There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:18

Have you ever felt despair? Perhaps you’re experiencing a winter season of cold, long, and dark days where nothing blooms or tweets out a lovely song in the morning. It could be from an illness, disappointment, discouragement, trials of many kinds, or unanswered prayers. How do we dig ourselves out of the hole before it consumes our joy and peace?

1) We look up to God. (1 Peter 5:7)
He’s ready for us. He knows when we are going through a hard time. He will never desert us in our time of trouble. Even if we don’t feel His presence, He’s there. When we are feeling low, we are tempted to look to everyone and everything else except God. Yet He offers true joy, peace, and contentment regardless of our circumstances.

2) We look to His Word. (Psalm 119:105)
The Bible is God’s love letter that speaks to every situation in our lives. We begin with a spirit of expectancy and prayer. We simply ask God to speak to us from His word. In the book of John, we can recognize how Jesus deals with people, especially those who are hurting and going through days of despair. We can ask God to speak to our hearts through His word so that we may be healed.

Our lives will be full of triumphs and tragedies no matter where we live, what we do, or who we know. Like the winter season, there is a beginning and an end. Eventually, we will move on to the next season of life.


Dear Lord, I’ve been dodging despair, and I need to know Your presence and peace right in this moment. Show me through Your Word the way I should go. Amen.

In His Service,

Crystal McDowell Signature