Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Trust Your Children in God’s Hands March 31, 2012

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When our oldest daughter was getting ready for college, all of a sudden, she informed us she was changing her plans midway through her senior year in high school. All her life, she talked of going to art school. Now, she was feeling led to major in ministry.It was actually quite a shock to us because this was a total change in her plans. Her feeling was quite strong as to what school God was leading her toward and the way everything fell into place, it was obvious that she was right. Four years later, she is ready to graduate with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Ministry. She’s not really sure what she will do for a living, but we feel confident that God led her into this career choice, so he will provide for her in his time.

Now, it’s time to put our youngest daughter through college. Even though she was adamant that she would not go to the same university, it is once again obvious that God wants her there. So, after exploring several other schools, she has decided on the same place. Her calling is into a different career, but knowing that she is in a place where developing her faith is important, it will play a role in her future.

How will we pay for 2 children in a private university? I’m not sure, but so far we are doing okay. God seems to be providing a way for it to happen. If you have faith in him, he will make it happen if it’s his will.

 

We Must Stand Against Bullying March 21, 2012

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As a teacher in the public school system, I am concerned about my students. During the summer, my superintendent talked to me about concerns that she had about bullying that she had heard some students discussing. She wanted us, as health educators to deal with this problem as part of our curriculum. So I set out to research this tragedy that affects the lives of many young Americans.

I was talking about this problem with a teacher from another school, and she related the story about a woman in the area who had lost her son to suicide as a result of several years of intense bullying. She didn’t know the woman’ s name, but said she had spoken to students in several neighboring schools about bullying. At this time, the idea of finding this woman and getting her to speak to our students was planted. Several months passed before I was able to learn the identity of this mother on a mission.

One Sunday, in the absence of our minister, his brother brought the message to our congregation. I don’t remember the whole sermon, but that it was about listening to God when he speaks to us. Steve related a situation in which his father had called him with news about a woman whose son had committed suicide. He urged Steve to talk to this lady. It had been several years since Steve had even seen her and he hardly felt like he would be able to say anything to her that would make a difference. Her son was a victim of bullying and that led to his feeling so desperate that he took his own life. After the service I knew that I had to talk to Steve and find out who this person was. I asked Steve if this was the original topic he was planning to preach on and he said that he had changed topics on Friday because it just wasn’t coming together. I knew this was a story that God wanted me to hear. I could finally find the woman I’d been looking for.

I called and spoke to Sharon in February and by the middle of March she was in my classroom addressing my eighth grade students. I wasn’t sure how the day would go and was a bit nervous about how my students would receive her message. I was very pleased when their response was very receptive, compassionate, and positive. My hope is that students will stand up for others when they see bullying so that much of it will be eliminated. Students have to take a stand because they see things that happen when teachers can’t. Parents must do their part by teaching their children to respect the rights of others. Teachers have to address it when they see bully behavior. We all have to work together to put an end to the vicious attacks on our children whether they are physical or verbal. We are all children of God and as such, we should learn to follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you wish to be treated!

 

The Test of Faith in a Den of Lions March 16, 2012

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. Let’s take a closer look at this event that is found in Daniel 6.

During the reign of King Darius, there were administrators that the King appointed to rule over different areas. They were jealous of Daniel because the King planned to put Daniel in charge over all of them. They talked the King into making a rule that all people were to pray only to the king for the next 30 days. Once King Darius signed the decree it could not be revoked.

Now the administrators knew that Daniel prayed to his God 3 times a day. They sat out to catch Daniel breaking this decree and when they reported it to the king, he had no choice but to enforce it. The punishment was to be thrown into a den of lions. King Darius liked Daniel and knew that he had faith in his God. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

King Darius was so troubled by the whole incident that he wasn’t able to sleep that night. The lion’s den had been sealed by a large boulder so that Daniel could not escape. We don’t really know much about Daniel’s reaction, judging from King Darius, he knew that Daniel had a lot of faith. I’d say that King Darius held out hope that God would come through and protect Daniel. Through this failed attempt to destroy Daniel, the administrators only brought about their own demise. The king had them and their wives and children thrown into the lion’s den! To see that Daniel was protected by God and that the others were destroyed had to prove to the people that Daniel’s God was powerful.

Could you trust in God to protect you from such a dangerous foe? Many of us don’t think to ask God for the protection that we need in our day-to-day lives. But God loves us and we must remember that he wants us to call on him. He wants to be there for us! May we all have the faith of Daniel when we must face the “lions” in our lives!

 

Noah Built the Ark by Faith March 10, 2012

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When God told Noah to build an ark because there was going to be a flood to destroy the earth, Noah must have been puzzled. It had never rained before! What a fool Noah would look like building this huge boat and filling it with animals. It took a long period of time to build the ark. Can you imagine the jokes people must have made about Noah? I’m sure he must have been ridiculed by unbelievers. But Noah never wavered in his faith to complete the mission God had given him. I hope that I can always feel so confident about my faith in God. And that I listen well enough to hear the task he gives to me.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

You see, even though we don’t see God, He is still here with us. The only way we can get to heaven is by having this faith in him. That is why it’s important for us to pray and read his word. Through these things we can come to understand what he expects of us and we strengthen our personal relationship with him.

 

Accomplished by Faith… March 9, 2012

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“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2

I’ve been studying Hebrews the last couple of days and Chapter 11 really caught my attention. Part of the reason is because my blog is called “Stepping Out in Faith”. The other reason is because I was thinking about the those who were mentioned by the writer of Hebrews. We don’t really know who is the author of the book of Hebrews, but seems to be explaining the Old Testament to Christians. Today, I want to take a closer look at faith and how it can fit into our lives today.

Christians believe that God created the universe by commanding it into being. He created it out of no visible means. Is this something we saw happen? No. Did a relative see it happen? No. Then why do we believe it? To the unbeliever this must seem like a magical trick. But this is not magic. It is real! Faith is believing in something that you can’t necessarily see. Knowing that God is always with us and will never leave us; that he is preparing a place for us; and that Jesus is the only path to eternal life are all things that we believe because we have faith in God. I don’t need to know about theories of creation because I have faith that God created it because the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that’s good enough for me!

In my next post we’ll take a look at some of the Old Testament faithful.

 

 

Comfort in The Bad Times March 4, 2012

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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV

With all the destruction and devestation of this past weekend, my prayers go out to those who lost loved ones or their homes. In times like this it’s easy to ask, “Why does God let things like this happen?” Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to bring out the best in people. It’s hard for us to even come close to understanding God’s plan. The loss of the families that are suffering is real. I can’t begin to feel what they are feeling in their sadness. I do know that God will be there for them to help them through these tough times if they will ask for his comfort. Some tend to blame God, but that’s not the answer.

If you know someone who has suffered during the tornadoes in the midwest or any other time similar to this, don’t forget to give them your love, support, and encouragement. It’s important that we turn toward God, not away from him in our sorrow. No one loves us more than our Father. Pray to Him for comfort and you will receive it.

 

 
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