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In today’s devo I shared the story of Mary.

I can see her plainly. Life marked her. She was jittery. Nervous.

Do you know that feeling when you feel God? Really feel him? That’s what I felt as we prayed together. He reached down and wrapped this broken woman close and she felt him for the first time.

This same encounter with Mary reminded me of the ones I am still praying for. . .

and the answers that have not come yet.

So, how do we keep that hope reservoir filled up when we’ve prayed and the answers haven’t come.


Reach out to others

I may not have the opportunity to see God work in my loved ones life, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t working.

When you reach out to others, you get to see God work. It’s a reminder that prayers are heard. That your loved one is valuable to God.

Mary’s grandmother stood behind her quietly, tears running down her face. I have no doubt that this grandma had worn patches in the carpet praying for this granddaughter.

I was privileged to be there when all of her grandma’s prayers came to fruition.

As we reach out — perhaps to a neighbor, a friend, a stranger, to your childrens’ friends — we just might get to see someone else’s prayers unfold. That pours hope over your own prayers as you bend your knees to talk to God over your loved ones.


Pour hope into your empty well

If we pray enough. If we do enough. If we say the right words.

All of these are good things, but if they are our total focus, we’ll soon be empty.

Face it, there’s a bottom to our well. And it’s not about our enough. It’s about His.

Christ promises living water that will not only fill us up, but splash up and over into the lives of others, in our marriage, over our children.

What might happen if they look over and we’re splashing joy and intimacy with God all over the place? When they are ready, they will know what you have is true because of that overflowing river of peace.

We cannot keep going without stopping daily to fill up.

That might be carving out a portion of your day. Or worship music softly playing. Reading your favorite devo. Journaling. Prayer and praise and conversation with your Heavenly Father.

It’s not about the method, but walking in with open hands to receive all that God has for you.


 We put on new lens

Our eternal perspective is that planted seeds will one day come up in the life of loved one.

You love. You speak truth. You do what you can do, but leave the rest in God’s hands.

God loves them even more than you do.  You can’t fix another human being, but you can trust that God is working in ways you may not see.

Not too long I was ministering in a small church in Arkansas and the pastor asked me the name of a loved one. I looked up in surprise. “Why?” I asked.

“Because God wants me to pray for her,” he said.

Then he prayed the most beautiful, powerful prayer of homecoming and healing that I’ve ever heard. He didn’t know my need or that of my loved one, but God did, and he whispered it in a pastor’s heart to pray.

Just one more eternal reminder that God is bigger than me, and His loves reaches farther than I can span, and that even when I think nothing is taking place, that eternally God is mindful of my loved ones.

They were His loved ones first.

Hope. Hope. And more hope.

Today I pray that you will be filled with hope all over again.