Updated: Mar 25
IN THIS ISSUE:
FAITH: Living by Faith with Sharonda Green Christopher
LOVE: Ask Adelai
LIVING BY FAITH
Q: The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) -- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” If you got the chance to write your own translation of that verse, what would it say?
A: Faith is an inner knowing, without natural or logical backing. Yet, it feels as tangible as the very thing you are hoping and believing for.
Q: What did it look like for you last year to “live by faith”?
A: For me to live by faith last year meant to abandon my personal logic and old models of behavior. Often one finds a formula that works in navigating life and becomes attached it. That was me in the beginning of last year; yet, I experienced a strong sense to stop trusting in my behavior and solely trust in God. I realized my faith was being placed in what I could do, instead of what God could do! Seems simple enough, but with several transitions happening in my life, I had to really lean on God’s direction and His all-encompassing protection as I made major life decisions. It meant walking blindly, knowing that His plan was going to uphold me.
Q: What are some things someone can do to strengthen their faith?
A: Some things one can do to strengthen their faith is to take inventory of their circle and add individuals or groups who have a strong faith life. The cliches “guilty by association” and “birds of a feather flock together” hold substantial truths. One can simply gain encouragement to grow faithfully when surrounded by relentless believers. Definitely, one can strengthen their faith by hearing more of God’s Word. The practice of repeating Scriptures to one’s self builds faith. The more of the Word you know and speak, the more a confidence that brings about change is created! One can learn more of the Word of God by reading or listening to the Bible, hearing sermons, tuning in to Christian podcasts, and rocking out to Christian/gospel music. These all aid in faith development.“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”-- Romans 10:17 NKJV. Lastly, putting God to the test and trusting Him to do what He says He will do builds faith because recalling His victories grows anticipation for His next one.
Click HERE to listen to Sharonda's answer to the question: How has your faith helped you to have more peace and joy?
Sharonda Green Christopher is the CEO of DreeammSGlobal
Stay connected to her via Instagram, FB, & Twitter: @DreeammSGlobal or visit her website at www.dreeamms.com
HOPE: A Song to Keep Your Hope Afloat
I wish I could say that I've lived this song out fully, but I can't. What I can say in all honesty is that I'm trying. I'm trying to respond to God as soon as I hear Him call my name, tug at my heart, or talk to me through someone.
I hope you're trying too. And I pray that you find encouragement in this song just as much as I have, if not more!
Refresh your spirit by taking a listen to Respond by Travis Greene (Feat. Trinity Anderson, D'Nar Young, Taylor Poole). I'd love to hear how it spoke to you, so leave a comment!––Ty
LOVE: Ask Adelai
Love can be difficult to navigate. That's why Heart Coach Adelai Brown is back, this and every month, to share a bit of her heart with you and answer your questions.
Let's check in to see what she has to say about What to Do When You’ve Loved and Lost and then be sure to watch her video response below to the question of the month!
Loving and losing is a tough pill to swallow. It often feels like you’ve lost a piece of yourself.
Here are 5 steps towards healing after losing love:
1- Ask God for wisdom and guidance as you move on with your life. Don’t become consumed with the pain of the breakup and get stuck in an unhealthy space mentally and emotionally. Trust Christ with your heart and acknowledge Him while grieving. He heals, guides, and protects those who are hurting.
2- Be honest. Take accountability for your actions. Ask yourself this: What part did I play in the relationship ending? Did I honor myself and my values?
3- Take some time off and get to know yourself before forming new relationships. Desperation for companionship can put you in harm's way.
4- Get clear about who you are and what you want. What is your purpose? What is your focus? You must encourage, love, and appreciate yourself before anyone else can or will.
5- Establish boundaries. Boundaries allow us to love, and be loved, without being taken advantage of. They also prevent us from taking advantage of others.
You are worthy of true, fulfilling, and lasting love. If you’re hurting, move forward knowing this truth… your best is yet to come!
Q: I'm in the process of getting a divorce. Can I start dating, or do I have to wait until the divorce is final?
Stay connected to Adelai Brown via FB, Instagram, and YouTube: @theheartconnections
Thanks for stopping by F+H+L! I hope that you read or heard something that encouraged you in your faith, hope, and love today. We'll be back monthly to share and we're looking forward to you joining us.
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Until next month!––Ty Scott King