Important Truth from The Faith Project Adventure


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When I began The Faith Project I had no idea where the adventure would lead me. Now we're half-way and I've discovered and grown. Here are the highlights.

When I began The Faith Project I had no idea where the adventure would lead me. In the first post of the year, I shared two basic commandments for the year:

  1. To grow in faith and love for God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; with a desire to be completely devoted to Him in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
  2. To grow in the living out of my faith-filled love for God by loving others.

We’re halfway… Seriously, can you believe it?!

So far, you’ve joined me as I explored:

1. Freedom – to know that through Jesus I’m completely forgiven.

Freedom, real freedom in Christ Jesus, is an amazing gift from God . . . one to wholeheartedly embrace 24/7.

Living in that freedom means rejecting the enemy when he challenges me with old guilts, celebrating God’s grace and mercy, and sharing it by loving and forgiving others the way I’ve been loved and forgiven.

I am learning to resist the enemy when he challenges me with the past and I’m intentionally celebrating the blessing of the freedom I enjoy through Jesus.

We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law. Galatians 5:1

2. Love – to reach out through acts of service and share God’s love with others.

Learning about God’s love is easy. Learning to love like Jesus . . . that’s harder. Digging into loving difficult people, strangers, or the people who confront me, that’s hardest.

I’m so thankful for God’s faithful forgiveness when I fail to love well and for the blessing of opportunities to try again tomorrow. I want to love better even when it’s hard.

Love is not a warm fuzzy feeling, but participation in God’s activity on earth. 

“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.” ~Francine Rivers

When I began The Faith Project I had no idea where the adventure would lead me. Now we're half-way and I've discovered and grown. Here are the highlights.

3. Wisdom – to dig deep into God’s Word and commit more of it to memory.

God wants you and me to be faithful and wise, loving and obedient. He wants us to trust and obey, to seek truth and to be still in His presence. Because He knows those are the things that will make us happy. Without them, well . . . it’s harder. No. Scratch that. It’s almost impossible.

I will continue to spend time with the Lord and ask Him for wisdom. I want to get better at memorizing His Word . . . and will continue focusing on that in the weeks ahead.

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. Proverbs 3:18

4. Prayerto spend more time with God in intentional conversation.

Three things I learned digging deep into prayer:

#1 JUST PRAY! The more I have made prayer my focus, not reading about it or talking about it but actually doing it . . . the more I’ve looked forward to spending time in prayer.
#2 Be yourself! God hears every prayer. He knows your heart and mine. He loves us and wants to spend personal time with us.
#3 Trust Him! Pray in His will. Pray for His will to be done. You and I can trust Him. He sees the beginning from the end. He wants and knows how to accomplish what is best in out lives.

I don’t think I will ever feel like I spend enough time in prayer. That “pray without ceasing” thing. I want that!

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude — an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.” ~Arthur Pink

When I began The Faith Project I had no idea where the adventure would lead me. Now we're half-way and I've discovered and grown. Here are the highlights.

5. Humility – to focus on who God is, His holiness and His character and why I need Him.

I think humility has been my favorite so far. I had a very limited view of what it means to live out humility before that month of study. I’m still working to apply all I’ve learned.

You  can learn more about that here… 10 of the Most Important Things I Learned and You Need to Know about Humility.  

The #1 thing I learned about humility…
Humble people don’t think they’re humble.

6. Patience – to learn more and better understand the act of waiting on God.

This month has been the hardest so far. I shouldn’t be surprised. Patience is hard and I think I’ve had mine challenged in every possible way. Whew! I’ll admit, I’m glad this month is over.

I will never practice perfect patience and living in this sinful world needs patience. So, with God’s help I’ll take it one day at a time and ask God to strengthen me and give me all I need to follow where He leads me and wait when He asks. Because…

Living outside of God’s will and timing is never a plan for long-term peace and joy. 

6 Months Into the Faith Project

This has been more of an adventure than I imagined.

As I hoped, my faith has grown. I’ve learned so much especially in the areas of freedom, wisdom, and humility.

I’ve learned I need more patience—NOW.

I’ve learned every aspect of my faith begins vertically and is then lived out horizontally.

My faith is growing. The living out of my faith . . . whew, is being challenged.

So, I think The Faith Project is exactly what I hoped it would be and I can’t wait to see what the next six months will bring. I hope you’ll stick with me as we dig deep into:

Stillness – to listen for His voice and know His will.
Goodness – to obey God’s daily will for my life.
Peace – to commit to completely trusting God’s will for me.
Worship – to focus on praise and worship – remembering it’s not about me.
Gratitude – to thank God for countless perfectly chosen blessings.
Joy – to take delight in Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us.

Meanwhile, I’ll take a stand with Rev. Charles Kingsley, and say…

“I do not want merely to possess a faith, I want a faith that possesses me.” 

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  1. Sounds like a life-changing, life-challenging project Deb! I will have to come back when I have time to read through more of your posts on the project. Good stuff. Have a blessed week!

    1. Thank you, June! You’ve summed it up perfectly . . . both life-changing and life-challenging. I am so thankful for the way God is growing me through this process. Blessings to you as well!

  2. adam luckey says:

    That certainly sounds like an amazing project! I like that quote, a faith that possesses me! I agree with that cry for sure! I want Gods faith to overcome me. I don’t want to be caught up in my own ability to create faith.

    1. The first six months have been a huge blessing, Adam! I am learning and growing. And yes, I’m being challenged in big ways. But maybe that is exactly the way we grow. Yes, I was a faith that possesses me. Completely surrendered wholly His! Blessings to you!

  3. What a great series this one is and has been.
    Can’t wait for the second half!
    Sure am blessed by you!

    1. Thank you for taking the adventure with me, my friend!

  4. Thanks so much for this recap of the journey thus far, Deb. It is a great reminder of just how far you’ve already brought us. I’m enjoying every moment of reading!

    1. Thank you, Martha! I so appreciate that you are joining me on the adventure. I am being challenged and blessed in wonderful ways! You are definitely one of those blessings!

  5. “…I want a faith that possesses me.” That’s a great quote. This has been a great project. I sure have appreciated the in-depth look at all these topics you’ve touched on. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you, Dawn! I love that quote! Want to remember and apply it every day! Blessings!

  6. Those two goals really sum it up perfectly, Deb: love God and love others. I’ve been meaning to re-read The Jesus Creed this year, which is about those two things as well. Isn’t it amazing how often we may think we are the ones setting our path, but God gives us so many unexpected adventures along the way! Thanks for sharing.

    Love the quote, too, from Rev Kingsley: “I do not want merely to possess a faith, I want a faith that possesses me.” Amen.

    1. I loved The Jesus Creed! It definitely challenged and inspired me. This adventure has been a huge blessing from the Lord. I’m excited to be starting the second half! Thanks for visiting and joining the conversation, Lisa! Many blessings to you!

  7. What a beautiful project, Deb. It really shows your devotion and how much you’ve grown from it all. Thanks for sharing your progress with us on #shinebloghop this week!

  8. Wow! What a year you’ve had so far! Love the thoughts you shared, such as humble people don’t think they are humble, and “The more I have made prayer my focus, not reading about it or talking about it but actually doing it….the more I’ve looked forward to spending time in prayer.” (That one hurt, by the way!)

    Your second half of the year sounds just as interesting.

  9. Oh yes, I want a faith that possesses me. I am so glad you are sharing this adventure, because I have learned so much and enjoy it. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  10. I’m so glad you’re doing The Faith Project, Deb. I’ve been really blessed by it so far, and look forward to going through the rest with you.

  11. Karen Grosz says:

    I love projects or challenges. It is something like that, that gets me to keep going when I want to give up. Sure sounds like your first 6 months have been fruitful. I am sure the second 6 months will be as well. Thanks for leaving links at Let’s Get Real Friday.

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