Faith isn't only my name; it's my life. My faith in Jesus Christ has carried me through so much in life. I was blessed enough to be born into a loving Christian home with two wonderful parents who love Jesus too! I learned so much from them and hope to be as good of a parent to my children as they were to me.
I asked Jesus to come into my heart when I was around 4 years old. I rededicated my life to Jesus at church camp when I was about 11 or 12 and was baptized at church soon after. I was always involved with church activities, youth group, bible quizzing, church camp, school bible club, etc. The church was my second home. The people; a second family. When I hit about 16-17 I went through a rebellious stage where I strayed from the path that God laid out for my life. I didn't stop believing, but I definitely wasn't listening and obeying God's word. Thankfully God had me bump into my husband at 17 and we were married when I was 18 (he was 25). Once I was married and became Mommy (exactly a year later) God really started working on my heart and drawing me closer to Him again. After my third pregnancy (my daughter Trinity) I went through 4 months of post par-tum depression. It was horrible, but it ended with good results. Through that difficult time I questioned my faith. While I never stopped believing (yet again), I questioned why I believed what I did. Did I believe in Jesus, God, the Bible, Holy Spirit, etc because my parents did and raised me that way? Or was it my choice? So many questions raced through my head and my faith was tested and challenged. Yet, I came through it with my foundation in Jesus strengthened, knowing that I believed in Him because I wanted to, not because I was raised that way or I was going along with the crowd. I love Jesus. I love being in God's presence. I love feeling the Holy Spirit move during worship. I love the peace the words in the Bible provide me. I love knowing I'm going to Heaven to meet Jesus some day. I love soaking in God's beautiful creation here on Earth. I love these things because I choose to, not because someone else chose for me. :-) My faith is always a work in progress. I try to step out of my "comfort zone" and share Jesus' love with the world, but I'm not perfect. I fail, but I will get up and try again. I love that Jesus is right there to pick me back up and let me do so.
Proverbs 31 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible and one I strive to follow. I really desire to be a Proverbs 31 wife and mother. I will post on different key verses of this passage and how they relate to my daily life. Links to anything faith related can be found here. :-)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character (NIV)
Proverbs 31:10-3110A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.