Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Trust and Faith

The tender shoots of new born freedom are bravely holding forth. This is a good and kind of an amazing thing. I am being faced with a pretty big challenge to that fragile faith in myself and my trust in being a beloved child of God. I cannot blog about the details but suffice it to say, a lot hangs on it, and it's one of those things that will taken an excruciatingly long time to reveal itself. In the meantime life will go on, and I must trust in God's unfailing love and the truth of the Scripture I will preach on the 27th from Romans, "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose....What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?" That and the power of having faith the size of mustard seeds...which I've gotta say is about how big mine feels right now. I guess I would just be asking you to kind of put me on the "special intentions" prayer list for the next few months and I'll keep you posted when I can.

16 comments:

Kate said...

*gives you hugs and many prayers*

Be well.

The Other Kate

Gannet Girl said...

Absolutely.

mid-life rookie said...

You are already on such list and in my thoughts and prayers.

I know, believe me I know, how hard it is to believe "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14 Let's just say Psalm 139 has been an integral part of my healing once I could read it as my own.

Some people don't understand how one can have faith that God so loved the world that he sent his only son... and yet still not get that God so loved (insert your name here) that he sent his only son...I see that in you in today's post. I pray in thanksgiving that the first bloom of understanding is growing in you.

I recently watched a delicate flower blown by the wind. It's tiny little stem bent, but the lovely petals never blew off. I will pray for your strength and ability to continue to see your beauty as you face whatever winds are blowing.

Hmmm. Apparently I had a sermon floating around waiting to come out!

imngrace said...

When reading this I remembered looking into the eyes of several children this past Sunday and saying, "You are God's precious child. May you be strengthened and kept in God's grace."

So, feel my hand on your head as I make the sign of the cross on your forehead and proclaim, "Kate, you are God's precious child. May you be strengthened for this journey and kept close in God's grace."

Prayers continue for one step at a time and a sure sense of presence.

mompriest said...

kate...as you know I am one who has been there, in that fragile, nearly losing my faith, dark, place...prayers continue as you journey through.

mompriest said...

Oh...and when I am in that dark place I sometimes find comfort and hope in Romans 8:22-28

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose"

I appreciate the image of labor pains and birthing - for life is like...hard and unknown as we "birth" some aspect of ourselves or our lives...and the Spirit interceeding ...some days I cling to that image of the Spirit - a sign of hope for me...

Mary Beth said...

you are at the top of the list.

((KATE!))

DogBlogger said...

(((revdrkate)))

Prayers ascending...

Katherine E. said...

Heart hug, Kate (and continued prayers)

Katherine

zorra said...

Prayers ascending.

Crimson Rambler said...

Prayers for sure. And in the meantime, heartfelt thanks for the phrase "perp rap"...which I had not heard, but boy, can I use it.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Prayers from me too.

Kathryn said...

Consider it done, my dear. I'm sorry to be late but internet issues plus new puppy conspire against up to date blog surfing.
Love and blessings xxx

Ruby said...

So much love heading your way XOXOXO

Diane said...

oh Kate! I too will be praying...

Songbird said...

Better late than never, I hope!