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HOPE IN GOD
by Frances Loftiss Carroll
12/06/08
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HOPE IN GOD -

What is really troubling you?
Psalm 42:5 "Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. " Holman 42:5

I am not depressed today but some of you who are reading this may be. Why are you so depressed? The economy? The market? Your job? Divorce? Bad health? Family problems? Personal conflicts? What's going on? Do you want to know how to deal with the despair that has overtaken a lot of people? Read on.

I'd like to share something with you that has troubled me for a long time. I believe I finally have it resolved and after years of praying and trying to put off dealing with this; I dealt with it and let go of some things that have troubled my spirit.

As you read this you may say, "This woman takes things too personally," or "She's just too sensitive." but folks there are walking among us people who are more sensitive and emotional than others. Then there are some of us just don't give a "rip" about much of anything other than ourselves. We are that selfish and self serving and life is all about keeping "me" happy and that's it.

This week I confronted a situation that has bothered me a long time. Something in my own family and relationships with family members was laid to rest this week. It has taken years but I finally realize I cannot, within myself, try as I might, resolve any situation that exists in my family or my life without hoping that God will work in that situation. In other words, I've done all I can, tried to understand, asked for forgiveness and received none, and now it is time to let go and let God do whatever He desires to do in all my unsolvable problems. God has to change hearts and if a person's heart has become hardened then this is a matter that affects our relationship with the Lord as well.

The truth is there are people who are mad or who want nothing to do with you for reasons you may never know and there is, after a while, no way you can make that or any other person happy. I am pretty headstrong but, even I, with much prayer and asking to restore relationships see that some folks refuse to change. The Lord has to change hearts and change people and that is my prayer for you and whatever things you are struggling with today. May our Lord of grace and love show you what is really important in life. And may you and I see Christ in the LIGHT as Lord of everything. I think this morning I truly have a new understanding of the song, "I surrender all." The key word - ALL!

It's your situations to change and resolve and I have done what you have asked and now it is yours. Thank you Lord that I can have hope in you...and you will meet my need in these situations. If you read this, then I ask that whatever has made your heart so very cold and sent you in other directions, will turn around and Christ will intercede to show you what truly does matter in life.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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