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Friday, August 17, 2012 @ 3:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Life is full of ups and downs, both in our personal lives and in business. In the last 10 days, I've been abruptly reminded of what life is like without hope. Here's some background: my wife and I have been trusting God for a positive outcome in a certain situation for more than 15 years. During these years, we've had times of encouragement as the situation improved, only to be followed by times of discouragement as the situation worsened. With more bad news 10 days ago, we both have struggled with a loss of hope, as well as with grief, a sense of numbness, and some anger. Yesterday, we received information about a positive improvement to the situation, yet I was surprised by how much I struggled to receive this good news. Why did I react this way? I believe it's because I didn't want to get my hopes up only to have them dashed again, especially since I have no control over this person or this situation.

However, what has scared me most is that losing hope in this situation has also challenged my hope and trust in God for all situations. To be honest, I'm simply not sure that I trust God right now as much as I did a few weeks ago.

My response to all of this has been to do the only things that I know to do: enlist family members and close friends to pray for us and this situation, spend more time alone with God than I normally do, and maintain healthy disciplines, such as exercise and rest.

We're very thankful for those praying for us, as it's hard right now for us to pray. Just as important, rather than masking my loss of hope with mere activity, I have withdrawn to reflect and pray for 24 hours during each of the last two weekends. This has certainly been helpful, but not a quick fix.

I wrote the following in my journal this morning: "Papa, I've been having a crisis of faith, hope, and love: faith in your miraculous power, hope that you will intervene in this situation, and love toward the person causing this situation. How do I return to that place of faith, hope, and love from which I've slipped?"

I'm still struggling, but, in his kindness, God met and encouraged me today. He reminded me of Exodus 14, when the Israelites were stuck at the Red Sea and God miraculously intervened. God then reminded me of times in which he has miraculously intervened in my own life in the past.

Do you struggle with faith, hope, or love when you face a discouraging situation? I wish I had an easy answer for you, yet in each of our struggles, we have to ask ourselves, "What is the alternative? Turning away?" The truth is that we have no other good answer except to turn toward God. As Peter said in John 6:68, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."

Wonderful Blog!!! I think we all lose faith at one time or another. But my Mom always said that some how some way things will always work out. And when you lose faith is when God is already working on that some how and somemway. So when I get down whether it's at work, home, family or anything, I remind myself to thank God because he's woorking on that somehow someway with me and you know what? Things always work there way out.
Ray Villar @ 9:45:00 AM 8/17/2012
Doug, I love your transparency and courage to share as you have in a public forum. My perception of sharing this way is that it's done to help others, which is a very, very good thing. Never forget; with every problem the Holy Spirit brings a solution. Usually we have to sort out the "relationship" thing with either God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit first. What is it that God wants to be for us in this specific situation that He couldn't be at any other time? Then, the problem is dealt with, and often in a completely unexpected and miraculous way. God allows in His wisdom what He could easily fix by His power. Peace to your house my friend, Dale//
Dale Beasse @ 5:50:00 AM 8/18/2012
Thank you for the comments posted and the emails. I have received far more communication and encouragement on this blog than any others. Trusting God in tough situations seems to be a common theme and yet each communication has attested to God's faithfulness. We serve a powerful and loving God.
Doug Hignell @ 10:23:00 AM 8/20/2012

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