Overflow with Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

 

Think about a time in your life where you felt like all hope was gone. It could a be a horrible diagnosis, a bad grade that you never thought you could get past, it could be a marriage that is over or a relationship that has ended, it could be that you lost a parent or a sibling or a husband or a child or a grandparent or a friend, it could be any number of things. It’s a time where grief has grabbed a hold of you, where you are so focused on the things that are gone that you can’t see the good things in front of you. These are the times when we have to trust God the most. I know it’s hard. When I heard I had Rheumatoid Arthritis I thought my life had ended, I knew the carefree life I was living was gone and that was hard to deal with. Did I grieve the loss? Of course I did.

But once you grieve what once was you have to move on to what is. I’m in lots of Facebook groups where people often talk about having no hope, of not knowing how they will go on. My heart hurts for these people and I wish they knew my parents, my sisters, my brother-in-laws, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins, my friends and my God.

Honestly, on a day-to-day basis God is my strength to keep me going when laying in bed would be so much easier. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.” Isn’t this the first part of grief. It’s turning towards God and saying, “Ok God, this is my new reality help me get through it.” And as you trust in him, your grief lessens, notice I didn’t say it goes away, it lessens. There are still some days when I grieve what used to be but those days are few and far between the days where I laugh my head off or enjoy time with friends. When I have a hard or painful day I pray to God asking him to make the pain less that day. I trust him to take care of me and he has. I can laugh at something truly funny because God has given me peace, because I trust in him.

“So that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” I have always had great faith and I have always felt the Holy Spirit. It’s a powerful force. Imagine the biggest rush of wind you can and imagine that flowing through you as the Holy Spirit. That’s the hope that lives in all of us. And on days when I meet someone at their darkest hour it helps me overflow with hope to give to them.

Do you have something you are grieving that you need to let God into, to give you hope, joy and peace? Can you think of a time when this was true in your own life, have you thanked God for your hope?

Dear Lord, we ask that you fill us with your joy and peace as we go through rough and difficult circumstances. We ask that you fill us with your hope so that we can fill others. We thank you for your joy, peace, love, comfort and hope in the times that we need it most. Lord we thank you so much for loving us. It is in your name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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God’s Faithfulness #5: Becoming Ms. Waggoner, teacher at Indian Woods

Here’s a recap of 1-4 just in case you have missed them.

1. God held my heart

2. Surgery when needed

3.Food on the table

4. Internships at the last second

Today is #5:

5. Becoming Ms. Waggoner, teacher at Indian Woods. After I graduated from undergrad God got me a job. It took a while but God did finally come through so there is no reason that God won’t get me a job soon right?

Doubts aside there was a time many years ago that God put me in a teaching position. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 2004. I walked with my class at graduation and that summer I had one more class I had to complete which meant that I got my teaching credential after my friends, after the school year started.

I went on many interviews. I did the group interviews and I did several interviews for teaching positions in all the school districts in my area (3).

I had an interview at my old high school that was 90 minutes long and I didn’t get that job. I had another interview after a woman that obviously got the job that lasted about 20 minutes and then I had a surprising interview that lasted 3o minutes.

I went into the interview not caring. After all I had cared for so many interviews and had never gotten the job so I figured a game change was in order.

I walked into that interview assuming I wasn’t going to get it. I laughed and I was completely relaxed. Later that day I got the call that they were checking out my references (which is awesome because who calls your references if they don’t want to hire you?). After they called my references they hired me. Turns out that interview at the school that lasted 20 minutes was worth it. The principal from that school called the principal at Indian Woods and recommended me.

It was great. I worked at Finish Line and was a substitute teacher until I finally got the job at Indian Woods. That job taught me so much and the people I met there were awesome.

It was a great honor to be there and to be hired there. I am proud of my previous career. I loved my time at Indian Woods and I was glad when it ended as well. Teaching in a school setting was not where my life was headed.

I teach now but in a different capacity. I teach ministry. I teach how to write papers but to grad students instead of 7th graders. I’m still a teacher but in a different way.

God came through before and got me a job that taught me skills that I still bring to the table: flexibility, caring heart, creativity and many other things.

I was blessed by my time at Indian Woods and I’m really glad that God came through that time. I hopefully that memory can help me this week as I continue to search for the right position for me.

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