I mean that I want us to help each other with the
faith we have. Your faith will help me,
and my faith will help you.
Romans 1:12

I have been on a journey of faith my whole life. I can look back now and see how, at each turn of my life, God prepared me for my future. Every situation and circumstance I’ve walked through, sorrow as well as joy, brought me to where I stand in my faith today.

In September 2011, I committed to write on my blog for 31 days about faith. During those 31 days, I received numerous emails and comments questioning how to have faith. It seems many of us desperately want to have faith and believe God is working things out for our ultimate good. Unfortunately, it seems not all of us are willing to truly give up our earthly control, or know how to do that.

What I’m continuously learning on my journey, and want to share with you, is when we stand in the way of what our Father has planned for us, we become a roadblock for our own ultimate good.

Many of us are walking through trials, suffering, pain, and heartache. Faith doesn’t mean God is going to take all of that away. But faith will {without a doubt} replace anxiety and worrying with peace. Peace that surpasses all human understanding.

Faith will also allow you to face your adversary and be thankful for it. It took me a long time to understand how James could declare:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
{here’s the key truth}
because you know that the testing
of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1:2-3

I believe when we can understand and truly believe that our God is for us, that He’s behind the scenes working things for our ultimate good, it’s at that moment we can claim we have the faith it takes to look at our trials with joy.

I expand my thoughts on this verse from James in a bonus chapter included with the purchase of this e-book. I’ve also included three extra bonus chapters, one of which is from my husband who is a new believer in Christ, and a recovering alcoholic and addict.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. Are you going to have faith or aren’t you? Ask yourself, “Has my current course been working for me? Or could I stand to have more faith in my life?”

I’ll be praying for you as take your own journey through faith. My prayer is that God will meet you where you are at and you’ll feel His presence in a very real and powerful way.

In Him,

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