May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13

Even when our situation is full of challenges, we can confidently pray that the God of hope will fill us with the joy and peace that come from believing in him. He won’t let us down. And in those moments when we feel we can’t go any farther, throwing our reliance wholly on him is crucial. We need the power of the Holy Spirit if we want to abound in hope. He is always right there ready to help us when we ask.

God also asks for our participation in the process. We can integrate faith and fitness for maximum benefit because getting up and moving our bodies actually lifts our mood and alleviates anxiety, depression, and stress. Spending time with a friend is another way to connect with God’s hope. Consider taking a brisk and prayerful walk with a friend. He often provides his arms of love through those closest to us.

Food for Thought: Joy and peace come from the God of hope.