Soon it will be my 35th birthday.
That’s not how old my body is, but that’s how long I have known Jesus as my Savior.
I’m contemplating how far God has brought me.
Before I knew Him, I felt overwhelmed by fears. Today I feel full of faith. Prior to His saving me from me, I felt overcome by confusion. These days I feel confident—not in myself, but in Him.
This growth in faith didn’t happen overnight. As I clung to God and desired to know Him and live for Him, He gradually calmed me, healed me, and humbled me. He opened my eyes so I could see Him as He is and see myself as He sees me.
I like the definition of faith in the Amplified Bible:
Faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
I confess at times I haven’t trusted or been confident in God’s power, wisdom, and goodness. But He has been faithful to convince me that He knows best and desires only the best for me.
As I sit here amazed at how my faith in God has grown, I celebrate the wonder of how it happened. I think of how God gave me a love for His word—even as a child before I ever knew Him.
Romans 10:17 comes to mind
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV
I want to continue to grow in faith—to become all God has called me to be. Despite the trials I’ve been through and the hardships that may lie ahead, I’m joyful on this journey. Those trials were tools God used to help my faith flourish.
There is a deep satisfaction in knowing my heart is on the right path. I rejoice in the fact that I am never alone on this faith walk–that He is always with me.
I have so much to celebrate on this birthday. From the bottom of my heart, I’m thanking the Lord.
How about you? Are you celebrating today that God has helped you grow in faith? Or do you feel your faith faltering? Turn back to God and His Word, and He will bring You back to that joyful journey of knowing, loving, and serving Him.
To hear more about growing in faith, listen to my radio program “Hearts Set Free with Elaine” on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00am EST. Go to www.wtis1110.com and press “Listen Live.” Note the new time—8:00am EST.