So Much Hope

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

This summer I discovered something marvelous about hope: you don’t have to come up with it on your own!

Back in June at the Higgs house, hope was in short supply (more on that on my Facebook Live appearance). The One who is hope itself showed me that He can and will provide an overflowing abundance of hope. No charge, no limits, no kidding.

If you could use a fresh measure of hope right about now, get ready for the best news you’ll read today.

May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 

What a feast! Every phrase, every word, is delicious and nutritious, giving your soul the nourishment it needs.

Let’s dive in.

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

May the God of hope fill youRomans 15:13

Like everything else in His creation, hope “comes from God” (NLV). He’s in charge of hope. He’s our “source of hope” (GNT). Hope is the very definition of who God is. And friend, He is the “God of your hope” (AMPC). Yours, specifically and personally and individually.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5). It surely does, and when He pours His hope into you, look what comes along for the ride.

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

…with all joy and peace… Romans 15:13

Okay, not just hope. He also will “fill you completely” (NLT) with “great joy” and “perfect peace” (NIrV). These aren’t simply nice sentiments on a greeting card; these are solid promises from God’s Word.

Ask people what they want most in life, and it’s usually one of these three: hope, joy, or peace. But we don’t have to choose, beloved. God gives us all of these and more.

The truth? Hope, joy, and peace don’t come from any thing or any person. We may love our homes, our cars, our stuff — but any hope, joy, or peace they give us is temporary at best, easily swept away by fires, floods, or hurricanes (still praying for you, friends).

And we are all too aware that our spouses, our kids, our relatives, our BFFs, our neighbors, our coworkers can be taken from us. But what God gives us can never be snatched from our lives.

So how and when does this huge measure of hope start pouring into our hearts?

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

…as you trust in him,… Romans 15:13

Ah. So we do play a small part. Knowing “the Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does” (Psalm 145:13) makes it possible for us to put our trust in Him.

We can “believe in Him” (HCSB) because He has proven Himself again and again. Every time a flower blooms, every time the sun rises, every time a baby’s cry pierces the air, God is reminding us of His sovereignty, His creative power, His mighty strength.

When you trust in Him, “your believing lives” (MSG). It beats in your heart and echoes through your mind. The reality of God is undeniable. Wherever there is life, there is God, and He is dishing out hope.

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

…so that you may overflow with hope… Romans 15:13

What a visual! A fountain of hope, like living water, “bubbling over” (AMPC) and “flowing out of you” (ERV), splashing hope on everyone you meet.

God gives us so much hope, we can’t contain it or control it. And who would want to, when our world desperately needs all the hope it can get?

No need to worry about where all your overflow will go. God is, as always, in charge.

So Much Hope | Liz Curtis Higgs

…by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Our verse has come full circle, right back to God, whose “life-giving energy” (MSG) never runs out of steam. It’s His power, not ours, that puts hope in motion.

You might want to write this verse on the tablet of your heart for all those days when your hope is running on empty.

May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Join Liz for Facebook Live Event September 19

On Tuesday, September 19, I did my very first Facebook Live Event (gulp). Drop in for a visit, anytime! Just 15 minutes, but I promise it will be interesting!

So far I’d shared my unexpected journey toward hope only with family members and a few close friends. Finally I worked up the courage to tell YOU.

Pre-order Goodies for 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path

Meanwhile, I had SO much fun gathering these goodies for you, as we tiptoe toward the release of 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path! Pre-order the book before October 3 from any retailer (Amazon has a great price), then fill out this simple form, and I’ll autograph your custom book plate and pop 5 free goodies in the mail to you.

Bless you for opening God’s Word with me today!

Your sister, Liz

17 Responses to So Much Hope

  1. Karen Jones September 12, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    Love your insights and biblical knowledge……. I thoroughly enjoy the use of the different translations as you write. I can always hear your voice in my mind as I read what you write… You, Liz, are such an inspiration….. Can’t wait on my goodies to arrive along with my copy of your new book in Oct for my birthday 🎂….

    • Name* September 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

      Dear SWEET LIZ…
      GREETINGS…
      WHAT A SHEER DELIGHT TO START MY DEVOTION BY READING YR BLOG….TO SEE YR GREAT HOPE AND JOY 😃….IT IS ALL OVER YR
      BEAMING, OVERFLOWING
      FACE AND SPIRIT AND WITH ALL LOVELY FLOWERS🌸🍃🌻🍃🌹🍃🌷🍃🌼I WAS SOARING LIKE AN EAGLE.AS.WHAT THE LORD HAS INVESTED IN MY LIFE THUS FAR…WHAT A GREAT MASTERPIECE HE HAS MADE OUT OF ME…FR NOTHING
      TO EVERYTHING…PRAISE GOD…✋👏👐

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  2. Susan Shipe September 12, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Lizzie, you know how much I admire you and your ministry and today’s blog? Well, well, well… A yellow rose (long story but heavenly). Thank you. Romans 15.13 — my gift from Papa in 2002-3 after a sad season with Marni… Thank you for reminding me. You are my sweet and famous friend. I love you.

  3. Kathryn Scovanner September 12, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    Dealing with an adult daughter with mental health problems. Your e-mail helped so much!!!!!! Thank you for sharing. Prayers for you as I know you pray for me. Amen

  4. Doris September 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    So glad to see one of these devotionals back, Liz! This verse was my verse for the year a couple of years ago and I needed so much a refresher in it. Thank you! Looking forward to the 19th!

  5. Shayna Medendorp September 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

    Miss Curtis hearings your devotionals a refreshing and inspiring. The verse Psalms 119:11 that talks about I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not have a stray. Like the verse Romans 15:13 that you used in this devotional! They are very refreshing.
    You are an amazing friend and I’m blessed to be one of the many they call you such. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Marte Simpson September 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Liz you’ve been on my heart lately so this message is rightly timed. Now I look forward to Sept 19th.

    I’ve been hurting but with hope so it will be so neat to have a full course meal served by you when hope hovered out of reach too. I’m so glad we know Our Heavenly Father & Son, Jesus & Holy Spirit because they carry gifts to us when we get weighed down with pain, illness, sadness, loss. Blessings on you dear Liz.

  7. kimberly September 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    please download it to U-tube. I don’t do facebook…

    Thanks

  8. Amy Conrod September 15, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    Thanks for the reminders today! God’s Word is amazing and His love is never-failing!

  9. Trisha September 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    I am so grateful for your message today. I had plans to move to San Marcos, Texas the end of August. I believe God gave me His answer to months of praying. The week I was to leave, the hurricane came. I have continued to pray as to where I should retire (presently living in Iowa). I have not received His peace but have faith His answer will give me direction soon. I will trust in Him. Blessings.

  10. Susan G. September 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    This is so good Liz! I just soaked it up. Our women’s small group memorized this verse a couple of years ago, and it’s still rich for me today! We all need hope, joy and peace at least once a day! 😉
    Can’t wait to read your new book!
    Thanks for this today!
    Blessings on you!

  11. Debby Zigenis-Lowery September 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you, Liz! I really needed this today. I am in an emotionally challenging health situation. I keep reminding myself God is in control, but continue to feel frustrated and helpless (It doesn’t help that I am greatly fatigued). Your post reminded me that peace does not come through “head knowledge” (God is all powerful. God is in control.), but from “heart knowledge” (I am trusting you, Lord). Those words carried me through the spring when my son received a traumatic brain injury and was in ICU for three weeks. I realize now, that is where I need to live.

  12. Brwnda September 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Liz: I just listened to your Facebook live event then read your devotional on hope. I really needed these thoughts today! We just found out that my sister has had a reoccurrence of colon cancer. She just had surgery in December to remove a malignant tumor. We are believers so our hope is in the Lord but humanly it is still easy to be worried. Thank you for your ministry. Will definitely be praying as you face your journey…

    • Brenda September 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      Oops…my name is Brenda

  13. Cathy September 20, 2017 at 12:35 am #

    I really enjoyed your FB live broadcast today! I truly believe The Lord led me to it as I needed to hear your testimony and your outpouring of trust and hope in The Lord! Thank you so much for your wonderful ministry to all Sisters around the world!

  14. Bev September 21, 2017 at 4:01 am #

    I’m in the middle of a storm. I feel like I’m in a nightmare and am desperate to wake up out of it. My thoughts keep going back to it thinking about it 24/7. How do I fit trusting God in all this? Here’s my storm: our 32 yr old single daughter had recently been diagnosed with a rare disease called Moyamoya. It’s a disorder where the blood arteries in the brain are not supplying sufficient blood because they are too weak. She will need brain surgery soon. She is susceptible to having a stroke , please pray she doesn’t. So how do I trust God in all this? -Desperately, totally dependent on Him, Bev

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