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Joy Williams is a writer and speaker.
For over fifteen years, she’s taught small group bible studies
and spoken at women’s retreats and conferences.
She is the author of Friendship MAPS and her passion
is sharing life-changing truths about the grace of God in Christ.
On her weekly blog (on joyAwilliams.com) she encourages sincere or sidetracked truth seekers
with “hope for the heart and joy to the soul.”
Joy is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
Her Café exclusive “A Little Hope Makes A Big Difference” can be found below,
BUT FIRST . . the Café thought you just might want to know
how an Encouragement Leader like Joy Williams has been encouraged in her own faith.
In her own words …
Recently, I’m reminded that stress is a signal to me.
Either, my grip on circumstances is too tight or my pace of life is too fast.
As I see the signs, then stress becomes an invitation — to loosen my grip
and slow my pace to cling more tightly to God.
Peace comes as I rest in His redemptive grasp.
Then I’m reminded He treasures our trust.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“A Little Hope Makes A Big Difference”
by Joy A. Williams
In a world of perpetual violence …
political agendas and disappointing deals, it’s easy to grow cynical. But I’d rather grow something more positive. Something more powerful.
So, I hope.
I hope my teenage son will continue to sense and seize God’s purpose for his life. That my husband and I will grow old and awestruck together. That my offering of words will draw others closer to Christ.
Because in a world of tragic headlines and disturbing trends, hope still hovers over us.
It is more than a feeling; it is a force. It enables us to rise with the expectation that something wonderful will happen or somehow, we’ll get through the day.
Like a perpetual primer for God’s possibilities, hope gives us holy momentum. It is His gift in the human soul to battle against misery and strife. And if we show up on the battlefield, hope builds in us until it creates grace expectations.
Then we can wait for an opportunity to come. We can encourage someone else as they struggle. We can hold on until a wrong is made right.
What are you hoping for? …
World peace? Social justice? A fabulous vacation?
When it seems like what I’m waiting for forgot to arrive, I may be tempted to look elsewhere.
But hope stays.
With child-like wonder fueled by divine determination, it insists better is still on the way.
I pray you’re hopeful — untainted by the passage of time as you face your unmet desires. But if you’re tired of hope leaking from your heavy sighs consider this:
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Clearly, hope is not the greatest of this trio. However, sandwiched between faith and love, it has grit. And when it has you and me, we won’t give up.
Yes, a little hope makes a big difference.
Because conquering life’s challenges or waiting for what we cherish is not for the faint of heart. It is for hope-filled ones.
I know all this feel good talk may sound suspect; particularly, if disappointment dogs your steps. But the audacity of hope is that it maintains expectation despite human flaws and failures.
Whenever I feel like having an expectation is overrated, it is usually because I’m overwhelmed by everything except the faithfulness of God.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. – Lamentations 3:21-23 NLT
Each time I take the hope dare, I also need a dose of trust. Because the more we trust what God provides through Christ, the more we discover what He has planned for us.
He is the Hope of glory and knowing Him instills a quiet confidence. It is the surest way to keep hope for the heart and joy to the soul.
I pray that God, the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
– Romans 15:13 –
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