A Tree of Life

Proverb 13:12 is one of my favorite verses:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

After studying and learning to live it for many years, this is my paraphrase:

“Unfulfilled expectations can break your heart if your hope is dependent on circumstances. But if the foundation of your hope is the unwavering love God has for you, it becomes a tree of life in your heart, a constant and growing source of life, strength, peace, and joy, no matter what you’re facing.”

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