Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer has been married for twenty-three years to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is the mother of three children, Paul IV (22), Samuel (6), and Grace (6). She also has six babies residing in heaven. It is those six tiny souls who have propelled her into women’s ministry. She is a conference speaker and author of the book Nothing to Hold but Hope (one woman's journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility). Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
She saw every mountain as moveable. Why? Because stone eventually cracks and turns to rubble when chiseled long enough.
She saw every hurdle as reason to get in shape and learn to jump higher.
She saw every valley as rest from the steep climb.
She saw impossibilities as possibilities.
And she saw it that way because she chose to look through eyes of expectancy.
Do you want to look through eyes of expectancy? Yeah, me too. I want to be that girl in the poem. But do you know what? I think there are pieces of her in every one of us. I believe hope is inborn. However, there is one catch, we must learn to access it.
So when difficulties plague us and disaster creeps its way into our lives, then what? How do we keep from losing heart?
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Friend, we have to believe. We have to remain present in every circumstance believing that everything the Lord has promised is true. And when we don't feel like it, we must make the choice to do it anyway. Choosing to believe is choosing hope.
But, first, there is something that leads to belief. It's called love.
Do you know the apostle Paul said that when we know the love of Christ we will be filled with the fullness of God? He tells us it passes knowledge. And then he goes on to say that Christ can do anything we ask Him to do. And what he says next is huge... what He can do is according to the power that works in us. (See Ephesians 3:14-20) When we choose to know the love of Christ, He works in us. His power works in us! And so loving Him leads to believing in His rescue, which leads to expectancy.
Hope - to desire with expectation of obtainment.
There you go friends... Love + Belief = HOPE
And to love Christ is to have the fullness of God, which means there is nothing you can't do, because there is nothing He can't do! No matter where you are today or what you're going through, I want you to access hope. Press into the love of Christ. Make the choice to believe in Him. When you do, hope will follow.
I have an exercise I want us to do together. I'm going to rewrite the poem that we saw at the beginning of this post, and instead of writing the word she, I'm going to leave it blank. I'm asking you to insert your own name in that blank and then read through it carefully and intentionally.
__________ saw every mountain as moveable. Why? Because stone eventually cracks and turns to rubble when chiseled long enough.
__________ saw every hurdle as reason to get in shape and learn to jump higher.
__________ saw every valley as rest from the steep climb.
__________ saw impossibilities as possibilities.
And __________ saw it that way because she chose to look through eyes of expectancy.
The eyes of expectancy are the eyes of Christ. You can access hope today, friend. It's a choice. You are loved and there is hope for you!
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