After the year we’ve just had, we desperately hope for change, don’t we? Hope that transcends waiting to receive an inoculation with the vaccine. Hope that lingers long after spring arrives or Covid-19 is history. Perhaps we need a hefty dose of “respair” to inoculate our souls?
Respair is a wonderful 16th century term I’ve discovered. It means “fresh hope and recovery from despair.” It’s so apt for the hard days we’re living through. May your heart be encouraged by the thought of renewal to come as we walk into the days ahead with our ever-faithful, hope-offering God.
Respair Let wounds become repaired, battle scars soothed by love, fear vanquished by faith. Let there be poured out rest and grace, sweet fragrance of change in the air as we move from a dark, dark place of sadness, despair and loss toward respair being birthed in us. Let our tears be dried, aching hearts and broken bodies restored to life, worried minds given the balm of peace, the solace of holy ease. Let laughter ring out, not as a hollow-sounding note but a sign we really can cope. Let us welcome in the new that stands hovering, waiting on the doorstep, and show we’re not afraid to embrace hope, and start again. We're not caught out by fiery anxiety, but captivated by a lasting kind of inner joy. Because hope, love, peace and joy are already here, they already reside within our fractured souls, as we give our lives to Christ, then trust he is able to mend, repair the damage life throws at us—and make us whole again. © joylenton
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:31 NIV
May the words below help you stay hopeful in 2021.
Prayer Whisper: Streams in the wasteland
“I am God of the now. Behold, I am doing a new thing. Can you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come.
As you live more in day-tight compartments, so you will find Me being active, and become more aware of My presence. Begin each day anew. Let your heart fill with expectancy. Watch and see what I will do. Surrender your hopes, dreams and plans into My hands and trust Me for the outcome.”
“Continue to walk closely with Me and believe that I am preparing the path before you. Whether it is strewn with heavy boulders, littered with pebbles or smooth and easy, My hand is in it all.
Many of My children spend years kicking dust and sand in the wilderness. I meet powerfully with them there. Those years are never wasted, nor as barren and bleak as they might seem.
Much fruit develops in arid places when you walk closely with Me. These are growing times, spaces and places in your life. Periods to lie fallow while I prepare you for the next step.”
“My work cannot be rushed. Trust me to know what I am doing and what I will accomplish in you. A life surrendered to Me is a beautiful thing to bring praise and glory to My name. And when you emerge out the other side of your valley, I will bring you into a green and spacious place, an area of influence and renewed purpose.
Continue to trust and obey as you have extra zest in your step. Do not forget the Lord your God who led you by the hand and kept you safe. Remaining by My side is vital to receive impartation and anointing for today, and maintain a heart at rest and peace in Me.”
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”— 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
PS: “Renew” is my new given word for 2021. The Prayer Whisper above is excerpted from my ‘Embracing Hope’ book. The Kindle version is on special offer from January 11th to January 18th. *If you click on the image below you can download a free pdf excerpt to read! My gift to you for the new year.* xo 😉💟
A very timely blog that touches my heart profoundly as ministry continues. Thank you, my dear Sister ❤️❤️
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Dear Michael, I’m thankful for the opportunity to touch your heart and bring you blessings. May God give you renewed hope and strength, my friend, as you lean harder on Him. ❤️💜
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What precious words of encouragement. This stanza of your poem touched me so much:
“Because hope, love, peace
and joy are already here,
they already reside
within our fractured souls, ”
No matter what happens around us, or inside of us, Jesus never leaves us. And with HIM remains His hope. Oh may I allow Him to bring that respair to my own life. Such a precious word that needs to find a place again today. Blessings to you in this new year with His word of RENEW for you, dear friend! Hugs & Love! xoxo
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Dear Bettie, my heart did a happy dance because God helped me bring encouragement to your own. Yes, this is so true: “with HIM remains His Hope” for it’s an essential component of His loving presence with us. I was grateful to discover that hope-filled word and so pleased I could add it to this blog post! May this be a year of experiencing the fullness of “respair” and repair for us all. Renewal and restoration would be wonderful, too! Blessings, love and hugs to you, sweet friend! xoxo 💜
“Respair.” How I love that word and its meaning, Joy! Your poem, prayer whisper and Isaiah 40 verse have touched my heart with hope and strength. God knew I needed to read this today. It has also prompted me to put Embracing Hope back on my desktop. 🙂 I love your word for the year, too. May God respair and renew our hearts! Love and blessings to you, my friend.
P.S. As I reread my comment, I noticed in my prayer that spell-check changed “respair” to “despair.” Now isn’t that just like Satan?! He wants us to remain in despair, not recover from it and find fresh hope!
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Oh me, too, Trudy! I’m so glad I discovered it. Hope and strength are great gifts to start a new year with. I’m so pleased you were given them here and had a reminder about ‘Embracing Hope’ as we all struggle with the pandemic and its effects.
I also love my new word for the year. Like you, I waited and tested a few before this one shone out bright and clear. It almost felt too good to be true! 😉 I smiled at the spell-check automatically correcting “respair” to “despair” for you because it did the same for me as well, and underlined it for emphasis. Yes, the enemy of our souls would far prefer us to focus on despair rather than “recover from it and find fresh hope” as we do when God grants us a renewed mindset. Being renewed might be hard work sometimes but it’s preferable to staying stuck and being frightened to trust. Love and blessings and hugs to you, dear friend! May your days be full of hope and full of grace. xo 💟
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