S6E12: Never Give Up Hope

By June 17, 2019 July 17th, 2019 Podcast

"You don’t have to bury your hope, because Hope itself is already buried and walked out of the grave.”

The one certainty of foster care is there is no certainty. When plans change quickly, people get hurt, or you feel your heart breaking, it is easy and natural to fear. In today’s episode, Singer, Songwriter, Ellie Holcomb encourages us through words (and song too!) to hold on to Hope. 
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TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S SHOW

Fear is a thief.

Foster care brings with it many unknowns, and because of this, it is easy to be afraid, but fear usually is a thief and keeps us from experiencing the peace and joy of Christ. Don’t let fear rob you of the time God has given you. For those who belong to Christ, we can rest assured that even if our greatest fears are realized, we serve a faithful God. And, even when we don’t feel like He is there, He is, and He will never leave us or forsake us. In fact, Christ meets us in our most hopeless places, and He promises to fight for us. Exodus 14:14

Hope gives life.

In times of joy and sorrow, and in the mundane, look to Jesus. Keep walking forward in faith, especially when it hurts and when you don’t understand. He can give you joy in your mourning. One day (if not here on earth, then in heaven) we will experience healing, restoration, and rest. One day, He will make all things new.
“You don’t have to bury your hope, because Hope itself is already buried and walked out of the grave.” Ellie Holcomb

Take Courage From God’s Word.

“Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Ps. 55:22
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:6-7
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

RESOURCES FROM TODAY’S SHOW

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Meet Our Guest

Singer-Songwriter Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After 8 years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou, Ellie opted to step out of the role of heavy touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As The Sun, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Christian chart and helped deem Holcomb the “Best New Artist” at the 2014 Dove Awards. 

Since the release of As Sure As The Sun Holcomb has been walking an unexpected path, one of suffering and loss but also peace and joy. She has come to the edge of the rushing river of confusion and experienced a God who made a way where there seemed to be no way.

And it is from that place—of finding God in the dark and unexpected—that Holcomb wrote and recorded Red Sea Road (Full Heart Music), released January 2017.

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