Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Keeping the Faith

I was musing the other day about the challenge of staying positive and keeping faith in the midst of waiting for God's plan. I thought to myself, it is so important not to give up hope in God's plan but how do we get through these trying, uncertain times?

So often I say things to myself in order to keep trudging forward...

"God has a plan."

"He will provide for us."

...How I cling to bible verses, posting them at the end of my outgoing emails or on my status messages on Facebook/gmail...

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you; plans for your welfare not for woe."

...or how I find a great quote and look to that for awhile....

"Faith in God includes faith in His timing."

I realized that throughout all of this, even if my heart wants so firmly to believe otherwise - I make myself say these words. And through their constant repetition to myself (and oftentimes to others) I believe them and so my heart does too. Then I saw this realization in written form on this woman's blog when she said,

"Make your mouth say what your heart will eventually catch up to, 'I trust even when I don’t understand.'”

That was IT. She absolutely nailed it.

...So my question is: How do you get through tough times and keep your faith? What can I learn from you?

Take time to see the tools God has given in order to draw you ever-closer to His side.

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