Faith for Two

It’s common to hide in the shadows of doubt. We often exhibit some kind of fear – either instilled at a young age or because of a subliminal act which caused us to become negative. Living in faith or placing trust in something you cannot directly touch sometimes seems almost impossible.

On the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught of the futility of worrying about things you cannot control. He used the example of food and clothing, but His message was unmistakable–seek the kingdom of God, trust in your Father, and He will provide for you!

Matthew 6:25-27

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

One of my favorite sayings is “where there is fear there is no FAITH.” You can’t have both fear and faith! But, sometimes in life, those weakened by illness need a little support from those whose faith is a bit stronger. I find myself in a position, more times than not, administering to those who need help. God often speaks in scriptures of our duty, as Christians, to bear another’s burdens and give encouragement to others. It shines the example of His precious love. Having faith for two is so essential.

Jesus cured the lame and sick in the name of God. He never questioned this gift to heal the sick nor the strength of His conviction, which came from His Father. We have the same capabilities, believe or not, if we overcome our fears; for example, can you imagine how Moses, an ex-murderer, felt when God asked him to lead all the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea? He must have been scared out of his wits, but he had enough faith for all forty thousand people to succeed.

What about Noah? He was mystified by God’s request to build an ark because God was going to flood the earth of all sin. Could he hold the faith for two? The townspeople laughed and mocked him as he built the boat which would carry the future generations of life. Through the worries he faced, his mission was successful anyway because we are here today to relay the bible story.

On a personal level, my wife held the faith for two as she sought to find me after a thirty-two-year hiatus in our friendship. She finally found me in 2016, and God supported our dream of publishing my book and having a beautiful marriage. Our story of incredible odds leads me to believe it was only God involved in our success story. As many of you know, my wife had a scarf with a severe health issue. I know there were times her faith wavered amid a grim diagnosis; but I carried her, in my faith for two, and God took care of the rest.

We should examine ourselves and understand we have the strength to carry our loved ones through difficult times. Staying in prayer, uplifting each other’s spirit, and asking for God’s guidance will supply you with everything you need. It is empowering to know God will transform our body and soul when we carry the faith for two.

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Is unity always strength?

I have never had any doubt about the power of unity.

What you can do alone is nothing compared to what you can do working with others in a team.

The English say two heads are better than one; and unity is strength.

Do not go alone when there are people you can go with.

The more people you have on your side, the stronger you are.

What the world needs is to come together not to tear apart. The fact that the Berlin Wall came down is big testimony of the importance of coming together instead of staying apart.

We have organizations like African Union, European Union, United Nations.

The United States of America is a federation of states. Each of them is strong enough to stand on its own; but stronger as part of a whole.

There really can be no doubt that unity is strength. Accepted or rejected, this is a fact.

But unity may become weakness instead of strength if it is mismanaged. Injustice and other evil practices can mar unity and rob it of its strength.

Hence, we say that unity is strength depending on how it is managed.

Always make unity a source of strength not a source of weakness by how you manage it.

Quintessence of Faith

She stood under the cross motionless and watched her son’s holy blood dripping upon her feet. Bitterness and tremendous grief overwhelmed her soul while she stayed with Him until the last minute. The reverence of heaven exists as we can only imagine what it’s like to witness your child brutally crucified at the hands of haters. But, Mary, according to scriptures, remained passive and resisted the temptation to protest the unfairness of Jesus’ prosecution.

It is often said there is nothing worse than outliving your child. I can attest to this as I watched my grandmother sob while her son laid dying on a hospital bed. I can only imagine Mary’s anguish as she witnessed the excruciating pain Jesus suffered from the stakes in His feet and hands. In her glorious strength, still, Mary fought off her own inhibitions to be first, a mother. She knew she would make the ultimate sacrifice when she accepted God’s invitation to give birth to a Savior for Simeon warned her of Jesus’ fate.

Mary was the quintessence of faith in God. As an inexperienced, pregnant mother, she knew the truth about her son’s existence. It was her destiny to deliver a child who would save the world. Throughout Jesus’ life, Mary often feared for her son’s life, but her intuition spoke He was in God’s hands. However, on Good Friday, she must have questioned why Jesus was sent to earth to save sinners, only to be killed by them. I’m sure she also wasn’t prepared for the method of His brutal death.

It is my observation, though, Mary is to be the ultimate example of strength for parents who lose their child to senseless religious crimes. When we defend our Creator, it becomes a movement towards the only ray of light which exists in this world’s darkness. We stand under the cross to eliminate chaos and bitterness, spreading the love of God. How can it be wrong?

Mary could have easily fallen into the trap of screaming and attacking evil-doers at the presence of Jesus’s injustice. But, she walked with loyalty to the Lord in gentleness, forgiveness, and peace.

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

What a model of discipleship Mary portrays to Christians today! Let us stand in strength, under the weight of the cross, and resist the shadows of evil.

Praise His holy name! www.danabicksauthor.com

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A little bit of motivation!

Hi friends,

How are you all doing? This is my first post as a member of this community of great authors and I am thankful for this opportunity. This chance has motivated me to pursue and further explore my writing.

I started blogging in 2015 but was not regular at it because I felt incompetent to write something to motivate others. Why?

I was in my early thirties with an incomplete professional degree and no job experience. I had hardly worked; initially because I was not getting a job which interested me and later because I became unsure of what I wanted to do.

You can understand that I was at a very low point because my friends and peers where way ahead of me in terms of careers, financial stability and family life (these are the common criteria to measure success).

In all these negative situations, the one thing I never lost was HOPE. This hope motivated me to keep going. It told me that things would not always be the same. I had already seen the worst and there was nothing below it. Now I just had to go up from there.

This was the starting point of change in me. I had to change myself internally before bringing about an external change. I began working on me. I began reading books, I found my Guru during this time and started following his teachings, I started keeping in touch with people to whom I really mattered no matter what.

These efforts started bringing small changes in me like:

  • From 100% negative mentality, I became more than 90% positive. I began to see good in every situation. Instead of believing that things would always go wrong for me, I began to visualize everything going good for me.
  • I accepted my failures and decided to let go the hurt and replaced it with positive thoughts and emotions (this is still work-in-progress as the scars were deep-rooted).
  • I began to love myself a lot more. I started enjoying my own company. My thoughts about me made me happy.
  • I became a grateful person and began to appreciate everything that life had given me and stopped taking them for granted.
  • I became confident about what I thought and felt. I started working on building my self-esteem.
  • I began to explore various hobbies to know my interest. It was not for money but for my creative satisfaction. It was an effort to know myself better.
  • I was never a creative person – this thought used to discourage me. So I changed my thought to “I am creating something new everyday for my own self”. It was for me and so it hardly mattered what the end result was.

As part of this creative pursuit, I started a blog in 2015. I wrote on and off. I noticed that I was enjoying the process of writing and the end result. I was happy when people liked it, or commented on it or followed me.

But still I had a doubt. How could I motivate people with blog posts when I had not achieved anything in my own life? That was how I usually stopped blogging resulting in long gaps between my posts.

In early this year, while going through my usual doubts I had a realization. It is easier to motivate our own selves and others when we are successful (normal concept of being successful) in life because we can actually see our success one after another but it is very difficult to motivate anybody (even our own selves) when we have seen lots of failures and when we don’t know what being successful means or feels.

All my failures had taught me to hold on to my HOPE that good things will happen in my life. I struggled to motivate myself every single day so as not to give up. So much motivation based on a simple yet powerful hope! That was when I felt that if at a time like that, I could motivate myself, I could motivate others as well, I could be for them what I was for myself – a support.

So I decided that I wanted to be a  pillar of strength for people in need.  I wanted them to know that things would eventually get better but they had to hang in there (without quitting), motivate themselves and BELIEVE that things were actually going to get better. They had to believe that there had been people like them, before, who had also suffered, learnt all the lessons and later became successful.

So friends, motivation is important.  But self-motivation is the key. Learn to motivate your own self. Books, articles and people will show you the way but the real motivation has to come from within. Three tips on motivating your own self:

  • Start with something small – maybe a habit or a hobby, learning something new, building a skill, taking care of yourself, loving yourself a bit more everyday, resetting your priorities and goals etc.
  • Give yourself a year (maximum time) of gratitude, prayers, love and learning and see things starting to change for the best.
  • Motivate others to motivate yourself. When you see somebody in need or complaining (about their life), instead of joining in their complains, motivate them. Energize them. If they take the energy from you and turn their life around, that will be a big motivation for you as well.

I know there are people who have seen many failures in their lives and so they (or sometimes their families) have branded themselves (them) as failures for life. But I believe that till the time we are alive we still have hope to turn things around.

Please know that there is nothing like success or failure in life (I know it sounds cliche but its true). They are just experiences and every person goes through them at different points of their lives. Thank God for what you already have (and believe me when you actually sit to count your blessings you will feel richer), ask for what you want and motivate yourself to take a small step everyday to achieve it.

I am always there with you! I support you!

Thank you for being my motivation!

Love,

Rashmi

Prayer success

I pray for my success, O Lord,
Help me to succeed;
Many things I want to do;
On my own, I can’t do them;
I need your help;
Come to my aid;
Grant me the wisdom I need,
To do what I need to do
To succeed;
I need courage, O Lord,
That I may take courageous decisions;
Grant me that courage, Father;
Grant me the strength;
And the will to do what is right.
That the success you want me
To achieve,
May be fully mine.