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Hope re-Placed

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Today’s Devotional made me reflect on where I actually place my hope. It seems I have a tendency to place my hope on accolades and accomplishments, on relevance and capacity (energy, resources) to perform tasks…on answered prayers more than the One from whom the answer comes. These are not necessarily bad things, but should these be the source of my courage? No. Perhaps this is why the Lord has been rechanneling my gaze to Him. He wants me to be anchored, stable on Him amidst shifts in seasons, which likewise cause the above to change.

Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.
O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar.
[Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me.
Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my Rock, Why have You forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
As with a sword [crushing] in my bones, my enemies taunt and reproach me, while they say continually to me, Where is your God?
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
– Psalm 42:5-11 AMP

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Off you go, discouragement, I command you to flee, in Jesus’ name!

As I start a new work week, I exchange all discouragement for Your hope, o Lord.

Here, a reminder from the Lord that He has not forgotten me:
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