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Faith Fridays

Thanks for stopping by to see what Fridays have to offer. After announcing Tuesdays would be all about tea, I am pretty sure you may have guessed that Fridays will be all about faith. After all, it is the name of the blog.

Yep, my goal will be to every Friday bring something that will help you look to God, see a little more of Him, and know Him more as your Abba. Speaking of father, one of the posts I’ll offer on Faith Fridays is something I hold very dear. I’ll be dusting off some pretty special notes – hand written sermons of my dad’s – to share thoughts from them.

Dad Chamberlin

Dad was a country preacher in Western PA, pastoring small churches but delivering powerful messages (written by an unbiased daughter – do those two words even go together?). I’ve had those notes neatly packed away for years, promising that someday I’d figure a way to share them. And here we are, it’s coming to be.

Dad’s notes won’t be the only postings, there’ll be insights from my own study of the Word, book reviews, community care ideas and a few guest posts here and there.

Come on by on Fridays to get a fresh dose of faith. If you don’t want to miss any posts, be sure to sign up to receive an email each time there’s a post or ‘like’ on Facebook.

One more thing, God certainly does consider dates. It just happens to be thirteen years to the day that Dad went home to see Abba.

The Gift of Pondering

Red Lodge, MTOk, so it’s been way too long since we have posted. Maybe we (I) haven’t been
doing what our blog name implies, pondering faith.

Got too busy, too distracted, to take time to ponder.

Today is a good day to begin again.
It’s so good that God doesn’t condemn when we take those ‘sabbaticals’ .  He
patiently waits until we tune into Him again. Oh, I’ve come to Him since
February, that’s for sure, but more with my agenda than spending quiet time,
silent time to hear what He would say to me.

Imagine if I hiked a tall mountain to speak to a wise person and when I got there all I did was talk, then left to make my descent.  I didn’t spend any time sitting and listening or
asking questions and waiting for an answer or enter conversation? That would be
a waste of time and energy, wouldn’t it.

I feel like I do that a lot. Spend all my time asking God for this and that, but no time actually allowing Him to communicate with me.

On this long holiday weekend, maybe it’s a good time to sit and listen to the wind blow, the birds sing, ponder God’s written Word (the Bible) and allow God to speak.

Being a Believer

Isaiah 43:10-12

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant who I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.  I, even I, am the Lord and apart from me there is no savior.  I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.”
“You are my witnesses”, declares the Lord, “that I am God.”
We are chosen by God to know and believe Him so that we can be His witnesses and servants.
He chooses believers because He loves others!  Amazing!  His goal is always others.
He  wants us to tell and show others that He is God!!  Through speech and writing and actions.
Yes, God loves me, but He loves others just as much.
To be chosen by God means that God plans to reveal something about Himself and His love through our life.  To be chosen by God means that God loves others. (Stonecroft Genesis study guide)
Can we grasp that?  Can we see how intertwined our witness and service is to why we are believers?
So, find every way you can to know him more and yes, believe Him more.
What are some ways?  Prayer, Bible study, discussion with other ‘believers’, books written by other ‘believers’.