Day 4.

The following quotes are the result of my random online search for “faith quotes” today. I really wanted to seek the general world view of “faith” and I’m pretty sure this gives me the picture I was looking for.

Read and then scroll down to today’s question:



Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows – 

       standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine

       any, but standing within every ray of light reveals a

       harmony of unspeakable splendors.  
                                                                        – Nathaniel Hawthorne


Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.

     It’s  simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.

                                                                   – Joni Erickson Tada


Where hope grows, miracles blossom.

                                                                             – Elna Rae


Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is 

      still dark.

                                                                             – Rabindranath Tagore


All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have

     not seen.

                                                                          – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

                                                                           – William Newton Clark 


The root of all difficulties is a lack of the sense of the 

     Presence of God.

                                                                            – Emmett Fox


Fear knocked at the door and faith answered.  No one was

        there.

                                                                             – Old English Proverb


There are only two ways to live . . . one is as though nothing is

        a miracle. . . the other is as if everything is.

                                                                                            – Albert Einstein


Faith is reacting positively to a negative situation.

                                                                                 – Dr. Robert Schuller



Do you know of other thoughts that this world has as to WHAT faith is? Please share below. I am not looking for the “Christian” answer but more so, a GENERAL world view, including Christian. As we saw day 1 of this series, Hebrews 11:1 states what would be considered the “Biblical” answer to this question… expand your horizons today to become more aware of the ideology of those surrounding you!

Faith challenge: Ask 5 people today what THEY believe “faith” really is… this could get really interesting! The goal is not to convince them otherwise but more so for your knowledge and to see where you are positioned right now. Now go for it!

beLOVED.,
Lauren!<><+

You can read more about what I’m learning this month in regards to FAITH by clicking 31 Days of Faith! You may also read the rest of the blogger’s posts who are involved in the 31 days link up by visiting the host blogger’s site The Nester!

Day 3.

 “
The Lord is trustworthy in all that He says, faithful in all that He does” – Psalms 145:13b

As a collaborative effort with The Nester, I dedicate Day 3 of this 31 Days of Faith series to the most consistent reason I clung to faith last year as I traveled through 16 different countries over the course of 11 months, on mission to love the world as God loves them:
…because I knew they were waiting for me with baited breath, on this side of the world. USA. 
This post is a very much REAL LIFE, even blurred, vision of what “coming home” looked like after this long year of testing the validity of God’s faithfulness that THIS moment, this reunion, indeed would happen. That it was not an illusion to be missed because “on mission” meant sacrificing “home” forever but a reality in the as yet unseen… to be hoped for. Do you get the simple, yet VERY practical, example of God’s faithfulness in this story? Sometimes it’s easy to think that when God calls us to something bigger than ourselves, that all of our faith acts will involve the day to day practice in accomplishing His current goal for us… a romanticised view of the term “Missionary.” However, as a normal human being (Or as normal as they come, ha!), I can attest to the fact that the most consistent choice of belief I made throughout each visited culture, was that Papa WOULD secure my return to the States as promised 11 months prior.
So Day 3 looks like faith in the form of long awaited hugs, kisses, tears of joy, and the toughness of trials faced alone, broken down in the arms of family waiting.
And there they were, waiting as promised…
(5 out of the 9 waiting on me to arrive had only been told I was coming 5 minutes before this photo was snapped! The surprise of a lifetime!)

(Wouldn’t have missed seeing this woman graduate from Nursing school for the world… literally.)

(Dated 3 months and I left for almost a year… what can I say, God was at the center and He doused us with faith!)

(She started driving while I was gone, played volleyball as a Junior, gained so much wisdom and passion… I missed my roommate so much!)
(Jodi and I were discussing the fact that I was close enough to touch and it felt a little unreal! Jaami and I schemed to make sure I hugged her neck and met my nephew, Joaquin, before they moved to Colombia! PRECIOUS BOY!)

                        

(Tori was the woman with the plan and helped me every step of the way home. She also was the photographer for all of these fun pics! I was home… and it felt so good!)
(Celebrating our one year with coats, dresses and heels, and of course prom style pictures… what?)
(Maw maw. You just never know. So thankful I didn’t have to. She was so bright eyed! Missed our family matriarch!) 

(The Clement 5… and our hero… the week of my surprise return)


(Papa blessed us both by allowing me to have returned the day before Sheldon proclaimed his life in Christ in this blessed way!) 

(So thankful for family and loved ones so dear… my niece Nila (SO TALL NOW!), Jodi’s fella’ Chris (Finally got to meet him!), Aunt Linda (Missed her humor so much!), and my bro in-law Justin (Hadn’t seen this Naval pilot in almost 2 years!) are the others in this pic, not in the ones above. I love these people.)

 

(So happy to know that all of God’s promises, like Him, are faithful)
As we press on into this month’s series about faith, I just want to always be real with you. Today, is a post about something genuine but not that shocking. Tomorrow very well could be about something that no one else knows but me. The only reason differing thoughts/stories will be posted for all to see each day, will be God’s leading to do so. In my “writer’s mind” I want beautiful, heart-wrenching stories every day about things no one saw coming but real life is more relatable, whatever that is day to day. Faith is for everyone, so is this blog. Come back for Day 4 tomorrow because you just never know what Papa will decide to let my fingers type!
beLOVED.,
Lauren!<><+
(So what can you tell me about the faith that makes you wait… the promises that are waiting for you… and the way it FEELS in the moments when faithful belief in God’s plans are fulfilled? Comment below!

Day 2.

“…The trip was uneventful and a number of hours later we were rounding Point Loma and into the calm waters of the San Diego Bay. If nothing else, the boat was brimming with Whimsy. Whimsy was the gleam in our eyes; whimsy swelled the sails; whimsy swelled our hearts. That’s the way whimsy works. It’s a renewable, infinite resource that multiplies. 

I’ve come to understand more about faith as I’ve understood more about whimsy. What whimsy means to me is a combination of the “do”: part of faith along with doing something worth doing. It’s whimsy that spreads hope like grass seed in the wind. Whimsy reminds me of the Bible, too, when it talks about stuff being like an aroma. It is not an overpowering one, just something that has the scent of God’s love, an unmistakable scent that lingers.”
Chapter 27 “The Story” in Bob Goff’s book Love Does

I’ve read Bob Goff’s book Love Does recently, actually I have like 2 chapters left… if I’m being honest here! And by reading His book, I’ve gained insight into 2 things about “faith,” ironically enough. I mean, the book is about “love” after all. 
One “light bulb” (so to speak) is that faith also does. It does. And a lot of that is in the unseeing nature of God’s plan and that’s where the second “light bulb” lies, in the unseen. To some He says, “Get to know me and then just be.” Which “being”, in itself, can be an action.” You may say, actually it’s a lack of action but for some of us (I’m guilty of this for sure), it’s actually the harder choice to make. To be or not move. That’s difficult. It’s more difficult, again personally, than jumping… or sailing off on missions of my own desire. My heart says I want to serve the Lord and when He says stay I say, “But… I could… okay.”

(What faith looked like 1 year ago: Traveling to ministry location in Kenya, Africa… aka “go”)
(What faith looked like for me today: A day of errands and Statefarm agents with my sweet mama… aka “be”)
It’s a choice or action to be. That’s just me though. You may be the complete opposite and the moving of your feet when Papa says go, is the hard choice that He often calls you to. 
We’re all so uniquely designed. Even our doubts. That’s how intricately He displays His love when weaving within the womb. 
So faith takes action, it takes a choice to follow in a direction that is only lit one step at a time.
We walk by faith and not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (Smell the sweet aroma of His word? True to this day)
As of this day, Day 2 of my October FAITH journey… Faith seems to be KNOWING God… ACTING on His call (stay…go?)… and TRUSTING despite the lack of visual given to us for the future. 
Faith is in the whimsy (ie. “An odd or fanciful notion”) and the wandering of hope within the will of the person. I love how creative our great God is. AND as much as it grates my natural man, I LOVE that He keeps us guessing when it comes to the future. Oh I know, He directs our steps and we can know where He’s taking us largely based on our identity and physical makeup but come on… we all wonder what’s next? 
Grateful am I that I can KNOW He is constant. Grateful am I that He blesses my ACTION within His will. Grateful am I that He earned my TRUST long ago by His sacrifice of love for me. 
beLOVED.,
Lauren!<><+
“Faith is ???”  Fill in the blank as a comment below!! I’d love to hear your thoughts and include some of them as a part of the series!! Ready to read day 1? Click HERE to read from my 31 days page 🙂 OR go to The Nester’s blog to read the other fine “31 Days” posts!!