Thursday, October 23, 2008

Faith

K and I have been going to a Bible Study on Wednesday nights.  The first question that was asked...

How would you define your faith?

The Bible defines faith as:

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1

I have pondered this question in my head for the past 2 weeks.  I know what I believe, but how would I present my faith to an unbeliever?  I'm not sure how to do that, the only thing I can offer is examples.

  • It's a feeling of overwhelming peace in the midst of turmoil
  • It's knowing beyond a shadow of doubt that I am saved by the Grace of God and will go to heaven when my life on earth is over
  • It's not worrying about the "financial crisis" that is going on in the world because I know I will be taking care of
  • It's believing that I was destined for a purpose
  • It's knowing that the only thing that can fill the hole in your heart is God because you've tried other things and still felt empty
  • It's knowing that 2 different times in my life I should have died, but God has brought me through to see another day
  • It's not worrying about things that I have no control over

Even after reading the above responses, I still feel like I haven't really explained what my faith is.

Kevin described it this way...

If you strip away all worldly things and feel like you have nothing, you have no faith, but if you feel like you still have something (after all worldly things are gone) that's where you will find your faith.

So how would you describe your faith?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fun Night

Tonight, I got a call from a friend asking if I would like to meet her at Starbucks for some coffee and conversation.  How can you pass up Coffee and Grown-up conversation without children?

I had such a wonderful time talking with her.  She understands my struggles...and me just speaking out my struggles with her (i.e. quiet time), helps me get a clearer understanding on where I stand.

How does that work?  I didn't say anything new that I hadn't already thought of in my head before...but stating it outloud was like a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders.

16Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. ~ James 5:16