1. Dawn, what a treat to find your words here. The words of Paul in Romans 8 are singing their way through my brain as I finish your post: . . .now hope does not disappoint!

    1. Thank you, Michele! Yes, Romans 8 is such a hope filled chapter.

  2. I’m guilty too, Dawn! This month I’m learning that patience is proactive and hope gets its hands dirty. it may just be time to be bold! Beautiful post! Thanks Rachel!! Blessings to you both!!

    1. Deb, thank you! And yes, let’s be bold. Blessings to you, too.

  3. Dawn- this is so authentic and we’re all guilty! Thank you for helping me understand that I’m not alone on this island of writing! Thank you Rachel for allowing Dawn to share today:-)

  4. “Being bold means daring to hope.” Absolutely! I love your honesty here, Dawn. You are a beautiful encouragement to all of the rest of us trying to form a brave hope as well.

  5. I agree, you have to dare to hope. I’m always amazed that someone has read my blog or poetry, that I have been privileged to pray for women and speak life to them, one lady just went back to work after recovering from two kinds of cancer. God’s word is alive and powerful. Let’s expect the best from a good God.

    1. Rebecca, I love how you said that, “let’s expect the best from a good God”. Thank you for your kind words.

  6. This really struck a chord with me today. When you said that hearing about an author getting their big break and having those uncontrollable tears…I had a conversation with my husband yesterday where I laid everything out. We have been chasing some gi-normous dreams. But it’s been very hard lately with sickness and with other things. I told him that we are average people living an average life in an average house with an average day job…who are also hosting a radio show and have had songs played on the radio and are planning to go to She Speaks and pitch a book. After so much difficulty, I asked him, ‘are we nuts? Is there something wrong with us? Does everyone else have this thing right by doing average and being average and not having these wild dreams?’ There is a tension that this causes, when you have a vision in your heart that does not entirely match where you come from and your reality. The thing that makes it possible is faith, hope and just keeping your eyes on the Lord. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Rosa, I love how God works through average people. When he does this, there’s no denying that it’s all about Him. Thank you for your kind words.

  7. Hope turns into action – YES! So true. I love the idea of hope as action – moving forward! Thanks for sharing. 😉
    Sarah (www.sarahefrazer.com)

  8. Even when I know it is from God, I tend to want faster success and drive myself crazy! Learning to take things at God’s pace is certainly a process for me.

  9. Thanks Dawn for stepping out in your bold way to share your words with others! And thanks Rachel for encouraging us all to be bold by sharing these stories! #BeBold!

  10. What an inspiration post on the impact that hope can have in our lives Dawn! i love what you said about “hope turns into action” That along with the effort comes patience but God is with us through it all. May we all continue to be bold in Christ as we keep our hope in Him! Thank you for sharing such inspiring thoughts today Dawn. Have a wonderful week and may God continue to richly bless you and yours!

  11. Dawn,
    This was absolutely beautiful!The image of you bursting into tears at the story of a writer’s success … so precious! You have great big God things ahead of you and I am so privileged to know you! Your words and heart are such a blessing to me!

    Thank you so much for sharing this HOPE with us at Moments of Hope! I love, love, love … LOVE it!

  12. This is so encouraging. Sometimes I need to be reminded that hope takes action and that its ok to hope. And to be bold in our hope! I love that!

  13. I love your honesty and the encouragement you offer. Wise words, beautifully written.

  14. Beautiful and encouraging post to read as there is something I am waiting in hope for at this time. I am so grateful that hope does not disappoint, for even in those times when I did not get what I was hoping, I learned and grew. Grateful to have read these words today!

  15. Thank you for sharing this encouraging message on hope! Faith is action. Hope is action. As I eagerly wait for His direction, I meditate on Matthew 21:22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

  16. Thanks, Dawn and Rachel, for creating a space for candor and encouragement to hope. Recently when I was setting up a new signature on personal email, I deliberated way too long about whether to name myself as a children’s author. For me, hope means we’very got to name it (whatever “it” is) before we can claim it. Blessings and prayers for a hope filled day for you both.

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