Monday, January 19, 2009

Working on this for a while...

Have you every questioned your faith, your beliefs? During a time of tragedy or while you were in a relationship? At some point in time everyone has had a sliver of doubt or questioned to themselves, why me. What do you do? How do you handle it? Some may runaway and hide, others will question over and over what they have done wrong. What should you do in a time of doubt? Call a friend to talk or sulk alone, this is not the answer. How about picking up your Bible and reading it? There are people who would not even think about reading the Bible and why not? All you have to do is open it and you can find reference to someone doubting or questioning their faith. But do they give up? The answer is no. Why should you question yourself and what has happened? The Lord loves you no matter what, through thick and thin just don't ever stop believing in the Lord. It is human nature to have questions and doubt and it has been since the beginning of time, when Eve ate the forbidden fruit, Genesis 3:5. No I am not perfect and I have had doubt before and have even questioned my faith, but I always get pulled back to my Bible and my trust in the Lord that I will be taken care of. How about another reference from the Bible, when Thomas doubted that Jesus had appeared to the other disciples, in John 20:24-29.

Now Thomas, one on the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord."
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among then and said, "Peace be with you!" Then he said to Thomas, "Put you finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and My God!"
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

This passage just goes to show, don't ever give up or stop believing. The Lord works in mysterious ways and you will find your way.

I have been thinking about this for a while and wasn't quite sure how to share what I wanted to say. So I hope this will help someone who is feeling down or who may be questioning an occurrence in their life.

Doug and I have taken up a resolution together or we are at least reading at the same time every night together. We decided it was high time to read the Bible throughout in a year, it can be done. I have tried many times and have never gotten all the way through. Well it is day 19 and we are doing great, I know a few other moms who are also doing this and it is wonderful. We didn't go out and by a book, we have another source and we are not reading it straight through. We are actually following a plan made up by Will Rogers United Methodist Church. Doug's uncle is the Senior Pastor there and we love him, he also officiated our marriage, thank you very much Uncle David. Each day has particular chapters to read and it keeps you focused and I feel as if you actually learn more this way. It is not a huge amount to read and takes anywhere from 15-20 minutes, if that. So I encourage you to join us and it will not take long to catch up either and before long you could jump ahead because sometimes it is hard to put the Bible down when you want to keep reading and find out more.


Dawn said...

I just started Beth Moore's Bible study, Esther. I'm loving it and loving the time I'm spending reading God's word.

Anonymous said...

Love the post! I'm reading it through in a year as well. I've tried many times, but have NEVER made it this far in! LOL Usually I'm TOAST after only a WEEK! LOL But still going strong here too! YAY! Maybe if we encourage each other, we'll both actually DO it!

The Psalms and Proverbs I read outloud to Brooklyn at night as she's going to sleep.

6HappyHearts said...

Great post! I'm going to check out the plan. My hubby & I are doing the Truth Project. I am doing Esther.
And together we have a devo thing.
P.S. Like the cute blog background ; )

Melinda said...

Thanks Daniele for the heads up on the OSU vs. UGA game. I've actually known about it for a couple of years and am kind of dying to go. UGA lost A LOT of their players this season so we may get our hineys kicked : ( My dad is friends with one of the VPs at OSU so I have been trying to get tickets through him. Are you going? We could make a date out of it : )

BTW - great post. The hubbs and I were talking about reading through the Bible when our church announced that we would be doing it together.