Monday, August 18, 2014

What saved your faith?

I’m joining the synchroblog for the release of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth by answering the prompt: "What saved my faith?"

Truthfully, for me? God's faithfulness to keep at work in my life saved my faith during times when life events left me feeling broken in too many pieces to fix. And my faith seemed spilled out among the chards, unrecoverable. I'd ask the silence, Where are you, God?

Because I've found that God is real and he keeps his promises, I'm still on this life journey, believing, grateful.

Ultimately I don't believe it is my faith in God that keeps me going, it is his commitment to love me and be at work within me that endures in good times and in bad. He saves the faith he planted in me whenever it is threatened by times of darkness, disaster or drought.

Are there specific things one can do to participate in saving a faltering faith? Of course.Reading the Bible, the Word of God, meeting or interacting with other believers -- these actions are like beams of light in dark places or water in the parched desert. God works through these practices to restore perspective and revive faith.

Prayer is another practice that changes not only situations, but more importantly our hearts and minds. My faith has been beaten up by seemingly unanswered prayers only to be strengthened through God's silences and eventual answers.

Finally, obedience to God's ways is important. Although God is faithful to forgive us when we confess our wrongs, more of God's blessings are activated by obedience to His ways. God's ways are for our benefit, so we can live an amazing life with faith intact. In contrast, journeying through life in violation of God's ways is undertaking off roading paths that can lead to great pain.

There is more that could be written, but these are the important lifeguard and lifelines I've found to sustaining a living faith.

How about you? Please leave a comment to one of the following questions: What saved your faith? Or, if that question doesn't seem relevant, what is saving your faith? Or, what do you think could save your faith?

A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth responds thoughtfully to the following question: What saved your faith?

I like this author. He is honest and tackles tough questions with contemporary and fresh, not canned and processed, words and thoughts.

This book is being offered at a discount this week. On Monday, August 18th, an eBook is free on Amazon, B&N or Google Play. On August 19-21, it is $2.99. And, for those who want a print copy, this week it is $3 off.

Silent too long

I haven't posted in a long time. Life changes take time and effort.


When driving across country, some stretches of the journey can be so taxing that conversations with fellow travelers falters for a time until, once again, conversations trickle and flow.


So it seems to be with me. Leaving the work of software support at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. to follow my husband to Phoenix is a big life change. My attention has been on other things, not taking time to discuss the journey. Lately, I've decided I've been silent on this blog too long. It is time to strike up conversations again.

Friday, October 4, 2013

God isn't furloughed

In this uncertain world, especially during this government shutdown, it is good to remember that God is not out of work.

I believe God is neither idle nor powerless.  He is always working for us through the good times and bad.

God isn't furloughed. He is always at work. He is faithful and steadfast. He will never abandon us. His love endures.

God is love. Love never fails.

As I go into a quiet office today where so many are furloughed, I'll pray for more to know that even during these tough times, God is love and is working through all things for the good for those who love him. God will do what he promises. When others, even governments, fail us, God will never fail to love us and be with us through whatever we must go through.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How do you tend barren places scorched with shame?

We all have places shame has scorched. Maybe we hide an abandoned patch behind a carefully manicured fa├žade. Maybe shame is searing new territory in our lives.

Shame.

I could write a while on this, but I want you to read what a fellow blogger has to say in his recent post. He shares from his heart and his pain... and his peace. He tends his shame by inviting God in these places. He tends shame with God's help and finds peace:
May God inhabit our barren places that have been scorched with shame. May we find the refreshing joy of his forgiveness, acceptance, and restoration. May new life spring up once and for all. -- Ed Cyzewski
God can be trusted with our shame. He tends our truth -- the joys and pain of it -- not with condemnation, but with love.

Read more
Why we need to take our shame to God by  Ed Cyzewski
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Smalley's Secret Key to Lasting Love

Blue Fist
Adapted from "Fist" by David Shankbone.
"Keep your anger level as low as possible," said Dr. Gary Smalley when he spoke on Sunday at Mclean Bible Church in Virginia. Smalley is a family counselor, president and founder of Smalley Relationship Center and author of numerous family relationship books.

"Be angry, but don't stay angry." He quoted Ephesians 4:26 and said it was okay to be angry, but he emphasized: "Don't stay there." Let it go. Don't keep thinking about and reliving the anger.

"If we stay angry," he warned, "we move into darkness and can't know the love of God."

He went on to explain some of the damage suppressed anger could do to us physically, emotionally, spiritually and to our relationships.

"You can't bury anger dead. You always bury it alive," he added.