“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6
(Read ‘About’ section for more of an introduction)
The first one…
I don’t know where this blog will lead to. Or how often I’ll post. But I do know I have a lot of faith-related thoughts that often make it into the pages of my journals, and that I often discuss and verbalize to my closest friends during DMC’s (deep meaningful conversations). I’m a big one for DMC’s….
I am also a firm believer in personal growth and in striving to learn from every trial life throws at us. Because realistically, life can be a challenge. I think it’s important to push through trials whilst learning whatever valuable lesson can be gleaned from it. Otherwise, what is the point? A reluctance for personal growth equals a vicious cycle of mistakes, regrets and bitterness. It may be the short term easy way out, at times. But, it’s not an option. Seeing God work through trials is an opportunity to experience His grace and love in a deep and palpable way.
As life goes on, I find myself relying more and more on God’s grace and on my faith in His will for my life. This underpins my responses to life’s trials, my desires, my hopes, my dreams, and my decisions. At least, I aim for this to underpin all responses- I don’t always hit the mark. It is not always an easy process, and often the greatest challenge itself, is staying rooted in faith.
I recently read back over journal entries from last year, three years ago, five years ago, and found it so encouraging to see where God has brought me since. I had written many prayers and letters of faith and hope, during periods filled with frustration, confusion and uncertainty.. and God had plans and solutions for all. At times I could not see a way out or how a challenge would be overcome, but trusted blindly that God knew the best plan for my life. I was filled with such gratitude to be able to look back and answer the ‘whens’ and ‘hows’. Seeing His work thus far, deepens the roots of my faith. Yet, why do I still struggle at times with that ‘blind trusting’?
“You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are,
And I’m loved by you,
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am,
You’re a good, good father”
Good Good Father, Chris Tomlin
I want to document my ups and downs with this process for the past, present and future lessons God will teach me, with the ongoing aim to continuing deepening my roots in faith. In writing, I don’t strive for perfection of grammar, syntax and punctuation… I only strive for honesty.