Hebrews: Day 14

This is faith

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Today's Text: Hebrews 11:1-40

Text: Hebrews 11:1-40, Mark 9:24

 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
- Hebrews 11:6

“I believe; help my unbelief!”
- Mark 9:24b

This year we read my 4-year-old daughter the Easter story from her children’s Bible. As we neared the end, I could see her looking at me with wide eyes. She said, “Wow mama, that’s a sad story.”

I agreed, but reminded her that it truly had a happy ending. I added, “And it’s true, this all really happened to Jesus a long time ago.”

At that point, I think her little mind truly exploded trying to comprehend it all.

She wasn’t the only one. Since then, I’ve remembered the look on her face and wonder how often in life it’s reflected on mine. When you start to dig into the Bible, or find yourself sharing your faith with a friend, is there ever a moment you think, “Wait, is this really true? Because it sounds a little unbelievable.”

Don’t we all have those moments? Something in our lives blindsides us and we wonder, Is what I believe really the truth? Our faith is shaken, and our minds wander to the possibility of no God, no heaven, no purpose.

Faith is more than raising up your hands and praising God for when things work out the way you wanted them to. Faith steps in during those quiet moments of doubt. When it doesn’t make sense, faith is there. It was the same way for so many before us, who didn’t see their promise or the ending coming, and lived by faith still. “He (Moses) regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews 11:26)

Many have gone before us, with nothing but the words from God to guide them along paths that seemed impossible. They may have had their doubts, they all stumbled and continued to sin, but the distinguishing mark in their lives was the clear sign of steadfast faith. It overruled the doubt from themselves and others.

Press on, Sisters. Stay the course, no matter the doubt that creeps in (like it does for each of us at some point!). Turn your eyes to Christ and hold fast to His promises.

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  • It is so good to be reminded of those who didn’t see the promise here. We got bad news yesterday and I cry out why??? We didn’t do anything wrong! Why, God? Why aren’t you fixing this? Then, today I read this and it’s like God is saying, ” a little while longer. You’re in the fire, but I’m refining you. Stay just a little longer”. Thank you Holy Spirit. I will stay a while longer. Help my unbelief.

  • BlessedandFavored

    I thank God for my faith, it is the one thing that sustains me!!

  • What a comfort to know that we all struggle yet faith will overcome any doubt or fear!

  • They SAW and WELCOMED from a distance! Oh that I would wake with this mindset all the days He lends me breath and I return it in praise. It was said of Abraham,”For he was looking FORWARD to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Me too! Do you knowing a greater builder? Have you seen the blueprints?

    • Shevon Q.

      Yes! WE are the blueprints! Each of our lives a monument of God’s redemption and creative power. Amen b11n11!

  • Mamaherdman

    I love verse 13! To paraphrase: They saw the promises from a distance, greeted the promises, and went ahead and said, ‘Hey, I’m a foreigner here; this is just a temporary home for me.’ “. This personifies the promises of God as living, breathing things. It makes them personal!!

  • Wow!! This reading today really impacted me!! How much greater is our faith when we don’t see but believe compared to having to see to believe. These stories, testimonies from the bible of such great faith are so powerful! Such empowerment. Such relief. Such encouragement. My soul felt peace from this!

  • Jeri_Taira

    “Faith steps in during those quiet moments of doubt. When it doesn’t make sense, faith is there.”

    Soul soothing for me. I let out a breath of relief

    • SheReadsTruth

      Me too, Jeri! Thanks so much for joining us!
      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

      • AndreaZ

        I love that too. Can you ask you app dev team to allow us to highlight or save lines like this in a notebook in the app? Would be great to do that. Thanks.

      • AndreaZ

        Not sure if my reply was posted. Would love to be able to save and highlight lines.

  • Right along side the Patriarchs… Rahab, not an Israelite, a woman, and a prostitute. Yet named next to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses. Lord, let me not discount myself because I feel like I don’t fit in, but instead trust Your leading and have the faith to step out, especially for peace.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Amen! Thanks for sharing that prayer, Valerie! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I forgot this morning to do my daily reading, but after the very tough evening of trial I just had this Chapter and thoughts on it lifted my spirit and reminded me to hold on by faith! God has perfect timing, even if it means you skip your morning reading so it encourages you after a rough day instead :) May God bless the efforts of the SRT community!

    • SheReadsTruth

      I love that, Rebecca! So happy to hear that God is using these words to encourage you today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Erica Gladden

    This is the first time ever leaving a comment. :) I subscribed to SRT a while back. I got the emails. Sometimes I would read them. I longed to be a part of the community, but it wasn’t clicking. Then the app came out. And something clicked. I read daily before bed and it has changed me in so many ways. So whatever it was that was hindering me, it’s working now.

    I have loved loved this study of Hebrews. I knew I would from day 1. And this goes down as one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. It just sunk into my soul when I read it. When I read this “It was the same way for so many before us, who didn’t see their promise or the ending coming, and lived by faith still,” it was like she took the thoughts right out of my mind while reading that scripture. Look at these people who did it before me!

    Thanks for all you do, sisters!

    • Valanne

      What an exciting post! Erica, I'm so happy that the app has been an encouragement to you.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Erica! I\’m so glad you decided to join in the conversation today! We are so happy to hear that God is using She Reads Truth to encourage you and love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Ashley S.

    I so needed this! It seems like I’ve been hearing & reading different messages regarding faith! I’ve recently took a major leap of faith & I know God won’t leave me at this time. Thanks for this! :-)

  • So true and inspiring! I declare that I will believe and have faith in not only for what God is able to do around me, but also what He is able to do within and through me.

  • Being a mom brings on a whole new world or worry but it’s amazing to be reassured that God is taking care of us every day and we must believe!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Amen, Bethany! So thankful that God is taking care of us always. Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • lovemeganalexis

    This really speaks volumes to me. I just gave birth 11 weeks ago to a precious baby boy named Noah. My maternity leave is coming to an end and I go back to work on August 25th. I have been living with intense anxiety and fear over going back. I've enjoyed my time spent with my family more than words can describe. My husband works from home so we have spent nearly everyday together as a family. I'm still so anxious about what is to come, taking Noah to nanny's, a changing of routine, having to wear something other than yoga pants everyday =D. It's a bittersweet feeling but I know it's exactly where God wants me to be. I wish it was His will for me to stay home…but I just know there is a purpose to me going back. I must be like those before me…remember that He has promised. He will provide. He is there…I believe.

  • Jennifer

    37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

    This sounds like what we’re hearing in current news reports from Iraq. So unbelievable and heartbreaking. We need to be lifting Christians being persecuted up in prayer.

  • This will go down in my top 5 SRT readings. Hebrews 11 is what has kept me on track for this study because frankly Hebrews is a little hard for me to sink into. Hebrews 11:1 is one of the few verses I can actually remember EXACTLY where it is. I am terrible with scripture memorization, always have been. I can remember the passage and maybe the chapter but exactly chapter:verse retention is very hard for me. Any way I digress. I can identify with Diana’s writing on this chapter as she has expressed every thing I have felt about faith. So thank you, Diana, it is so reassuring to see others articulate you thoughts. It blesses me with assurance, confidence that my questions are understood by others and my Savior.

    • Lauren

      You nailed it, Claire! I was feeling the same way about Hebrews, but this reading refreshed me!

  • Faith-you've gotta have it. Too often I place my faith in people or organizations or governments. I am incredibly thankful to have a foundation of faith for Christ. But it can be easy to misplace faith-lay it upon what is visible. But how flawed that is and how quickly those foundations will crumble. Though I cannot see my God, I believe in Him. Though I cannot know the end to all things, I believe that all things end with and in Christ. I pray for the small amount of faith that I believe that I have to grow. I pray to know if I am lacking in faith and have it given to me through Christ. It can be so easy to trust myself or others and all things visible-I pray to continue to place my hope in you, Lord.

  • I appreciate the honesty in this post! I too guilty-ly have thought "what is this whole thing isn't real" and then I feel ashamed for even thinking it! For ever questioning God! But I believe my faith is slightly larger than a mustard seed so I will press on until I see His face!
    Have a blessed day sisters!

  • So very true! I agree whole heartedly that our Faith comes into practice not in the “good” times but those times when the only son in the family is killed at age 4 by a drunk driver, or the spouse gets emotionally involved with the best friend or the biopsy comes back a rare form of cancer when 5 professionals in the medical field all said: “don’t worry, it’s nothing!”
    And not just those seemingly crisis moments that hold out a test to our Faith but when one beautiful sunny feel on top of the world kind of day and a small sniggling doubt tries to wiggle its way into your spirit thru your thoughts. The “what ifs”,
    Faith becomes the anchor that holds your soul steady on clear smooth waters as well!
    Good God Word! Thank you Diana

  • Verses 33-35 spoke to my heart: "By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of a sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received loved ones back again from death."

    WOW. By faith alone, we are this powerful against the enemy! Powerful enough to overcome! I get so excited reading it! :)

    Thank you God, for being forever faithful and keeping your promises.

  • Elizabeth

    I haven't read that passage in a long while! How refreshing to hear of all these famous bible characters – to hear of their struggles, and their faith. Wow, was this encouraging! My soul is uplifted. Mark 9:24 was spot on for me today. Holding Steadfast….

  • This was so great and just what I needed to God!

  • Wfriesen001

    I love this passage of Scripture! What a privilege we have of looking back at all of the examples of faith, but also God’s faithfulness to those who trust in Him. Even though they did not receive all they thought they might on this earth, they knew that “he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” May we continue to trust that as a far greater reward than any we would see in this life. Lord, help me in my unbelief!

  • … for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”- Hebrews 11:6

    And the big part of this faith is not putting my expectation on what these rewards are that HE gives. I'm given eternal life, and looking at this list of faithfuls, I'm probably going to receive a lot of bumpy roads as I live out my faith. Mark 9:24b is a go to verse, filled with strength on those tough journeys.

  • Heather Burnside

    What a beautiful reminder of how fleeting things on earth are and to remain steadfast, looking toward eternity and taking God at his word.

  • I don't know that I've ever paid much attention to this chapter before. What an amazing list of all the times God showed up! Even when these Biblical giants had doubts or continued to sin.

    When my husband and I were waffling between whether or not we wanted to try and get pregnant with a third child, my husband pulled out an exercise he had completed as part of Donald Miller's Storyline workbook. I remember vividly sitting on the bed next to him as he flipped through pages where he'd written about our dating years, marriage, and two children. And he turned to me and said, "God showed up in all of these other circumstances and we have no reason to believe He won't now."

    Doubt is a hard thing to battle. But pressing on and keeping the faith and continuing to seek Him can help us triumph over doubts. God shows up (on His time, not ours, which can be frustrating, admittedly), and He often exceeds our expectation.

    God has shown up again. Baby 3 is coming in 11 weeks and I've felt more peace about this pregnancy than ever before. It's hard to have faith in certain moments, but it's so refreshing to look back and see God's fingerprints all over our lives.

  • LaurenC_

    These are some of my favorite verses of scripture. The repetition of “by faith…” cannot be skipped over or taken lightly. It used to upset me to know that all of these people stayed their courses, listened, obeyed, trusted, and redoubled their faith during long years of hardships — their whole lives — and it never “paid off” for them on earth. Having lived life a little longer now, through highs and lows and joy and tragedy and pain and suffering and contentment, I am beginning to understand that even when we don’t see the actual, physical result of our perserverance, trust, obedience, and faith, i.e. – when we don’t “get what we prayed for” — we still do experience great blessings in return for our faith in the face of doubt and our perserverance in the face of trials and sorrows. It’s never something you want to acknowledge in the moment of sorrow. It’s only something you can see and understand on the other side of sorrow, perhaps far down the road from many sorrows. The key is to hold fast to Jesus, hold fast to His promises, come to Him earnestly and honestly through it all. Hold fast to the faith and trust that even when it all seems like a terrible mess to us, it’s a beautifully made story of God, fully known and firmly controlled by Him.

    Make me teachable, Lord. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a mind to understand, a heart to know, and a voice and body to act. Let your mercy and grace flow into me and through me to others.

    • Rebecca

      Lovely. By faith we keep going… Keep living… Keep trusting… Even when it seems too hard, even when we can’t see the point, can’t see the end.

  • Beautiful post! Two words…."By Faith" How I would love every decision I make to lead with those words. Lord, if there is any unbelief in me, reveal it. Refine me and deliver me from anything that would cause me to lack in my faith and lift me to a height that moves momentarily in "acts of faith"! I praise you God in knowing that your way is always better, correct my faith as a captain corrects his course Lord. Lead me into places with you and keep me secure in your will. I only want to be where you are! ~ B

  • Thank you for this reminder on faith.

  • y’all. this:

    “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

    the magnitude of this has hit me so hard. the universe, our existence, the heavens and the earth, and everything we know and feel and experience was ALL CREATED OUT OF WHAT WAS NOT SEEN–i.e., by faith. meaning, that’s the only way He works. he ONLY creates from what is not seen. so, when we’re looking around for the tools God’s going to use to do the next big thing in our lives, we will NEVER see them. HE ONLY CREATES FROM WHAT IS NOT SEEN. wow.

    i’m always praying that my faith (and that of others) be stretched, and man, here this is today. i pray that each of you find your faith stretched in some way today, too. love!

  • joanne sher

    Love this cloud of witnesses who always inspire me to have that faith that they displayed – with Christ still in their future!

  • All of these heroes of faith are such an inspiration. It is what we BELIEVE not what we can offer God that draws us closer to him. I needed this today. What a blessing this was today!

  • We all have those moments. Having them more often than not recently, but I choose to rule out all doubts with my Faith in the One who promised for He is faithful. This devotional continues to speak to my soul allowing me to make adjustments daily. Thank you guys so much and may God bless you all as you continue to deliver His timely Word.

  • Wow! All these men and women in this chapter were so strong and faithful….My hearts desire is to be as strong as they were…To have the faith they had….To hold on to God's promises like they did….. I know there has been a few times in my life I find myself questioning….Is all this real? Did this really happen? or could this really be just another book to add to my collection of fiction? But then I look at all the miracles around me…I see the sun rise as it turns the sky all shades and light starts to pour through the trees, I look at my children and the blessings they are…and I know…..God IS real!! There is no way he can't be….. He has answered to any of my prayers for me to doubt….. I have had my faith shaken a few times and I'm sure as I continue to live I will find it shaken once again…But I must hold on… I have come to far to turn back now…

    This was a beautiful post and it really spoke to me…Thank you…. Have a blessed day SRT friends….xoxo

  • byhisdesign5

    This time of waiting….it has been a time that my faith has been so high and so low. Waiting to "GO" as God commanded. I know that He is our Jehovah Jireh and He WILL provide all that we need in order to serve Him in another country. But my faith seems so small when I have to let go of control each day and trust that He is going to provide the resources. I just continue to turn it over to Him each and every day. And when my desire to control takes over I just have to say "I do believe, help me overcome my disbelief." Praying for faith to move a mountain this morning.

    Bless you sisters! I have been reading and studying and praying along with you for several months now. Thank you for you steadfast love and devotion to our faith and to each other!

  • sweetdes2014

    I so needed to be reminded of our faith walk this morning! Last night my daughter called crying and overwhelmed. She is in her last semester of Law school and is very far away from us. She is lonely and feels left behind. I know The Lord has brought her through these last two and a half years and did not bring her this far, for her to fail or give up now. I prayed with her and calmed her down but as a mother, I slept very little last night. So I stand this morning on the faith that God has given me and declare what I believe!!

    I believe that God will strengthen my daughter to complete the plans that He has laid out for her! I believe that she will recover from this period of being overwhelmed. I believe that she will make it through this last semester. I believe that she will be surrounded by those who God will place in her life. I believe that she will graduate in January 2015. I believe God!! I believe God ! I believe God will do what He says He will do!!

    Thank God for this "God wink" this morning!!!

  • "Press on, Sisters."

  • JessicaLoves___

    As much as the Christian faith is the only one that makes sense to me, I know there are people who discredit me because of my faith. People who think: How can she believe that? She seems so smart or so this or so that … But it is my faith in the promises I've received, despite how ridiculous they may sound to those who do not believe, that has brought me through so much. Thankful that the Lord has a tight hold on me and has taught me to believe even when it's hard or I'm judged for it. Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief. And help me to share my faith in your amazing grace with others in a way that changes who they are as well.

  • Ruth Polson

    May I never forget those who have gone before us and their faith. Lord, help me in my unbelief!

  • I find it encouraging that the people in this passage continued believing even when their hope was not fulfilled during their lifetime. And some of them had very difficult lives BECAUSE of their faith. Believing God doesn't 1) cause Him to fulfill His word when WE expect it or 2) make our lives free from pain and difficulty. Believing God means trusting that He WILL "make good" on His commitments in HIS time and having the strength and peace to wait on Him.

    And it's when we wait on God that we grow deeper in and closer to Him–not when we receive what we're asking for.

    LORD, may we all be willing to trust You, whether or not You fulfill Your promises during our earthly lives.

    • Onfaith

      Yes! "continued believing even when their hope was not fulfilled during their lifetime." It is encouraging. The entire idea has brought great peace to be in trials and further makes me think to the great song by Building 429 – "This is not where I belong"! ~ B

  • May The Lord help our unbelief and when we fail to trust in Him alone. A beautiful reminder this morning. Hebrews 11: 13 is a beautiful reminder as well that we are pilgrims and strangers on this earth. We have an eternal home prepared for us and will no longer feel as pilgrims or strangers! What a blessed thought.

  • The faith chapter has always held my heart…..I have often wondered and praised God for the likes of Noah, looking ridiculous building the ark, Abraham, taking this LONGED for son, Isaac, to offer as a sacrifice to God.. Moses, leaving Egypt and all he had, never to go back…David, facing Goliath…Daniel and his three friends ( please don't ask me to say their names) in the fire pit……the list is endless, and yet by their example there is a lesson and a story to tell….FAITH…one of my favourite words….Sadly, I don't practice it as much as I should, I'm sorry to say, …Lord God, oh that I may have a heart shift to be more like these men and women of Faith in YOU…., but I love the way I feel when I hear the word FAITH….From times long past…and yet still remembered, there have been those saints who, gave their all in faith, in TRUST of God…To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see…What amazing words….what TRUTH….what absolute simple, though never easy, often the hardest…TRUTH….
    As I write the line from a song is going round in my head…..'If faith can move mountains… let the mountains move …….waiting here for you, with our hands lifted high in Praise to you…And its you, you Lord that we adore…singing hallelujah…'

    Lord, As I raise my hands in praise to you…renew in me, the reason I adore you, remove the mountains obscuring the view from my eyes and heart, that I may once more walk in the faith, and hope, and love that first brought me to you….Thank you Lord God for your faithfulness to me, forever the same, no matter what…Thank you Lord God thank you…for the faith YOU have in me….Lord may your Spirit fall on me, . In Jesus name I pray…Amen..

    In Faith, lifting you, my Sister.s to the Lord, for blessings abundant today…with love always…xxx

    • Onfaith

      Goodness. I just read this Tina and oddly God has placed Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego on both our hearts this morning. (A favorite story of mine). Love that He does that. As always, your words bring life. ~ B

  • Lifting up Jonathan and his family in prayer! Shandra, praise The Lord for His outstretched arm!

    This morning’s passage and devotion is so timely. Trusting God to do what we cannot yet see, to work what we cannot yet fathom, Lord help me to believe! I remember hearing a long time ago that sometimes God gives us a vision, just as He gave those visions to Joseph of becoming someone his whole family would look up to, but that vision temporarily dies as God allows circumstances in our lives that make that vision look like just that: a vision, not a reality. But by God’s grace, through faith in Him, God works out something greater in us as He stretches and grows us “so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb 11:3b). I pray God teaches me to truly trust Him even when the end or future is not visible to me because it is ALWAYS visible to our Father, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last!

  • drshanwalks

    What a beautiful reminder this morning. I find myself filled with faith and love as I read the scripture. I actually found myself shedding tears looking back over all the examples of men and women in the Bible who stepped out on faith. I now question myself, Shandra what are you waiting for? He takes care of His own. I feel a shift occurring in my life. God is preparing me for something greater. He is preparing me to make an impact on His behalf in some way. I pray for faith, strength, guidance, wisdom, and focus.

    S/N: Thank you for the prayers for my mother. The oral surgery went well. She still has some pain and soreness but healing is going well. She gets the stitches out today and she is learning to speak and eat with the dentures.

    • Abby

      You took the words out of my mouth – I feel the same way. Praying we would walk by faith and obedience!

  • Praying for Jonathan and all of you. That God will provide peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • I needed this so much this morning. My Mother is my great example of faith – always has been – but this summer we are both struggling as my beloved brother is battling oral cancer through 4 awful operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. My brother has become our example – telling us that no matter what – God is there, and though we pray for healing, there are no promises. BUT GOD IS STILL GOD, and if healing doesn't come he will be safe with Him. Oh, so hard. I believe. Help my unbelief. I've never asked online before – but last night he was being admitted again to hospital. So any prayers for Jonathan – a man of God, and his wife Karen a beautiful sister of truth and their darling 5 year old daughter Katharine would be so appreciated.

    • NicolaL

      Joining you in prayer for your brother this morning x

    • tina

      Pol, as yesterday's post reminded us, we are not here to do life alone…we have and need each other, to laugh with, cry with, pray with and for each other….
      I lift your whole family up to the Lord God Almighty right now, that his love and promises are yours, if you just have a mustard seed of faith…Lord you are our strength, our guide, our hope….in the Mighty Name of JESUS, I pray your peace that surpasses all understanding, be upon this family now….that Jonathan's faith and love in YOU be the light that shines for the rest of the family, so they may see you as he does….Lord, I pray you be with Angela's family at this time…in the name of Jesus I pray…Amen…

      I leave you with these words from Isaiah 26:3-4

      ' You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the Eternal Rock…'
      Xxx

    • drshanwalks

      Lifting your brother up in prayer and your family up in prayer. Going through the battle of cancer along side my mother I completely understand what you may be going through. God gives you strength even in the moments when you have none and He gives you faith in the moments when yours shake.

    • Ingrid

      Praying for you and your family this morning…

    • Amy

      Praying for your brother, Jonathan and for your family as you and they watch him suffer. I pray the treatments will be successful and The Lord will heal him completely. My Daddy was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2011 (actually on my birthday), and we watched him suffer so much. I fought hard to put my trust in The Lord when Daddy took a turn for the worst. If you need to talk feel free to email me at [email protected]. May The Lord be with you all.

    • Ashley C Denson

      Praying for you and your family!

    • Brandi

      Praying in agreement with all my sisters in Christ! Praying for supernatural strength, peace and healing! Praying that each of you will physically feel the Father's comfort today!

    • sweetdes2014

      Praying for your brother and you!

    • heather michelle

      Praying for your brother and his family this morning. And, what an amazing and humbling response to something as crippling as cancer. BUT GOD IS STILL GOD. Amen!

    • Onfaith

      Prayers that our God who pulled Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from horrific flames, will pull your brother from the depths of his pain and free him from this cancer. That He will lift your entire family to a place that allows for peace so vivid there is no escaping His understanding and love. That you're overwhelmed with faith and trust in God's perfect plan and that your brother will be a light to leading others through this. God knows your pain and your brother's suffering. He is with you. Praying that you develop an unshakable feeling of God's loving arms comforting you in this season! ~ B

    • Pam

      Praying for him and all of his family

    • Diana

      Praying for your brother and all of you as you go through this trying time. Praying for healing but also praying for strength, comfort and peace. May The Lord bless you and keep you and may his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

    • Tamarra

      Praying that God would bring you peace….

    • LindaCC

      Praying…

    • Faith

      Praying for you and your family! I can't imagine, but know that God is faithful even in the pains of life. I loved one of the verses from the passage today, Heb 11:16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
      Praising Jesus with you that this painful world and all it's sickness and sadness is not our home. God has a city waiting for us, and for your brother! Praying for healing for Jonathan, but ultimately for God's glory in his life.
      *hugs*

    • Susie

      Praying for Jonathan!

    • atpolsplace

      Thank you so much for your prayers – we really felt lifted and sustained today. My brother is home again tonight – he's finishing his 6 weeks of daily radiotherapy on Friday. Should have had his last chemo tomorrow – but dr has decided that he's not well enough for that, so no more chemo for now. Which means he will start to feel better from this treatment round sooner – but obviously has more implications for the longer term. Pol.

    • Angela

      Praying for your brother and your entire family!!

  • What great passages to start the day with, so amazing to remember all the times God was so faithful to his people and to praise him that he is just as faithful today. He is the same he never changes! I love the wide eyed image of realising the truth of the easter story- we should come to God like children. Amazed by the blessings he pours out. Even in the hard times it is so important to remember God’s faithfulness and that he will get us through!

  • such a beautiful and inspiring post….thank you for sharing!

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