Give Me An Unstoppable Faith Like Jesus…


baby robin 005I smile when I have been working on a blog for a while in my head and then my pastor delivers a sermon that completes my thought.  It happens more often than you would think.  I am currently studying the book of James with a group of women from our church.  If you know anything about James, it is a book that tells it like it is.  When you get done studying James, you have no excuse for not having faith and trusting God in every situation.  That being said, I have been thinking about my faith lately and questioning how I can grow and believe with an unstoppable faith.

When I spoke at a retreat recently, I asked a question to the audience I said, “If you truly believed God was always going to do something good through your suffering, would you finally be able to say, ‘Lord, here I am, use me.’”  I don’t know about anyone attending, but personally, that question has been ringing in my head ever since.  I often wonder how many times I have missed out on a blessing because I have not had the faith to believe God would get me through the situation He was asking me to endure.

robins 074This summer we have had a robin’s nest right outside the kitchen window.  I think it is the same bird that has laid two sets of eggs.  We watched the first three grow up until they were literally hanging over the edges.  Since then, we have enjoyed watching them learn to fly and explore their new world to the point of total exhaustion where they can’t move if they tried.

This last group of babies has been different from the first ones, though.  There were three to begin with and now there is one.  I think that two of the three are already out of the nest because I am seeing them around the yard.  For some reason, this one particular bird is still there.  My imagination runs wild wondering why.  Is it just a lazy bird and as long as mom and dad bring the worms, it’s decided this is the life?  Maybe it has a disability that I can’t see…a broken wing or something that prevents it from leaving.  Perhaps it lives in fear of a world outside its nest and is frozen with anxiety, unable to make a leap.  Whatever the reason, the parents continue to nourish it and watch after it with high hopes of it flying on its own someday.  robins 076

Since the retreat, I have been thinking, “What is it that God wants me to do that I haven’t already done?”  Is He speaking to me and I am not hearing or has He simply not called me yet to my next adventure?  Did you ever feel like there is something else you should be doing but you can’t put a finger on what it is?  Perhaps you think you know what it is but you have no idea how to get there or make it happen?  Is it fear or circumstances holding you back?  Do you have faith enough to trust God to show the way?

This morning, our pastor delivered a message in Mark 9 using verses 23-24.  They say, Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

baby robin 005I think there is a little piece of that father who wants to believe but wavers and the baby robin in each one of us that wants to stay in the nest.  It’s safe there and someone will take care of us if we do.  Of course, we all want to believe that no matter where God leads us, He’s going to see us through.  However, it’s that old human condition that stifles us and keeps us from believing.  We might all need to say those words at some point in our lives…”Lord I believe; help my unbelief!”

057Just like the baby bird’s parents; God will continue to watch over us while we muster the courage to trust and follow His lead.  However, we are all going to look pretty silly sitting in a nest that is too small for us waiting for the next worm to arrive when we could be doing it ourselves.  For when we take that leap of faith and look to the sky, we will find ourselves flying to heights only the heavens have seen.

GrafittiThere is some graffiti on an overpass on my way to work that I see daily that says, “Can’t be stopped.”  I know the artist probably didn’t mean it for this purpose, but God speaks to me through that message every time I drive past.  I find myself praying, Lord, give me the courage to believe with a faith that is unshakable to know You have got my back.  Help my unbelief and allow me to soar through life with You as my guide.  Give me the courage to do the things You’re calling me to do without fear.  Give me a “can’t be stopped attitude” for Your work I need to do here on this earth!

Is God speaking to you?  What are your fears?  What are your hindrances?  May He give You direction and purpose with a faith like Jesus in the days ahead.  Jesus was willing to do whatever He needed to do to save us from our sins.  He had the kind of faith that never doubted His Father’s promise that He would someday be reunited in heaven with His Father. He didn’t allow his circumstances to discourage Him.  I want that kind of faith…don’t you?  So what are we waiting for? Let’s fly!

Advertisements

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elisabeth Leithauser
    Jun 15, 2014 @ 22:05:24

    Lori, this is so beautiful, I’m so glad I read it tonight. For some reason, I could not fall asleep, not that I felt restless or uneasy, but something kept me from sleeping. Now I know. I needed to read your message, I needed it today. I did not realize that that “lingering” little Robin and I maybe have something in common. Do I hang on to things that feel comfortable, am I afraid to go to he edge of the nest and trust and believe enough that I can take that “flight”? Is my faith and trust strong enough to know God will be always by my side ? I to must say: ” Lord I believe – help my unbelief ” Thank you Lori for your wonderful writing, it has truly blessed me and I have a peace right now, a peace that can only come from God.

    Reply

    • Lori Kempton
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 06:21:28

      I’m so glad God could use my story to minister to you, Elisabeth. It makes it worth the time I spend writing. Have a blessed week…and sweet dreams, my friend!

      Reply

  2. kathystorrie
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 01:22:19

    This was your best spiritual story yet using a God’s little birds to teach a lesson with humor.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Lori Kempton, Author/Speaker on WordPress.com

Blogs I Follow

Top Posts & Pages

Womanhoodwithpurpose
Lymphedema Diary by Britta Vander Linden

"Keep a diary and it'll keep you." ~ Mae West

carojesu

Smile: Encourage-Fun-Create

Garment of Praise

Christian Devotions

homespun happenings

Intentional~ Inspirational ~ Intriguing

Jennifer Hallmark

Alabama Inspired Fiction

I Want a Love Like That

Finding love that sets you free

Christians Read

Read. Write. Grow.

Lori Kempton, Author/Speaker

Just Trying To Be A Blessing!

The Smartt View

Wife, Mom, Woman in Search of Her Keys

SLOW COOKER HEAVEN

Food for the Body & Soul

friendwise

Seeking wisdom in a curiously perplexing world

Elizabeth's New Life Center

Your place for learning more about pro-life work

Life Sew Sweet

Learning to sew!

Slipstream

A turbulent body of air, or a thought stream slipping out of its own accord.

Stephanie Louise

Things will happen, time will change, but God's love remains.

sue a. allen

Keep pressing forward

Kathleen's Faith Walk

Walking by Faith in Jesus Christ, spreading the Good News

Nature's Best :: Don Smith Photography

Exploring our incredible world one image at a time!

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

Gleams of Sunshine

A little blog about my life, and my thoughts, and God.

Father Says...

one dad's thoughts on life

Get 2 See

Follow along as we see the sights, eat the noms, and have the funs!

Chris Martin Writes

Sowing seeds for the Kingdom

adjustedsails

You Can't Direct the Wind, But You Can Adjust Your Sails

Andrew Hines

be inspired

Books Now!

News and reviews from around the corner to across the world

Wade Webster Writes

Future bestselling author shares his journey

How Shall We Live...

God gave you one life, what's your plan?

ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME

Sharing stories. Encouraging hearts.

The Neighborhood

society online's social conscious

Sunny Sleevez

Sun Protection & Green Info

Megan Has OCD

About Mental Health, Daily Struggles, and Whatever Else Pops in My Head

Marney McNall | Writer

Don't wait to see the world.

LAUGH OUT LOUD LOVE OUR LORD

Humor that glorifies Jesus and makes Him smile

Jenia Laszlo

Chief Family Officer

Brand New Heart Ministries

Discovering the Heart of God

Top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

Full Of Roses Inspirationals

Christian inspirational photography and poetry

Rick Alonzo Photography

Tampa photographer | Portraits, Models, Landscapes, Wildlife and more

Renaissance & Redemption

observations on midlife..

Shockingly Domestic

This is life or something like it. Either way jump in!

Mustard Seed Budget

FINANCES FOR YOUR MINISTRY

Womanhood With Purpose

Becoming Proverbs 31 Women, Proverbs 31, Christian Women, Christian Blog, Christian Woman

Edible Harmony

Your guide to gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, healthy recipes!

Jonesin' After 40

Writing Life

Unshakable Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

A Dreamer's Wife

Chasing dreams and growing in faith with a family of four!

Passionate-Pursuit

Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and breakers have swept over me...Psalm 42:1

%d bloggers like this: