Faith is for living life out of the shadows in the vibrancy of God.
Faith is real life for whole living in every moment. It is God’s life, his zao, that brings joy and true life. From faith to faith, we are learning that the word live means to enjoy real life, to know the vitality of God in our soul, to be active, powerful, and efficient, blessed eternally, to know true life and worth.
Like an umbrella shields us from the rain, faith covers us from the questions and fears that flood our souls. When storm clouds gather, rain can sprinkle in a mist or pelt in torrent and an umbrella is only as good as the using of it in the moment. Raise the umbrella of faith over the banter of doubt that echoes in your ears and tugs at your insides. Rest in this moment standing under the power of one holy choice to trust God, to hang onto hope.
Grace is like oxygen; we simply must have it in order to breathe and survive the crazy days on this planet. Like air that fills our lungs and fuels the cells of our bodies, we are often unaware that we are constantly breathing grace. As we begin this new year, how many ways is grace expressed in your life?
We search and inspect, looking for every flaw. We measure and count, grading and comparing that which is precious before GodAs if we are the judge and the jury. Truly, we are often kinder to others than to ourselves. What if I learn to let go of the standards I have defined for myself?
Belong has a space all its own in the real-estate of our hearts, one that is often sanded down with the grit of experiences of wanting to fit in, to be accepted as we are. What if we learn to bless others rather than seek to belong?