Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Faith comes from the listening. Hearing the Word spoken to us. And that’s not just a one-time affair, but a relationship of listening, acting and growing in our faith.
A few weeks ago, I lay in bed late at night unable to sleep praying for my friend Debbie, a friend God wove into my life through our shared experience of cross-country adoption. Debbie and her family adopted a seven-year-old boy from Russia several years ago now, who tragically passed into heaven in December. My parents adopted a little fifteen month old from Romania, who I was privileged to meet in the orphanage beforehand. I also met his birth-family (he has five older brothers and sisters) on two separate occasions, as a nine-year-old just before the adoption while on a missions trip with my parents right after the fall of communism and as a nineteen-year-old with German friends helping me to locate them and arrange translation. That night in bed I prayed fervently that God would direct Debbie’s path, leading her where He wants her to go. And then I distinctly heard a little voice inside of me that said: “Go read the story of me feeding the five thousand.” And, so I did, thinking this was an answer to my prayer: but I soon discovered it was so much more.
Each of the blog posts that came from this one little nudge have challenged me, stretched me and exponentially grown my faith, hand-in-hand with the much-needed mentoring encouragement Debbie has given me along the way. And I’ve also been so blessed by messages from friends who’ve let me know how the same posts have spoken to them too. Yes, it came as an answer to a prayer for Debbie, but we know how God works: He loves to multiply His blessings in manifold ways.
And, it is this all and the beautiful miracles that have been occurring in Debbie’s life in the wake of her precious son, Roma’s departure for heaven in December, that have birthed an upcoming October Write 31 Days’ series on Miracles, together with repeated confirmations in sermons, worship songs and even words spoken by my three-year old. Bloggers and friends from three continents will be congregating to share of the stunning miracles God has performed in their lives on both my and Debbie’s blog. Many of our #FiveMinuteFriday friends will be contributing, but also many new faces. And for our Dutchies: one of my local friends is writing hers in Dutch (I’ll be translating)…so make sure you drop in to read hers in the original language too!!
So, I’d love to invite you all to join us and send your seeking/struggling-with-faith friends our way in October. We have asked each of our contributors to share who God became for them through the miracle. First and foremost this is about sharing who our Savior is.
We believe God has led us here for a reason and that He wants to multiply His blessing through these testimonies to His power, compassion and deeply personal love:
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (John 6: 14 NIV)
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our contributors, Debbie and I. We know the enemy is not happy about this series and will do anything to discourage, belittle and silence us. But we are also trusting in our mighty Savior’s protection, provision and blessing as we step out in faith. Also feel free to grab the graphics on this page if you want to spread word about our upcoming series.
In preparation, I’ll be going quiet on my blog here (after responding to any comments), so I can spend more time in prayer. God bless you all in the coming days and I look forward to welcoming you back here for the series and dropping into your online homes to discover what God is doing in your lives.