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Renee Fisher is a spirited speaker, coach, consultant and author, who published her first eight books in under eight years. A self-proclaimed "Dream Defender," Renee is passionate about calling dreams to life in others. A graduate of Biola University, she lives in Houston, TX with her handsome husband and their fur child named Star. Connect with her at ReneeFisher.com.

Is something missing in your life?

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Renee Fisher is a spirited speaker, coach, consultant and author, who published her first eight books in under eight years. A self-proclaimed "Dream Defender," Renee is passionate about calling dreams to life in others. A graduate of Biola University, she lives in Houston, TX with her handsome husband and their fur child named Star. Connect with her at ReneeFisher.com.

something missing in your lifeIs something missing in your life this holiday season?

Maybe you're single and lonely.

Maybe you're married and childless.

Maybe you're in between jobs.

Whatever it is, I want you to know there is hope--and not the kind that disappoints (see: Isaiah 49:23 & Romans 5:5).

When I was in my mid 20s, I lost hope rather easily. In fact, it's quite embarrassing just how ashamed I was in my ever-changing circumstances, unrealized dreams, and unfulfilled longing.

But something amazing happened. 

God answered prayer.

One by one. Prayer by prayer. Job. Check. Career. Check. Education. Check. Health. Check. Relationship. Check. Check. Check.

I almost forgot that I had lost hope. Almost.

When I shared my story a few weeks ago that my dream died I wasn't expecting to hear from so many of you. I was so touched to hear that I wasn't the only one who had lost. But even in the midst of sharing, I want to be careful not to lead any astray.

I.

Haven't.

Given.

Up.

Hope.

It may feel and look that way, but I haven't. I know better. I can look back on my 20s and see God's fingerprints. His answered prayers. This is why I know not to give up all hope.

Maybe like me, you need to hear that God's not done with you yet! 

Listen to this.

The disciples had walked with Jesus. Literally walked. Side by side they heard his messages and parables. They got extra time with Jesus, and that still didn't prepare them for the crucifixion.

"But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place" (Luke 24:21, NIV).

The disciples were with Jesus and they didn't get it.

Maybe you're in your 20s and you are losing hope for a mate. Maybe you're in your 30s and hope isn't even in your vocabulary anymore. Maybe you're in your 40s and you're feeling the pain of being the only one without a child. I have no idea what you're still holding out hope on, but I do know Jesus is the source. 

Recently I heard a sermon that showed me what was missing in my life. It was if a lightbulb went off in my head.

The reason "we had hoped" is because we lack contentment.  

Paul explains it best.

"...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:11-13, NIV).

Paul knew what it was like to lost hope (if you take a look at his circumstances).

"Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:24-28, NIV).

So why doesn't Paul lose hope?

Why doesn't he just give up and stop?

Because he knew the secret. He LEARNED contentment through every trial. Today, may we be encouraged to look through the Scriptures to find our source of hope. Let's thank God together even if there is something missing in your life.

Question: Is something missing in your life, and if so--how do you remain hopeful? 

{Previously published at ReneeFisher.com}

[Photo: syuu, Creative Commons]

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