I ordered my “Hope” Giving Key in early September. I ordered it because a very good friend of mine told me about the keys and what the purpose was. I decided I needed one, not because I wanted one, because I, myself, needed one. I needed Hope. Life has been such a roller coaster the past couple years. It has been filled with nothing but trials, and heartbreaks. I completely lost my relationship with Christ, and didn’t know what happiness was anymore.
In May of 2011, my life completely changed. I met the most amazing person in the world. This person has such a love for God, it’s unreal. I had no idea someone could love God as much as this girl does. This 22 year old is not only my friend, but my sister and my stronghold. She brought me back to God.
In January of 2011 I almost lost my brother. He is not only my brother, but my best friend. I can’t imagine living this life without him. During that time period, I didn’t really have someone to talk to. i felt no one would listen or understand. So, I fell into a minor depression. I came out of it in May, when I met the most amazing person ever. I have not been happier.
Then in October of 2011, I nearly lost my dad. There is no reason in this world why he should even be alive right now. But I saved his life. It amazes me to think that God used me to save a life.
During that time, She was with me through it all. She was there when I needed her the most. I remember just crying on her shoulder and she assured me that everything would be alright. I trusted her. I put my hope, and my strength in her. And now, January of 2012, everything is great. Life has bumps in the road, thats a fact. But with God, and with love of some amazing friends, I got through it, and so can you.
My friend is leaving the 17th of this month to go Australia to study Worship and Music at Hillsong College. I could not be happier for her. She will be gone for a year. Its hard to imagine going through this year without her. But I know, that this is Gods plan. Me and another really good friend of mine who is also really close to her, we made her a memory jar. It had about 200 memories of our friendship these past 7 months she has been home. In the mix are bible verses and quotes. In that mix, I threw in my Giving key.
I was reading her blog one day and she said “She came home without a solid plan.” She goes on to say that “i stepped back and watch god work for 7 beautiful months.” She continues by saying, that “I have found my reason to sing. That it has always been there, it just took time to figure it out.”
Nicole, if you are reading this I want to know that I gave my giving key to you because you showed me hope. I know that this adventure might be scary at times, but there is Hope in your future. You said how you want to continue serving God. I believe you can do it. You will do it. I want the key to remind you that if you ever doubt yourself, in your future, in whatever you do, That there is hope. Its there. It surrounding you. Its always with you. It will never leave you. You know why? Because God is hope.
God is taking your dreams and giving them wings. Also remember that with him, there is nothing you cannot do.
“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
I love you so much! God has BIG plans for you. Also remember HE holds you in his everlasting arms.