Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Family, and Friends

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Here is my next installment in my Blogging A to Z series for 2019.  “F” is for family and faith.  Family plays an important role in my life.  My husband and children bring untold blessings, laughter and more to my life.  They provide a lot of joy and distractions in my life.  They instigate a lot of mischief and more in our home.  Truly, they bring so much excitement and intensity to our lives.

Here are some of my favorite Scriptures about Faith.  This first verse from Hebrews is one my husband frequently uses when he is preaching.  Through the years, it has become one of my favorite verses.

Hebrews 11_1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

This verse from Romans reminds us that faith rather than the law is what gives us our salvation.

Romans 3_28 (KJV) -

Another verse is found in Romans.  Truly, peace is something worth desiring and striving to obtain.

Romans 10_ 17 (KJV) - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ_

Here is another verse from Romans my husband frequently uses when preaching.  I love the words of this passage.

Romans 10_17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Finally, this verse from Ephesians is another of my favorite passages, because my husband has frequently used it in his sermons.  This passage reminds us that our salvation is a gift from God rather than something we can earn by any good works we might do.

Ephesians 2_8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves_ it is the gift of God_

So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “F”.  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read my other posts from this series, click here.

 

 

 

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#31DaystoWrite – Scriptues of Faith Day 22 – Romans 5:1

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Today is day 22 of the #31DaystoWrite challenge along with day 21 of NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  I have really been enjoying writing my series – #ScripturesofFaith.  Today I am choosing to write about Romans 5:1.  This verse is another one that I have heard my husband speak about at times.  Being justified by our faith, we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Having faith brings peace through the knowledge and certainty of our salvation.  Sometimes faith comes easy and other times faith takes a tremendous amount of work.  There are times keeping the faith becomes more difficult. So often people tell others, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But those words can be hard to hear and often fall flat rather than providing comfort.  When things are going well, it is much easier to believe in a loving God.  But in times of hurt or times of difficulty it can be more challenging.

Faith takes effort.  Believing that Jesus loves us and died for our sins can be a little easier.  But when difficulty, challenges or frightening times arise, knowing and believing become two different things.  In those times, we must draw closer to God and draw strength from His Word and from fellow believers.  But these believers need to truly demonstrate the love of and faith in Christ rather than just throwing around empty platitudes or saying words with no genuine actions.

When Dennis wound up in the hospital with his gall bladder attack, peace escaped me at times.  Finding comfort when sitting alone in a hospital room with a spouse who is hurting and unable to be truly helped makes peace fleeting.  At other times, when a fellow believer simply walks into the room because he or she heard you were there provides tremendous comfort and peace.  A hug and a prayer or other demonstration of love bathes the room in peace.  Hearing a doctor inform a patient and his spouse to “google” a condition does not provide peace.  Reading on “Google” can completely destroy an individual’s peace.  Driving home from the hospital alone without your spouse and not being sure of when he or she is coming home makes for a stressful time.  Bringing your spouse home does wonders to bring peace and tranquility to a person’s soul.  Knowing fellow believers are praying about your situation overwhelms a person with peace and faith.

A quiet word, even a word read on a computer screen, from a family member, friend or fellow believer provides so much comfort, peace and faith.  It ensures someone believes in the God that created the universe.

Romans 51So I will be praying for faith today.  How can I pray for you?  And, what is going on in your part of the word?  I would love to hear from you.

#31DaystoWrite – Scriptures of Faith Day 10 – Romans 10:17

12053173_10205096985840004_1576198073_nSo today is day 10 of my Scriptures of Faith challenge.  Today I want to write about Romans 10:17.

Romans1017picmonkeyMy husband is a Primitive Baptist preacher and has been for over 23 years.  So I have heard almost every sermon he has spoken.  There have bee a few I have missed due to sick children or other circumstances, but those have been rare.  He has a few verses that are what I refer to as his “go-to” verses – meaning he goes to them frequently and they underscore the message he generally wants to state.   This is one of those verses.  We can only gain faith by hearing and that hearing has to be from the Word of God.  It is not enough to just listen to someone speak, we have to hear the actual and unchanged word of God.  For we know that God was the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  He does not change.  We never have to doubt what He expects of us – His children.  Nor do we have to doubt what is necessary for us to be saved.  Instead, we can “hear” or “read’ the Word of God and it will increase our faith.  The more we read about God, the more we know about God and who He is.

At our previous duty station, we attended a church where the pastor every January would encourage his flock to read along with him through the Bible in the year.  So while there, I did this for the very first time.  I was so blessed by the experience that I try to read through the Bible every year now.

What do you do to “increase” your faith?  I would love to hear from you.