Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Now Why This Faith


For the few months, our church has been going through the book of Hebrews and we just began diving into the Faith chapter of Hebrews 11. 
Faith. \fāth\ the assurance of things for. the conviction of things not seen. 
It is not a blind leap. or wishful thinking. It is not determined by circumstances. or measured by size. 
It is something more than all this. It is an assurance based on who God is and what He's done through His Son. It is concrete based on a true hope. Not wishful thinking hope, but a living hope. 
Jesus is the centerpiece of which our faith is based on. He is the reason we can trust. 
You can have enough faith to go through trials. to doubt. to really struggle. but still trust. even in the midst of it all. Not because you have a large enough faith, but because you have faith in who Christ is. In what He's done. And in the faithfulness of His promises.

As we have been going through Hebrews 11, I have been deeply encouraged, and strengthened in my faith. I am reminded that God is one who is worthy of all my trust. That following Him and His leading is the only thing I need. That by living for Him, I will find my greatest joy. That because of what He's done for me I know with full assurance, He is faithful. 

This faith is why my heart has been so at peace as we have been preparing for India. In my past, I would be the worrier when it came to funds. I would obsessively punch out numbers, plan and replan, and freak out, and then start the process all over again. I didn't have faith in God in this area of my life. I didn't trust Him and I thought I could do better. I couldn't. And I didn't. I struggled. and I fought. And still freaked out. But God was teaching me to trust Him. To surrender. To give every area of my life to him.

Fast forward to applying to my first missions trip after college. I punched in numbers. I had a plan. I had a goal I was striving for. My plan: waiting 6 months to raise money to go on this missions trip to India. God's plan: Go now. I applied in May (2 weeks after I graduated), was accepted in June, and didn't start fundraising until July. I had only 2 months to raise over $5000 in funds to go to India. I don't remember remember if there were little freak out moments here or there, but I do remember God saying, "Just trust me. Have faith in me". That gave me peace.

And God. God was faithful

And now. Caleb and I are very much in the same timeline as I was just 2 years prior. We applied to Rahab's Rope in February, worrying that it would put a strain financially in our marriage, but just seeing where the Lord would take us. We were accepted in March, and were so excited and unsure and overwhelmed about going, but really feeling this is where the Lord is leading us. And have, now, less than 4 months to raise $10,000 to go back to India to work with this amazing ministry and invest in the amazing people of Goa. But I have full faith that He will provide because I have no doubt in my mind that this is where He's calling us and all of this is His doing. Really, it is! Because this was no where in our plan when we first got married, let alone January 30th when we were just talking about applying. 

God reminds me seek first His Kingdom. He's got the rest covered.
My only job is to follow Him. To obey Him. To love Him and to have faith. In who He is.    
I am ecstatic to share that God has indeed been faithful. We are now 20% supported for our trip to India. Our first goal is to be 25% supported by the beginning of next month. Would you consider supporting us? Check it out on our support tab or go to our YouCare site here

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