A Hopeful Heart


As the New Year has kicked off, I’ve decided to do the “Eat this Book” Bible plan on YouVersion. I don’t know how many times I have read Genesis, but I found myself reading and not even really paying attention. All of a sudden, something in Genesis 18:11-14 jumped off the page at me. It was as if God was highlighting something, not just for me, but what I feel the Lord’s heart is for all of our women this year.

“Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing]. Therefore Sarah laughed to herself, saying, After I have become aged shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband), being old also? And the Lord asked Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I really bear a child when I am so old?  Is anything too hard or too wonderful [a]for the Lord?” – Genesis 18:11-14(AMP)

I love this passage because it is obvious Sarah was well past her childbearing years. But God was essentially saying, even this is not too hard for me to do something amazing in your life. In the physical, so often, circumstances may say otherwise.

Maybe you are like Sarah, believing God to have a child and all the physical circumstances have said otherwise. Maybe you are trying to believe God for the “One”, or a new job, or for a family member’s salvation. Maybe you are like me and you have been disappointed before. Now you are struggling to believe God that the outcome will be different this time, even though the circumstances feel very similar.

I felt God speaking to me so gently, “Just remember, Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord?” Sometimes you just have to make the choice to look at your life and your circumstances, not with your natural eyes, but with your supernatural eyes. As you do, you will find it is a lot
easier to believe God is going to do something significant in your life.



Is there an area in your life that you’ve been holding onto, that you’ve essentially said is too hard or too wonderful for the Lord?

Taryn Stine Co-Pastors DC Metro Church in Alexandria, Va. with her husband, David Stine. In addition to focusing in on her favorite calling as a mom and chasing her precious little boys, Isaac, Asher and Josiah on the playground; she is curled up with her Bible and her journal preparing dynamic life-giving messages for DC Sisterhood each month. For more, you can follow her on Twitter @tarynstine

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  1. LOVE THIS Taryn…I was totally inspired this morning to keep believing for what seems impossible…xxx

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  2. This is SO good! I definitely have a couple things that I think “there’s no way God could do this” – when in reality, HE is the ONLY one who can do it. What a great reminder to step out on faith and look with my supernatural eyes.
    – Courtney

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  3. This really great – so honest and real – something we all can relate to. It does seem like sometimes being hopeful (or allowing your heart to hope) is the hardest thing to do – especially after a disappointment. Love the reminder to look at our God and our circumstances with spiritual eyes!

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  4. Thanks for posting! It’s funny how dreams we have for our lives can be related to carrying a baby. Both are promises from the Lord. Both take time to develop inside of us. Both arrive with a mix of hard work and unimaginable anticipation. Whether the dream in your heart is a child or another promise from God, I love how this shows its never too late to see it come to pass. God is the God of the impossible.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! It really is encouraging as I look ahead at some “impossible situations.” I really needed that reminder that “there is noting impossible or to wonderful for God.”

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  6. Thank you, Pastor Taryn! I loved this. When we think we are too far gone in a situation and already made too many mistakes, still nothing is impossible for God. Nothing!

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  7. This was just what I needed this morning when I woke up with this feeling of “it’s never going to happen for me” looming in my mind. Nothing like the truth of God to knock you off your feet and set you back in upright position, back straight, head held up high and eyes firmly set on His promise! Thanks for this reminder – it altered the course of my day and once again unlocked the place in my heart where dreams flow. Anything is possible. <3
    – Monica.

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  8. Awesome reminder to increase our faith and believe that nothing is impossible with God!

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  9. Great message! I agree with everyone who commented on your statement about using your “supernatural eyes”! I find it is easier to have a supernatural perspective when I meditate on all of the amazing things God has already done!

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  10. Very timely. I’m praying and believing God for something that in my own strength I’m not sure I could do, but with God, anything is possible if we just believe and trust in Him.

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  11. Wow, what a great message. I am believing God right now with a friend that she can get pregnant. Even though in the natural, this seems discouraging, it is such a good word to hear that nothing is impossible through Christ. And, to still continue believing despite past disappointments you may have experienced!

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  12. The question “Is there an area of your life that you’ve been holding onto, that you’ve essentially said is too hard or too wonderful for the Lord?” got me really thinking. I realized that there are many areas–being the proud, stubborn human that I am–that I have not given to God to work with. Finances, relationships, career… You name it! Every area! Living in Washington, DC makes one feel that you can do it all on your own because many seem to be doing it very successfully. But in the first decade of my adult life, I saw that this does not work and it never will either.

    I have had many disappointments in last 3 years of my life but the story of Abraham and Sarah reminds me that His promises will come to pass. I just have to believe and give Him all my trust…

    Thank you for putting this blog up for BYC 2013! I am very excited…

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