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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spiritual Journey Thursday - FAITH

 I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly basis.  It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
For the next couple of months, we are writing about each other's One Little Words.  Please join us!  If you have a One Little Word this year and would like to explore the spiritual aspect of it, let me know, and I will add you to the schedule!  Today's OLW is Justin Stygles's word, FAITH.  Justin does not have a blog, but he will be reading our posts.  You can find him on Twitter.
     I looked back at my Spiritual Journey posts, thinking surely I had written about FAITH before, but I couldn't find one!  I only found one called Fear, Faith, and Teaching.  It didn't necessarily have a spiritual aspect to the post, though.  So I guess this is my first Spiritual Journey Thursday post on FAITH!
     I teach a class on Spiritual Gifts at my church.  We use the Network curriculum.  Network describes spiritual gifts as special abilities given by the Holy Spirit and distributed to every believer according to God's design and grace for the common good of the body of Christ.  Faith is one of those spiritual gifts.  Network defines the spiritual gift of faith as:  The divine enablement to act on God's promises with confidence and unwavering belief in his ability to fulfill his purposes.  People with this gift believe the promises of God and inspire others to do the same, act in complete confidence of God's ability to overcome obstacles, demonstrate an attitude of trust in God's will and his promises, advance the cause of Christ because they go forward when others will not, ask God for what is needed and trust him for his provision.  I found another resource here that clarifies it, also.
     Faith is a powerful thing.  Certain words in the definition stand out to me:  unwavering, promises, inspire, confidence, and trust.  That's faith. If you don't have the spiritual gift of faith, you may have to work harder at it (and even if you do, it has to be applied!).  It's not always an easy thing to manifest.  Faith can be elusive.  It can waver and buckle.  Fear can creep in and steal it.  Worry can weaken it.  Anxiety can replace it.  Doubt can challenge it.  But when it is fully realized, and accompanied by love, it can move mountains.

January 14: Carol Varsalona - BELIEVE
January 21:  Margaret Simon - PRESENT
January 28:  Michelle Haseltine - SELAH
February 4:  Justin Stygles - (Blind) FAITH
February 11: Leigh Ann Eck - INTENT
February 18:  Irene Latham - DELIGHT
February 25:  Violet Nesdoly - MINDFULNESS
March 3:  Julieanne Harmatz - ADMIRE
March 10:  Holly Mueller - WAIT
March 17:  Linda Kulp - SIMPLIFY
March 24: Doraine Bennett - SHINE
March 31: Donna Smith - BOLD