* Embrace hope. No matter what your current circumstances or feelings, choose to hope in God and His promises to you. Know that your hope will help you see God’s winks more clearly, and inspire others to decide to hope, as well. After God give you renewed hope, spread the hope around. Use kind words – spoken in conversation, or written in notes – to reinforce other people’s hope.

 

* Consider the big picture. Remember that God’s perspective is much bigger than yours. During times of loss, let your grief spur you on to look for winks that show you you’ll be okay. Know that, in the big picture, everything does make sense. Trust that God will take even the worst situation in your life and bring something good out of it if you invite Him to do so.

 

* Embrace comfort. During times of uncertainty and transition, be alert and open to God’s winks of comfort. Let them remind you that He is constantly with you on your journey through life.

 

* Confirm that prayer works. Recognize that God’s winks are evidence that prayer has real and strong power to change your life. Let the winks you experience motivate you to continue to pray.

 

* See the blessing hidden inside unanswered prayers. Recall the times when you’ve prayed for something, yet didn’t receive it, despite your strong desire for it. Consider from your current vantage point how God’s decision not to answer those prayers was actually the wisest choice. For example, if a job you wanted fell through, committing to that job may have prevented you from getting a better one. Or, if a romance didn’t work out, you may be able to tell now that the person you’d thought was right for you is actually wrong for you. Recognize that unanswered prayers are often God’s way of moving you from one direction to another so you can walk on the best path.

 

* Consider the timing. Understand that God will often wink at you just in the nick of time – either to deliver you from misfortune or disaster, or to give you good news when you need it most. Remember that God is never late.