Thursday, June 11, 2009

Faith is...

I recently read a number of quotes on faith. Some were similar to these quotes:

Faith is when you close your eyes and open your heart.

Walking by faith means putting one foot in front of the other – with both eyes on God.

And others, were like this one:

Faith is not believing that God can, It is knowing that God will.


I completely disagree with this quote. To me faith is believing that God is able. God is all powerful. God can....if He so chooses.

Faith is not knowing that God will because sometimes God doesn't.

He doesn't heal that child.

He doesn't restore that marriage.

He doesn't allow you to conceive.

He doesn't get you the job you wanted.

He doesn't bring you the love of your life.

He doesn't provide the money to pay the bills.

He doesn't bring your waiting to an end.

He just doesn't.

But He could.

If He chooses to.

The best definition of faith is found in Hebrews: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

We don't see faith. But faith gives us Hope that there is a God who is able. In fact, He is more than able.

And I think believing that we serve a living God who is able is what faith is all about.

4 comments:

Amber said...

so very true! Thanks for sharing

G & H said...

amazing post! I thnk I say that on all your posts but still :)


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Heather

Maria Therese said...

Thank you so much for this!

Prayers please?

I am trying so hard to try to accept God's will,trust in God, and have faith. I asked God if it's not His will for us to have children then please take away this desire in my heart. Well, the desire is still in my heart!

I feel like I have a huge mountain in front of me and it can't be moved (the mountain of infertility and endometriosis stage four). Ed and I bought the clear blue fertility monitor and we are doing the Creighton/NFP method. We have been charting and ttc (trying to conceive now)for almost two years (our anniversary is June 16th). It's funny. I know the time of the month when I'm fertile and we take advantage of those times. But still nothing happens.

Sometimes I feel like just throwing the chart, the monitor, and everything out the window and just giving up. Maybe God wants us to adopt, but right now due to $$$ issues we can't afford to do that either.

I've been praying the rosary along with a tape and it's definitely helping me with this struggle. I asked God and the Blessed Mother to please help me be able to accept not being able to have children, but I can't pray that usually without bursting into tears. It's so painful. I am not sure what God's will is for me or what He wants me to do. I will continue praying the rosary and trying to trust more. I'm trying. I'm really trying!!

It's also frustrating because I just had a second surgery with a very good surgeon who is an expert on endometriosis on April 1st and I'm already experiencing some signs/symptons that the endometriosis is returning. I've been trying so hard to eat right, not drink Pepsi, not eat bad foods, and managed to lose 30 + pounds, but still I can't seem to get pregnant and now I think the endometriosis is returning no matter what I do.

Maybe again the solution is offering up these sufferings for the conversion of sinners? I don't know.

Thinking of you and praying for you!

P.S. Could you PLEASE pray for me? My doctor's office is concerned about my liver. They say my enzymes are high. I am going to be re-tested for the third time next Friday June 19th! They say if this test comes out high also they will send me to see a liver specialist!

Sorry to bother you, but I wanted you to know I'm praying for you every day AND ask for your prayers too!

May God Bless you.

Love,
Maria

Becky said...

I completely agree, it is believing that God is able. Often that is was makes it difficult to accept when He doesn't. I think I have finally learned to trust that when He doesn't, He has another plan, one far better than my own. Stories like yours help me to know that. Also, I have gotten behind on reading blogs so I didn't comment on your recent post - 2/3 down, 1/3 to go. I am so glad to hear that this pregnancy is going so well for you and I am glad you posted a belly shot. I continue to pray for your pregnancy.

To Maria Therese, I am praying for you.