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A Bible verse, devotion and prayer for times when you feel discouraged about your future.
By Melanie Britt
READ: For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope... Romans 8:24
REFLECT: I’d just received yet another wedding invitation in my mailbox—one more reminder that my own dreams of marriage still were simply dreams.
I carried my bad mood over to the couch and turned on the TV. In minutes, I was caught up in the story of an angel father who was granted heaven’s permission to visit his seriously ill son on Earth. As the two talked, the boy questioned his dad about the future: “What will happen to me? When? How?”
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I was instantly alert as I recognized those familiar words, and I waited for the answers almost as anxiously as he. Finally, the angel’s voice answered, “I could tell you everything, but I wouldn’t be much of a father if I took away your chance at hope and faith and dreams, now would I?” I decided then I’d take my chances...every chance at the hope and faith and dreams God saw fit to give.
PRAY: Father, it’s out of Your goodness that You’ve kept my hopes and dreams alive by not revealing my future yet. Give me faith, Lord, that You’ll bring them to pass in Your time and in Your way.
DO: Even now, as you wait, you’re fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Try to find the joy you’ve been given today as you anticipate and hope for tomorrow.
Excerpted from Time Out for the Spirit.