Perfect hope, imperfect progress…

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

I went to a conference yesterday focusing on treating anxiety and depression. Going in, I expected some fancy treatment model that I couldn’t understand and would have no idea how to implement. What am I getting? Hope.

With all this mans amazing credentials and research, the single most effective treatment for these disorders is building hope.

And I couldn’t help but think about Chapter One of Unglued. Imperfect progress is okay. Why? Because it instills hope. Progress, no matter how small, shows us that we are moving. Progress eliminates stuck-ness. Be it forward progress, or backwards, we are moving. And that’s always better than feeling hopeless for change.

Emotions can feel overwhelming. I know. I have them too. But with God there is hope.

You have learned certain things about your emotions over your lifetime. Things that are right, wrong, and somewhere in the middle. But when we surrender our emotions and make them obedient to Christ – imperfect progress is what we get!

Keep moving forward ladies! Hope lives inside of you. Be confident in your expectations for change. Work at it. Refuse to give up, and keep stepping forward.

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  1. says

    I loved this: “Keep moving forward ladies! Hope lives inside of you. Be confident in your expectations for change. Work at it. Refuse to give up, and keep stepping forward.”

    Thanks Steph! Awesome post!

  2. rthmhlds says

    Stephanie, thank you for the reminder of the need of hope as we move forward. Without hope we stay unglued. Seems to me that keeping our eyes on Jesus and trusting in Him and the hope that only He can give is the glue that keeps us together when things around seem to fall apart.

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