As we went through the Christmas Season, I was reminded that there is something "thrilling" in HOPEFUL expectation. This isn't the type of hope when facing an obstacle and someone encourages them with a word of hope....and they reply"I hope so"...That really isn't hope at all. It is discouragement and HOPELESSNESS. Real HOPE has an element of expectation that causes the heart to rise up in faith with a "Thrilling" anticipation that the person is expecting to happen when they overcome their obstacles. HOPE that changes lives is married to FAITH, because FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for. (Hebrews 11:1"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.