For the days when curling up under a duvet seems like the best option

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[A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Ruth Garner, a writer who knows it’s not always easy to hope in God, but is figuring out how to trust him anyway.]
Hope for the days when curling up under a duvet seems like the best option

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)

Do you ever feel like giving up? Falling down? Pulling the duvet back over your head? Me too. 

What’s happened? Well, last year I went through my third ectopic pregnancy. Yikes. 

For one who was previously so on fire for God, I now feel distant. My heart of flesh feels like it’s been coated in veneer. 

Life continues, but my faith wanes. 

I pray, sure. 

I thank God for the good things that happen. 

I ask for help in the tougher moments. 

I occasionally even pick up my bible to read His word. 

It feels like a spark has gone out in me. 

Despite this momentary dullness in my heart, I still have hope. 
Hope in God, hope in his promises and hope that He will revive my aching heart. 

David speaks into such a feeling in Psalm 71: 

I will alway have hope
“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come, you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.”

And then later on in the Psalm: But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.”

We see here David’s desperation, his urgent petition to God. He hasn’t given up hope in the Almighty, but rather is leaning in Him even more. 

These words have stirred in me a lot recently. 

Is my praise continually on God? Is God truly my hope and my trust? I’d love to say yes, but I know I have a long way to go. (tweet this)

I long to surrender all before God. My dreams, hopes and plans. All before the living God. 

But this New Year brings with it a renewed sense of hope. Even though the many resolutions I made have now been long forgotten, it’s never too late to surrender all.

God desires our whole lives and our whole hearts! 

God promises to sweep into the dry places, igniting the flame of passion within us. I know I want that. 

And I know that I need that, now in this season of hurt and disappointment, more than ever. 

Like David, we need to fling ourselves onto God, reminding ourselves of his goodness and faithfulness. Being reminded of our eternal hope in God will be heart-stirring beyond measure. 

So, as for me, I will always have hope. Even through the hard times. Even through the tears. Even through the pain. Will you?

Ponder: What helps you to hope in God through hard times?

Pray: Lord, help me to put my hope continually in you. Amen. (tweet this)

{More about the author of this guest devotional}
Ruth Garner is a freelance writer and blogger, from London. She blogs about her life at The Planned Adventure, and she contributes to other lifestyle websites where her love for interiors and design is the main focus. Follow her on Twitter at @ruthlgarner.

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