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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

How to feel hopeful on your most hopeless days

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Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

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We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us... Hebrews 6:19-20 (MSG)

The sun had already set when I pulled out our driveway to visit Xylon.

As I reversed I noticed 7 large metal symbols hanging vertically from the wall:


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As I drove to visit Xylon in the hospital my heart felt lighter the whole way, a little bit of hope had entered the dark thoughts in my head. 

It was a few months ago, and we were waiting for results from a biopsy of some suspicious cells the doctors thought might be cancer.

Most days during that time, my friend Monica texted and asked how I was doing in the hope department.

Most days I told her I felt sad, angry, and had very little hope.

So when HOPE appeared on my wall I texted Monica, "Were you the one who left some hope on my wall?"

She replied instantly, "Was just typing: You see I "vandalised" your property? I bought my hope sign during the time we were waiting for a baby. It stands for me as a real testimony/victory as we've had to fight hard for our hope and our future.”

She continued, “The sign fell off the wall the day Xylon came for supper and Jesus said I should pass it on. I feel the tangible presence and strength of hope over you both."

I hung the sign by my door: a tangible symbol of the hope we have because of Jesus.

Each day I walk past it and I'm reminded of Hebrews 6:19-20 which says, 
"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. (tweet this)
It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us..." 

Even on my most hopeless days I feel hopeful when I remember that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline reaching right to the very presence of God and that Jesus is still reckless with hope

Ponder: Do you know God as the one who gives hope?

Prayer: Lord, you are the hope for hopeless so I'm running to you with both hands and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with hope and give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline. Amen.

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