Finding Hope in the Unexpected Picture of Your Life

I was speechless.

I hung up the phone shocked by my friend’s words.   Her doctor had called with devastating news.  We were not prepared to hear the cancer diagnosis. 

Sometimes life does not go as we hoped or planned.  Our “picture perfect” life takes an unexpected turn and leaves us shaken up.

Have you ever received news that left you shaken up?  Maybe it was a death of a loved one or a doctor’s phone call like my friend.   What do you do when life is not at all how you pictured it?

This week on my Depth Podcast, my friend, Emily P. Meyer, shares about her story of how she found hope in the unexpected picture of her life.  At the young age of 19, she lost her father and her whole world got turned upside down.

Losing her father was not the only heartbreak she experienced.  She also walked through infertility and miscarriage.  As she experienced these multiple heartbreaks, the picture of her life kept changing, but she noticed that one thing did not change.

I love what she says “My life has been filled of unexpected pictures, different pictures than I ever thought my life would look. But the framework that held my picture together has never shattered or never changed even when the picture changed. The framework has held my life in place and that framework is our faithful God!”

Our faithful God is still holding us up even when our heart is shattered into a million pieces.

Friends, even when your life picture changes, God never changes.  This brings me hope!  I hope it brings you hope too.

God can use these different life pictures!  I love how Emily says that “God can make them our testimony, hanging them up confidently in his gallery where our stories of brokenness intersect with his story of resurrection.”

Our broken pictures placed in God’s hands can become powerful masterpieces sharing God’s faithfulness.

Friends, God never wastes our pain.  I pray that your broken story can become a powerful testimony that touches another hurting heart!  Praying you find hope in the unexpected picture of your life.

Love, Jodi  

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Unshakable Hope!

I was feeling exhausted.

The circumstances of life were weighing me down and robbing my joy.  Have you ever felt this way? 

In my heart, I knew that I needed a perspective change.  Maybe you need one too.

Focusing on our problems, we can lose hope.  Focusing on God’s Promises, we can have Unshakable Hope!

Last year, I read Max Lucado’s book called Unshakable Hope: Building your Lives on the Promises of God.  He asks us to ponder the question, “the circumstances of life or the promises of God, upon which are you standing?”  

This is such a good question.  As I honestly reflected, I realized that many times, I focus on my difficult circumstances instead of standing on the promises of God.   

Friends, what if we switched our focus?

Instead of letting our problems rob us of our joy, what if we could cling to a truth in the Bible.  A Promise of God. 

Let me share with you two of my favorite promises in the Bible:

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

I love this promise! When you are feeling weak and weary, God will renew your strength as you put your hope and trust in Him. This verse is painted on a large sign in my house to remind me daily of this truth.

Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

This verse has been a favorite since college. We are all works in progress and God is continually growing us and refining us into the women of God He wants us to be.  

God’s Word is full of promises.  Friends, I encourage you to find one that resonates with you. 

When the next unexpected storm comes, we want to be ready and already standing on God’s promises that are unshakable. 

Let His truth anchor you, so you don’t drift away.  Let His promises offer you hope in the middle of the storm.

Let me end with this question from Max’s book: “The circumstances of life or the promises of God, upon which are you standing?”

Love, Jodi

Note: Speaking of the Promises of God, you don’t want to miss my conversation with Eva Kubasiak on my Depth Podcast this week. Her passion for God’s Word is contagious, and I know you will love how she remembers the promises of God in her Bible using The Word in Color.  Let’s grab our green pens!

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