“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not yet seen.”

— from Hebrews 11:1

Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • Substance is the underlying form, or matter, of all things.
  • In theology, God may be Substance or Source.  This helps us view God as Beloved Creator, rather than as a kind of superhuman superhero.  
  • We are born with all the faith we will ever need.  Therefore, we do not need pray for more of it.  Instead, we can pray about the best ways to use it. 

Contemplation Questions:

  • How am I currently engaging or directing my faith?  Where is my current focus?  Is more of my attention going toward what I want, or what I do not want?
    • List whatever comes to mind, freely and unedited.
  • Being as specific as possible, what goals do I hope to achieve?  What tasks do I want to complete? 
    • How do I feel when I imagine my goals achieved and tasks completed?
    • When I describe my new experience, what do I see?
  • When I consider what I have written so far, how do these lists compare?  Am I focused on what I truly want?
  • Knowing that my faith works for me as I direct it, what are at least three (3) things I can do to focus my faith in the best ways for me?
    • List as many as you think of throughout the week.
    • During the following week, begin scheduling actions in your planner or calendar.
    • Continue noting your daily progress so you can celebrate achievements.

Give yourself as much time and space as you need to process the text, questions, and your feelings, as you allow new divine ideas, opportunities, and activities to unfold.

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