John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When God says that he so loved the world, he does. God's love remains the same and we face this new day with hope. Hard things happen to each us and people we care about in life. I have learned that people are people and we must meet them at where they are at in life. Not everyone believes like me or even you. Faith comes by hearing and it can grow.
Romans 10:17 New International Version (NIV)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
GIFT OF GOD ~
God works in different ways daily in our lives. Keeping faith alive helps spurs us on in healing times. Just knowing God is able and yet waiting on somethings. I was thinking over the years of my kids being young and all the things I wanted for them in life. One things was their faith would grow as they grew up. Both of my kid/adults believe in Jesus and have faith beyond words. I can see how teaching helps, but also their own actions that matter.
Even the strongest person you know, needs prayer. They need God in ways we don't know. Behind the scenes of life are struggles and real things that happen. Sometimes it's the little things that can become big to us. The wants of life and yet the realness of life takes over. Many years ago, we sold our house in Pinole CA and I wanted my kids to grow up there. A place where my beautiful house was and then I felt as if I lost it all. I had to move a big house full of things, into a small apartment. It crushed my heart and I felt like God let me down. It wasn't God at all, it was to many credit cards and planning wrong. Truth is good to share at times. We eventually moved across the bridge and found a new way of normal. I'll end that story there today, because it was that change that brought new friends to my life. It also was connections for my kids to meet their new friends and finding a new church.
God works behind the scenes of our lives. I can see that clearly now and I've grown into a much better adult. Through it all, God does have a purpose. I have now attended a church for over 18 years and have met so many amazing people. Connection at church is more than for your spiritual life, but a physically life too. We need real friendships that are God given. I hope you connect to a good church too. If you live close to Napa and no home church, please come to mine. Hillside Christian Church 100 Anderson Road, Napa.
Purpose this a good day!