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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
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in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
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|On Today's Theme:
How often does your faith get tested? Mine does, on a regular basis! Sometimes it gets
weakened during the stresses of life's trials.
It's then that I remember with relief how often
the psalmists used words such as, "Show us, Lord." Did those words mean they didn't trust
in Him? No! Just the contrary! They weren't turning away from God in a crisis, but toward
Him in confident faith that if they asked, He would answer. What a source of comfort, to
realize that turning to God (however we do it) in a time of trouble is a powerful act of faith.
Ah, but the deeper, purer faith never feels separated from God; thus never needing to ask
for help. Such a steadfast heart is suffused with the joy of knowing it cannot be ripped from
the Lord's protection and His lovingkindness. No matter how such a heart is buffeted about,
it only knows His peace. That kind of powerful faith moves mountains and heals mankind.
Great and Eternal Mystery of Life, Creator of All Things, I give thanks
for the beauty You put in every single one of Your creations.
I am grateful that You did not fail in making every stone, plant, creature,
and human being a perfect and whole part of the Sacred Hoop.
I am grateful that You have allowed me to see the strength
and beauty of All My Relations.
My humble request is that all of the Children of Earth will learn to see
the same perfection in themselves.
May none of Your human children doubt or question Your wisdom,
grace and sense of wholeness in giving all of Creation
a right to be living extensions of Your perfect love.
Native American prayer
Courtesy of SpiritWalk.com
As your faith is strengthened you will find
that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control,
that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow
with them, to your great delight and benefit.
Professor of Psychiatry
Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan
"Magnolias" by Nan Rae
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Note from Lisa: Nan Rae is an internationally acclaimed Chinese Brush
painter. Her faith in the Lord is boundless and her friendship is a con-
stant source of inspiration for me. She's sent me several emails on the
subject of faith over the last week. With her permission, I've edited them
into the following piece below. Such a profound perspective she owns.
"I've been thinking a lot about faith this past week...realizing that I've always
had 'hanging on faith,' in other words, God providing what I needed. But we're to
have 'creative faith,' speaking of that which is not, as though it is. So, that way,
not only are our needs met but we have blessings in ABUNDANCE to help
others that they might see and glorify God.
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus said, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth,
if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there' and it will move.
NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU."
So, we are faced with this decision..........did Jesus actually say this?
And then if He did, was He telling the truth?
Apparently His followers thought so, because in 1 Cor. 13:2 Paul said,
"If I have a faith that can move mountains..." It seems that it was taken as
a given that such a thing was possible. We either trust that God is a good
God ALL THE TIME or think whatever we wish. Our choice.
I've begun to think that it's quite possible that faith (which is a substance) is
quite possibly like a nuclear reactor. Finding faith could be like discovering
how to split the atom. In other words, faith could very well be the
most powerful thing in the universe.
I think it's all about remembering who we belong to, or, in other words,
when some of Jesus' followers left Him, He asked the disciples if they
would leave as well...I love their answer and it's our bottom line...
"Lord, where would we go?"
- Nan Rae
...thank you, Nan!
Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in God so assured
that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German monk and theologian;
catalyst of the Protestant Reformation
Faith is to believe what you do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)
French Catholic priest; founder of two religious orders
I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and influential author
And now, the Last Word:
All the world is a very narrow bridge;
The point is this - to have no fear.
From an ancient Hebrew song
Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers!
Fifth president of the Moody Bible Institute
St. Peter Eymard;