February has flown in from out of nowhere! Although this is the month of love, the next quality to work on in my Journey To Excellence is FAITH!
I struggle with faith. Not in the fact that I put my faith in God because of all that He is or that I'm unsure of His salvation, but my struggle lies in exercising and growing my faith.
My temperament and personality are mild, easy going and peaceable. I don't rock the boat, try not to cause trouble, hate conflict and like to glide easily through life. I like 'comfortable faith'! Secure faith that I can wrap my mind around.
But, faith is like a muscle. It must be exercised, tested, tried. Comfortable faith is dull and lifeless while excellent faith is vibrant, exciting, strong and secure.
Through the last few months, my faith has grown. Through some trials, tribulations and battles, my faith was exercised because these things reminded me of my weakness. When my resources are exhausted, when I can't change the situation, when the solution is out of my hand - I know where to go - to my Heavenly Father. He has given us His Word, His promises, His hope, peace, strength and joy and as Abraham was strengthened in faith by "being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.", this month, I want to grow in and share about that faith that is found in the Lord alone.
There will be more 'faith' posts this month, but for now, here are some quotes on faith:
"Faith is believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. -- Saint Augustine
For with God nothing shall be impossible. -- Luke 1:37
Faith leads us beyond ourselves. It leads us directly to God
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.
Faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner force that gives them the strength to face those storms and their consequences with serenity of spirit.
Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.