“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

I wrote down a question in my journal the other morning about faith. I wondered if we are not living by faith, are we truly living? If every need is met, we experience unity in all relationships and we have nothing we are hoping changes, are we living or just self sufficient? Thinking through this question turned my mind to many opportunities. It is a choice I must make to have hope.

Maybe when we become more transparent with our hopes, we become more approachable. Doesn’t it always encourage your heart when you talk with someone who is choosing to have faith, expectant hope in the midst of hard things? Their life is not perfect, but their source of hope is. They somehow seem more alive and have peace to spare. Fear does not seem to be a word they know. I want to be more like that and I am telling God about this desire. Conviction comes to mind, settles into my heart and I feel much lighter. Yes, He will not stop working on growing me up. He is that good.

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