Isaiah 60:1-3

For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me. Psalm 31:3

Remember the last time you began a new adventure? Maybe it was to visit a faraway city or to fulfill a desire you longed to achieve, such as riding horses, learning how to play tennis, writing poetry, studying watercolor painting, or climbing mountains. How did it feel to approach a new beginning? Was there a twinge of hopeful anticipation present?

The feelings can be quite different when sorrow is involved. The disappointment that comes from the loss of a job, the grief of betrayal, or the shock of a friend’s rejection can leave you feeling hopeless. God wants you to know whatever your situation, He is aware of it. He knows painful circumstances can leave you wondering if you will ever enjoy a sense of hope again.

Before he became president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was defeated for public office four times in twelve years. The last public office he held before being elected to the nation’s highest office was a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1846. It was not until 1860 that he was elected president.

Lincoln dared to believe in the impossible. He refused to give up. God is your constant Source of encouragement. His strength is released in your life when you make a conscious decision not to give up but to continue in faith. If there is darkness, pray for His light to rest over your life, guiding you into a new season of hope and revival.

Dear heavenly Father, let your light rest over my life, guiding me into a new season of hope and revival. I am ready to begin a new adventure with You!

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