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“Hope is unshakeable confidence in God.”

A thought by Christine Caine from her book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure (p. 107). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
This may be what you really needed today.I’m glad you stopped by.
Look at this, Hebrews 10:35 (NIV), “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”
Christine says, “It doesn’t deny the reality of our pain, but it does give us a life beyond our pain. It gives us permission to believe in a new beginning. It is the happy and confident expectation of good that lifts our spirits and dares us to believe for a different future. It is always looking to God with expectation: ‘But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you’ (Psalm 39:7).
“But when we lose hope, when all we feel is the pain of loss and disappointment, it can be so hard to believe that God wants to help us, or that he cares, because we have more questions than answers. More doubt than faith.…
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“Just because someone in our past hurt us doesn’t mean everyone in our future will.”

A thought by Christine Caine from her book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure (p. 96). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But it is so easy to believe that to be true, isn’t it?  But it doesn't need to!  But we all have at one time in our life been hurt by someone.
Christine said, “Imagine if I’d let my broken heart hold me back every time it has been broken. I certainly wouldn’t have been whole enough to be the kind of mother Sophia needed that night when she poured out all her hurt to me. And in my marriage, I wouldn’t be the kind of wife that I’ve learned to be. I would be making Nick pay for things he’d never done because my actions toward him would all be rooted in past hurts and abuse inflicted by other people—some going all the way back to kindergarten.”
She continues, “Isn’t that what we do when we have unresolved relational wounds? We carry them from one relationship to the next.…

“None of us starts out in life planning to be hurt—or to hurt others—but it happens.”

A thought by Christine Caine from her book, Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure (p. 87). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But it does happen, yes it does?
Christine says, “People fail us—and we fail people—repeatedly. It happens in our childhood and continues all the way through our adulthood. Our lives are intertwined with everyone around us—just as God designed—but we are all a part of a flawed humanity. None of us ever arrives, so it stands to reason that every time we open our hearts to one another, every time we’re thrown together into each other’s worlds, we will, quite possibly, hurt one another.
“Whether it occurs in our dating, marriage, work, or friendships, it is going to happen. I’ve heard so many stories from women who started out their careers full of enthusiasm and talent only to be devastated by life-altering criticism that postponed or derailed their success. They didn’t know…