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Repost: Faith

Felt like re-posting a blog I did earlier in the year on faith. Right now our church is in limbo as we start this new work and as we are trying to do things the way God would want them done and I felt that a discussion on faith was warranted again as we wait on the Lord and try to have faith that it’s going to all work out.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
According to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of faith is as follows: Belief and trust in and loyalty to God; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust.
People often believe in many things. For instance, I believe that when I sit in my chair, it will hold me up and will not fall. I believe that when I get in my car, it will start. I believe that when I open my eyes in the morning, I will be able to see. We have faith in all kinds of things, both tangible and intangible. However, by definition of the Miriam-Webster dictionary and Martin Luther King, Jr., faith is when you can’t prove something but you believe it anyway.
My son asked me the other day why we believe in God. I tried to describe faith on my 8 year old son’s level. I’m not sure that I did a good enough job, so I think this quote and these Scriptures come at the perfect time. I will have to share them with Stephen.
Hebrews 11:1 states, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
All throughout Hebrews chapter 11 the Bible states, By Faith… By faith Able, by faith Enoch, by faith Noah, by faith Abraham and so on and so on. All of these great men of history, not just the Bible, are listed in this chapter having done something absolutely amazing…BY FAITH!!!
Luke 17:5-6 states, “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Show us how to increase our faith’. The Lord answered, ‘If you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea’ and it would obey you!”
Have you ever seen a mustard seed? It is so tiny! And God states that if we had faith, true faith, even that small, we could tell the mulberry tree to throw itself in the ocean and it would go right then and there!
So, how do we get this faith?
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
Simply put, this means that we cannot have faith unless we hear the words of God and we cannot hear the words of God if we are reading the words of God and praying and listening. It’s that simple. Pray, read, seek God’s face! He’s right there waiting to give you and increase your faith so that you can live a full and abundant life in Him!
 
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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Faith, Uncategorized

 

Photo of the Day: At the Cross

Posterized version of a friends painting

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Photo, Uncategorized

 

Mr. Grumpy

Do you remember Mr. Grumpy? He is the grouchiest person in the world. Mr. Grumpy hates everyone and everything that is around him.

Do you know someone like Mr. Grumpy? Have you ever felt like Mr. Grumpy? So angry and mad and full of bitterness? Have you ever been so much like Mr. Grumpy that you just can’t seem to get out of it?

Dr. Robert Anthony stated:

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.

Why is it that we are so comfortable in the miserable places in our lives, but we can’t seem to be comfortable or enjoy being happy? Most of us go through our lives stuck in such a rut that when we are faced with a good, happy, stable situation, we can’t accept it. We wait for the other shoe to drop so much that we actually force it to happen. We are so used to being miserable that we can’t turn it around.

But God wants better for us and we should want better for us…

God has a way of making the most miserable thing, beautiful.”
~Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor

This brings to mind two songs, both titled Beauty for Ashes, one by Shane and Shane and one by Crystal Lewis. Enjoy!

Shane and Shane’s song says:

beauty for ashes
a garment of praise for my heaviness
beauty for ashes
take this heart of stone and make it Yours, Yours

i delight myself in the Richest of Fair
trading all that i’ve had for all that is better
a garment of praise for my heaviness
You are the greatest taste
You’re the richest of fair

(Psalm 63, Isaiah 61)


Crystal Lewis’ version says:

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy oer your head
Know that tomorrow brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fearGladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When what youve done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fearGladness for mourning
Peace for despair

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound Ive been set free
Ive been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fearGladness for mourning
Peace for despair

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in Faith, Uncategorized

 

Photo of the Day: Happy Fall Y’all!

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in Photo

 

Temperament Add-On

In discussing temperaments with my mother this weekend, i wanted to make a note for everyone who is taking, has taken, or will take a temperament test at one point or another. Though figuring out what your temperament is is liberating and can help you better understand how to manage it in strengths and weaknesses, NEVER should you use this as an excuse. My fear is that those who take the test and find out what temperament they are will say, “Well, that’s just the way God made me.” and not attempt to work at their lives. God didn’t make me a melancholy to keep me down all the time. He made me a melancholy because he wanted me to be creative, he wanted me to have empathy for people and so on. The down/dark times in my temperament were created to keep me leaning on God. He never desired that I use it as an excuse to say, “well, you just have to deal with it because this is how God made me and I won’t change.” Yes, I will always be a melancholy temperament, but I will not always work out of my weaknesses. I will work toward living in my strengths and I encourage you all to do the same.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Photo of the Day: Fall Lake

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Photo of the Day: My Little Man

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized