Today is the final installment of The Abundant Life series, about overcoming a scarcity mindset. I’m combining it with the Five Minute Friday prompt word: “overcome.”
How do you overcome a scarcity mindset? We’ve talked about using reflection on God’s goodness, gratitude, and praise to chase away “not enough” thoughts. The final weapon in our fight against the scarcity mindset: hope.
Even though I’ve been a Christian for decades, hope is a relatively new friend of mine. A scarcity mindset trapped me for so long that hope seems like a stranger.
When you feel like you don’t have enough, it’s hard to find a basis for hope. Hope focuses on tomorrow. If every day looking forward feels frightening and unsure, how can you hope?
My ability to hope grew as my faith and trust in God grew. I had to first believe that God fulfills his promises in abundance, and trust what he says is true, before I could use hope to overcome my scarcity mindset.
Reasons to Trust
I began studying God’s characteristics to build my trust in him, which led to hope:
- Constant presence Psalm 46:1
- Ability to keep promises without fail Joshua 21:45
- Abundant provision Genesis 22:14
- Overflowing love Psalm 13:5
- Safety and security Psalm 18
- Perfect, transcendent peace Philippians 4:7
Hope for Every Day
Now I build hope into my daily prayers to overcome my scarcity mindset.
“Lord, I refuse to believe you will leave me stranded. I trust that you will be my Provider, as you always have been. I place my hope in you that you will provide a solution to this problem, perhaps in a way I can’t see right now.”
This kind of prayer helps me out of the pit of not-enough thoughts.
My fears are calmed when I deliberately choose to place my hope in God’s promises. My faith clings to God’s character and God’s promises, and hope steadies my heart.
Only God’s abundant gifts help me overcome my scarcity mindset. Today I thank and praise him for all the ways he’s helped me overcome my not-enough thinking, and how he’s given me hope as a healing balm.
Join me next week for a new blog series, Trading Anxiety for Peace, as we enter the busy holiday season. I’m hosting a special 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway beginning November 2, and I’d love for you to join me!
Questions for you:
- Have you had trouble finding hope for tomorrow? Why?
- How do faith and trust link to hope in your spiritual life?
- How do you pray when you are trapped in not-enough thoughts?
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