|Posted by Jodi & Ron Miller on May 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM|
Definition of Hopeless - dejected,desolate,downcast,despair, feeling of no hope. (Oxford Dictionary)
Definition of Hopeful - optimistic, promising,encouraging (oxford Dictionary)
I know for myself that prior to attending Rachel's Vineyard Retreat for Post Abortion healing my life was defined as despair, no purpose, dejected and at time suicidal. There was no hope. Life was not worth living. For many years I lived under this emotional oppression not knowing what the cause of this deep rooted pain. Then there was a ray of light that shined into my life. There was hope - although I didn't know the full scope of the hope at that time. The light I later found out was the love of God. He didn't want me to hurt anymore. He wanted to love and heal my deep deep wounds. There are several Bible verses that gave me hope - John 3:17 "Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world but that the world though Him might be saved." Jesus did not condemn me - wow, if Jesus didn't condemn me then who am I to condemn myself? Romans 8:28 "God works all things together for good for those who are called according to His purpose." God works all things, not some things but all things. Jeremiah 30:17 "I will heal you of your wounds and restore your health says, The LORD." The LORD wanted to heal my wounds and restore me. That is the hope I held onto. It is the that hope that has seen me through these past 12 years since I first began to deal with my abortions. I hope this post will give whoever needs it someting to hold onto and find hope in the only ONE who can heal and restore using all things for good - if we let Him.