If you missed my announcement yesterday, I will be posting on my blog every day in October about the three things I love most…Farmhouse Decor, Family, and Faith.
And since today is Sunday, it’s the perfect time to start with a FAITH post.
But when I started thinking about what to write, the only thing that kept coming to mind was FAITH IS HARD.
There’s no getting around it.
Here is the definition…
“A firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof.” It’s hard to believe in something for which there may be no “tangible proof,” right? Especially in this world we live in now…where everything has to be proven, shown, or scientifically solved. Faith in Jesus Christ just doesn’t make sense sometimes. We’ve never met him. We’ve never seen him. He lived a long, long time ago. Some of the stuff we read about him is kind of hard to believe, because, well, they are miracles, and we don’t really see many miracles (*added: like the ones in the bible) these days.
Do you say these things in your head sometimes too?
That is why FAITH is so important. It takes courage to have faith. Having faith in Jesus sometimes goes against what our head is telling us and choosing to trust our heart instead.
I remember when I had just graduated college and was living on my own in my first apartment. I had grown up in church and fell in love with Jesus at an early age. But Jesus was easier when I was little. He was easier to believe. My life was sweet and protected by my precious parents. I had not experienced many troubles or struggles that would have tested my faith. But as I got older, it was harder to have faith. It was harder to believe. So I sat in my apartment by myself and cried out to God, “I don’t know if I even believe any more. I don’t feel you. I feel so far away from you. I thought I once knew you, but now I am struggling. I feel lost. Where are you?”
And then I realized two things: God is who he says he is, or he isn’t.
Which was I going to believe? My head was struggling to believe, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that God was who he said he was.
I knew that part of the reason for my doubts was because of my lack of time in prayer, in reading my bible, and well, in walking in FAITH.
So I prayed, “God, in the midst of my doubt and confusion, I am going to walk forward. I am going to do everything in my power to find you. I commit to praying and reading my bible even when I don’t feel like it, even when I am doubting. I will seek you even when I am not sure of what I am seeking, and I pray you meet me there. If you are real, meet me there.”
Over the next few months, I CHOSE to believe even when I felt like doubting. When I read God’s word, I chose to BELIEVE it. When I prayed, I CHOSE to believe that God was listening. And I was hoping that those choices to believe would start to awaken my dead heart.
And guess what, y’all? IT DID.
God met me there. God showed up. Although he had never gone anywhere in the first place!
I was the one that had gone a different direction. And God in His goodness welcomed me home with open arms.
Now, I am not saying that “doing things” like reading your bible and praying and attending church is going to make God love you more. I’m not saying that “works” is what earns us a relationship with God, but I am saying that our actions can either draw us closer or farther from God. It’s just like a dating or marriage relationship. Can you imagine growing closer to your husband if you never spent time with him, never talked to him, never tried to get to know him better. That is a marriage that is destined to fail.
But for some reason, we as believers think we can have a relationship with God without ever talking to him or spending time with him. Y’all, that will never work.
God speaks to us through His Word, the bible.
He shapes, heals, lightens, and transforms our hearts when we spend time with him in prayer. And over the years, I have learned that prayer is more about God changing my heart that actually answering my prayers! I used to only think that we prayed to God when we needed him, to ask him to help us (which we can always definitely do!) But as I have gotten older, I’ve realized that prayer is more about God doing a work in my heart. When I go to him in prayer, he gives me peace, he puts my problems in perspective, and he reveals to me changes I need to make in my own life. PRAYER IS SO IMPORTANT.
Do you what to experience “LIFE THAT IS TRULY LIFE?” Are you sick of the fake stuff? Are you sick of life without purpose?
I’ve been there. Many times. And I’m sure I’ll be there again someday.
That is when FAITH becomes so important. Faith that Jesus is who He says He is. Complete trust.
There is so much JOY there, y’all. And I want that JOY for me, for you, for my children, for everyone!
It all starts with FAITH.
Please know that I am praying for all of you. God knows you by name and He loves you so much!
Will you please email me if have a specific prayer? Will you please email me if you do not know Jesus or have a relationship with Him, but want to? I would be so honored.
Email me at email@example.com.
And thank you for letting me share my heart with you today. I’ll be honest that sometimes I’m a little nervous about sharing my faith online. I don’t feel adequate, and I always worry about saying the wrong thing. But I am trusting God to send the message today to who he wants to hear it. I pray that He speaks through my simple words.
If you want help with how to start a routine of spending time with God, I made a couple of videos last year of how I spend time in God’s word and in prayer. You can check them out below.
Thanks and GOD BLESS YOU, sweet friends!