Written by Deborah.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
Perhaps your heart feels sick because your hope is deferred.
Many adoptive couples experience a heart that's sick with despair and deep grief; you're not alone. God's Word teaches us that hope deferred does make the heart sick, but when the desire comes--IT IS A TREE OF LIFE! That's difficult to grasp when your heart is full of sadness, but our Christian Adoption couples tell us over and over...
"I never imagined it would be so wonderful to finally become a parent."
"I had no idea how good it would be."
"It's worth every tear I ever shed and every effort we ever made."
"We finally have gotten our 'smiles' back. I didn't realize how much we were just pretending to smile."
"I would go through all the pain and heartache over again to experience this joy."
"Becoming a Mom is unbelievable. I never imagined I could love a child so much."
"Every bad experience and every sleepless night we spent in worry has been worth it. Now we have sleepless nights with our baby and we LOVE it."
"No one can explain or even come close to defining what it's like to finally hold your baby and know it's forever."
Often the hopes of Christians are easily dashed because they misplace their confidence and hope in people rather than in God. Whenever we invest our hopes in people, we will most likely be disappointed.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desireth cometh it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 KJV
Our desires come when we choose to faithfully trust in our great God. We choose to continue to pray and to wait upon Him. We choose to place our hopes, our dreams, and our full confidence in our Heavenly Father. We choose to remain steadfast, howbeit shaky at times, to rely upon Him for our every need.
May God's Word encourage you.
The Lord will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden. Isaiah 58:11 NIV
The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 NIV
Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6 NLT
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 NIV
When I pray, you answer me, and encourage me by giving me the strength I need. Psalm 138:3 TLB
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs Philippians 4:6 TLB
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers. I Peter 3:12 NRSV
In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you look for me in earnest. Jeremiah 29:12-13 TLB
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22 NIV
He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 TLB
Come to me, all of you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NLT
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 NLT
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:30-31 NIV
The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NASB
For the Lord will be your confidence. Proverbs 3:26 NRSV
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. II Chronicles 16:9 NLT
The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. Psalm 28:7 NLT
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV
When you pass through the waters I will be with you and through the rivers; they shall not overwhelm you. Isaiah 43:2 NRSV
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV
My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm 119:28 NKJV
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NIV
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV
I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me. Psalm 120:1 NIV
So don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Galatians 6:9 NLT
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My God is my rock in whom I take refuge. II Samuel 22:2-3 NLT
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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