Welcome to 30 Days of Hope. For the month of April 2020 we will create a blog post, and a podcast on this page daily pertaining to hope, written and recorded by many different people within Dawn of Hope.
Day Twenty by Abigail Hamm
“For know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
In November of 2018 I had lunch with a dear friend and mentor of mine from church. She began to explain that she was a student at a satellite campus of Charis Bible College. As soon as she started talking about school she was absolutely glowing. It sparked interest in me. However, I tucked the thought of school away and assured myself I had a good job that paid well—it wouldn’t make sense to run off to school. Holy Spirit had other plans in mind. Nearly every night going to sleep, Charis was on my mind. I began to pray about it, asking God to clearly show me if He really wanted me to go to school, if it wasn’t just chance I had found out about Charis.A couple months passed and around January I began to talk to my best friend concerning my desire to go to school. She was overwhelmingly supportive and counseled more prayer and waiting on the Lord. When my dad heard he was (of course) supportive and advised that I visit the school for campus days in April. I did and that was definitely a transformational trip. It confirmed to me that I was definitely supposed to be at Charis. The only “problem” was that I didn’t know where I would be living. I had visited Dawn of Hope and considered it as an option for moving out myself but there was a possibility my family might move and we could all live together.At the end of May I had a dream: I was at my workplace, a private Christian school, standing on the playground. I saw a young man standing on the playground, wearing a black hoodie. On the front of his hoodie the words “Charis Bible College” were printed and on the back of his hoodie the words “Dawn of Hope” were printed.My family decided to take a trip to Colorado in June and the very first night we arrived in Colorado I had a dream almost identical to the first. I felt God was definitely calling me to Charis and Dawn of Hope but I was still a bit averse to the thought of leaving my family. I was hesitant to ask, not wanting to seem disrespectful or likened to laying out a fleece, but knowing that I serve a God of abundance I asked for a third, final confirmation. The very next night I had yet a third dream almost exactly like the others. I knew just as soon as I woke up that I had all the confirmation that I would ever need. I was so thankful, so blessed to know that my God cares so much for me that He showed me in a succession of 3 dreams exactly what He had planned for me. It hit me that all those nights of praying for clear direction in November, December, January had been answered so much clearer than I would have even imagined!
Prayer for the Reader
Father, I know your plans for me and my future are all GOOD. I thank you for revealing your plans to me in your timing, directing me clearly by your wonderful Holy Spirit and teaching me to walk in your ways. I put my trust wholly in you for I know you will guide me so much better than I ever could myself. Thank you for being patient and confirming your will to me even when I doubt—give me the courage to carry out your instructions and to walk boldly into my destiny. You are so good. I thank you for hearing me in the precious name of Jesus.