Faith, Trust and Patience 2


Faith, Trust and Patience
 
Faith Is……
 
Faith Is……reliance on the certainty that God has a pattern for my life when everything else seems meaningless.
Faith Is……remembering I am God’s priceless treasure when I feel utterly useless.
Faith Is……depending on the fact that God is love – not on my ability to figure out "why?" in the midst of smashed hopes, and tragedy. 
 Faith Is……keeping on when I’m dog tired, discouraged, disillusioned, deserted, dusty, and dry and I’m cast on His strength alone. 
 Faith Is……realizing that I am useful to God, not in spite of my scars, but because of them. 
Faith Is……confidence that God is acting for my highest good when He answers "No" to my prayers. 
 Faith Is……accepting the truth that, in spite of the wreckage and grief I’ve caused, God has wiped the slate clean & delights in me! 
 Faith Is……recognizing that God is the Lord of time when my idea of timing doesn’t agree with His. 
 Faith Is……not a vague hope of a happy hereafter but an assurance of eternal life based on Christ’s Cross on which He took away the sin of the world. 
 Faith Is……remembering that, though my way is as dark as night to me, God can see and is guiding me unerringly. 
 Faith Is……doing the right thing regardless of the consequences knowing God will turn the ultimate result into good.
Faith is……a miraculous gift from Jesus Christ that allows us to cry “Abba Father!”
Faith Is……the conviction that The Promisor keeps His promises!
Author Unknown
 
Patient Trust
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Above all, trust in the slow work of God
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability-
and that it may take a very long time
And so I think it is with you.
your ideas mature gradually-let them grow
let them shape themselves, without undue hast.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
 
You Are
Gary Amirault
 
One of our Maker’s names in the Bible is I AM.
Equally true is that YOU ARE.
YOU ARE in the Master’s Hands.
The Eternal I AM is continually working on YOU ARE
And it is not yet evident what you WILL BE.
Suffice it to say YOU ARE will be glorious.
YOU ARE awesomely and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
In the meantime Your Maker wants to put one of His traits in you…
Patience…so…
 
“Don’t fret or worry. (Be patient.) Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Phil. 4:6, 7, The Message)
 

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