hope.

a feeling of expectation or desire that a certain thing should happen.

hope.

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Have you ever felt hope-less?

Maybe something didn't go the way you expected and you just feel empty. You feel as if you don't know what to do next. Maybe you've lost all hope. The hope that God can change your situation, the hope that things will get better, the hope that you need to just keep going.

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While the team and I were in Honduras, we got the chance to speak to the teachers who volunteer at the Hope Center. We learned all about the center and their mission. All of the tutors, or teachers, spend their days preparing for the one day of the week that they will see and teach the children. They clean, prepare their lessons, prepare meals, and prepare their hearts for those who are to walk through their doors. Each day, whether they see all of the kids or not, they are filling these children with such hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. I was so amazed by how they freely give their time and love to these children. They treat them all like their very own.

Our team also got the chance to speak with the parents of the children who attend the Hope Center. We were reminded that these parents are mostly non-christians, and asked to fill them with some hope and tell them about our great God. Two of our people told their testimonies, including my amazing mom, and got the opportunity to encourage these parents. I was afraid of how some of these parents would react because I so badly wanted them to know the Lord, and know that God's gonna work in their lives in incredible ways! Their reactions were so pure and loving, and I continue to pray that they carry the words they heard that day deep in their hearts.

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In the same way we got to encourage the workers, children, and parents of Honduras, I want to encourage YOU and fill you with HOPE. It can be so easy to drain yourself of all hope and strength. We tend to get so caught up in all the details while trying to be perfect people, and when we fail, sometimes it's extremely hard to get back up. BUT, guess what? If you're still breathing, if you woke up this morning, God's not done with you yet. You haven't messed up too many times. You are here for a purpose, and no matter your circumstances, God will provide.

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I was reading the other day and I saw a quote I wanted to share with you:

"It's never too late to become who you might've been" - Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase

Just think on that for a second.

Abraham was over 100 years old when he had a son.

Noah was 500 and something when he built the ark.

Jesus was 30 when he transitioned from carpentry to ministry.

We often say that we are "over the hill" at 40, but why? We don't know how long we're going to live. Why do we limit that? Why do we say "we're too old" or "my time has come and gone"?

If we truly believe we're "too old" to do something, it's a missed opportunity. God's not done with you yet!

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Just as often as we are "too old", we are "too young".

Don't let anyone tell you that you are too young to do something that serves the Lord.

I got the opportunity to lead children's church when I was in eighth grade. Yes, I was young, yes, I had a lot to learn, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had that opportunity.

The older generation tends to sometimes look down on the younger ones, and I always hated that. Elders are the ones who shouldn't judge, but should train their children up in the way they should go, and cheer them on! Don't condemn them for doing one thing wrong. We're still learning, and no matter how old we are, we should never stop learning!!

David was a child when he fought Goliath.

Ruth was poor and young, but remained faithful to Naomi and God through the famine, and God blessed her because of this.

Mary was a teenager when she was chosen to carry the son of God.

"God loves using us before we feel like we're ready." - Mark Batterson

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Never lose hope.

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"The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish." Proverbs 10:28

"But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love." Psalm 147:11

"Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you." 1 Timothy 4:11-14

“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” – C.S. Lewis

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10

"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." Isaiah 40:31

"Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

"But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am too young.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 1:7-9

"And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:5