Hope

For too long I have struggled in the darkness of difficult circumstances.  Felt the clouds of despair settle over my soul. Doom and gloom.  Kind of like Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh.  No hope.

Today I find myself feeling hopeful and even joyful. This is not a common state of being for me so I’m relishing it.  Circumstances have not substantially changed, except that my husband is in one of his “good places” for the moment which must have an impact.  And I’m getting wiser.  I realize that it’s not going to last and I’m bracing myself.  Hoping that when he crashes emotionally, I can withstand the impact.  Twenty years + of history – it’s inevitable, barring a miracle of God.

What else has changed?  Life has taken on a new “feel” in that I am finding new opportunities in which to invest myself away from my home.  Writing. Pursuing publishing. Dipping my toes deeper into ministry challenges. Realizing some things there cannot be rushed, and that not all good goals can be pursued with equal intensity, all the time.  Grace.

I’m learning to give myself grace.  And as I relax into the depths of who God says He is, I find greater peace.  I’ll admit that writing “Lessons from the Trenches” is not an easy book.  But I find joy in the writing, because so many of you have told me that you need this kind of book.  We all want a solution when we are hurting , don’t we?

There’s not a “marriage repair shop” however.  You cannot tune up one side of the car or put new tires on it, and with the other side of the car refusing repair, run smoothly.  It’s just not going to happen.  The new tires will wear unevenly and carry a heavier burden.  So true if you are in a difficult marriage.

So I’m glad that we don’t have to walk that road alone.  That when we park the car, we can have others around us to help re-inflate our tires and polish our hubcaps.  And maybe wash our window so we can see more clearly.  Even if we are in the passenger seat, which can feel so helpless, we are not without help or protection.  The Holy Spirit is our seat belt and airbag. No better safety and security than when we are secured by God!

I’m still working on finding an agent/publisher for my book, driven not so much by the desire to make a name for myself, or fatten up my lean checking account.  No, what compels me onward is the belief that as I write, I might be able to offer you hope, too.  The hope I’ve so desperately at times needed (and I’m sure I will need again!). Please pray that God would open the right door for that, if it is His will.  I want to move forward and help be there to blow the clouds of despair away, hug you with words that tell you “you are not alone,” and bring honor and glory to God as we persevere through difficult relationships.

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe”. (Pro 18:10)

Hope. Today it floats me.  Praying you find some of that for yourself this week as well regardless of what trials you are facing.  Let Jesus be your strong tower and hope in times of trouble.

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