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What is the difference between hope and faith?

Kim Feth

Amen, Sister!!! If you need someone to proof read or transcribe your Bible study, I'm the woman for that job! And I used to be a transcriptionist, so that's not a hallow offer. And I'd do it for free just to read/hear your Bible study.
And I saw your tweet to the left - and I LOVE Pei Wei!!!


Hebrews 11:1


Amen and amen. I needed to hear this this morning. I'm teary eyed as I read this coupled with my own study this morning comparing a verse from the Amplified version - Matthew 18:19 "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven." You've encouraged my belief and hope this morning.
Love and blessings across the miles.


i am right there with you sister. i am a word lover. a WORD lover. when He speaks to me, i love to list all the Ways He speaks to me, to flesh it out, if you will. This post meant a lot to me. Bless you sweetie, God is doing a new thing in you, i can feel it. It is exciting!!!

Hi Joanne--I used to work with Toben at NavPress. Thank you SO much for posting this--it's exactly what I needed. My husband Ben has been unemployed for almost 14 months now with no end in sight. And while God has ALWAYS been faithful in taking care of us, it's been hard to hope. SO hard--especially while trying to encourage Ben. These are the kinds of things that God brings along to whisper in my ear "keep going--in ME, you can do it!" Bless you!!

Marla Taviano

I've read Romans 4 so many times (3x thru my Believing God workbook). :) LOVE it.

Love your "Joanne's" version. I think it might just apply (like CRAZY!) if I used "Marla" instead. :)

The NON-Superwoman

This thought has been on my mind lately and you conveyed it so beautifully. Thank you for posting this. It's like the wind beneath my wings!


Every morning I have to go back to Him and in order to keep hoping.

This morning, this is where He sent me to remind me I am not the only one "going thru a thing;" to remind me that I am not alone in the struggle of just wanting to give up; to remind me that against all visible signs of hope...I need to continue to believe that He is right there with me; to remind me that He IS Hope.

Love you girl. Praying for you and the things we both hope for and in.


LOVE that Joanne! I think I may do a little something like that for myself! Great idea!

Melissa @ Breath of Life

Oh, friend, how I needed to read that today!


Joanne, your blog is such an encouragement to me. Thank you so much for this. The Lord has been whispering "hope" to me for the last couple of weeks and my heart jumped when I read your paraphrase at the end of this post. That is also the person I want to be. For myself, for my husband, for our family, for my church. Believing God and hoping. Thank you!

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