Five Minute Friday: Future

Writing for five unedited minutes on the Five Minute Friday prompt “Future.”

For the longest time, I had an orphan heart. As a child of divorce, loneliness and turmoil were frequent companions. My present was so painful, I didn’t dare waste energy hoping for a better future.

After decades of struggle, therapy, and faith construction, I finally broke free from my painful past. Just this past year, I’ve learned to lean into hope and dream with God about a bright future.

The verse that inspires my hope:

Look, I am making everything new! Revelation 21:5 NLT

Jesus says this about the new heaven and the new earth, in a glorious future that waits for me.

Hope used to elude me, because hope is future-based. Since I was so tied down to my past, I struggled to focus on a hopeful future.

But God rescued me from my past. He broke the enemy’s strongholds and set me free. He destroyed all the roadblocks, heavy chains, and walls of defense. In his protection and his shelter, I am now free to lean into hope.

 

Questions for reflection:

How has God rescued you from your past?

How have you been set free to hope for a brighter future?

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  • I love the hope it gives us to know that no matter what happened in the past we can look to the future knowing that God is with us and has good plans for us and hold to the amazing promise of our eternal future.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lesley, thank you for visiting. Catching up on my replies today. Blessings to you this week!

  • Sarah, such an encouraging post. We surely do have a wonderful and blessed hope and future in the Lord. His plans for us are for our growth and good.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Joanne!

  • Esther Dorotik

    Amen, Sarah! For most of my adult life, I struggled with the voices of my childhood/youth past. Once saved, I continued to sit in a self-imposed jail even though He had flung the doors wide open. Thank you for encouraging others to move past their past. Blessings!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Esther. I understand your metaphor for a self-imposed jail. Yes, I spent time in my own, even though the doors were open. I had to gain trust in God to get out of there. He is good to lead us out of our prisons!

  • I’ve been studying Ephesians chapter 1 this week. God chose us before the foundation of the world, to be his. To be loved by Him, to be sinless in His eyes. Because of who He is and for His glory. What a great hope we have, but Satan wants us to stay stuck in the past, defeated and alone. So glad you have broken through the chains. Keep fighting! The lion is on the prowl.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you for sharing this encouragement, Sarah! Yes, I am learning not to stay stuck in the past, but to keep moving forward in faith. Praying the same for you in your writing journey, friend!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    Lean into Hope everyday, friend. I am doing it with ya! 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Praying extra hope-leaning for you today, Meg!

  • Yes, we can lean on Hope everlasting and that hope will never let go of us. I am nothing without God but with Him…I am a daughter of King. How awesome God we have! So glad to be your neighbor, Sarah. Thank you for your post. Hope-filled Blessings to you and yours!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks for your kind words, Mari-Anna! Glad to linkup with you!

  • He gave me a new name and a second chance – that’s where God rescued me from my past. Great to visit you, friend. #fmf

    • Sarah Geringer

      Love this, Carolina. Blessings to you!

  • Susan

    Hope is everything. And, the devil loves to attack it. This morning was a battle. BUT HOPE PREVAILED!!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Glad to hear your victory report, Susan! Praying blessings on your upcoming launch, and for hope to fill you!

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Love this, Sarah. God didn’t rescue me from my past so much as He rescued me from trying to invest the present in a future that is not guaranteed, in this life.

    Now is all, and gratitude for the Now is the greatest gift we can give to the Almighty.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/06/your-dying-spouse-318-pain-glory-and.html

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Andrew! Blessings on your week.

  • I always love hearing stories of people who have overcome painful pasts. Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. It is life-giving and hope-bringing. “In his protection and his shelter, I am now free to lean into hope.”

    • Sarah Geringer

      Lisa, thanks for sharing your kind words here!

  • Emma Hughes

    What an encouraging story, Sarah – so glad that you feel that freedom to plan for and invest in a hopeful future now…. sounds like you have come a huge way in peace, understanding and belonging xx

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Emma! Thankful for your visit. God has been good to me…he gets all the credit for my spiritual growth!

  • Elizabeth

    Beautifully written! We always have a new life and a hope in Him. Blessings to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Elizabeth, I’m thankful for your visit. Blessings to you also!

  • Thanks so much for sharing. I have struggled with anxiety and depression over the years. He has given me peace, hope, joy, and a bright future. 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Susan. I have struggled mightily with depression, but God has given me those wonderful gifts of faith that you mention too. Blessings to you!

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  • Lynne Cole

    Thank you so much for this. I am so glad I stopped by. It’s lovely to hear about people’s lives and how they were once broken and now are free from the chains. I can certainly testify to that too. Joining you late from FMF #103 😊

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lynne! I’m glad you stopped by. Getting ready to write this week’s FMF post. See you there!