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Michelle S. Lazurek is an multi- genre award winning author, speaker, and literary agent for Wordwise Media Services. She has been published over 150 times in places such as Charisma Magazine, Ibelieve and Gifted For Leadership. When not working, you can find her sipping a latte at Starbucks and collecting...

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  1. Michelle,
    I can only imagine your disappointment after having soaked everything “literally” into ministry for the Lord. I do believe, like you, that our efforts and devotion do not remain unseen by our Heavenly Father. Right now, I am trying to hold onto hope after having sent out a rather large and expensive mailing for a non-profit ministry I head up. Responses and contributions are trickling in at best. I know that we have 42 orphaned and desititute children to take care of. I am having to truly trust in what is unseen at the moment. This is where the rubber meets the road…hanging on to the hope that goodness is just around the bend. Thanks for the encouragement!!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Than you for this devotion. I’m so sorry you had to go thru such a heartbreaking experience.
    Because of your trial, you are now helping the rest of us with our trials.

    I hang on to that hope everyday as I go thru this most difficult time in my life.

  3. I’m having the tendency to ask “Where is God” at this particular time in my life. My sister, who lives with me, is dying with pancreatic and stomach cancer and I’m left to try to keep our house so that she has some place to stay while being so sick. There are days that it just doesn’t seem fair and I find myself leaning toward the negative side, but I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not always in what we see or feel or even what we have. We have to keep the hope in times such as these. Hard, but possible.

  4. We had a similar situation in that we felt strongly called by God to take a huge risk career wise (still feel it was God) but its been financial stressful. Going into year 4 of not understanding why a house we were called to leave behind won’t sell. But God has shown himself faithful to provide also in ways I wouldnt have expected and some I’ve been bitter about. Still provision is provision!

    • it is so hard to trust when we lose our possessions-especially the ones we need! I took losing our home hard, but God has since taught me that home is heaven, not here. Thanks for the comment.

  5. I can connect with so many of your emotions, though our experiences are different. I have learned to keep looking for the way God provides, even when that seems different from what I was expecting. One of the great truths I have learned is that God doesn’t “owe” me anything…even an explanation. I would have never verbalized that, but I lived otherwise for a long time.

    Thank you for sharing and may our God continue to reveal himself to you.

    Missy

  6. Day by day, moment by moment hope – there’s nothing like a full-on crisis and gut-wrenching disappointment to get us to reexamine our definition and placement of hope, is there? Where would we be without our loving, faithful, ever-present Father? Thank you for sharing your story of hope.

  7. Your testimony inspired me so much. At times I battle with trusting in the unseen and I feel so guilty thinking like that and I immediately ask God to forgive me for such thoughts. It just seems so hard not to worry about situations that may occur in our lives. Right now I’m dealing with not feeling good about myself internally and physically. It’s heartbreaking because when I look in the mirror I feel like I only see an image, I don’t see an image with meaning if that makes sense. I pray constantly to stay encouraged and maintain hope. I even attend a great church and I have amazing Pastors. I am a wife of two children, and at times I doubt if I’m a great wife and/or Mother, and we are very blessed. My husband tells me that I am great, but doubt starts kicking in. I’m also at the beginning stages of my career so the learning curve makes me feel like I’m not smart enough. This story can go on, but I want to thank you for sharing your story because It really encouraged me to continue to trust in God because all things work together for his good for those who love him. Thank you so much. I’m so blessed to have found your website.

    • thanks sash. I’m actually collecting stories from pastor’s wives for a book I’m writing. if you have one, would love for you to share. contact me on my website if you are interested.

  8. Thankyou thankyou,we went through this last year our minister had a dream felt call to come here plant a church , after 7 years it folded. We lost a great community and great friends.It still hurts trying to find another church where you feel that connection. I am going through struggles right now, through I am learning to trust God when I don’t understand. I love your statement about hope I wrote it down

  9. You made me think of anchors this morning, hope is that certain expectation and knowing He provides, but anchors are huge weights on a chain and have to be hoisted in, thats hope. Jesus isn’t the weight, He’s the balance that keeps us on course. He doesn’t owe me anything because He gave me everything, yet He keeps on giving.

    • Rebecca, loving your gracious words. I was thinking of anchors too today; how they keep us firm and steady in the boat of faith, of Christ. May you be so blessed today with His lavish love 🙂 You are so right; Jesus keeps giving to us who don’t deserve in His great mercy.

  10. Thank you so much for posting this. We are walking through this right now and the unforeseen future doesn’t look very promising. I feel guilty at times not having the faith I know I need to help carry me through this for not only me but the grandchildren we are raising. I know God has a plan for us but feel very heart broken for everything we have put into this. Thank you so much for sharing helps to know you are not alone.

  11. Thank you for making yourself vulnerable with us. Currently, I am having my own battle with fear as I await results of a cytology report and go on to do a biopsy as regards a mass in my breast. In my anxious moments I am asking the Lord to help me put my hope, trust and confidence in Him. I am encouraged today that while we can see just around the bend He has the entire picture in sight and regardless of what befalls us He is working it out for our good and His glory. Grateful for your prayers. Let’s hold on to Hope because hope make the not ashame.

  12. Thank you for making yourself vulnerable with us. Currently, I am having my own battle with fear as I await results of a cytology report and go on to do a biopsy as regards a mass in my breast. In my anxious moments I am asking the Lord to help me put my hope, trust and confidence in Him. I am encouraged today that while we can see just around the bend He has the entire picture in sight and regardless of what befalls us He is working it out for our good and His glory. Grateful for your prayers. Let’s hold on to Hope because without hope we would be of all men most miserable…hope anchors our soul.

  13. My heart aches for you and the decision to have to close the doors on something you’ve invested so much in. It sounds like your perspective is exactly where it needs to be.

  14. I return to verses about hope over and over again, and these are favorites: Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts . . .
    I so appreciate your hopeful perspective, fighting disappointment and discouragement – in hope.

  15. How would you have responded had the outcome been different? Sometimes healing doesn’t happen. Sometimes we do things we think are God’s will but are ruined financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Walking thru so many heartbreaking trials right now and am so trying to hold on to hope.

    • hi vicki,
      Thanks for responding. I appreciate your perspective, but must respectfully disagree. God is a healing God; sometimes it takes longer than we are willing to wait for or what we will allow. actually, things didn’t turn out rosy for us. Although we found a great church, we still lost out home, had thousands in debt that took me years to pay off and had to move from our hometown. My hope didn’t come from good circumstances; it came from my response. May God help you find the hope you nee today. Feel free to contact me on my site if you want to connect further.

    • Vicki,

      Prayers for God to send peace to your soul. May you feel His arms holding you up. Hang in there sweet sister-He will send His healing only in His perfect timing! Hope isn’t based on circumstances but on a good God who has always been there for me!

      Blessings 🙂

  16. Just what I needed to read this evening. Hope..minute by minute in this season of my life…thank you for your post.

  17. Michelle, thank you and praise to Abba Father for this timely and beautiful post. I am so sorry that you endured this situation, but so joyful that the glory of the Lord shone through. A prayer by St. Teresa of Avila says that “patience obtains all things” and that speaks to your statement that “hope was right around the corner.” How difficult patience can be when we endure trials of many kinds and I am grateful to learn from your story 🙂 May we each pray for the patience that allows the perseverance that brings such hope in the Lord Jesus 🙂

  18. Laura,

    God bless you for following His leading into ministry. It is hard to go through that rough patch after exerting all your energies into ministry. I know full well that our efforts no matter how big or small are unseen by God and He will repay you.
    “Hope is a day by day—and sometimes moment by moment—belief in the unseen.” That sentence grabbed me today. Life was going good for my family and my aging dad. That was until Sunday when he tripped and fell into his TV. Off we go to ER and then an admit. Now he is in rehab. It is truly a day by day belief that he will go back to the assisted living. God is so wonderful how he helps us through our trials.

    Blessings 🙂