25 Ways Faith is Flourishing
Last month, we asked the question, “what have you found helpful for growing your faith this year”. We had some amazing responses, and we’ve put together excerpts from 25 of these responses to share with you. We love how genuine and vulnerable these responses are. Some are beautiful reminders, and others are creative ideas. All show hearts seeking after God. Thank you to everyone who responded. Let’s keep talking about ways God is growing our faith as we walk together in partnership for his good and loving purposes.
- The most effective thing I have done for my faith this year is to fail. Health issues, teenage kids, incredibly stressful work and church situations- when I’ve reached my limit, or downright screwed up (generally by doing too much when it was time to let go), that is when I learn the most and grow the most, supported by the grace and forgiveness of God and those around me.
- This year I have taken to heart Reshma Saujani’s quote “teach girls bravery not perfection”. From Scripture Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Whenever I feel afraid or inadequate at a task I believe the Lord has led me to I remind myself to be brave. My faith has multiplied and I have been humbled by His grace in spite of what feels like my imperfect efforts.
- Praying with those who are going through hard times (quite a few this year!) and witnessing how God has answered their prayers!!
- I wouldn’t say my faith has shown any flourishing – but how I long for it to flourish in bringing God and specifically Jesus into everyday conversations by faith in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. And to have faith to TRULY love others no matter what. Also, to faithfully pray and encourage others to pray for our nation and church in this day and age and to seek God’s will in His sovereignty.
- The most effective and beneficial thing for me has been intentional time out with the Lord. I had a retreat earlier in the year for 4 days on my own with the Lord which was hugely beneficial. There were circumstances and challenges that had me bound in my faith, bringing questions, fears and grief. The time away didn’t necessarily fix everything and bring answers, but in allowing it all to be exposed it lost its power, which has opened my heart up again and allowed me to see things with less clouded glasses. My faith is strengthening again, but I do believe this will be a lifelong process, and the key is time with the Father and time in His Word.
- For growing my faith this year: learning to hear voices in the Bible that I’d never paid much attention to before because ‘minor’ does not mean unimportant, and if God can use the small things (whether human or nonhuman) then that has enormous implications for how he cares for me and can use me, and that this matters in the grand scheme of what he is doing in the world.
- For more than a year now, I’ve been praying through the Psalms, one a day, each morning. Not studying them, or memorising them, but praying them.
- A song I learned in Sunday School over 40 years ago comes to mind when you ask what I’ve done to grow my faith: “Read your Bible and Pray every day, if you want to grow . . .” Turns out, that is true. Faith comes from the Lord. Gotta seek the Lord. His Word, written and spoken through His Spirit is all I know to do to grow my faith.
- “Continuing to read the Word” “Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God”, the systematic intake of the Word of God and the ongoing development of obedience to “Pray without ceasing…”
- Reading through the Bible again. Last year I read it chronologically. This year, focusing on passages about women and the topic of shame. Talking to God about His Word and seeking to see it His way.
- Learning to be content with where my gifts are and not judging then for where they’re at.
- Learning guitar to worship and fellowshipping at church.
- Attending Celebrate Recovery’s 12 step recovery program…day and night thanking God for His miraculous removal of any cravings for alcohol, and through the program, having God reveal my character defects and working on them step by step to help God to remove them. God is working miracles daily in my life!
- I keep on praying
- Using the app PrayerMate (it is brilliant!)
- I put the Bible on the kitchen table where I sit to eat breakfast every day, and read a short section of whichever book I’m reading over breakfast. Just a few minutes! I have been using a Bible version that is not the one I’m most familiar with, because it forces me to slow down and pay attention, and notice new things.
- I share weekly prayer points with one of my closest friends. There have been times when I’ve been slack with praying, but I’ve managed to pray for her, because there’s more accountability.
- My husband and I pray and read the Bible with Don Carson , ‘For the love of God’. (about 3 times a week, sometimes less) I have been using the 2 vols of Carson in my own ‘Time with the Lord’, that’s what my husband calls a Quiet Time. He wakes and prays at 4am. However I think the best thing I could do is watch LESS TV. I’m watching more than I would like.
- I’m trying to be more effective in growing my faith by taking on less…to pray more… I feel I have come to a season where I’ve needed TIME OUT to pray rather than being pushed along by what has to be programmed.
- I’ve started to truly believe that things are happening “for” me and not “to” me. We’ve gone through a tough sale of our home over the past several months (we close on Friday!!!) and the glass will always be half empty or half full. It’s a powerful shift that has really helped me take joy in the day to day ups and downs.
- I have set aside the morning for reading books that feed my soul, focusing on art, poetry, nature, and the spirit. I read with a sense of anticipation and also as if I’m sharing a broad conversation among seekers.
- God is really using hospitality to grow our faith this year. We’ve been privileged to hear so many stories of God’s faithfulness from those who’ve been in our home!
- We’re renting a house for just a year, and with the days ticking by, and yet another house move coming up, and with lots of uncertainty ahead, it’s a great opportunity to prayerfully practice trust. When anxious thoughts arise, I have the opportunity to commit the situation to God and choose to trust God. Or I can be worried. My choice. Where we’ll live and how we’ll afford it is really rubber hits the road stuff, and so it’s a great opportunity for prayer and trust. Some days I do better with this than others.
- Knowing that He is real and what He says, He means. I’ve been watching quite a bit on youtube of Israel and all the ruins & discoveries they are making, looking up the Bible places & going down the streets on google maps! It really brings it home & the Bible to life in a whole new way!!
- The opportunity to stop and reflect on this and other questions like it.
Which of these do you connect with? How can we pray for you in your faith journey?
Walking in love together,
Ellie and Graham