Believe It Till You See It

A couple years ago, PR31 and I heard a message in which the preacher suggested keeping something tangible in front of you in order to keep the vision of what you are believing God for at the forefront of your mind and to give some “substance” to your hope.  So, two years ago on my birthday, she made me this simple set of bookends and gave them to me as a present.  She explained that she believed one day my books would sit between those two bookends.

Those bookends have been sitting for two years now on the end table next to my recliner where I have my time alone with the Lord each day.  Every day as I would pick up the Bible and other people’s books to read, I was reminded that one day my books would be sitting there… filling that empty space.

I set that first copy of my first book in the space yesterday, and my faith became sight.  What I had believed for… that vision I kept in front of me each day… that which I hoped for… became reality.

And here’s the rest of this story… I don’t plan to let that be the only book sitting between those bookends. I will leave a little space… always a little more… to make room for the next book!  Now my faith has bolstered my hope, and I can believe for even more!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for… What are you hoping for?  Let me encourage you to get something today that symbolizes that for you, and put it somewhere you will see it all the time.  That way you can keep your faith up for it.

Better yet… If you know and love someone who has a dream they are believing God for, why not do for them what PR31 did for me?  Get them something… or make them something… that will stir their faith and cheer them on toward that dream!

More news to come in the next several days about how you can get a copy of my book.  It’s called, I Got A “D” In Leadership: Anyone Can Lead.  It will be available in paperback and Kindle versions, and you’ll be able to get it on this site under the books tab in the menu… or at


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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