Faith as a Friend

 

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.– Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

 When I start a devotional, an anthology piece, or a children’s story, I don’t know where or how long it is going to take to get my desired results. I have stories that were written years ago, when my girls were babies. It’s hard to throw those pieces of myself away. It becomes harder and harder to keep faith in my writing. However, I keep plugging along and nurturing my writing by gaining knowledge from more seasoned writers. In those moments, when anxiety floods my mind, I take time to refresh my perspective. I’ll lean back in my recliner, (that’s why I have a lap top) and ask for guidance. Only God’s unseen strength can fill my heart and give me the courage to keep on writing.

 Do you have those anxious moments? We all do. However, faith is a powerful friend because in the isolation of our writing life, we can gain new confidence. Because we may not talk to too many people day after day and we may worry about what tomorrow holds for us in our writing life. That’s why faith becomes our friend, probably our best friend. Our anxiety gets us nowhere. We can’t change what might be. We need to take time each day to get a fresh perspective. Keep your hope in the unseen. God may reward you with great words for the world. We have it in us, we just have to get it out into the world.

 Lord in our isolation help us keep our faith in you. Help us find the words to touch those who read them. Remind us that you are there as our friend and will calm the anxieties that flood our souls. We lean on our faith in you for the confidence and fresh perspective we need each time we sit down to write. Amen

Happy Valentine’s Day


 

 

 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it  will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-15

 

 

Sorrow in Our Hearts

heavensHow long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? – Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)

Have you ever felt that you were barely hanging on by constantly being overcome by life’s circumstances? I know I do lately. Day after day there is nasty commentaries in the newspaper, online, and TV about our elections. Everywhere I turn, everyone is up in arms about who is the best or worst candidate. The sorrow I feel in my over the situations is almost more than I can bear. Even though the election isn’t for another three months people are fighting over the situation, instead of praying for enlightenment. I have months to form an opinion through prayer and discernment. I can’t allow the media or others to make my decisions. I already see a turning in people’s thoughts and choices. God is at work.

God knows how we are feeling and he knows our sorrow for our country right now. Asking God “How long this situation will go on and how it will end?” is a healthy question. God is not with us only in the good times, but also the bad. We are facing the state of our soul, while we face the state of our country. This is the time we need to keep our faith toward the God who has answered our pleas in the past. He will answer us again in the future. Even though we may not feel that way right now or feel compromised in our ability to make a good choice. Even if the choice we make doesn’t pan out, we will have listened to our conscience, who I believe is God. If other’s don’t it isn’t our fault or God’s. He will help us survive the outcome.

Lord, help us to make the right decision for our country. We get so afraid of all that is going wrong in our country that our anger overtakes our spirituality. Help us to seek your guidance and pray for enlightenment in Jesus’s name. Amen

National Day of Prayer in the United States

bibleTomorrow is a National Day of Prayer and calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray together for the nation and its leaders. I love that phrase people of all faiths. We are all American, despite what our faith may be. This idea of a day of prayer for our nation isn’t new. We’ve had them, since our country was forming.

Many events in communities across the United States will include: choirs and bands performing songs relating to prayer; community prayer breakfasts or luncheons; daytime prayer walks; and evening worship and prayer services or gatherings. National Day of Prayer is a time for people of all faiths to pray together in their own way. Whatever festivities we may attend, we need to remember to take the time to pray. Our nation needs it and so do we. Our future and the future of our country needs this collective prayer day.

Rest in God’s Power

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so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:5New International Version (NIV)

Do you go to your friends for help with your problems? I used to. I always felt they understood life better than I did. I expected they would have the wisdom that I lacked. It took a while, but before too long, I realized I had made a very bad decision. I didn’t get wise advice, my problems got worse, my friends weren’t available for counseling and I began to feel they didn’t care. That wasn’t true. My friends were experiencing the same issues that I was and as well-meaning as they were they couldn’t  help. I began to rely on prayer,  talked to God, and my faith began to grow. I didn’t get immediate answers, but I began to develop an assurance that an answer would present itself. I didn’t feel I had to control all situations in my life. God was always guiding me and available to listen to me.

God will never let you down either and is always available to talk to. We don’t have to wait for him answer a text or phone call. We have a direct line to God. We just open our hearts and lift our voices in prayer. God is a ready listener and be a guide toward an answer to our problems. Whether it’s is a problem at home or at work, he will help find a peaceful way to handle the situation. Reaction rather than God action always feeds into our confusion. We can spread Christ’s peace by not reacting to situations around us, while waiting for our answers. God will lead us to peace without saying a word.

Lord give us the patience and strength to come to you for your counsel and wisdom. We know you are the way, we just lose our way sometimes. Thank you for loving us through our problems.

Trust in the Savior

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Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. – Psalm 143:5-8

Through the months of my grieving and recuperation from surgery, I felt my spirit slowly wavering. So many life changes and health problems had me feeling that God was hiding his face from me. I felt my faith was being tested and not sure I would be able to rebound this time. It was a time I had to let go and rely on my Savior. I couldn’t personally change the outcome of my situations. My husband, best friend, confidant and strength was gone forever. I sat wondering how I would make it by myself. Jim and I always bounced everything off each other, but now I had no one.

It takes time to recover from these difficult situations in life. If you are experiencing a life situation that is overpowering, find something that speaks to your heart. For me it is music and nature. For others it may as simple as a walk in the park or sitting on their deck and enjoying the quietness. Whatever it may be, enjoy it and use it to make yourself whole again. It isn’t bad to be sad, but it is sad to remain in that empty void of loneliness. It’s hard to get back into the flow of a normal life, but the life we now have is our new normal.

Lord guide us through our trials. Touch our hearts gently, even when we can only manage a simple “Help me make it through this day.” We thank you for being steadfast and watchful over us. We thank you for your love and care.

 

Faith in the Unseen

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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Do you find it hard to have faith in your writing skills? I didn’t always have faith in myself, my writing skills, or in becoming a success in my writing career. I hoped for these successes, but didn’t have faith in accomplishing them. Over the years, however, I have learned to lean on God. By leaning on a God I developed some faith in myself. I realized that God has been and will continue to help me accomplish my goals. Right now, I’m feeling led to continue writing devotionals and anthology pieces. God is, however,  putting others in my path to one day add a children’s book to my writing credits. For the time being I am happy to follow the path I’m on.

If you have been waiting to accomplish a writing goal, put you faith in God. When you have faith in your unseen God you can develop faith in your convictions. God will put others in your path to help you achieve you writing goals. He will help you hold onto your convictions and succeed in the future. He is our Guide and hope for the future.

Lord as we pray each day, remind us that your are with us. We cannot see you, but have faith you are there and you have the desire for us to achieve our hoped for goals. We have faith you will supply our needs.

A Shared Trust

 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  1Corinthians 4:2   NIV 

Do you sometimes feel that you aren’t as important as others? I used to. Even while I was praying, I felt that whatever I had to say isn’t as important as someone else’s need. However, if God put the words in my heart and mind, He trusts me to ask for His wisdom and guidance.

When we pray all we need to do is to ask for guidance. God then makes our life as important as He needs. When we are faithful to what God requires of us, He helps our lives to be vessels that renew the hearts of other people. Our life experiences are used by God to help us relate to others. When this happens, we prove ourselves faithful. The greatest requirement is that we have is for God’s love show through our lives. God patiently waits for the proof that we are faithful to His trust in us.

Lord, Help us to open our hearts and be faithful to You. Help others to experience Your love through our lives.  Your trust in us, guides our trust in You.