I am glad that so many of you liked my Sunday post last week. It was amazing to read Leah’s account of her near-death experience and I found great comfort in her words. Death is something that we all will experience and it is scary to think about. Most of us have had someone we love to pass on and her account of what they might have experienced eased some of the pain and worry that I had felt.

I was reading Hebrews chapter 11 one day this week. This is an entire chapter devoted to FAITH. What is faith exactly? That very thing is addressed in verse 1.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Who is Right?

Have you ever heard the saying, “Seeing is believing?” I am sure most of you have heard that at one time or another. Faith is believing without seeing and for some that might be an impossible task. I read a devotional from Pastor Rick Warren where he was talking about how two people can experience the same thing but have a completely different outlook.

  • In 1961, the Soviet Union sent the first cosmonaut into space. When the cosmonaut returned to Earth, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev declared they’d been to space and didn’t see any god there.
  • About 10 months later, the United States sent John Glenn into space. He circled the earth three times on his Mercury mission, came back down, and told the world, “I saw God everywhere! I saw his glory in the galaxy. I saw his splendor in the universe. I saw his majesty in the stars.”

Both men were right. They both saw what they wanted to see. One looked at the majesty before him and saw God’s work and the other saw darkness. One had faith and the other didn’t.

Acts of Faith:

In Hebrews 11 we are reminded of so many acts of faith. I have marveled many times at the faith of Abraham who took his son Isaac to be an offering to the Lord. I can’t imagine the torment that he must have been experiencing at the thought of sacrificing his child.

What about Noah? Can you imagine the thoughts that went through his mind? I can just hear what his friends or neighbors thought when he started to build a gigantic boat without a rain cloud in sight.

We know that Sara was at first skeptical when the Lord told her that she would bear a child after she was well past the childbearing age. Who could blame her? I am sure that she had prayed and prayed and prayed for a child but that prayer had never been answered. But, she was faithful and she believed in her heart that the Lord could deliver on his promise.

Can you imagine the faith it took to walk into the Red Sea even though the waters were parted? Can you imagine the faith it took to wipe blood on the door of your home for the Passover? Can you imagine the faith it took to fight the giant Goliath?

The Choice:

Everday we have a choice about faith. When the Lord tells us to do something and we obey that is an act of faith. The Bible is full of instructions such as love thy neighbor or obey your mother and father. Why, because He said so.

In Mark 11 it says,

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Have faith! Believe that it is already done! It will be yours! And remember Jeremiah 29:11, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Have A Blessed Day!

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44 Comments

  1. Thank you for your inspiration. A Proverbs 31 woman “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds…….Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile….The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of- GOD. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:10-31‬ ‭MSG‬‬
    http://bible.com/97/pro.31.10-31.msg
    Best from Arizona
    Janice

    • Tania Reply

      I love Proverbs 31!!! Thank you so much for quoting this, it is beautiful.

  2. Thank you for this post! It really spoke to me today💕

    Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

    20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

    • Tania Reply

      Mary, it is hard to fathom how little faith it takes to move a mountain. Believe, trust, and have faith for He is there for us.

  3. Tania, the Sunday posts you choose are the ones I find myself re reading over and again thru the week because they are so insightful and comforting. You are a blessing to so many, besides being a lovely, kind, funny and helpful lady. So glad I came across your blog- the Sunday posts are a huge bonus to me. Thank you!

    • Tania Reply

      Sandy, I am so glad that you feel that way. I love my Sunday posts but they are not everyone’s cup of tea. I am thankful when someone lets me know that they are helpful.

  4. Very well written Tania and so true. My daughter’s middle name is Faith because of Hebrews 11:1. ~Lisa~

    • Tania Reply

      That is a great name, Lisa. My son’s name is Matthan which is Jesus’ earthly grandfather.

  5. Yvonne Weimer Reply

    Tania, do you have a Facebook group for your blog? If so, I would love to join!

  6. Your blog is the FIRST thing I read every morning but I RUN to read your Sunday posts because they’re always so good, Tania! You have a God given Gift and He is putting it to good use through your writing. God Bless you!

    • Tania Reply

      Sondra, I do believe that He has blessed my blog for this reason. There is no way that I could have made my blog a success without His handy work. I am not a writer, have no training in fashion, I work in a lumber company, and I hate having my picture taken.

  7. Great devotional reading! Thank you for the reminder. Peace & blessings

  8. I look forward to your post every day -It used to be the first one I opened in the morning but recently I’ve started to read it last ….. so I can linger .

    I am also getting an up close and real lesson on faith since my husband was diagnosed with cancer –in this journey I have found that there is a huge difference in believing that God CAN deliver -and – God WILL deliver on his promises. I have chosen the latter and have seen him deliver on his promises over and over again.

    My husband is doing great and God is faithful ….. even when we aren’t –
    II Corinthians 1:20

    Thanks Tania for a wonderful way to start my day .

    • Tania Reply

      Marilyn, I know where you are coming from. I know in my heart that the Lord CAN do all things. My struggle has been, is it His will? WILL he do it? Thank you for your kind words and I love that you now read mine last. I am saying a healing prayer for your husband and a prayer for strength for you.

  9. Thanks Tania, your Sunday’s post are so enlightening for me. Thanks for taking the time to right.

  10. Love your Sunday posts! Last week’s was amazing but you followed up this week with another great one. Always prepares my heart and mind for church later today.

  11. Such a beautiful and timely post for me this morning as today marks the 10 year anniversary of my mother’s death. Thank you for sharing this with us this morning.

  12. I always look forward to your Sunday posts! I got chills when I read the one from last weeek. Today’s post was a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness to us.

  13. Tania, thank you for sharing Leah’sstory last week. One of the favorite parts of my job is getting to counsel and pray with people on the phone. A few days after I read your blog, an elderly woman in her 80’d called and the more she talked the more I realized that she was fearing death. She point-blank asked me, “What do you think it will be like?”Leah’s story came to mind. I asked the woman if she had ever had a dream so wonderful that you were sad (or upset!) when you woke up. She replied, “Yes”. I said, “Heaven will be like that dream and you won’t ever have to wake up.” The tone of her voice became filled with peace. Thanks, Tania, for sharing that story.

    • Tania Reply

      Tonya, Leah’s story touched me so much when I read it. I am glad that you were able to use it to help this lady. I believe we all are put in each other’s paths for a reason.

  14. Thank you for this. Very well written and something I need today and everyday. God bless you and your family.

  15. Another good post, just when I needed it. I have a sister who was just diagnosed with late stage cancer. I am turning it over to God and just need to have faith that He will do what is best for her. Thy will be done…I must have said that a thousand times this week. Thanks, blessings to you today and everyday!

    • Tania Reply

      I am so sorry, Teresa. Thy will be done is the hardest prayer that I ever say. I am saying a prayer for you and your family during this trying time.

  16. I once heard a priest say that faith is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise it, it will wither and die. Thank you for reminding me that I need to exercise my faith every day! Blessings on you and your family!

  17. Thank you for this message of Faith Tania. I love your blogs and your Sunday inspiration carries me thru the week. God Bless you and have a wonderful Sunday😊

  18. Tania, I, like many of your other readers, enjoy your daily posts. I have even been saved by you a couple of times in “what to wear in this southern culture” I now find myself a part of. However, I, too, most enjoy your Sunday posts. They always touch me in some way and are so very real and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing with us, your readers, those special thoughts and reflections. Today’s was especially personal as you shared the concept of faith. You quoted 2 of my favorite verses— Hebrews and Jeremiah. These were replayed again and again for me in my head 8 1/2 years ago when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It’s often hard to remain in faith because sometimes the answer is “No”. That is the greatest act of faith — to accept that His will is something different than what I asked for. I feel tremendously blessed that His will coincided with my petition and I am still here to share my faith journey with others. God bless.

  19. What a wonderful blog post. I love when people share their faith this way. Faith is powerful. I haven’t read your last Sunday’s post. But I can say I was with both my parents walk the last steps in God’s plan to bring them home. Praying and peaceful for me because I knew where they were going. Alzheimer’s and Cancer did all they could, but they have everlasting life in heaven and I will see them again one day.

    I am enjoying your blog. Fun to find one that fits my age and life more. God Bless and enjoy your Sunday

  20. Needed this today. My family is going through a major crisis with our oldest daughter and I’m requesting prayer from all believers for her. God knows what the problem is, so please pray for all of us. This is effecting our entire family and we are all hurting. Thank you so much for your Sunday posts. Often they are just what I need and today’s certainly was!!

  21. Thanks for just what I needed this morning. I’m sharing this with my daughter. You’ve made me feel better and the verses give me hope. Have a great day.

  22. Your Sunday blog is always a blessing as are you. Love this writing on Faith. This is a lovely reminder and helps strengthen my faith in Jesus. Have a Blessed day Tania.

  23. I am also participating in “The Magic” devotional and truly think the book should be renamed to “Have Faith”! 🙂 I loved your post today!

  24. Love your Sunday blogs! In our crazy world, it’s so good to know there are fellow believers in Jesus.

    • Charlcy Green Reply

      Tania I am so blessed by your Sunday posts. I look forward to every day’s blog but Sundays are amazing! You have a real gift at sharing your faith through this blog and I so admire you!!

  25. Ronna Snipes Reply

    Tania, I believe God has blessed your blog, due to your obedience in sharing your faith and How good Our God is. His word will not return void. I enjoy your blog, but appreciate your boldness for sharing the peace only He can give! Keep it up Sister!

  26. Great choice of picture/graphic to illustrate this Sunday’s post.

  27. Your post reminded me of times when I leave church feeling like the sermon was meant just for me. Thanks for your wonderful post on faith – it was very timely!

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