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Sunday, May 1, 2011

all better now

my faith has been taking a beating as of late.  i feel so out of touch with everyone it seems, and i feel like everything that comes out of my mouth is all wrong.

today's scripture really hit me.

blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  by his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  in this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith - being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:3-9

i had to bite my tongue from hollering "amen brother!" during the sermon.  i feel so discouraged about the path our society is on.  did you know i can't call my children "blessings" in some places becos it is offensive?  i can't express gratitude to God becos others feel He neglects them?  this is why, more often than not, i check my faith at the door out of respect to others, although others rarely extend the courtesy of me.

maintaining faith is not easy.  i'm not perfect and i don't pretend to be.  i can tell you that when i'm having a bad day, it's becos i've ignored God at some level.  when i put Him and others ahead of myself and my wants, life goes better.  not always easier, but definitely better.

this topic comes up often with hubby and me.  one conversation was a few years ago, after i lost ani, and found out that our next door neighbors were knocked up yet again, never mind they neglected the kids they already had.  i asked hubby why did it seem like the thing we desire the most seems so far away, and people who didn't care about their circumstances got whatever they wanted, almost undeservingly.  hubby reminded me that maybe we were better equip to handle the hard things and God knew that.  perhaps the people who got things the easy way only got them becos they couldn't handle the hard stuff.  it's hard truth to swallow, but such is life.  this is the basis of faith - accepting what you have and being grateful for it.  praying for better, knowing that God has our best interests at heart.

today's service made me feel a lot better about myself.  it made me feel better about the choices i make, the things i believe in.  it reminded me to remember to respect others who don't always believe what i believe in.  but above all, keep the faith

1 comment:

  1. Your post really touched me today. I have often wondered why we have gone through things that are so trying and unfair at the time and yet others seem to have such an easy time. Now I will remember what your husband said: It is because we can handle it and they can't. It makes so much more sense now. Thanks for sharing that important lesson.


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