**Artwork By Kate Lee**
Day one of my experiment…..November 1.
The most important thing in my life that I am grateful for is my faith.
More specifically, I am grateful for my faith in Jesus Christ.
I have faith in a lot of things.
I have faith that when I use the light switch in my home the light will turn on.
I have faith that the sun will rise each morning.
I have faith that my car will start when I hit the ignition.
All of those things require some level of faith, but the greatest gift of faith I have is my faith in Jesus Christ.
So what is faith?
The Apostle Paul taught, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
And specifically in my personal faith tradition as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
Having faith in Jesus Christ means relying completely on Him—trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. It includes believing His teachings. It means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does.
I have had more than enough experiences in my life that point me toward Him. I have collected “evidence of things not seen” and know it in a way that I cannot explain.
I have felt strengthened in my life at times when there is no other explanation except His infinite power and love lifting me and supporting me.
I have felt that He alone understands how I feel as a mother when I visit the gravesite of my son.
I have faith in the promise that He will “give unto [me] beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that [I] might be called [a tree] of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV)
If I develop my faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, I can also develop my faith in God the Father, who sent Him here to fulfill that mission.
That faith is a way for me to develop and express my trust in Him. Trust in God is a powerful force in my life.
Recently, a friend posed the question, “Where is God at work in your life this week? Is there a new thing He wants you to do? How is He growing or maturing you?”
I spent a few days pondering those questions before I wrote my reply. I shared,
“God is showing me opportunities that are available for me and allowing me to decide either way. I am seeing His trust in me when I trust in Him. Seeing His trust in me is allowing me to trust myself more.”
When I don’t understand, which is often, He does. And if He has trust in me why do I question that? Don’t I believe in a God that is omnipotent and omniscient? Of course I do!
I’m Michelle. I am learning how to minimize my overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and I am ready to help you do the same. I’m a certified Life Coach and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Come with me and learn how.
It is through my faith that I continue to grow and evolve. It is my faith that allows me to believe that this life is not the whole story. It is in faith that my limited, human efforts can be met by grace and compassion.
It is faith that leads me to believe God has something more in mind for me than the limiting vision I have for my life. And it is faith that allows me to ask what that might be.
As my faith grows and leads me to develop, I change my behaviors to become more of a living testimony of the power and mission of Jesus Christ.
It is my hope that people who know me but don’t know Him, will want to know Him because they know me.
If you would like to discuss gratitude or faith, “Contact Me” and send me a quick email. If you prefer, you can “Schedule a Consult” for a free zoom session to discuss what you want to work towards and how to get started.
The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!! Come with me. 🙂
And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!
THAT is faith!!!
It’s ALL good in the end! If it’s not good, it is not the end!!