Hope Takes Practice

{This post may contain affiliate links of items that I personally have used and loved. Thank you for your support of this blog and our family by purchasing through our links.}

Hope takes practice @mercyisnew.com

“Hope, as you will find, is a skill that takes practice.”

Edward Welch, from Chapter 6 of Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, the best book I’ve read, to date, on the topic of Christians struggling with depression

This quote, among many others from this book, really, really hit me. Hope can be hard to find. I shared some free, downloadable devotions on hope  because I realize that.

Hope takes practice. 

Hope takes faith.

Hope takes work. 

I think that is so key for us to understand. We have to WORK at finding the hope and joy. We can’t be complacent in our depression. So often we are unable to pull ourselves out if we’re already in too deep. But, when we sense ourselves headed down that downward spiral we.must.fight.

Knowing that hope takes work is a huge part of the battle. But, WHAT does that work look like?

Here are my favorite ways to fight for hope:

  1. Pray. Often. When you don’t know what to say, say the name of Jesus.
  2. Reminding ourselves that He delights in us regardless of ourselves. Does that make sense? Regardless of your circumstances, regardless of your mistakes from yesterday, regardless of your place in life, He delights in you. Remind yourself daily, moment by moment.
  3. Confide in a beloved friend. It’s hard. Send out a text as a plea for help.
  4. Go outside. Walk around your neighborhood thanking God for His beautiful creation.
  5. Count your blessings. Name them. Outloud.
  6. Go to bed early. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
  7. Get lost in a great fiction book.
  8. Have coffee with an encourager. {And later, you can be that encourager to another struggling friend!}
  9. Print off these reminders for your fridge.
  10. Turn on some loud worship music.
  11. Get in the Word. Stay in the Word. Pray the Word. Memorize the Word.

More posts from this book

Receive Encouragement by Email!

Get 30 Days of Praying the Psalms FREE when you subscribe!

Comments

  1. Dawnita Fogleman says:

    I love all your suggestions. So true! The hardest one for me is going outside. We live on a farm. I get so busy with things inside, I just know if I go outside I’ll get sidetracked and get behind on things I need to finish inside…

  2. Oooh. What a neat idea! Practicing hope in small things leading to hope in big things is like Jesus’ teaching that being faithful in small things will lead to big things to be faithful for. Thanks for linking in!

Sweet friends sharing...

*

Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate your comments & encouragement so very much!