What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Just What Is Faith? UPDATED

UPDATE: This was originally posted back in April of 2010, not long after we had learned that our adult son was diagnosed with cancer.  It has been exactly four years, and he is nearing the end of that journey (if the Doctor is right), but his faith and ours has not wavered. Oh, it has been tested and tried plenty...and we've had to relinquish "control" of his care and future completely to God. But our hope and faith is still based squarely on His divine love for His children. He has not and will not fail. Regardless of the earthly outcome.
That being said, here is where I was four years ago...

April 29, 2010

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Faith...a five letter word...seemingly insignificant, and yet, in reality, it is one of the biggest and most difficult words ever uttered.  Why? I guess because in order to have faith, we have to trust in something or SomeONE greater than ourselves. We have to let go of our preconceived ideas of what WE think is best for our lives and be willing to allow God to direct our paths...even when we can't see where the road is leading us. 

A few years back there was a slogan going around in the religious realm that said, "Let go, and Let GOD!"  and that little saying has come back to "haunt" or "taunt" me many times throughout my life.  For those of you who know me personally, you know that I tend to be a person who likes to be "in control".  Some would say, "controlling", others have accused me of being "bossy"...(some of you may be reading this right now...no need to write any comments at the bottom! LOL)   I tend to be the one who gets everyone up and moving when there is a lull in the conversation or party, or committee meeting, or whatever...goes back to my high school cheerleading days at good old THS!  Perhaps because  of my "natural tendencies" to be a leader and boss, God has had to go to extreme measures at times to teach me humility.  There have been times when my boldness has led to embarrassing moments when I wished I could have crawled under the carpet and slithered out the back door and never returned to face those who had witnessed my shame. 

So what has this got to do with "faith"?  Throughout the years God has been teaching me about faith...oftentimes through decisions and choices that placed us into difficult circumstances, either because we made a bold move without first counting the cost , or because we truly believed it was what God was telling us to do and we were answering the call. Either way, whether it was by our own foolishness (or the appearance of such to the rest of the world), or because we were obeying the "call", I can honestly say that God has NEVER let us down.  Oh, yes, we've squirmed a bit and worried and fretted and doubted God's purpose, and second guessed if we had heard God right or not...but at the end of the day, I can honestly say, God NEVER LET US DOWN.  When we made the decision to let go of our own will, our own "security", our own dreams and schemes and fully trust God, He did NOT let go of us.  He grasped onto us all the tighter and held us closely to His breast, and carried us through the storms of life that raged about us. 

Right now our family is going through another storm, the serious illness of our middle son, Matt.  Matthew is a child of God, and a precious son, husband, brother, and father.  If I could pass on any gift to him right now, it would be the gift of faith.  Actually, I believe God has already filled him with this gift, and he has had to use it many times in his own life.  But probably never as much as now.  He is going through some deep water, but with the eyes of faith he can see the light at the end of this tunnel...and that helps steer him forward to the reward of renewed strength and health. He may need some extra encouragement throughout these next months to keep reaching toward that light...and that's where we come in...you and me and everyone else out there...Your prayers, your words of encouragement and hope bring renewed faith and courage.  Don't ever doubt the value of your offerings.  Whether by prayer, email, facebook, cards, phone calls, whatever way the Lord leads, it brings hope and healing...not just for Matt, but for the many others out there in need of such help...and there are many.  Perhaps even you need that hope and faith from time to time....

Matthew 7: 7-8 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."


  1. I just realized I had an invite to view your blog from Facebook. I'm sorry I didn't see it sooner. Your blog looks wonderful, I want to take the time to read your past blogs.

    We're continuing to pray for Matthew, it's good to hear he's hanging on to faith. I have a cousin with Ovarian Cancer (she and I are quite close). She's run the gamut of emotions, had some times of outright anger with God...but she's hung in there, and is now showing much faith and depth of peace. I pray that Matthew will continue hanging on to the Lord through all of this.

    Continually praying,

    Connie Sheppard

  2. Thank you Connie, for your kind words. I want to look at your blog as well. It is interesting how we have all come full circle to find each other again after so many years. God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform!

  3. I'm so glad that you are a journal keeper and share past posts with us, Pam. I loved how you expressed that when we let go to allow God control, He never leaves go of us! Part of faith is believing that with our whole hearts...and that my dear dear friend is the testimony I see you leaving with your readers. I pray for you and your family every time the Lord brings you to mind (which is quite often). May He continue to increase our faith. Hugs to you, Pam.

    1. Thank you so much Dianna. Your comments always humble me because it amazes me that God has placed dear friends such as you in my life at this time. People that I may never have the privilege of meeting here on earth, but yet we are joined together by a common bond in our FAITH in Christ and a desire to know Him better and help others to know Him as well. Your prayers and continued words of encouragement always lift me up and cause me to pause and say THANK YOU Lord! Knowing that you and others are also having your own battles and issues that you are going through also is a source of awe to me. I tend to think that my own struggles are the only ones out there, and yet mine are so small when I look at the rest of the world...and yet, God causes others to remember me and mine. Help me, Lord, to be that faithful in my prayers and concerns for others. Amen.

  4. Thank you for re-posting this. It is timely and so so beautiful!

    1. Thank you Susie. You are on my heart and mind as well...praying for you and your family every day!

  5. Hi Pam! You just don't know how much you rely on your faith until it is tested. And yours is truly being tested now. How you shine your faith to all of us on this road with your son. I know you have been a large part of your son's active faith too.
    I hope you are still being supported by your friends and family, it's not easy for you either. Know that you are in my heart when I pray, held close The Lord.

  6. Hi Pam,
    Thinking of you and your son, daily. Praying for your family, too. Your post on faith is beautiful and a blessing to me and I'm sure to many others.
    Your friend,


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