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Faith takes wing

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

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Faith takes wing

and flaps to the sky,

not knowing the how—

but trusting he will—

come through.

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Faith is flying on air

I cannot see.

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Believing God can do something is only half the equation. He calls me to put feet to my faith, or, take wings to the sky. I play an active role in his response to my prayers.

Faith is action. Doing. Moving forward. Faith is not sitting around and waiting—unless that’s what he said to do.

Faith is pushing past worry and fear. Past the past and into the future. Faith is marching around a city for seven days; it’s leaving Egypt and crossing the sea as on dry land. Faith is flapping wings and flying into air that can’t be seen.

And when you’re a writer…faith is pressing “send”.

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Face the wall

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord…” 2 Kings 20:2

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When Hezekiah heard that he would die, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. He wept bitterly. God heard his prayer and answered, allowing him to live another 15 years.

Hezekiah went to the right place when he needed help. He turned to face the wall and prayed.

What’s my first reaction to distressing news? Do I take it to the Lord?

May my first response be to face the wall.

Lord, be my first thought. The immediate inclination of my heart. When distress looms and despair grips, may my first reaction be to turn to you. And there, honestly and openly, let me confess the fears and anxieties, disappointments and frustrations, entrusting the battle, the crisis, whatever the news…to you.

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What do I have?

“Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?'” 2 Kings 4:2

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A widow from among the prophets was about to lose her two sons to a creditor. Elisha asked what she had and worked with that. He told her to pour the little oil she had into jars. The oil kept flowing until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil, pay her debts and live on the rest.

God uses what we have, no matter how small. Like the two fish and five loaves of the New Testament, He is able to multiply it to feed a crowd. He doesn’t ask for what we don’t have, but looks for faithfulness with what we’ve been given. He does the rest.

Our part is being faithful with what we have.

What does He ask of me? What do I have.

And…my new rose bush has this one little bloom, but look what one little bloom can do.


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The chilly waters of change

“…they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.” Acts 7:39

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The Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt—back to the only way they knew—slavery.

It takes time to adjust to the chilly waters of change. It’s not always comfortable to welcome the unseen and embrace the new—to believe and trust when life is thrown off-balance. It’s tempting to go back to lukewarm waters where one knows how to maneuver, even if it’s not the best choice for the long run.

The waters of change take time to adjust to. One has to learn where to step and when to trust the next foothold and move forward. It’s not necessarily the easy way; it’s the new way. And, however scary, it’s better to move forward with God than to turn back to Egypt.

Lord, go with me and lead the way. Let me not turn back to comfort zones and old ways. Give me the faith to believe in You, the trust to know you won’t leave me and the faith to move forward. Amen.

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God’s got this

“He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Psalm 112:7 (Living)

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Dread hangs like a heavy dark cloud that may or may not release rain. It specializes in blocking out the sun. Living in dread of what could happen zaps spiritual strength and is a waste of mental energy.

One day of dread added to another, and then another, can result in a lifetime of hovering dark clouds.

I thought it was good to be prepared for the worst. How do I step out of this brooding, foreboding mindset and stop fearing bad news that could happen?

Regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen, God will take care of me. If I need to make adjustments, He’ll let me know. If the bottom falls out, He’s got me. If relationships are strained, He’ll walk with me through the difficult situation.

If I’m settled in my mind that God will take care of me, dread has no place to take hold.

Now then, be settled. God’s got this.

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Where will you go, thoughts of dread–

fears that race like thoroughbreds through my worry-prone head?

If thoughts are bridled and assured of your sovereign care,

where, tell me where, will worries then tread?

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Fly again

“Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5*

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Could it be He knows

where I’ll be most blessed,

Trusting in His care—

Settled in His rest?

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Could it be that He has good

Waiting in His hand,

Good that will renew—

‘Cause me to fly again?

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 2, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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When there are no answers

Isaiah 50:10 “…Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of The Lord and rely on his God.”*

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When the hallway is dark, but that’s where He’s led, it’s better to be there. Better to follow His word one step at a time. To trust that His way will lead to a lighter room.

Gently, He’ll nudge the way to go. Step here. Now there. To the left. To the right. Straight ahead, and now…still.

His presence is our guide and better to be in the dark with God than living by the light of self-lit torches.

When there are no answers in the middle of frustrating circumstances, when the hallway is dark — it doesn’t mean it’s the wrong place. A hall is just a passageway to the next room.

So then, wait. Listen for the Lord’s guidance. And though you don’t see the outcome — the important thing while walking in the dark is to stick with God.

Better to walk in the dark with the presence of The Lord, than to light your own torch and be singed by it’s flame.

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Related reading: Isaiah 30:20-21, Isaiah 50:11

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*The One Year Bible, September 26, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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