February 23

 Reflection 

Discouragement can demoralize us. It deprives us of confidence and enthusiasm. It robs us of the belief that things can improve and deters us from taking any positive action. Discouragement results in dissatisfaction with the past, unhappiness with the present, and concern for the future. Hope, instead, is proactive. Even in the face of apparent impossibilities, hope believes it can find a way. It is the confidence that, with God’s help, we can do better. Hope believes that things will improve. It believes there can be a better future and it is worth working toward it.

Prayer

In You, O God, is my hope.

Action

What are the sources of my discouragement? How can I transform this situation with a confident hope?

Suggested Reading

God has said,”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So say with confidence,”God is my helper. I will not be afraid.”
Hebrews 13:5-6

With human beings it is impossible, but to God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:25

I can do all things through the One who strengthens me.
Phillipians 3:13

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Thich Nhat Hanh

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
Abraham Lincoln

Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.
Dr. Charles Stanley

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
John F. Kennedy

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Robert H. Schuller

When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on

Theodore Roosevelt

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama

 

 

 

 

 

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