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Hope: The Happy Anticipation of Good Things

I define hope as “the happy anticipation of good things.” When we anticipate the goodness of God in our lives, it opens the door to greater happiness. So are you aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you?

As long as we live, you and I are always going to be heading somewhere. God created us to be goal-oriented visionaries. Without a vision, we become bored and hopeless. And “hope deferred makes the heart sick,” according to Proverbs 13:12, “but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.”

God wants us to live by His hope so that we can enjoy life.

You’re not going to be happy if you don’t have hope. The more hope you have in God, the happier you become. Hope believes everything is going to turn out all right, hope is positive! To enjoy life you must maintain a good, hopeful attitude. God is positive, and He wants positive things to happen to each of us, so fill yourself with His hope today and live with the happy anticipation of good things.

Prayer Starter: God, I make the choice today to happily anticipate Your goodness in my life. And as my hope increases, I know that my joy will increase too. Lord, I put my hope in You!

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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