In the past, I have tried to exercise faith based on outcomes that I believed God was going to do. I'm not a "name it and claim it" girl in theology, but it had seeped into my prayer life nonetheless. I've learned over the years, that faithfulness is only properly placed in the character of God. You may discern what you think is the best for yourself or others, you may see pieces of a puzzle that look tantalizingly complete. But only God has the big picture. And even if the hoped for outcome was indeed a good and godly one, if it does not come to past, I can count on God to be faithful to Himself, to grant grace, extend forgiveness and work redemptively in the situation. His timetable is eternity, His creative power is unlimited, His grace is without bounds. He is faithful to Himself and I can rest in that.