Sunday, 13 May 2012

Overcoming Doubt

Something I have learned from David is overcoming doubt. The strength of David's faith allows him to place his trust in God and walk with sure, determined steps through life. He has gone through more ups, downs, and life changes than anyone else I've ever met and he still remains steadfast and optimistic.

On the other hand, I am a notorious self-doubter.
If I had a nickel for every short story, novel, and essay I started and doubted myself into never finishing, I could self-publish One Way to Grace on sheets of solid gold. The beauty of writing with David is that it eliminates the solitude of the artistic process and allows me to draw from David's sureness. When I start to feel smaller than the project or doubt in my ability, there he is to remind me that together he and I are unstoppable.

How will One Way to Grace help others to overcome their own doubt?

The first half of One Way to Grace is devoted to David's childhood in Northern Ireland and how his life spiraled out of control due to alcoholism and an addiction to reckless behavior. (Two things which usually go hand in hand.) 
Then, everything changes for David. 
A single moment of trusting a sign that he needed to get help, instead of doubting his ability to do so, transforms David from a lost soul with no direction to a new man with sobriety, faith, and purpose. It would have been easier for David to ignore that sign, doubt that moment of clarity, and continue on toward an empty existence. 

When doubt creeps into David's thoughts, he turns to Scripture and the spirit of Christ for strength and guidance. We all have the ability to find the strength of our convictions, whether those convictions deal with faith, relationships, or our careers. To read the long, and sometimes painful, journey David took to go from a shy, scared little boy to a strong man of God teaches us that doubt is a small hill to climb and on the other side is the power to achieve.

Monday, 7 May 2012

A Walk of Faith & Honesty

As a child of God, we all have a powerful Testimony to tell, sharing how we came to Jesus and the difference He's made in your life, that can help others discover how they, too, can know God personally.

But how do you distill a lifetime of experiences into a few minutes and communicate the significance of your faith in a way others can understand?this is the challenge.

1. Consult God first in everything. Talk to your Father in Heaven, trusting in his will and word to come to pass in your life.

 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
-Psalm 118:8 KJV
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-Matthew 7:7

2. Be yourself and be completely honest to yourself and to others.

 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.
-Proverbs 12:22 KJV

3. Prayer: Pray always trusting in God to answer in his time and to do whats best for you.

Pray without ceasing.
-1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV       

4. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-Romans 8:14 KJV
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
-John 14:16 KJV

Thank you to all our Reader's, If you have any questions to ask feel free to ask Dawn or myself.

May Godbless you all.