Sometimes it is hard to find a grain of hope in our own hearts. But a grain, is still a seed. Developing a farmers attitude to seed, may just produce the hope we need.
"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!" says John, but do we know who our Daddy is? It is easy to acknowledge that we are His children, but we don't always think about WHO it is that is our Father.
When we feel totally weak, it is hard to even imagine that God could make us feel stronger. We may feel that we have no strength, no ability within us, no capacity for any more, unable to make a difference in our circumstances. But God says differently...
Strength from God is not always the strength we are praying for when we pray, "Lord make me stronger." Strength from God is no strength at all, yet then it makes total sense in God's economy.