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Of all the biblical promises on Parenting, the most familiar is found in Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV), “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” What surprises me, however, is how many parents sincerely believe they understand this oft-quoted verse—but don’t.
It’s staggering to grasp how many people suffer needlessly at the hands of angry, abusive people. Many of these sufferers believe it’s their duty to endure ... to just cope ... so that God can “work it together for their good.” Emotionally abused spouses ... verbally abused employees ... those mistreated and manipulated by angry “friends” ... the examples are endless.
We all encounter different degrees of pressure from stressful situations in life (situational depression), yet, God designed our hearts to rebound once this pressure is removed. However, hearts that suffer under the unrelenting weight of heavy pressure for long periods can enter into a “state of depression.”
Remember in 2009 . . . images of the bloodied, swollen face of pop singer Rihanna? Remember the police reports of a violent encounter with her live-in boyfriend? This is just another gruesome glimpse of the painful reality for millions of women who live with an abusive partner. In the United States alone, about 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Most people find it difficult to grasp these statistics. They wonder, Why does he do it? Why does she put up with it? Why doesn’t she just leave?
Since “confession is good for the soul,” I have a confession. In 1986 I named our ministry Hope For The Heart. Yet for years, if you’d asked me, “June, what exactly is hope?” I couldn’t have told you. Clearly, I had an incomplete understanding of hope. Oh, I knew the definition of hope. . . . I had taught on hope. . . . I knew that we all need hope. But back then, “hope” was still an intangible, elusive concept to me—cloud-like, ethereal. I found it difficult to get a handle on hope.
Caring compassion has been a theme throughout this ministry, not because we originated this conviction, but because it truly is the heart of our Savior . . . to provide real hope for every heart. As 2012 draws to a close, I must express how thankful I am for you. Without you as our caring friend, our partner in ministry walking alongside us, we would not be able to offer hope and help to the countless people God puts in our path.
Whether it’s a parent, teacher, spouse, coach, Sunday school teacher, pastor, friend, or counselor ... anyone whose loving investment in your life has made an indelible mark and an unforgettable difference, why not let them know with a special tribute? Express your Thankful Heart with a gift to Hope or go to www.HopeForTheHeart.org/ThankfulHearts.
Having a written plan helped Dana see that her financial future wasn’t hopeless. Indeed, on paper I showed her how, in a matter of less than two years, she could be completely debt-free. Once she could see the way out of her financial wilderness, Dana’s attitude completely changed. Rather than defeated and hopeless, she became energized and eager to live according to her new plan, knowing that sacrifices along the way would be well worth it.