Whether you’re struggling through a rough spot in your marriage or feeling discouraged on the job, I wrote this for you. You might be facing challenges with a hard-to-handle toddler or teen. Believe me, I understand how you feel. Maybe you’re trying to lose 10 pounds or finish a project that you just can’t seem to complete.
When we face difficult circumstances, discouragement can creep up on us. Then we need a supernatural touch of faith to keep going. We must believe that no matter what happened yesterday, no matter how we failed, every day brings the promise of fresh starts and new mercies from God. Since January 1st, I’ve prayed every day, “God, increase my faith.”
I need more faith right now than ever before. My husband and I just took a significant leap in the biggest faith venture of our lives: together with a friend, we signed a contract on a store front space in order to open a new church in our Middle Eastern city. We paid a year’s rent and taxes to the government. Our first meeting is February 9th, but I have so many questions. Can we get the place repaired, painted, and ready in time? Will we have the money to buy everything we need? What if no one comes? Thoughts like these make me shake in my boots and ask, “What on earth have we gotten ourselves into?”
Of course your faith venture looks different than mine. Maybe you are:
- Praying for a child who has made bad choices.
- Starting a new job or project.
- Hanging in there with home schooling.
- Trying to write a book or finish a dissertation.
- Caring for an elderly parent.
No matter what challenge we face, we need a fresh anointing of faith and strength to keep moving forward.
In God’s perfect timing, I happened to pick up the book Believing God by Beth Moore, just as we embarked on our newest faith venture. My biggest take away from the book is the call to choose what to believe and to declare truth when my faith falters. Beth outlines a declaration of faith in five statements:
1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God’s word is alive and active in me.
It may sound crazy, but I’ve been repeating these five statements to myself—out loud when I can—on a daily basis. I’m amazed at how just saying these words makes faith and hope rise in me. (By the time I get to statement number 5, I’m practically preaching it!)
So wherever you are and whatever you’re dealing with today, hold your head high and keep smiling. Keep walking forward. Keep believing. Keep praying. Keep taking baby steps. You are who God says you are. You can do all things through Christ. God’s word is alive and active in you.