Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FAITH

Time for this week's link up with Karen Beth for Tuesday @ Ten where we have a full week to write on the word prompt.

This week's word is:


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What IS faith?

According to dictionary.reference.com, Faith is:

1. "confidence or trust in a person or thing";

2. "belief that is not based on proof";

3.  "belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion;

4.  "belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.";

5.  "a system of religious belief;

6.  "the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.";

7.  "the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.";

8.  "Christian Theology.  The trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved."

Most of these definitions could be used for any "general" showing of "faith"; but the ones that I would focus on are numbers 2, 3 and especially 8.

Faith for me - as a Christian, a Child of God - is the belief and trust in God, based on His Word that I have studied, and my knowledge that I have accepted this "unseen God" as my Lord and Savior.

This quote from Hebrews 11:1 says it for us in a beautiful way:


In fact, faith is:  "I can't see God, but I love God", as my not-quite four year old grandson told me last night!  Well said, my little one; well said!!

The truth from a four year old is that we have not seen God; yet we believe in Him.  We know that He is our Creator, our Father, our Savior.  He hears our every prayer, whispered or not; He answers our prayers according to His plans for our lives.  We have not seen God; yet we love God.

Thank you God - Amen!



16 comments:

  1. I love your grandson's definition of 'faith.'

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    1. Yes, Romi - how special it is to hear words of Faith from one so young as my grandson! And it is due to the teaching of my daughter and son-in-law!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Love your post,. Barbara (how cute, your grandson!)

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    1. Thank you! Isn't that so sweet?! I am sure you hear special comments from your own littles! They have such insight...

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  3. I love how God can use children to teach us about faith. I love your grandson's definition of faith. Thank you for sharing these truths with us.

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    1. Yes, He CAN use children to teach us! I am thankful for my daughter and son-in-law and their teachings of the Word to Him (and as they get older, the other two also!!).

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Jo Rose!

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  4. LOVE your write up about faith! thank you for being a part of my Tuesday at Ten :) I always love your writing and this one was beautiful.. thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! Comments like yours are encouraging...I have lived with very low self-esteem and didn't really think I COULD write when I started blogging (just last Sept., right before the write31days challenge). But, to know that the words are given to me and I can share them and touch others...well, I can only thank God because it is through Him that I can do this!

      Thank you again for hosting the Tuesday at Ten...I love having a prompt to get me started; and try to participate every week (doesn't always work out that way though!!).

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  5. Great words on Faith Barbara. Isn't it so true, if we could see it, it wouldn't be faith. It would be sight. Hopefully, we are all like your grandson, not seeing God but still loving Him. Amen!

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    1. Yes, out of the mouth's of babe's, for sure! Thank you for reading and commenting, Robyn!

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  6. I love the way you focused in the many definitions of Faith. I was trying to decide what to do for this word. :)

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    1. Some days the words come easier...and my grandson had just said this to me on Monday night when I was watching them, prompted by his mom (my daughter) who told him to tell me what faith was. I don't remember what the conversation was that it came up.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  7. The little man said it best and Hebrews 11:1 is one of my favorite verses.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting...isn't the picture with that verse colorful?! I was happy to have found something I could use!!

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    1. You just never know what will come out, do you?! Love 'em though!!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting...I've been away from the computer all day today (Friday); so just now reading (and it's after midnight, so it's actually Saturday now!!

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