"Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. NIV"
On Friday, when I was dealing with the emotions of having numbers that went up only 441, and what that might mean, I was praying. I was asking for wisdom and guidance. This verse kept coming to mind...over and over and over. It's all I could think of. I wanted to believe it was given as the answer to my prayer..... The thought even crossed my mind that maybe it would be brought up Sunday if it was truly the answer.....
And...Sunday morning..I wasn't working with the kids and was in for the sermon...
THIS WAS the scripture! Even though it had been read only a short while back for a different sermon it was used again. The message with it wasn't exactly for my particular situation, but when the message was read tears filled my eyes. I still didn't know how the verse would apply, because there are so many examples that follow, with both living examples and some who didn't live to see their promises fulfilled in their lifetimes on earth.
Today, I received a card in the mail from my mother in law....
The verse written on the front?
I think God has given me an answer... but what that faith will end up showing me.... only God knows. It is with great hope and faith that I cling to this gut feeling I have in my soul...... that everything will be okay. I know that will happen one way or the other, but I have felt from the beginning that this is a real pregnancy, one that will give us a healthy baby in our arms. I am stepping out on faith to say that "out loud" on here...it is a very bold move unlike me... but.... God has clearly told me to cling to my faith...that faith being:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. KJV
1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. The Message
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. The Amplified Bible
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. New Living Translation