Don’t Lose Hope

 

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Malibu, California

 

…We all have those days. You know, the ones when we hit snooze far too many times, when we are frantically trying to find something we misplaced, or showing up to work or school to find that you forgot something or there’s a test you didn’t study for. They’re not fun days. On top of all that, we drag due to lack of sleep from the night before, for the days when outside the sun is shining but inside our hearts can be gray and stormy; for when we can’t imagine that everything can be normal again. 

        This is for the days when no one understands and the pain feels too heavy. When our thoughts won’t stop spinning, creating a tornado of emotions sometimes we’re not quite sure how to handle. 

       This blog is for those days. I hope it’ll help me and you, to memorize these truths, and internalize them so deep in our hearts that we always know we can turn to them. I’m writing this for me, but I know you might need it too someday. 

Remember this:

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).
Everything you need and everything your heart longs for is waiting for you in the arms of your Father, the Good Shepherd who can lead you to paths of goodness and kindness, and light in the dark valley. You lack nothing. 

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
You are not standing alone against whatever giant you are facing. God is with you and for you. He is on your side and our God is a God of victories. St. Josemaria Escriva said, “Trust always in your God. He does not lose battles.”

“All things work together for good for those who love the Lord” (Romans 8:28).
Bad things happen to good people. Evil and sin create pain in our world. This is not God’s fault, but it can all be used by God to help us grow, to teach us compassion, to make us stronger, holier people, and to lead us to Him. 

“…For You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You” (St. Augustine).
Stop looking for lasting peace and happiness outside of a relationship with God. Everything in this earth is empty compared to what is offered in His arms. When in doubt, just sit and ask God to be with you, ask Him to fill you with His love. Ask Him to give you rest.  

Don’t lose hope.

Remember that only after a seed is buried and broken open does it rise and grow into something beautiful. Tough times will only make you stronger; what a waste if we run and hide from them instead of allowing ourselves to feel it all — the good and the bad — in order to learn and grow. 

 

       Let’s pray for all those affected by the earthquake, the hurricanes, and of any acts of violence! 

 

Fabiola Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love

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