Faith In Action

Faith In Action

Faith In Action

It’s one thing to say you believe something; it’s another actually to do something about it. Faith in action is stepping out onto a road no one else sees. I think it’s almost easy to act when the things I know or want are right in front of me. But, when the result I’m reaching for is hidden, I find it much more difficult to act. My faith is always a work in progress. Usually, it starts with a nudge, then a whisper, and then a call. If I’m a good listener, I get started the moment I figure out the move. That’s if I’m a good listener. When I am nervous about stepping out on faith, it sometimes takes a whole lot of commotion before I realized I’d better jump.

Good Listener

Hidden In My Heart

I have hidden thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee. I have no recollection of when I memorized this verse. In fact, most of the verses I’ve memorized I have little to no recollection of when I memorized them. That “when” doesn’t matter, though. It’s the now that matters. Because now, when I am struggling with which direction God is leading me, verses pop into my head. Most importantly, when I am struggling with my faith or fear, words of comfort burst into my conscious level and show me the way to go.

Hidden in my heart

What’s The Point?

So why did I say all this? Actually, it’s because of today’s verses. I don’t remember when I learned them, but I do remember when my son did. He was four, at Vacation Bible School. We taught the children the verses in a song. I’ll never forget it because I’d told my boy not to do something. I have no clue what it was now, but it was something I’d told him many times, and it was a big deal to me. Well, he did whatever it was. It probably accompanied a large crash because my memory starts with me leaping up from where I was in the living room and making enormous, angry strides toward the kids’ bedroom. He was walking toward me down the hall with a look of terror on his face. I’m pretty sure you can imagine what mine looked like. He stopped stock-still and started singing, “Love is patient, love is kind…”


The Sword Of The Spirit

I get why the bible is called the sword of the spirit because, at that moment, it cut me up. I couldn’t take a step further. The word sliced through my anger and made me roar with laughter instead. I don’t remember what happened afterward. But the lesson I learned that day is branded into my psyche. The word of the Lord is a powerful help in times of trouble.

Laughter is the best medicine

40-Day Challenge: Day 26 Reading

Luke 24

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

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