Have you ever sensed God calling you out of your comfy boat to walk the waves beyond? Did you do it? Did you try and then sink like Peter? Or is fear holding you back from even stepping out? What’s keeping you from walking on water? Maybe you still haven’t figured out how to get your boat out of the harbor. I have days like that. I’m right there with you!
I tried to swallow the fear that surged within me, but I couldn’t keep it down. I desperately wanted to believe it was nothing, but this hadn’t happened to me before and I was already well into the second trimester.
Celebrate with me as I do a little happy dance. After nearly five years of studying and note-taking and one year of organizing those ideas into chapters, I have finally completed my rough draft of my very first chapter of my very first book! And chapter 2 is on the verge of being finished. It’s finally becoming real!
So you may be wondering why I’ve been talking about and working on this book for the better part of a year and I only have one chapter done. I don’t blame you. Most days I wonder that myself. The short answer is: life happens! And when you’ve got a house full of 10 people all going different directions, there’s a lot of life happening on any given day!
Just because I decided to write a book doesn’t mean the laundry cleans itself, or the children magically show up where they need to be with all the stuff they were supposed to bring, or that anyone in the family suddenly figures out where to put their dirty socks.
I’m very excited to let you in on a little project I’ve been working on. For the month of October, I’ll be joining a community of bloggers who have made a commitment to write every day for 31 days in a row on the same topic. I have chosen 31 Days to Unshakable Faith for my theme.
Starting next week on October 1st, I plan to write for 31 consecutive days about practical ways we can fortify our faith. Life can throw some pretty crazy stuff at us sometimes and it’s so easy to feel lost, alone, and confused.
Whether it’s tragedies we hear about in the news, struggles our friends and family face, or our own private pain, life this side of Eternity can really beat up our faith and cause us to wonder if everything God told us and promised us is actually true. Our starting point for this series will be Ephesians 6:10-20, but we are going to go a lot of different places from there.
I really hope you will join me on this journey and find some encouragement along the way. Please don’t be shy about interacting with me through the comments or my contact form. I don’t want to do all the “talking”! I’d love to hear your story as well.
Check out the 31 Days to Unshakable Faith homepage to see the variety of topics we are going to touch on during the next month. If I’ve left something out that you want to explore further, let me know and I may be able to incorporate that into the schedule or write a separate post about it.
Over the past few years, there have been many times when I wrestled with God and sought answers to the hard questions. I know I’m not the only one. More Christians and would-be Christians wrestle over how to reconcile their pain with God’s complete sovereignty and goodness than many of them admit. I used to be one of them. But not anymore. I want to be open about my questions but not let the unanswered questions weaken my trust in God.
God has been so gracious and taught me so much. I have a burden to share what I’ve learned and encourage others whose faith gets shaken by experience.
I won’t have the time or space to say everything I want to share on these topics. The month of October will be a taste of what is to come–an appetizer, if you will. These 31 days will be a sneak-peak into the book I am currently writing called Stand Strong, Living Undefeated with Unshakable Faith.
I welcome and value your input. Your feedback will help make this book more meaningful and effective, enabling me to reach more people who seek to energize their faith and stand strong in the midst of struggles.
I am by no means an expert (on any topic). I am not an academic scholar or a theologian. I’m not a pastor or a doctor. I’m a fellow traveler, walking a similar road to you. We humans tend to emphasize our differences, but at the end of the day, we have many more similarities than differences. The basic heartaches and joys of life are common to us all. I don’t have all the answers, or even most of the answers. The answers I think I have may not be exactly right. But I do believe that God is not silent. He is eager to teach us if we are willing to listen. I invite you to listen in with me.
I’m so excited to start this journey toward unshakable faith with you. I can’t wait to see what God will do as we commit together to strengthening our faith Him. To God be the glory!
I know the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:8, NLT
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