Hello? Are you there God?

It’s me, Erica.

So, calling it quits? Guess not. Why? Well… Here we go.

Basically, I have a lot on my plate. I found myself trying to decide to a journal today or do I write a post today? And, I kept choosing journaling. I didn’t have the heart for this, I didn’t have the energy for this. I wasn’t feeling inspired to write an entire blog post. So I prayed, and prayed and prayed. And I *thought* God was telling me to put this on the back burner for a while. That was a lie. The king of lies, deceived me.

For more than a couple months, I’ve been looking for someone to disciple. I’ve been called to disciple someone. I want to be someone’s Paul. I want someone to be my Timothy. A couple funny things about this. One, I have someone to disciple in my own home. My husband. -That’s an entirely different post. So stay tuned.- Two, lately, I’ve had an outpouring of questions: “Why did you quit your blog?” “You have such a talent. Why would you quit?” “You can reach so many people.” So let’s answer those real quick. I quit because I didn’t have time. I have a 9 month old who is crawling and getting into everything. And I would prefer if he didn’t remember his mom behind a computer screen constantly. I have such talent? No, thank you, but no. God has talent and He’s using me. Everything I say is from God. Reaching so many people? Not necessarily. I have this small corner of the internet. I have friends and such. But I never want people to feel like I’m preaching. Because I’m not.

So, now that’s been discussed…

I was laying in bed last night, praying. Slowly drifting off. Trying to stay awake to finish my prayers. And, like I said, I’ve been asking to find someone to disciple. And suddenly, this surge of ideas for the blog came up. I’m not kidding when I say have like a long list of topics to write about. It was just like God was telling me He has a plan for me, and here are some ways to execute that.

My birthday was a few weeks ago, and right before my birthday was when I announced I was taking a break. Well, then my dad purchased me a website domain. So just another sign from God.

So why are we really here? I wanted to explain and also talk about hearing God verses hearing Satan. I was in this really awesome ladies night in at church and the speaker was talking about this. She said,  if what you’re hearing is taking you away from God, it’s Satan. Drawing you nearer to Him is God. What a powerful statement. But what about when it gets complicated. Like with my break. I thought I was drawing nearer to God because I was journaling. And I have. But I feel like instagram/facebook is never enough space to truly say what I learned about the scripture.

What are you putting off that God is calling you to? Is He calling you to go to Africa and spread His word? Is He calling you to invite that cashier to our church? Is He calling you to finally tell your friend who doesn’t really believe, all the wonderful things you get to experience? Or maybe, you’re the person needing to accept Jesus. Maybe you have been sticking your toes in the water to see if it’s for you. Maybe, just maybe, you need to stop testing the waters and jump in. If you’re a non-believer- What if all of us “crazy christians” are right? What if you’re the one who is wrong? Are you comfortable with spending your eternity in agony? Are you comfortable with spending the rest of your days not searching for someone? Are you comfortable?

What is faith?

Hello ladies.

This is the third time I’ve written this post. Every time I start, I don’t feel like its what I’m really trying to say. So let’s try this one last time.

I strongly believe faith differs between each individual. My reasons for my faith may be something different than the person next to me. But lets try to tackle this. I want to encourage y’all once again to contact me with any questions. And I will answer them as soon as I can with the best way I can.

So faith is defined as ‘complete trust or confidence in someone or something’ and ‘based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.’

Ephesians 3:16-19 I really love this. I think it speaks to so much more than just faith itself. “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” You have to accept Jesus in your hearts to receive the power of faith. The power of faith is hard to grasp. And even harder to maintain. But the reward of maintaining the faith is truly amazing. You are forgiven and get to spend eternity in this wonderful place called Heaven.

Hebrews 11:1 More definition. But this is amazing. Confidence in what we hope for, and assurance in what we do not see. How much would you love knowing that what you hope for is beyond possible and assurance toward that future? Whether your future is towards being a doctor or traveling around the world, faith allows you to have confidence in that dream, and the promise that it may come true.

Romans 15:13 Trusting in Jesus, gives you the hope. And you can’t trust Jesus without the faith of him.

James 1:6 Maintaining that faith is difficult. Especially when you pray and the answer is no. You may not understand at the time why the answer is no, but later, you will soon see that his plan is exactly what you needed. But if you can stay steadfast in your faith, and realize that even when the answer is no, He will always take care of you. His plan is greater than ours. And always works out in our favor.

1 Peter 1:8-9 Again, more definition of what faith is in Him. ‘Inexpressible and glorious joy.’ Sign me up. You cannot see Him like you can see the person in front of you. But you can see Him through others. I pray for that daily. I pray that someone can see Him through me. Because seeing Him through someone else, is as close as we are gonna get to see Him until our glorious day in Heaven arrives.

Hebrews 11;6 I have previously talked about pleasing Jesus. And without faith, you can’t please him. And you can’t please him without earnestly seeking him.  I love to please Jesus. Because he has shared that pleasure with me in return.

2 Corinthians 5:7 By faith and not sight. Very difficult in such a sight driven world. We are attached to our screens that let us see everything. I think that is why faith is so difficult in our current world. We find it hard to believe something without physically seeing it. We watch the news, we watch our music, we watch our friends through videos. But trusting in something you can’t see, may seem crazy to others, but the reward… I can’t talk enough about the reward.

Romans 10:10James 2:17 Having faith through your heart is the way you can believe in Him. Believing in your heart and telling everyone that you do, is the best way to act out your faith for beginners.

And of course, I can’t talk about faith without this story. For those of you new to faith, you may not have read this story. But it is a ‘basic’ story. Next week I will go over the other basic stories. But this one pertains to faith. Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus comes out to them, walking on water. Obviously, that is impossible. Except for the Lord of course. And Peter says if it’s you, then tell me to come out to you. And when the Lord did, Peter, just an ordinary man, walked on water too. When he doubted, he sunk. Don’t doubt the Lord. Allow yourself to open your heart, accept Him and walk on water with Him.

Basically, anyone can and will be skeptical of this. They will attempt to poke holes in the stories, and tell you that it is impossible to walk on water, it is impossible to arise from the dead, it is impossible to heal people with touch. Yes, it is impossible. Except for the Lord. He is not man. He came to us in man form, to teach us and show us the faith. But, He is the son of God and therefore can do anything. The amazing part of all of this, is the the spirit of Him lives within us. And he just waits for us to accept Him and believe in Him. It’s easy to believe in something you can see. But take the harder road, and believe in what you cannot see, what you cannot truly explain. When the Lord shows up in your life, it is amazing to be able to explain the miracle as Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Dear Lord, I bring these ladies to you so that you can make yourself known in their life. I pray that they see the true and amazing power of your love and living their life through you and by you. There is no greater gift. Let them have undeniable faith in you, like you have given me. Let this reach to all those who are sinking without the faith. Lift them up on the water, and let them walk with you. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.