faith

lessons from the climbing wall

 Lately my kids & I have been trying some exercise at a climbing wall.  We go & put on the harness, the elf-y looking shoes & I’ve even thought of trying some of the chalk stuff. We’ve learned how to strap into the safety rope & we’re enjoying trying to scale different walls. Frankly, I don’t think I’m any good at this sport – my upper body strength is super sad, among many other challenges.  But its fun to laugh at myself & try to get better than the last time.

I recently had an interesting chat with the supervisor for the climbing wall.  We were talking about listening to God & following His voice.  The supervisor guy is really nice & has a great heart.  I’m amazed listening to him and hearing how God is directing his steps.  Here’s a few take aways from our conversation:  following God requires faith, my friend sometimes has a hard time trusting that he’s hearing God.  A second take away is that following God isn’t always about the long-term destination.  It seems to me that following God is often more about the one step at a time rather than the 5-10 year strategic plan, complete with SWOT analysis [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats].  Like learning about the climbing wall, I have to have confidence / faith in God and take one step / hold at a time 🙂

These truths will help us to climb higher in God.

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faith fuel

 Honestly, I’ve been thinking about this blog for a few days because I’m wanting to encourage you & your faith in God.  I think we all need encouragement to our faith at various times.  For example, today I was running some errands & talking with God about some struggles that I’m wrestling with & I was just expressing some honest discouragement to Him.  You, as well, might be able to find an area in your life that has some discouragement – maybe even more than 1 ,)

Anyways, I felt like God encouraged me that walking with and obeying Him require faith.  In my “better moments”, my faith is solid & I’m confident in God.  But I don’t always have, “better moments.”  So for those “non-better moments”, here are a few verses to consider praying each day for the next month to strengthen your faith & fuel those “better moments”:

  • 2 Chron 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
  • Matt 19:26  And looking at them Jesus said to them, ” With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
  • 2 Cor 3:5-6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as  servants of a new covenant,
  • 2 Chron 20:12,  For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
  • Rom 8:28,  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose

Be encouraged my friend – God is working in you, as well as on your behalf 🙂

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lessons from snowboarding

Last weekend, i had an exciting time snowboarding.  it was really overcast & i couldn’t read the snow on the ground from the air above it, no contrast (no line on the horizon) & so i couldn’t tell what the ground was doing.  i couldn’t see if it was rising or falling, if the snow was bunched up or iced out.  initially, it was pretty scarey to ride this, not being able to really see where you’re going very well, or determine what the snow’s like.  but i discovered a trick – if i didn’t use my eyes as much, i could focus on how my board felt, how the snow felt under the board & how the board & i worked together.  so i’m trying to learn how to ride without my eyes as much & more by feel. 

This goes along w what Paul says in 2Cor 5:7 – we walk by faith & not sight.  if we let our eyes tell us where we’re going, then the world is in a sad state of affairs.  i like what Bono says: vision over visibility.

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some thoughts on faith

What a total honor to share with my church family – can I just say that we have some of the coolest people in the world at our church?  Its rewarding to serve Jesus with them!  So on Sun, we talked about faith & I thought I’d share a few things you might want to consider in relation to faith:

Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.                        Blaise Pascal

 

Rom 5:1,  “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  NKJV

 

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.  ~Ramona C. Carroll

 

Rom 4:19-21,  “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.    NKJV

 

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.  ~Blaise Pascal

Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.  ~Carter Lindberg

 

Rom 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.         NKJV

 

Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.  Unk author

 

Heb 4:2,  “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.                     NKJV

 

Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.  ~Robert Collyer

 

James 2:16-18,  “If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”  Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.        NIV

 

May your faith in God grow every day!

 

 

 

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