Inspirations of Faith


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  • Don't Quit
  • When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
  • When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
  • When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
  • And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
  • When care is pressing you down a bit -
  • Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
  • Success is failure turned inside out,
  • The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are,
  • It may be near when it seems afar.
  • So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
  • It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.
  • -Author Unknown


"Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see the whole staircase,
just take the first step."

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Have Faith in God

Faith can move a mountain
Faith can calm the sea,
Faith can make the lame to walk
And cause the blind to see.

Faith can feed a multitude,
Faith can save a soul,
Faith can cleanse the leper,
Make him completely whole!

Have faith in God
God will never fail
Have faith in God
His word will prevail

Have faith in God
And He will bless you
Have faith in God
And see what God will do!

--An Original Poem by Maraffie
posted with permission 04/15/10
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And we know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 [NLT]

"GOD KNOWS..."

When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts...
God knows how hard you have tried.

When you've cried so long and your heart is in anguish...
God has counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by...
God is waiting with you.

When you're lonely and your friends are too busy even for a phone call...
God is by your side.

When you think you've tried everything and don't know where to turn...
God has a solution.

When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated...
God has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope...
God has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for...
God has blessed you.

When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe...
God has smiled upon you.

When you have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to follow...
God has opened your eyes and called you by name.

Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are facing...

GOD KNOWS.....

- Kelly D. Caron
taken from E-Prayer's Daily Devotional


What is most valuable is not what we have in our lives, but WHO we have in our lives.
--Author Unknown

MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH

A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member.
Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot
was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.
Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built.
In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard.
Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had "mountain moving faith."
They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.
At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours.
At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen".
"We'll open next Sunday as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too."
The next morning as he was working in his study
there came a loud knock at his door.
When he called "come in", a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered.
"Excuse me, Reverend. I'm from Acme Construction Company over in the next county. We're building a huge new shopping mall over there
and we need some fill dirt.
Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge,if we can have it right away.
We can't do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."

The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and there were far more members with "mountain moving faith" on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!
Some people say faith comes from miracles.
But others know: MIRACLES COME FROM FAITH and PRAYER!
--Author Unknown

The Burning Hut

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island.
He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

"How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

"We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

Remember next time your little hut is burning to the ground - - it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

Cheer up. Help is on the way..... ( Author Un-Known )

The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
The peasant learned what many others never understand.
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one's condition.
--Author Unknown

"AND GOD SAID...NO"

I asked God to take away my PRIDE, and God said, "No."
He said it was not for him to take away, but for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child WHOLE, and God said, "No."
He said her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me PATIENCE, and God said, "No."
He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me HAPPINESS, and God said, "No."
He said he gives me blessings, happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me PAIN, and God said, "No."
He said suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my SPIRIT grow, and God said, "No."
He said I must grow on my own. But he will prune me to make me fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy LIFE, and God said, "No."
He said I will Give you life, that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others as much as he loves me, and God said,
"Ah, finally you have the idea."

-Lia Brown
(Inspirational submitted by: Andrea M. Davis--E-Prayer Daily Devotional)

"PUSHING AGAINST THE ROCK"

There was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared.
The Lord told the man He had a work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin.
The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock pushing with all his might.
Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture placing thoughts into the man's mind such as; "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it? etc." Thus, giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man even more.
"Why kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just put in my time, giving just the minimum of effort and that will be good enough."
And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of Prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
"Lord" he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock a half a millimeter.
What is wrong? Why am I failing?"
To this the Lord responded compassionately
, "My friend, when long ago I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done.
Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it
. Your task was to push.
And now you come to me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed.
But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard.
Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.
Yet you haven't moved the rock.
BUT YOUR CALLING WAS TO BE OBEDIENT, TO PUSH AND TO EXERCISE YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN MY WISDOM,
this you have done.
I, my friend, will now move the rock."

- Author Unknown

  • "THE ROAD OF LIFE"
  • At first I saw God as my observer, my judge
  • keeping track of the things I did wrong,
  • so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.
  • He was out there sort of like a president.
  • I recognized His picture when I saw it,
  • But I didn't really know Him.
  • But later on, when I met Christ,
  • it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride,
  • but it was a tandem bike,
  • and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.
  • I don't know just when it was
  • that He suggested that we change places,
  • but life has not been the same since.
  • When I had control, I knew the way.
  • It was rather boring, but predictable...
  • It was the shortest distance between two points.
  • But when He took the lead,
  • He knew delightful long cuts,
  • up mountains, and through rock places at breakneck speeds,
  • it was all I could do to hang on!
  • Even though it looked like madness,
  • He said, "Pedal!"
  • I was worried and anxious and asked,
  • "Where are you taking me?"
  • He laughed and didn't answer,
  • and I started to learn to trust.
  • I forgot my boring life
  • and entered into the adventure
  • And when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
  • He'd lean back and touch my hand.
  • He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
  • gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
  • They gave me gifts to take on my journey.
  • My Lord's and mine.
  • And we were off again.
  • He said, "Give the gifts away;
  • they're extra baggage, too much weight."
  • So I did, to the people we met,
  • and I found that in giving I received,
  • and still our burden was light.
  • I did not trust Him at first,
  • in control of my life.
  • I thought He'd wreck it;
  • But He knows the bike secrets,
  • knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
  • knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
  • knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
  • And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places,
  • and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face
  • with my delightful companion, Jesus Christ.
  • And when I'm sure that I just can't do anymore
  • He just smiles and says..."Pedal."
  • - author unknown

"Faith To Run The Course"

I heard about a man some years ago who was rolling a wheelbarrow back and forth across Niagara River on a tightrope.
Thousands of people were shouting him on.
He put a two-hundred pound sack of dirt in the wheelbarrow and rolled it over,
and then he rolled it back.
then he turned around and said,
''How many of you believe that I can roll a man across?''
Everybody shouted!
One man in the front row was very excited in his professed belief.
" I believe you can" he shouted .
The man pointed to this excited professor and said,
"Ok---get in !"

You couldn't see that man for dust!
He actually didn't believe it.
He said he believed it,
he thought he believed it
-- but he was not willing to get in the wheelbarrow.
He didn't put his belief into action.

Just so with belief in Christ.
There are many people who say they believe on Him,
who say they will follow Him.
But they have never gotten into the wheelbarrow.
They actually never have committed and surrendered themselves wholly , 100% to Christ.
Will you surrender to Him today? Will you trust Him enough to commit your life to Him today?
"To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God, I trust in You." Psalm 25:1

- Author Unknown

FAMOUS QUOTATION:

"Faith in God is like believing a man can walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope while pushing a wheelbarrow.
Trust in God is like getting into the wheelbarrow!

To believe God can do something miraculous is one thing;
to risk His willingness to do it in your life is another."

- James Dobson

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