as I wait on you and your goodplans.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Copyright © 2006 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
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20 Bible Verses About Hope: Uplifting Scripture Quotes
Are you needing to be uplifted and comforted today? These Bible verses about Hope will do just that for you. Take a deep breath and read through them slowly. We all too often rush through things in life ( I am guilty of this myself) and miss what God is telling us. God led you to these verses today for a reason, don’t let them go unread!
Hope of A Future Bible Verses
There are times in life that it feels the future looks bleak. These are great passages on hope to read from the Old Testament to lift you up and encouraged you today.
Proverbs 24:20 for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Proverbs 24:14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Hope of Eternal Life and Salvation Scriptures
The greatest hope in the Christian faith is that of eternal life. This hope is Jesus Christ and your relationship with Him. Write down one of these verses to reflect on in times of need.
Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies,promised before the ages began
Titus 3:7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Hope From the Book of Romans
The book of Romans is one that is filled with some of the greatest verses in the Holy Bible. When it comes to the topic of hope, Romans provides many verses to inspired you.
Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Hope in the Midst of a Crisis Verses
You might have found this article today because your life is in the midst of a crisis. God brought you to these verses for a reason. Read through these two passages slowly and let God speak to you through them.
Psalm 27:4-5 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
Mark 5:35-36 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Reasons To Hope Quotes
Maybe you just need a biblical reason for hope. There are some many great verses to choose from for this. Here are three of my favorites!
Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Example of Hope in the Bible
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.
Hope and Faith Bible Verse
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
C.S. Lewis Quotes on Hoping For Something More
“Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise.
“At present we are on the outside… the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the pleasures we see.
But all the pages of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so.
Someday, God willing, we shall get “in”… We will put on glory… that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.
We do not want to merely “see” beauty–though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.
Spark Hope In Others Today
If God gave you hope through these verses, find a way to spark hope in others that you know need it. Take a verse or all the scriptures if you need to and send them to a friend in need. If everyone reading this would pass some of the scriptures on through Social Media or email we can give hope to so many!
Some of my other Favorite Verses
1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
2 Corinthians 4:13-14 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act men, be strong.
Mark 10:52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Other Bible Verse By Topic Lists
25 Bible Verses For Strength– Are you looking for Strength? Check out these scriptures about how to find strength in God.
20 Bible Verses About Friendship– How should you treat your friends? What does the Bible say about choosing friends? Read these great scripture quotes.
25 Bible Verses About Children– What does the Bible say about those small little wonders. Find out here.
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