Faith Plus Hope Equals Victory

Faith plus Hope Equals Victory – but you gotta believe you can fly!
by  Carenda Lynch

To walk in victory, to me, is literally rooted on the foundation of faith and the substance of hope.  If one finds themselves feeling hopeless it is impossible to activate faith and reap the unseen evidence of it.  If we are going to walk in victory we must take action.

The word tells us that faith without works is dead.  Many of us must understand and appreciate that victory comes from pursuing purpose. I believe that a seed, called vision, is planted in us but when the enemy attempts to attack and deceive us he rather us be a victim than a victor.


One of the major battles I had to overcome was the approval of others.  I did not have victory in this area at one point in my life.  I cared more about what people said than what God said.  That is a very uncomfortable and unstable compromising position to be in.

However, I have learned that only what we do for Christ will last.  And when people say or assume that your dream and your vision is impossible ,that is the perfect time to allow the vision in you to leap as a reminder that the promises of God are yes and Amen!

If you are going to walk in victory you must learn to endure.  The Bible tells us that the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to the one who endures to the end.  One of the things that makes me go on is understanding that I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), accepting that I belong to Him and that I have been created in His image.

Therefore, if I quit to soon I quit on God and I abort the plan from the Masters Hands; and for me that is not an option.

I’m going to spread my wings – with God all things are possible!


Carenda Pittman-Lynch is a native of Baltimore , MD where she was educated in the Baltimore City School system.  She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to pursue her career in advertising and marketing.

Upon graduation, Carenda landed her first job as a Business Development Manager with Riviera Concepts of America, which landed her in Charlotte , NC in May of 2002.  While adjusting to life in her new hometown, she also met and married her husband, Pastor Antwonn Jerrou Lynch from Gastonia , NC .  Carenda has been happily married for three years and is currently pursuing her Masters degree from Queen City Bible College in Christian Counseling.  Carenda is also a Minister of the gospel and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

In addition to being involved in ministry with her husband, Carenda has always had a passion for poetry and has been writing unpublished works for over ten-years.   Carenda released her first book, Soul of a Poet, in August of 2007.  Carenda is also the President and Editor-in-Chief of a new Christian Women’s Magazine entitled, Far Above Rubies.

Above all, Lady Lynch models all that she does for Christ from Romans 8:28-31.  Believing that her steps are ordered by God and that she is indeed chosen and sent to do his will.


Above Rubies Magazine is a Christian Women’s guide to spiritual growth and holistic development. This magazine is filled with priceless resources that will encourage and build the confidence of Pastor’s Wives, as well as other women who may serve in any ministry capacity.

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