“How do you have faith
when it seems like there’s nothing left to believe in?”
I live by faith much of the time. In fact, I should post about how to move to Santa Barbara, California without any money, a job, a place to live, or without even knowing anyone because that’s what we’ve done. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, but with a price tag to match!
The first time we ever visited the area, I said I didn’t want to leave. It has taken a couple of years, but I am finally back and delighted to call it home now. Actually, there are many wonderful cities along the Coast and I feel very fortunate to be able to travel between here, L.A., and San Diego for various opportunities. As long as I’m staying inside California state lines, I’ll probably call it home, lol!
That being said, living by faith is never easy. I am often content however and really don’t NEED for anything. I may WANT, but I do not NEED. Meaning, even when things have been at their worst, we have still been taken care of, because God has provided. And anything beyond the most basic of provisions is simply a blessing! So, I may not have an abundance of money or things right now, but I do have what I need, and therefore can be content. It’s funny, we often don’t realize some of those differences until we have been stripped of everything and had to start all over again.
Are there times when I wish things weren’t such a struggle though? Of course! But, if given the chance, would I ever change any of it? No, I would not. Not as a redo anyways. If things someday become easier on their own again or maybe because God deems it’s time that I might be able to get a little more rest ~ then so be it ~ I would happily accept such a blessing. But, I would not trade my life for yours or anyone else’s, on any day, ever.
There is beauty to be found in our struggles.
Our life struggles are much like the scars we wear, in which, I have many. It took all my years to learn how to not only accept them, but embrace them as well. You see, our scars are the battle wounds of our survival and we should wear them with pride. My scars mean I have survived! So, if ever you find yourself nitpicking, ashamed, embarrassed or guilty for the marks that you may carry… Just remember, that scar means you survived whatever it was that intended to harm or destroy you. It means, YOU are the stronger one who came out victorious. And perhaps, there are more reasons than you can imagine for their visibility, because like it or not, they are an unspoken testament to all who see them ~ That may just be enough to open the door to someone’s heart.
God has given you a badge for others to see…
Wear it with honor!
And guess what… We can’t become better or stronger without having to push our way through something. I would not be so relentless, resilient and tenacious if I did not have to live through one major struggle after another like I have. So, that’s what I mean when I say, my struggles have made me who I am today and that’s a good thing! To be honest, I would not have a personal relationship with Jesus either if I did not have such a need to reach for Him.
My constant life’s struggles have developed within my character a relentless and unshakable faith for which I am ever so grateful for. They have taught me things about unconditional love, living a life of passion, how to be more like Jesus, and formed me as a woman after God’s own heart in the best ways possible… Those are qualities, values, morals, beliefs and character that I would never give up!
What have the pain and struggles of life taught you?
♥ ✞ ♥ ✞ ♥ FAITH ♥ ✞ ♥ ✞ ♥ HOPE ♥ ✞ ♥ ✞ ♥ LOVE ♥ ✞ ♥ ✞ ♥