Oh Ye of little faith! It’s very easy to doubt, even one or more of the disciples had their moments. That’s when and where your faith comes in, and it must come above all else.
For just a moment, let’s go back to kindergarten and have a little lesson in the alphabet. The letter B comes before D. In the same way, belief will overcome doubt; try as you might, there will be days when the alphabet seems backwards.
If you do find yourself in a season of doubt, ask the Holy Spirit to come and put clarity on your heart. Immerse yourself in ways that lift your faith and that in turn will help to restore your belief in God and in His will for your life.
Romans 12:1 Tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Engaging in prayer and practices of faith are one way to renew your mind spiritually. Other ways are community groups, bible studies, and a commitment to consistent time for personal prayer.
Feed your belief and let your doubt starve; God will be there to lift you up and love you in a way you never dreamed!
Have a story to share about how you let go of your doubt, share in the comments.
I started a new job recently and in order to orgainze myself, I leave stickey notes in various places, so that at a glance I can see what is coming next. I got a good chuckle when I looked at my desk one morning and saw a note that read “Faith is calling today”. I was actually going to have a conversation with a person named Faith, but I grinned at the thought of how, in that moment, I would answer if my Faith was actually calling out to me.
What would my faith look like, sound like or feel like? These were just a few of the fleeting thoughts going through my mind as I continued to sit and stare at that post-it note. Such a simple little thing turned on so many questions and wonderment, that it spurred me to get to the heart of it all. After much prayer, reflection, and journaling, it’s apparent to me, that when faith calls, I don’t hesistate to answer. Don’t get me wrong, there have been instances where I wasn’t sure of something or lacked the confidence to follow the call, but I always answered. Even if it was a “you want me to do what?” type of response.
Let’s forget for a moment that we live in the age of cell phones. Remember when our phones were attached to walls and we would run through the house to answser before the person on the other end hung up? How exciting it was to hear who it might be! I know there were instances of thinking things like “oh boy I hope it’s not her again”, or “I wonder if it’s him!”. Try to remember those feelings for a moment and imagine answering the call of your faith with those same emotions. What does that look like for you? Are you staying on the call and listenting to what is being asked of you; or have you hung up before giving the request a chance?
Faith is individual and takes root in our hearts, thoughts, and life circumstances. It is nurtured and strengthened through prayer and our relationship with God. It has taken time and emotions of all kinds to be in the place I am today with respect to my faith. I would not trade in any of those moments for anything else in the world. I was blessed recently to put a call of faith in to action and it was a gift unlike anything I’ve ever received. I remember thinking to myself, “I wish everyone could feel what this feels like”.
God calls us in many ways and plants the seeds along the way, we just need to be open and willing to know it’s Him. I love the post-it note visual and I keep it now at my desk as a reminder of what it means to me when I do answer that call. As well as how important it is to continue with prayer and reflection in discernment of my response when that call comes in.
I hope that if you can imagine that your faith is calling, you are able to get a chuckle as you see yourself racing through the house to answer the call!
I’d love to hear your story of what it was like to answer God’s call through faith. Share in the comments.
Purple, the color between red and blue. Light purple or lavender is soothing both for the sense of sight and smell, where dark purple can be less appealing. Purple can signify power, and embody wealth. Purple can come in the form of a heart given to a hero; a soft flower; and a mean black eye or bruise. Being a part of the color red, which is a hot color, and then the calming blue makes purple very important. It is the place that can capture every bad and every good feeling, emotion, memory, fear, strength, defeat, and accomplishment. Today, I am harnessing my PURPLE!
My purple came through when I had a “moment” while on the treadmill. It took all I had to fight back tears, there was no way I could have a breakdown in a gym. I was not on an episode of the biggest loser!
Let’s rewind just a moment, prior to that workout I had stopped to purchase appropriate footwear. After trying on several pairs I ended up with purple shoes. Its been a very long time since I was into purple and I was a little worried they looked like kids shoes, but they fit so off to the gym I went.
I was set to push myself and see what I had in me. Armed with all the accessories I needed, water, ear buds, music, couch to 5K app, and my new shoes. I felt determined and as the warm up began, I even gave myself a little pep-talk.
The workout was going great! I was following the prompts on the app and I remained focused. I could feel myself getting to a point when I was going to have to dig my heels in and push through. I began to feel a little uneasy, it was harder to breathe and all of a sudden I felt transported back in time. I saw myself standing in front of a mirror and not liking the reflection. I had flashbacks of opening presents that contained fitness videos and meal replacement shakes. I was being asked to say “moo” rather than “cheese” while having my photo taken. My self-assurance was being depleted with each step. I wanted to slump off the machine and just call it a day. I was in the midst of a PTSD flashback.
During this time I was brought back to the last time I was working this hard and it was just before my divorce. I had participated in an infomercial. My goal was to get skinny for my husband, feel better for my family and improve my overall health. I accomplished more in a 12 week span that I ever thought I would. I ran, I hiked, I swam, I exercised through injuries and I succeeded. I was at the top of my game! I was fit, I felt powerful, and for the first time in my life I had confidence. Fast forward two weeks…my life is forever changed, my self-esteem tossed out the window, my confidence buried under a very heavy rock.
Mind you I’m re-living all of these memories and emotions in just a ten minute span. Alternating walking with running, trying not to cry and wondering where do I go from here? At this point is when I looked down and saw my purple shoes in motion, I knew I had to change my focus and I thought to myself, why in the world did I buy purple shoes?
I pumped up the music and decided to finish what I had started. Watching my purple shoes I felt excitement in knowing what I will feel like when I reach my end goal. I was reminded how I felt after I hiked the mountain. I needed to channel the feelings I had in that moment standing at the top looking down at where I had come from and realizing what that accomplishment meant to me. It’s a place I had been before, except this time I have a different motive, ME! I can only imagine how I will feel when I celebrate this triumph knowing that I am its end result.
During this process I will bring my red and blue together and I will delight in creating the purple within me. I will allow myself to be encouraged, spiritually nourished, motivated and fully engulfed by my new signature color! I will be PURPLE BRAVE!
Do you have a similar story of pushing yourself and wading through the mud on your journey? Please share.