Week 2 – Believing through faith, prayer and wisdom
Section 2: Believing (Chapters 5-8)
“I don’t always know where I’m going and can’t always see where I’m heading, but with Jesus leading me, I can know I’m on a path that will lead me to the right places.” Chapter 7
Have you ever felt this way through a life change or even in daily life? As a military spouse this hit home hard for me this week! It seems like someone else is always in control of our future, not us and it is 100% true! That someone is God! His plans are so much bigger than what we can hope or imagine. You just have to believe!
In our walk with God we must have faith: faith to pray and be heard, to be answered, and to know we are never alone in any situation. In chapter five the author says
“Faith is what gives you the confidence to believe in things you cannot yet see or understand through human eyes.”
I love that she says “yet” because there is hope that one day when Jesus comes again or our earthly lives end, we will meet God and know and see what we could not as mere mortals. Personally I can’t wait to see how I can fit into His amazing plan!
We have to have faith that God is directing our paths in work and in life – even though it can be really challenging! Maybe you are thinking about a job change, moving to a new home, buying a new car or adding a new life to your family. God wants us to come to trust Him with these big choices and decisions. The closer we are to Him, the stronger our faith and the more we believe he will answer our prayers, the easier it will become to recognize His voice and plan in our lives. In chapter six, Prayer, the author shares James 1: 5-7 and summarizes that God wants to help us and will not judge us for our reasons for turning to him for help or how long it took us to finally ask. God wants us to reach out to him.
Psalm 91:15 says “She will call on me and I will answer.”
How great that our Father will always come when we call Him!
What resonated most for me in this section this week is the author explains in order for her to find the right words for the chapter on wisdom, she had to have the faith that God would provide the right words for her. Through prayer she began asking for His guidance and knew she could follow the wisdom God would share with her. Simply put, she believed it would happen when she turned to God, and it did because we read it this week! That is what section two is all about. Believing.
If you are struggling with your faith or want more opportunities to strengthen it, page 74 offers you some steps you can take to grow. If you feel pretty confident in your faith, I have added ways for to be a better leader for each of her suggestions.
|Ways to Grow in Faith – pg 74||Ways to grow in your leadership of faith|
|Ask God to help you grow in your faith||Share with others how God has helped you grow in faith
|Take time each day to read your Bible||Participate in or lead a bible/ book study and share your thoughts and beliefs
|Memorize verses in the Bible that talk about faith. Start with Hebrews 11:1||Use social media to share your favorite verses with friends or include them in cards/emails/letters your write|
|Find a Bible-believing church and get involved||Get involved in ministries God lays on your heart- kids, service, missions, music etc.|
|Hang around girls who are growing in their faith||Be the girl others want to hang around with!|
My prayer is for you to continue to grow in your faith, prayer life and wisdom. Where are you in this chart? Are you just starting out and looking for a place to start to build your faith, are you full of faith and looking to be a better leader, or somewhere in between? I would love to hear your thoughts and ways you are strengthening your walk with God. Feel free to post below!
I want to leave you with the subtitle from the wisdom chapter: It is never too late to become the person you want to be.
Love and blessings,
Kristen is a mother to an energetic little boy with another due in August, a military spouse, and a full time math teacher. Currently stationed overseas, she is busy trying to balance the responsibilities of her many roles while enjoying the opportunities God has provided her family. Her family’s motto is “Grow where you are planted”.
“Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” – 1 Corintians 13: 6-8a