“Things will never change.”
“Nothing is going to get better.”
“I can’t do this.”
Those are some depressing thoughts, aren’t they? But oh how quickly they weasel their way into our thoughts and disguise their voice to sound like ours. And sometimes these thoughts actually become our own. These are the whispers of doubt that casts a shadow of hopelessness over our perspective, and can so quickly block the promise of God’s power to make things different, to make all things new.
Doubt keeps us from believing things can get better. Doubt convinces us that it’s not worth the try. Doubt shouts from the sidelines:
“It’s too hard.”
“You might as well quit.”
“Go ahead and give up. Just walk away. ”
I have found that doubt and hope cannot live in my heart at the same time. Without the possibility of hope for something different, the possibility of change – doubt wins every time. But I have also discovered that with Jesus, all things are possible and the most likely place for change – is within me!!!
A journey beyond the shadow of doubt will require faith and hope! So many times we are afraid to hope, afraid to believe, because we don’t want to be disappointed. But hope and faith will be required in this journey because “hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive.” Doubt on the other hand, looks down and refuses to take a next step forward.
Yet, the God of all hope calls us, beckons us, invites us to live beyond the shadow of doubt. And He declares:
“Things are about to change – see I am doing a new thing.”
“I am working all things together for good, because you love me and are called according to my purpose.”
“All things are possible for those who believe.”
As I pray and prepare my heart to write a book to help me and others LIVE beyond the shadows of doubt and experience the life-altering, hope-infusing, promise-keeping power found in the shadow of the Cross, I want to know where you’d like for us to go along the way, and where you hope we will end up at the end.
What would you want to see covered in a book like this?
Where do you hope to be on the other side of doubt?
In other words, what would you like your heart, your thoughts, your every day life to look like after you have taken your journey from the shadow of doubt into the shadow of the Cross?
I value your thoughts and really ponder your insights when you share them. You bring such amazing perspectives, and your answers will give me direction in knowing what will be the most valuable topics to cover in this book. So, please let me hear your thoughts by clicking “comments” below. Be sure to list your email so I can get in touch if you win.
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