Courageous faith: pursuing God in hard times

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Courageous faith: pursuing God in hard times

Courageous faith: pursuing God in hard times

Courageous faith follows hope. Last year my word was HOPE. When this word was impressed on my heart I thought it was my word to give away. After all, it is what I love to do, encourage others and sprinkle rain drops of hope through that encouragement. I have since come to realize, this word was more for me and my family than it was for anyone else. The past year has been rough, to say the least. Unexpected challenges and struggles marked the days and months we have just left behind. My family and I found we had no

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Strong woman of God in the making

Strong woman of God in the making

“In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” 1 Timothy 3:11 I can not count the number of times I have looked at a woman and think “Wow! She is such a strong woman!” Isn’t it true that we sometimes think that way when a woman exhibits a strong personality? Or when she comes across as having a tough, no-nonsense attitude or is overly confident in her independence? Wanting to be a strong woman I’ve referred to myself as a strong woman in the past, probably for

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Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

My husband made a comment about the sadness on her face. I was unable to make my own observation as my view was obscured by the person to the right of her. As the morning service ended, I made my way over to my friend. A gentle tap on her shoulder drew her attention to me. As she turned, I silently agreed with my husband. Such sadness, indeed! With shoulders hunched forward, her eyes spoke what her lips did not. I saw and felt her fragility and I thought to myself, ‘she is walking through something heavy.’ I asked how

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Prayer – Pursuing intimacy with God

Prayer – Pursuing intimacy with God

Pursuing intimacy with God through prayer is not as difficult as some would want to believe. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 I have spoken to several people over the years, who view prayer as some complicated process. As if to pray is to speak a foreign language full of elaborate words and phrases. Fortunately for us, this is not the case. To describe prayer in my own words, I would say it is “direct communication and fellowship with God. A simple, yet purposeful and deliberate

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Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Courage requires fear. “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 Everyone seems to have their own opinion of what they think courage is. Too often we are led to believe that in order to have courage we must be fearless to begin with. But that’s not true! Fear is something we all share but may not readily admit. Courage is the willingness to face those fears despite being afraid. Especially when we know God is with

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Trusting God when we want to know WHY?

Trusting God when we want to know WHY?

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 I remember sitting in the tub to have my bath. The pain was overwhelming and in a moment of deep anguish I found my self beating the warm, sudsy water with my fist. My heart felt as if it was not only broken but shattered into a million pieces. A million pieces that would never be able to be

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Let’s not be anxious, not even in August!

Anxious moment here! Are you as shocked as me?! It’s August already! Exactly where has the time gone. June and July has quickly slipped into the past as the year moves full steam ahead. Looking back, the crazy high temperatures in July created heat wave warnings across many regions of our country. I saw numerous lawns, including our own, go through several different shades of brown. I’ve seen melted ice-cream dripping through tiny fingers before eager mouths could enjoy the tasty treat. And listen, my husband and I just received the water bill that shows the high price of performing

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My Daughter, Rise from the Ashes

Those of you who know me and follow my blog might have noticed I have not posted over the last 4 months. The sudden loss of loved ones and coping with several physical injuries has led my family on a difficult and challenging journey this year. I found myself in an unwelcome and spiritually dry place. One where I felt I could neither give nor receive much of anything. I felt stuck! Deeply stuck! Honesty, I am not surprised to have found myself in this place. This rut. You see, during the last few months of 2017, I felt led

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Breaking free from moments of discouragement

Breaking free from moments of discouragement

This past week I have been feeling blah! I didn’t even want to write a post. If the truth be told, I was having an encounter with discouragement. “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.” Psalm 43:5 Low energy, an unusually harsh winter season, and exhaustion from work have all fuelled this lack of motivation to do much. This funk has only proved to make me feel miserable and seems to magnify other issues to appear

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Becoming A Fearless Woman of God

Becoming A Fearless Woman of God

I felt the familiar tightening of my throat muscles as microscopic beads of sweat broke out on my upper lip. My stomach did a somersault. I couldn’t seem to catch my breath even as the sound of my speeding heart pounded in my ears. Nervously I averted my stare away from that of my friend. I thought for sure she could see in my eyes the grip of fear that had taken hold of me. What brought on this sudden flight response, you might be asking? Simply this. It was my friend’s sweet and unexpected invitation for me to come

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