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Thing #2: I Have Faith

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The second thing I love about myself is that I have faith.

I cherish this trait about myself even more so because I didn't always have faith, I wasn't always this way, so I know the difference between having faith and not having faith. Like Oscar Wilde said, “Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.” I believe that because it was my unbelief that drew me to read the word of God and to become a believer.

But faith isn't set aside just for those who believe in God. The definition of FAITH in the Merriam Webster dictionary only lists faith as the "belief and trust in and loyalty to God" in the religious sense as one of the definitions of faith. There are others:

1. Allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
2. Fidelity to one's promises
3. Sincerity of intentions
4. Complete trust

Faith is also being loyal, keeping promises and being sincere in our intentions. I believe I possess all of these traits as well, but again, I didn't used to.

For me faith in God goes hand in hand with being loyal, sincere, etc. But that's what works for me. For other people you may have faith in something working out, like a marriage or a weight loss plan. Perhaps you have faith in obtaining a job, or in your family getting along.

Faith is one of those words that is used often but hard to pin down exactly WHAT it is. HOW do you get it? It's a a wonderful present to unwrap, a mystery to unravel.

I think it's also something that can mean something else to various people depending on who you ask. That is the wonderful thing about it. Faith is something that is attainable for everyone, it is just patiently waiting for you to come and pluck it and call it your own.

With faith, the IMPOSSIBLE is POSSIBLE. All things are possible, and life is worth waking up to each morning through the gift of faith. I feel that faith is complete trust, without question, that a thing is going to work out right. And faith is also what helps us pick up the pieces if our dreams don't turn out exactly as planned.

Faith is what drives me, and what helps me to not give up. I can achieve my dreams, I have faith that I can and I will take that unknown step into the darkness and know that it will all turn out right.

And perhaps I will even be taught to FLY.

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”

~ Mary Manin Morrissey

“When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”

~ Patrick Overton
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    3582 days ago
    Awesome, awesome Blog!
    3582 days ago
    emoticon blog! I love how you described faith beyond just the religious sense! It often seems like today there is so much cynicism that faith is more rare.

    Keep up the good work! You're inspiring all of us!

    - Karen
    3583 days ago
    Faith is a tough thing to maintain. I think as a kid it was easier because I wasn't so jaded and "logical". I have noticed as I get older it is becomming more and more diffaculy to maintain complete faith but after reading this, maybe it isn't so hard. Thanks so much for sharing! :)
    3583 days ago
    Loved your blog! Thanks for sharing.
    3583 days ago
    Beautiful blog Lotusflower. Faith is so comforting. Knowing that you are in a time and place for a reason, that there is nothing that you cannot handle or work through, that you are not alone, and my favorite Joshua 1:9. Just knowing I am not alone is incredibly strengthening. Have a glorious day LF.
    3583 days ago
  • KROLES55
    Having Faith is a blessed assurance. "Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek him."
    3583 days ago
    Love your writing! Very inspiring and thought provoking! Thank you for sharing! Any kind of faith must be worked at and can be improved and made stronger. SP has helped me gain faith in myself to accomplish dreams, and faith in others to strive for what they really want! Blessings to you and your family this holiday season! emoticon
    3583 days ago
    Wonderfully expressed! Hebrews defines faith as 'the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' One of my favorite quotes about faith is this: 'Faith is the bird who FEELS the light and sings while the dawn is still dark.' It's a marvelous gift to have faith!
    3583 days ago
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    Beautiful blog post.
    3583 days ago
  • FREES1
    I love the Overton quote
    To me faith is the belief that everything happens for a reason and that I will be okay.. things may be dark at a particular time but someday the light will come...
    great post -
    3583 days ago
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    As christian you are Right...We are to have faith in God, Ourselfs and Others.... emoticon
    3583 days ago
    Oh I love this!!! I have also always been proud of my faith. I saw my granmother's and mother's faith and it inspired me. I ALWAYS know things will work out. I know that no matter how bad it is, it will be okay in the end. One of my favorite quotes is "Everything is okay in the end. If it isn't okay then it isn't the end." ~unknown. Faith has gotten me through some pretty awful personal times. And it gets me through every day in this weight loss journey. I have faith in myself! and I have faith in you my friend!
    3583 days ago
    A lot of people don't have faith in much of anything. THis is a great thing to be proud of!
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