Hope is the first step in overcoming depression.

Depression robs us of the ability to see beyond our own hurt and pain. In other words, it robs us of hope.

I have a number of friends and family members who are afflicted by clinical depression. While I might offer varying kinds and degrees of help, the one thing I always offer is hope. Because hope is what gets us through.

Without hope our dreams for ourselves and others shrivel up and die.

Hope means believing that we can and will recover from our depression. It is like the fuel we put in our engines. Without it, we aren’t going anywhere.

Every heroic story that describes a person overcoming great odds boils down to this one word, hope. Hope that they could find their way out of the woods, hope that they could stay afloat on raft until help comes, hope that someone would rescue them from captivity.

I would imagine that hope is what kept the late senator John McCain alive for all those years as a prisoner of war.

God indeed has a plan for you. And hope is one of those plans. He knows what His plans are and they are meant to give you a future.  Biblical hope is the confident expectation that what God has promised, He will deliver.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

But we have to be in agreement with those plans even when we don’t know what they are. We have to believe God knows what He’s doing with us.

And that’s hard at times.

A wonderful snippet and overall theme from a Beth Moore Bible study states:

I believe God is who He says He is

I believe God can do what HE says He can do.

I believe I am who God says I am.

God’s word is alive and active in me.

I can do all things through Christ that He has called me to do.

Carry hope with you today.

God bless and have a good one.

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