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A Work In Progress

I never intended to give my key away. I loved it and I was honored to wear it. My key said " HOPE" . Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Every time we study this verse in church, God shows Himself strong. I wanted my key. It was my reminder of God's faithfulness in my life.

Well, after only two weeks of owning it, I gave it away. Let me explain...

I was born to an unwed teen mother. I never had a relationship with my biological father. After 45 years I found him and the beginnings of a relationship were kindled. His wife quickly put a halt to it, feeling fearful and threatened. I was devastated, but the Lord kept giving me scripture to keep me going and reminding me that unless HE builds this house, it will be in vain. I kept having hope, reading Hebrews 11:1 and praying. 

As a surprise to me, my biological father's sister was interested in knowing me and my family. She was best friends with my mother growing up and they had a painful split after my mom found out she was pregnant with me. 

My aunt welcomed me into her world. At our first meeting I wore my key. It reminded me to have hope that this relationship will be healed in me, my mom, my aunt and my biological father. We met at a little cafe and we talked for three hours. I invited her back to my home to meet my family and we spent three more hours talking and looking at family heritage on

When it was time to say goodbye I was compelled to give her my key. I took it off and explained " pay it forward" and told her that it represents my hope that our relationships will all be restored and that we will be a family some day. She immediately put it on and was misty- eyed and moved.  

This story is still in progress, but I do still have hope that God will iron out all of the wrinkles. I can't help but wonder if I should buy my biological father's wife a " BRAVE " key....


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