Hope can be defined as "the happy anticipation of good things." When we anticipate the goodness of God in our lives, it opens the door to greater happiness. So are you aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you? As long as we live, you and I are always going to be heading somewhere. God created us to be goal-oriented visionaries. Without a vision, we become bored and hopeless. And "hope deferred makes the heart sick," according to Proverbs 13:12, "but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life." God wants us to live by His hope so that we can enjoy life. You're not going to be happy if you don't have hope. The more hope you have in God, the happier you become. Hope believes everything is going to turn out all right, hope is positive! To enjoy life you must maintain a good, hopeful attitude. God is positive, and He wants positive things to happen to each of us, so fill yourself with His hope today and live with the happy anticipation of good things. - Joyce Meyers
Prayer Starter: God, I make the choice today to happily anticipate Your goodness in my life. And as my hope increases, I know that my joy will increase too. Lord, I put my hope in You. Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. - Joyce Meyers
God desires for us to live in emotional and relational wholeness. Wholeness means that you are spiritually at peace no matter what circumstances you are facing. It means you continue to trust in His goodness and mercy, and believe that they will follow you all of the days of your life. Emotional wholeness is living in a state of grace, accepting God's healing and restoration for issues in your life, present or past. It also includes living with a healthy anticipation for good things in the future. It means living in balanced, rewarding relationships with others in our lives. God has arranged for the healing of all of our struggles through His son Jesus Christ. Psalm 23:3 promises us that God restores our souls. He renews our lives, He restores our strength.
One practical way to seek this wholeness is by singing a simple song of dedication. For instance, the meditative prayer of this song will set you on the right path to opening your heart to the Healer. The chorus of the song declares "Here's My heart Lord, speak what is true." We encourage you to spend some time today with the healer and refresher of your soul, Jesus Christ.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28 (NIV)