Today’s blog post is by Annje Hutchinson, Administrative Assistant…
A few years ago, I was insecure, depressed and living in an abusive relationship. I finally got the courage to tell my mother what was happening at home and to beg for assistance. Her response was, “you’re sick and you need help.” I am thankful I was well grounded in my faith, because when you lose everything, including your family, you realize all you can depend on is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:3-5 says:
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Through the next few months, I suffered through the loss of my home and family as I knew it. But God sees to it that His children do not suffer alone. My church family stood by me so I could persevere. They prayed for me, assisted with food, items I needed for my new life and even fellowship when I was down and didn’t think I could make it through another day.
Webster’s dictionary defines hope as a feeling of trust. Through my whole time of suffering, I learned to trust that God would provide for my needs like mana from heaven. God does not leave us to suffer for the sake of suffering, but to teach us perseverance, character and trust thereby giving us hope. Going through a difficult time can stretch us to what we might think is our breaking point. God promises to give us strength to persevere. This is our greatest hope in difficult times. The experience strengthened my faith, character and relationships with my Christian friends. I even eventually reconciled with and forgave my mother and today I have no shame… only Hope!