Hope: The Secret to Overcoming Obstacles

Heartbroken, disillusioned, confused, and experiencing about a dozen other emotions at the time, I wrote this piece back in September of 2013, about a month after ending a 3 year relationship with a great guy. I recently read over it again, edited some parts, and felt like it’d be encouraging to share, as we all face obstacles at one time or another. It was one of the most challenging times of my life thus far, but with it, came the most incredible & rewarding growing opportunities of my life that helped shape me into who I am today. Looking back, I can confidently say that hope guides you out of the darker times and into a bright, joyful new season!

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September 12, 2013
1:15 am

Hope (noun):
Grounds for believing that something good may happen; A feeling of trust
(Oxford Dictionary).

A pessimistic mind guards up his or her heart because of past hurt, focuses on the problems of today, and makes these circumstances even bigger than the fresh start of tomorrow. An optimistic heart learns from the past, finds joy in today, and is excited for the bright hope in the future.

Life’s a crazy thing, isn’t it? It can all be going smoothly one day, and then BOOM, out of nowhere we’re faced with challenges, obstacles, heartbreak, loneliness, illness, losing a loved one…the list goes on.
Sometimes life just slips the rug out from beneath us, right where we’re standing.

We get tripped up, we fall over, we get knocked down.

Will you give these circumstances the power to keep you down, or will you brush off the dust and get back up again, but stronger this time?

Sometimes life sends you in the complete opposite direction of someone you love. Sometimes the hard thing to do and the right thing are the same. Regardless, I never fully understood depression until I felt it myself through this breakup. There have been tough days, but it’s the refusal to stay down that lifts me back up.

We’re all faced with heartache and hardships at some point, but will you let it control you? Will you let the current challenge be too much to handle, or will you smile because you know that better days are to come?

You see, hope keeps us going. That trust in knowing that everything WILL work out for the best. If your heart hurts, time will heal it. If today seems tough, put a smile on and keep fighting. Find blessings in each day, and know that tomorrow’s gifts far outweigh today’s challenges.

“We know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Love,
Angela

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