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David J.

    This is a pertinent question for me because I have my hopeful days and despairing moments as well. Thankfully, I can say God is faithful and puts encouragement in my path — inspiration from a friend, a relevant sermon, even something simple like an amazing double rainbow over a river — when I need it most.

    I am most hopeful when I am actually proactive in my search, not just waiting for something to happen. For example, I try to keep an eye out for Christian events near me (like prayer meetings, worship gatherings, Christian seminars, etc) and attend where I can. I also just arranged a meeting with my pastor and asked him to be praying and to help counsel me. I am subscribed to Higher Bond (obligatory promo!) and initiate conversations when I am out in public. Even when nothing feels to be happening, just being active and intentional keeps me motivated.

    Finally, know that God promises to give us the desires of our heart if we delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). No, this does not mean that marriage is absolutely in God’s plan for any of us, but it does mean He is working in our hearts to transform our desires and give us lasting joy, joy that comes from fellowship with Him. Our God is not a God of second-best. Whatever His plan is, it is for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

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