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A few thoughts on “Faith!”

17 Sep

A few thoughts on faith!!! 

What is faith and where does it come from?

I’m going to answer the second question first because what most of us forget or don’t know is….. that like peace, love, and joy, faith is a gift that we are born with. These gifts are instilled deep within our hearts waiting to be opened. As we grow and change we discover them.

One by one the Holy Spirit reveals them more and more in our lives. Remember we are created in the image and likeness of God and God is peace, love and joy.

We are told in Hebrews 11:1 that,  “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

I also like from Mark 9:24:  “I believe Lord, help my unbelief.” 

The best way for me to describe faith is to give you examples of ways that we already use the faith we’ve been given.

As a baby you literally took your first step in faith.

Maybe a hand was held out to you but you had to move toward it and It took a lot of faith for you to take your first step.

Throughout our lives we unconsciously use our God given faith:

When we sit in a chair we have faith that it will hold us.

When we turn the key in our ignition we have faith that the motor will work.

When we mail a letter we have faith in the postal system to deliver it to where we are sending it.

All this we do without much thought, but faith is involved.

I’m sure that if you think about it a bit, you will find other areas where we unconsciously act in faith. This faith grew over time as we repeatedly sat in a chair, mailed a letter, started our cars. I think you get the idea.

Well just how do we grow in faith especially about the difficulties we face life. How do we learn to trust that God will take care of all our needs.

We surrender…….yes we surrender!!!

Now what do I mean by surrender: For me surrender is simply taking my mind off the challenges in my life and praying. One way I surrender is to pray with scripture. I especially like Proverbs 3:5

“Thrust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on our own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge God and God will direct your path.

Surrender for me is...the action that opens the gift of faith

With surrender every opportunity is filled with the possibility of experiencing the Grace of God. Miracles happen in this place of Grace.

Grace requires we take the risk of faith and surrender.

Surrender lifts us up above the appearances of our circumstances and brings us peace. For me peace is an answer to all prayers. When I have peace I know God has answered my prayers.

Unlike most gifts the more you use the gift of faith the more you’ll have available.

Faith doesn’t fade, become tarnished, wear out or get used up .

In fact the more you exercise your faith the more it grows and matures. The more you surrender the more your faith will grow.

Faith truly is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.

Ellen Grace O’Brian in her book Single Blade of Grass says this about “Faith.”

Once the journey of the soul recovery

is begun in earnest, Life itself

conspires to support us. It s up to

us to learn to cooperate with it.

For one who is surrendered to

God, a change in consciousness is

inevitable. It comes like the

approaching dawn. There is a long

time in the dark, then slowly,

barely perceptible changes occur

until finally the entire landscape of

our life is illumined.

 

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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “A few thoughts on “Faith!”

  1. Aimee Elam

    September 18, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for sharing Nini. Faith is something I don’t have enough of. I have it, but not enough.

     
    • revwelker

      September 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Dear Aimee, we all think we don’t have enough. But there is an abundance within us…in the same place that peace, love, and joy reside there is an abundance. Sometimes all we can say is….”Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.” That’s a good prayer too.

       
  2. dianemilo

    September 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I like the phrase, “the landscape of our life.” It conjures up an image of a sprawling and rolling hillside, and you can’t see it all. You can only see to the crest of the first hill. As you get closer to that crest, you can begin to see the next area. You never know until you get there what is just beyond each hill. Some of them have beautiful wildflowers; others are smooth and green; some have bare or brown spots where there has been some damage; others have lots of living things that come together to weave the tapestry. For me, that’s where faith comes in. You have to trust that whatever is over the crest of the next hill, it is an experience that will enrich you and that you will learn and grow from. Each one has a different character, and brings with it unique situations. Having faith that you can get through whatever comes your way and just keep moving on to the next hill seems to be the key. NCertainly not always easy, but if I think of it in this way, it seems more peaceful to me rathr than worrisome.

     
    • revwelker

      September 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you Diane, That’s a perfect example of faith. You know that all is well over the next hill no matter what that landscape provides. Because you’ve taken many steps over hill and vale you know “All is and will be well!” That’s a paraphrased quote of a saint who’s name I do not recall at this time. Sometimes I use this mantra to calm my self. “Love (God, Universe, Higher Self, is here, love is there, love is everywhere…..All is and will be well! I like the phrase, “The landscape of our life.” Thank you!!!

       

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