20 In Faith

Walking by Faith

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I have been told that I am a woman of great faith.  I believe this is a true statement, most of the time.  I know where to go to find just the right scriptures to encourage my heart and the hearts of others during times of need.  Yet, there are times when even though the scriptures are being quoted and I am standing firm on His promises, that I sense a little tinge of doubt, or fear.  And that’s when I have to call on Jesus to increase my faith.

I have been on a journey of walking by faith over the last year.  But along the way I’ve questioned whether I have really and truly been putting my faith in God and trusting Him.

 

What does it mean to walk by faith?  Faith is defined as the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.  I love what the Bible has to say about faith:

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.  (Hebrews 11:1)

It’s hard sometimes to look beyond this world of what we can see, and put our trust and belief in something that we have yet to lay hold of.  But that is faith.  That is were we come to a place of complete dependance and trust in the One who promises to bring us through to the other side.

This week, Bonnie the Faith Barista asks this question:

How is God currently calling you to walk by faith?

When my husband lost his job in 2009, it pretty much turned our world upside down.  We hit rock bottom financially as we struggled to keep up with our debt and to provide for our family.  I had faith then that God would provide, and He did.  And He continues to do so (my husband is still unemployed).  But in all honesty, there are days where my faith is weak and I fall out of a place of trust and began to worry about our situation.  It can be especially hard during the holidays.  I am a giver by nature.  I want to be able to give to others.  I’ve caught myself questioning where God is in all of this at times.  But in those moments, when I take my eyes off of Jesus and all I can see is the storm, there is no peace and hope is no where to be found.  Because my eyes have drifted away from the place of faith, I am unable to see that He’s been here all along, holding our hands and walking beside us on this journey.

Faith is not the result of striving. It is the product of surrender. ~Bill Johnson

When we had to surrender our home to short sale last year in order to avoid foreclosure, I thought I would die.  We had 14 years of memories built up in our very first home and it was all gone.  We had such great faith that God would make a way.  Yet things did not go the way we had hoped.  Even though we were brokenhearted, in faith we surrendered it back to the Lord.

With faith there is no struggle. ~Kathryn Kuhlman

Things have not been easy for our family financially, but God never ceases to amaze me.  He continues to provide for our every need.  Every month we have to continue to let go and let God.  Are there things that we desire to have, let alone need?  Yes.  But we are learning to be content with what we have, without complaining and desiring more.  We do not want to struggle between the world of the seen and the unseen.  We know and understand that all of Heaven’s resources are available to us.  So we wait, full of trust and hope, clinging to the One who sees the end from the beginning.  We have faith that He will bring us through.

How is God currently calling you to walk by faith?  Will you join me over at the Faith Barista Jam?   Or, simply leave a comment below.

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20 Comments

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    Cyndispivey
    November 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Boy sometimes living by faith is just hard but I’m so thankful that He continues to be faithful. Thanks for sharing your heart friend.
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

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      Barbie
      November 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you Cyndi!  I have seen His faithfulness so much over the last year.

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    Alene Snodgrass
    November 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Just beautiful! We too struggled through circumstances with no money. It was then that I learned that God truly as He promises Jehovah Jirah – the God who provides! So thankful we have faith. Some days I hang on to that mustard seed of faith because that’s all I can muster. 🙂 BTW – thanks for the follow.

    http://positivelyalene.blogspot.com

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      Barbie
      November 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      I forget sometimes that all it takes is that smallest of faith!  He is able to move mountains! 

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    Lisa
    November 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I walk by faith, then I get confident in myself, then I stumble, then I remember that I don’t have to do it in my strength, but His – and I walk by faith again.  When I have my eyes fixed on Jesus, there is peace and joy.  Thanks for the encouragement to keep my eyes locked with His. 

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      Barbie
      November 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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    Anonymous
    November 11, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Barbie, I can’t imagine how scary it must be financially sometimes.  We only have one little mouth to feed and cloth. 

    I have no doubt that God will continue to meet your needs according to His riches in glory.  We may not always have our “wants” met, but our needs … He always makes a way.

    Love & blessings,
    Beth

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      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Thanks for your prayers my friend!

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    Chelsey Hall
    November 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Oh Barbie, yes.. I can relate. Walking by faith is tough and sometimes we walk so blind that we begin to doubt. Faith like a mustard seed, faith to move a mountain… this is my hearts cry!! 

    Thanks for linking up and joining in the Koinonia community. Love you friend!

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      Barbie
      November 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

      The faith walk is definately a growth experience!

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    Cpr Ezra 8 23
    November 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Barbie,
    I love your walk, it is very God centered and humbling. I love how God is providing for you and your family. The ministry God has given you is reaching lots, I am gaining so much from your experiences that you revel on this blog. Thank you for being obedient to Him, you are very precious to me. 🙂
    My faith walk has a lot to do with stepping out in obedience to spiritual warfare. :s Not something that I wish to be in but God has put me here and all I can do is rely on Him to guide and provide. Sometimes I just feel like I am walking with nothing under me, then He shows up and opens my eyes and I see there is solid ground under me. Praise Jesus!! He really is Amazing! 🙂

    Blessings,
    <

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      Barbie
      November 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!  You my friend have a gift of intercession and I love your heart for others.  Yes, He will keep you on solid ground!

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    Barbie
    November 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Rosann, thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your story with me.  It really encourages my heart to know that I am not alone in this season.

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    Lisa notes
    November 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I think we all have doubts that surface now and again. But they can help us see our weak spots. I appreciate you sharing so openly here. I can’t imagine how difficult all this must have been. 🙁 Your faith encourages me.

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      Barbie
      November 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you Lisa.  I am realizing there are so many who have either walked this road or are currently walking it.  Hopefully the Lord will use me and my blog to continue to encourage!

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    Rosann
    November 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Barbie, I love this.  This story is my story.  Husband unemployed 3 yrs.  Left CA after choosing to short sell our home (my first) so we could make ends meet.  Pursuing self-employment.  Blogging to encourage others.  Having many moments where my faith has wavered and I’ve wondered, how much longer do we have to wait?  How much more power does this storm have?  Shouldn’t it be nearing the end?  And then God reminds me that He has carried us this far and blessed us abundantly.  Why on earth would I think He doesn’t have the financial piece in His precious hands?  All in God’s perfect timing. 

    Blessings my friend,
    Rosann

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    Kmelissasmallwood
    November 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    It is hard to rely on God when things don’t make sense.  I am glad that you are able to see God working even in a difficult situation.

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      Barbie
      November 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you for visiting today!

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    Jennifer
    November 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Barbie, my family also lost our house and any financial security when my dad lost his job. It’s hard, but walking by Faith has been worth every minute. Oh so worth it! Thanks,  Barbie!

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      Barbie
      November 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you for sharing Jennifer.  It encourages my heart to know that I am not alone!  Bless you my friend!

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