This Faith Thing

Breath!  Stay chill! I’m screaming this internally.  Here is the scenario that unfolded.  My lovely child is just lounging on the couch with our puppies.  I’m in the kitchen doing who knows what cause it’s not like I really cook or anything.  I was probably watching Family Feud but I digress. I then hear, “Mom, so you want me to wait to have sex till I’m married, right?” Let’s talk about how Heather wanted to respond with a HELL TO THE YES! But, I played it cool.  “Yes, that would be my heart’s desire for you and my prayer would be you would feel the same.” I went on, “Sex is awesome and it totally connects you on every level not just physically so when you give it to just anyone, you’ve lost a piece of you that was meant to be gifted to your spouse.” Now, really I wanted to be like, yes you are waiting!  I don’t need anyone knocked up or getting some crazy disease ya know what I’m saying but instead I kept it spiritual.  I’ll save that all for next time ha!  I was just really glad I didn’t hear, ‘So you waited then too right mom?’ Hmmmmm…….let’s just say I didn’t do too great in this area.  Thank you Jesus for grace. 

It’s cool to watch the pieces slowly fall into place when it comes to my kids’ faith.  I enjoy the questions because it makes me step back and take a look at my own.  As adults we have questions too and sometimes it blows because there’s no one that can give us a yes or no or really any kind of answer. The questions get harder and scarier.  Instead of a question like my kiddo asked, it starts to turn into questions like why is this happening to me?  Is God really out there?  What direction am I supposed to go?  I think we’ve all been here.  We get weary in our faith.  Sometimes we just want it to be simple ya know? BUT…..maybe we need to see faith more like a super power. Here me out. Having faith is the foundation of trust in Jesus, grace, eternal life, understanding and the list is endless. I love how the Message says it in Hebrews 11:1&2, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” A lot of times it’s not black and white and that drives me crazy. It’s as simple and at the same time as hard as this; we have to decide to trust God. If our faith is going to stand a chance in this life, we have to trust God with all the questions that exist in our hearts. Girls and boys this is not easy but I’d take the promises, the hope of Jesus over anything, any day. 

Where is your faith at? This is a loaded question and not intended to have guilt attached to it in any way. Sometimes we just need to step back and find out where our hearts are really at. What are you questioning?  It’s in these moments that Christ swoops down and saves the day.  

“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust Him in the dark–That is Faith!”

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