Faith_October

Can we talk about faith? How God gives it, provokes it, tests it, and then solidifies it. So faith is the word I chose to live out this year. Somewhere back at the beginning of the year, this blog took a turn toward hiking adventures. And then it just grew quiet overall. But I want you to know, my faith has continued to grow stronger.

As you may or may not know, the end of last year into the beginning of this year I had to overcome a broken ankle. The physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges were things I have never faced before. 

The physical challenge brought out a determination in me I did not know I had. I made friends I never expected to have. I couldn’t do my nursing job so I did what I could and Became an Uber driver. I discovered I could adapt and survive. 

 More than anything, I have been determined to hike and to be a better hiker than before. It has been 10 months since I broke my ankle. How is my faith now?

My faith has grown by leaps and bounds! To watch how God stepped in with help from friends, family, and church was astounding. To watch how he took my ankle from broken and immobile to free and almost 100% flexible is mind blowing. To sit back and think my hiking was such a little thing to hope for and then have God answer all my prayers so that not only am I hiking better than before, but I’m dreaming of and planning to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019 is more than I could have ever asked or imagined! To believe that God takes pleasure in my pleasure is astonishing and humbling. 

So yeah. My faith is on fire. Burning brightly. I stand in complete awe of what the Lord has done for me! He is a good good Father and I am blessed to be his!

Happy Sunday 😁

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Keeping The Truth

Hey blogging friends! I’m currently doing a study on 1&2 Timothy with the Love God Greatly girls. If you don’t know about Love God Greatly, I encourage you to check them out. They are awesome! I read the Bible nearly everyday. I love being in the word of God. It’s how I’ve gotten to know him. The cool thing about an in depth study is, well, it’s in depth. It allows me to go deeper, to really get to see the heart of God and the message he’s trying to convey. So back to the study. 

This is a 6 week study of 1&2 Timothy. Having just finished week 5, I’m pretty confident in saying that the biggest take away for me is that God really wants believers to keep the truth of the Gospel, to guard it, rightly divide it, humbly defend it. And I do mean humbly. God doesn’t need us to beat people into believing the truth. 

25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭25-26‬ NLT)

This can be particularly challenging in the work environment. And I don’t think it matters if you work in the secular world or the Christian world because, Christian or not, we are all sinners. 

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭19‬ NLT)

I can’t stress this enough, we don’t have to argue and battle with people to get them to understand truth. When we argue and battle with people, it just sends them running away from God. Nothing makes me more sad than watching Christian co-workers getting sucked into ‘foolish’ arguments with people who are not believers. I think it’s one of the schemes of the enemy and it makes God look bad. 

So my prayer for me and the rest of us is to really remember and understand the importance of keeping the truth and to teach others and correct others with love and gentleness. 

Happy Friday!

I’m linking up with my friend Lyli today. 😊

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself… Again

Well hello there! For those of you who know me, It’s been awhile hasn’t it? For those of you who are new here, my name is Michelle. Some folks call me micey. 

Where have I been? Out there 👉🏼 living life.  Loving life. Hiking. Backpacking. Working. Encouraging. It’s been good. So very good that I haven’t been in here. 

As you can see from my posts this summer, I’ve been in the wilderness a lot. I love it out there. But I realize I let the wilderness posts take over the blog and that’s not what the blog is supposed to be about. The blog is supposed to be about Jesus. Lifting his name up. So I’m refocusing the blog back on Him and encouraging you to seek Him. 

That being said, I’m not going to turn this blog back into the compulsive writing project it was in the past. It became such a chore that I didn’t want to write anymore. Because really, who loves chores? Not me! Haha! 

Anyway, I’m back. Ish. Haha! Watch this space as I pass on bits of encouragement that I find in the Word. Because make no mistake, my love for Jesus has not diminished by even a millimeter!