Get Your Hopes Up

As I stood amidst a thousand others worshipping at an event God had somehow allowed me to be a part of, I began to look around - hands to the sky, voices declaring God’s goodness - surrender was in the air.  How many times had I wanted to quit, almost quit, wanted to run far away and start somewhere new? I wanted out. As I surveyed the room a grin began to sweep over my face as I realized God’s goodness in not opening a way out and is not answering my surface groanings. He’d been setting me up to answer the deeper desires of my heart all along. He’d given me hope instead.

That same night God reminded me of a prayer I prayed when I was 16 years old. A dream I only dared to dream and a desire I didn’t know He’d actually been listening to. He was still working all things together for my good to answer that prayer. Even in the hardest of seasons.  

When I was 16 years old I attended a church camp that wrecked me as I experienced moments in God’s presence like never before. We sang at the top of our lungs and I began telling God one phrase over and over again, “No matter when, no matter where, no matter what, and no matter who - God, I say YES.” And then I tagged on this sentence, “I want to be a part of a move of God in the next generation.” Somewhere in that prayer, that moment of heart-engaged, arms held wide, hands open, not knowing much about the world or who God said I was, I simply knew one thing - I would follow Him anywhere. He was what I wanted, and that small tagged on sentence, that was the desire He heard and has never forgotten.   

If you’re anything like me, those “mountain top experiences” can often feel like a lifetime apart.

If you’re anything like me, those “mountain top experiences” can often feel like a lifetime apart. What you don’t see happening steals your focus, and before you know it you can feel like nothing you do matters. Hope feels waning, deferred or at times even lost. I’ve found that there, in the valley of wanna-be-quitters (yep, that’s me), if I’ll just sit tight, keep trusting His goodness, lift my head and continue to worship, more times than not He’ll give me a glimpse into what He’s doing. He’ll realign my hope with Him instead of circumstances. He’ll remind me I’m not forgotten. I haven’t been abandoned. Then He’ll uncover my eyes to see all He’s been working on.  

Amidst my own real life struggle in the valley of wanna-be quitters, the song below has been my anthem. It has been a reminder that God is for me and is truly working all things together for my good. So go ahead, join me getting your hopes up.

Get Your Hopes Up

Josh Baldwin

I see the sun waking up the morning, reviving dreams
I feel the wind on my back with promise, reminding me
There's a garment of praise for heaviness
There's a new song burning inside my chest
I'm living in the goodness that He brings

Get your hopes up
Lift your head up
Let your faith arise
Get your hopes up
Our God is for us
He's brought us back to life

I see the sun waking up the morning, reviving dreams
And I feel the wind on my back with promise, reminding me
There's a garment of praise for heaviness
There's a new song burning inside my chest
I'm living in the goodness that He brings

Christ before me
Christ behind me
I am firmly held
In His mercy never ending
I'll remind myself
Christ before me
Christ behind me
I am firmly held
In His mercy never ending
I'll remind myself

Jenae Tankersley

About Jenae Tankersley

Jenae is an Arkansas girl who has grown to love the big city of Dallas, Texas. She’s always looking for the next adventure and loves change more than comfort. As a writer and photographer, she aspires to capture what is often overlooked - to find beauty in every day life and put courage in every person she meets along the way. She lives amazed by Jesus and His abundant grace that makes her confident. Running, traveling, gardening, and coffee are just a few of the things that feed her soul. 

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