My least favorite promise in the Bible is when Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble...” (John 16:33) During Jesus’ sermon on the mount, we see this trouble comes on a daily basis when Jesus instructs those listening (and us!) not to worry about tomorrow. Why? Because “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Those who believe in Jesus are not immune from trouble. In Psalm 34:19 the first half of the verse promises, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…” I see this truth illustrated every week in my ladies Bible study group when we share prayer requests. Whether you and I are feeling weary from an ongoing trial, discouraged that the news rarely has a happy story to report, or disappointed by the way things have turned out, without hope, we will continue to feel this way.
In her encouraging pamphlet, Gaining a Hopeful Spirit, Joni Eareckson Tada shows how anyone can have hope even “when all hope seems gone.” Having gone through an enormous trial herself since 1967 when a diving accident left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, Joni knows first-hand how important hope is and how discouraging life can be without it. Through this 14-page pamphlet, Joni offers hope to anyone feeling discouraged, disappointed, etc. by comforting those with the comfort she has been given. (2 Cor. 1:4) In addition, she equips readers so that they can pass on hope to someone who is despairing.
Any Christian would benefit from this pamphlet because we all experience trials and can fall into discouragement. Or despite our daily trials, we’re not discouraged, but know someone who is and don’t know what quite to say to give that person hope. Whether we are the one feeling discouraged, or we know someone who is, this pamphlet offers that much needed hope.
Learn more about Joni's pamphlet, Gaining a Hopeful Spirit or read about Joni’s other pamphlets in this series.
Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader copy free from Rose Publishing as part of their review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.
Questions for you: Have you read any of Joni's pamphlets from Rose Publishing? How do you gain a hopeful spirit when you find yourself in discouraging circumstances?
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