Saturday, January 10, 2009

A few Conversations on Faith

Tonight, I listened as my friend spoke about her faith experience. I was able to share Gods word regarding those who diligently seek Him, and how God is a rewarder of those who do. I appreciate the small gestures of faith that I have witness from friends. Today, I listened to one of my students share her faith and hope for one of her friend who died last night. 15 years young he died from a gunshot wound to his head. She was hoping and believed he would end up in a "good place" as she called it. She shared how she prayed and prayed for him, how the weather was gloomy all the days he was in the hospital and the morning she found out he died, the sun was shining brightly. She said, "It was his time to go, and on one of the most beautiful days of this week, the sun was shining." He died, January 8Th at 6pm.

Witnessing hope, an assurance of things to come from small gestures such as a conversation on ones experience helps me to realize, how God's son, The Word, is the living, Walking, Breathing experience. God is real, alive and even the faith of a mustard seed provides a savor worth returning too.

I shared this Inspirational thought from Max Lucado with my friends, I will share it here in hopes that someone will be blessed by The Word also known as Jesus Christ Our Risen Savior.


Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good...It is a choice to believe that the one who made it all hasn't left all and that he still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith....Faith is the belief that God will do what is right."Blessed are the dirt-poor, nothing-to-give, trapped-in-a-corner, destitute, diseased" Jesus said, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (authors translation- Max Lucado) Matt. 5:6 God says that the more hopeless your circumstances, the more likely your salvation, The greater your cares, the more genuine your prayers. The darker the room, the greater the need for light...God help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it. Nothing results from apathy...Compared to God's part, our part is minuscule but necessary...Do something that demonstrates faith. For faith with no effort is no faith at all. God will respond. He has never rejected a genuine gesture of faith. Never.

A quote from one of my favorite Authors....
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”-Marianne Williamson
Closing thought...
I'm ending with this, I was reminded yesterday that it's okay to be nervous, but it's not okay to fear or reverence the fear, because fear is not of God. I stepped out on faith yesterday and completed an application that will be the door opener to my desire to return to a place I have longed to be for the last 7 years. Remembering, God's Word does not return void and without faith it is impossible to please him: for he/she that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb. 11:6

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