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Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

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Reflective Thinking

If you’ve ever had a dream that has been unfilled for a while you know how your heart feels when hope is deferred. It’s no fun. I’ve been there for multiple things in my life. Sometimes they were things in my control and sometimes they were entirely out of my control. Either way, deferring hope over and over again can be heartbreaking. For me, there were two things that I remember helping me through those hard times of having hope deferred. The first was giving over the fulfillment of my hopes over to Jesus and fully trust Him and His timing. The second thing was the pursuit of a new vision and dream. The pursuit took my focus off what I didn’t have and back on fulfilling new goals and dreams. Each goal I accomplished took me closer to my vision made me feel more and more like a tree of life and not like someone with a broken heart.

Action Idea

If your heart is sick because your hopes have been deferred… it’s time to give them over to Jesus and trust Him with all of your heart. It’s time to lean not on your own understanding and acknowledge Him in everything you do… and He will direct your path. Jesus is the hope that is never deferred. Ask Him for wisdom and understanding on what steps to take. He will heal your heart and get you moving in the right direction.