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.

A Parent’s Prayer Answered July 30, 2013


What a joy to see my baby girl all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle to become one with the man of her dreams! Watching the two of them grow up over the past 6
years I’ve seen how good they are for each other. Knowing that they are so perfect for each other gives me peace. But even more imporatantly, I have seen how they have put God first in their relationship. It makes me so proud in this day and age to know how commited they are to making that pledge, because I know the God is going to bless this marriege more than we can even imagine!

Ever since she was little, I’ve been praying that God would bring a man into her life that would make a good Christian home for her and my grandchildren and this prayer has been answered in a big way! He’s great with children and as the worship director at our church at the age of 20, he’s taken on huge responsibility at such a young age and done a fabulous job! I have no doubt that he will be a loving and supportive husband and a gentle, but firm father.

My daughter has graduated from college and works with teenaged girls who suffer from eating disorders. She has such a caring and giving heart that I know the girls will benefit from the love of God that she shares with them. It’s been her dream to be able to show others how much God loves them. As a parent, it’s one of our goals to see our children succeed in the world and I know that they are definitely getting off to a great start!

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

I Love Sundays! February 19, 2012

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Why do I love Sundays? I enjoy seeing my church family on Sunday mornings and I feel so fulfilled when I walk out the door after the service. There was a time when I couldn’t drag myself out of bed on Sunday mornings, but now I really look forward to the service. Our praise band plays such uplifting music. I enjoy the traditional hymns as well and that’s why the church I attend is so perfect. We have a praise band and a pianist that plays two weeks out of the month. I have the best of both worlds! We have so many talented musicians and vocalists right here in our small town congregation. It is so cool to see the young people who are willing to share their talents with us as we all praise our Lord and Savior!

The sermons enlighten me on Biblical principles that I have studied in the past, but not quite understood. I have grown so much in my faith in the past few years. Many people who serve the congregation have  jobs outside of the church, but still are able to find the time to devote to the Lord. The people  are so friendly and giving of their time and gifts. I’m glad that I am constantly challenged to live my life to be more like Jesus. I know I’m not perfect-far from it, in fact. But I have the hope of the sacrifice that was made on my and your behalf. I hope you enjoy Sundays as much as I do!

Stepping Out in Faith,

Pam

 

Do You Believe in Miracles? February 17, 2012

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I’m amazed when I read in Mark chapter 6 about Jesus visiting his hometown. The people there didn’t believe in him. It’s like they were jealous of him and didn’t know why he was so special. After all, he was one of them, wasn’t he?

Jesus said to them, “only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” (Mark 6:4)

To think that Jesus Christ, the Lord, our Savior, came from among them! You would think they would be honored to have the Son of God to have come from their hometown. But, they lacked faith so much that wasn’t able to do miracles there except for healing a few sick people. You see, for miracles to happen, we must believe! If we have the faith of a mustard seed which is the smallest seed of all, miracles can happen! The mustard seed, you see, grows into the largest of all the garden plants. So, even the smallest amount of faith can help Jesus perform the greatest of miracles.

Many think that miracles are things of the past. They think they only happened in biblical times, but they happen every day. Some of them are small, some are huge! The small miracles could be something as simple as being delayed for a short amount of time so that we aren’t  in an accident with the drunk on the road, or we meet just the person we needed to meet that was able to offer just what we needed. The big miracles are the tumor that was there when the doctor had the tests done, but is gone when it’s time to undergo surgery. I remember when my dad was in ICU and the doctor held no hope that he would survive. He was only able to breathe with the help of a respirator and he had little brain activity. Each day when I would go to visit him, the nurse would tell me not to get my hopes us. But, God was telling me something else. I felt deep in me, that he was going to pull out of it. He was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months, but he finally walked out of the hospital on his own power. We were able to share another year and a half with Daddy. Those times are precious as it gave me some time to really talk to him about matters that we had never discussed. I consider that time I got to spend with him a miracle. The cards were stacked against him, but God sent him back to finish his purpose here on Earth. You see, it’s important to believe, so that God can work his miracles!

 

 

The Harvest is Plentiful February 14, 2012

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He told them “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send  out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2 NIV

There are many people who don’t know about the gospel of Jesus Christ. People living right in our midst. Maybe some have heard the story and rejected it, but others haven’t heard the story at all. This is what Jesus is asking of us-go out and share his story! Some are led to go to far away lands and share the love of Christ and the gift of eternal life. But those of us who choose not to travel abroad can still serve in this capacity for the kingdom of God. And we don’t even have to look far to find the harvest. We don’t have to push our views on anyone, but we can live as Jesus commanded. Others will notice the kind of people we are and when the opportunity arises we can answer questions. Maybe even invite them to visit our church. We need to let others know that we may not have all the answers and that Christians aren’t perfect. We are all striving to learn about God’s plans for us and how he wants us to live. We are all sinners looking for a savior!

Stepping Out in Faith,

Pam

 

 
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