A Walk in Faith

A Walk in Faith | Meditations of His Love

 

The  waves tossed the little boat back and forth as the storm greatly worsened. The men huddled together, praying they would not be destroyed by the waves.Then suddenly they saw someone walking toward them-on the water! “It must be a ghost!” they cried fearfully.

But the apparition called out to them and said, ” Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” It was then that the men realized the figure on the water was Jesus Christ! Yet still, Peter doubted. “Lord, if it is really You, command me to come to You on the water.”

Jesus’ reply was simple. “Come.”

So Peter stepped out of the boat and began to walk across the water toward Jesus, the storm raging around them. Peter lifted his eyes to the storm and suddenly fear overtook him, and he began to sink. He cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” and Jesus was there to reach out a hand and pull Peter from the threatening waves.

Gripping Peter’s hand, Jesus looked into his eyes and asked, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

{ Matthew 14:22-31, paraphrased }

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I am surrounded by a storm that tosses my little boat about on turbulent seas. I fear, lest I be dashed to bits or sunk beneath the waves. And then I see my dear Savior there in the midst, calmly in control of it all.  He asks me to step out of that little boat and whatever it represents-my comfort zone, my hopes, dreams and desires, my fears and worries-and walk toward Him across the turbulent waves. I do so hesitantly, perhaps, as I want to follow His leading yet I’m ill at ease not knowing what to expect. My eyes remain fixed upon His precious face.

But the winds of doubt are blowing with gusto, and as  the storm  rages around me, I turn my eyes to it. Why, it’s even more gruesome and frightening than I’d thought! And as I quake in fear and dread of this storm, I find myself sinking beneath the weight of it all. And when I realize I’m sinking, a greater panic seize  me.

Then a still, small Voice whispers to my heart, “I’m here”. Then with His mighty hand He pulls me  from my perilous state and plants my feet in the safety of His grace. And suddenly, everything comes out right. Oh, maybe not my “right” but certainly  His “right”.  And that’s when I begin to praise Him and His perfect plan as I marvel again at His omnipotence. “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

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The Christian life is truly a walk in faith. But blind faith is the best kind, because we grow closer to Christ.  In 2 Corinthians 5:7 we are reminded that we walk by faith and not by sight. And in John 8:12 Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I don’t know where you are today; I don’t know what you’re going through. But I do know that this journey with Christ is made up of a thousand great and small steps of faith. Our Savior is constantly asking us to exercise our faith in Him by stepping out with our eyes on Him as Peter did. And when we doubt, He is there to remind us that He alone is in control and knows exactly how everything will come out in the end. What a comforting thought!

To fear or doubt is easy. To walk in faith is often difficult. Yet the result is so much sweeter.

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Update

Hello ladies!

Micaela here, and I just wanted to share with you some changes that are going to be taking place here on the blog.

Over the summer, our dear manager Melinda had to step down from the blog altogether. Over the next several weeks, Meghan, Stephanie, and Jen also had to step down. However, Courtney, Jessie, and myself are still here, and we are determined to continue sharing our hearts and how God is working in our lives with all of  you, dear readers.

For now, I will be the blog manager, though that may change as well over the next few months. We’re going to each be posting just once a month instead of twice, as this is easier for everyone. We currently have three-four openings here on the blog for writers! If you or someone you know are interested, please visit this page and fill out the form, and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hopefully these are the only changes for the next several months. Thank you all so much for being patient with us as we were sorting things out over the summer. As of October 1st, MOHL will be up and running as its old self, with routine posting and interaction with our readers.

Hugs and prayers,

Micaela

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New Every Day

New Every Day | Meditations of His Love

photo by Micaela Wood
photo texture and font by picmonkey

 

 

My one word for 2014 is faithful.

Why? Because God is faithful to me: faithful to love, faithful to bless, faithful to forgive. And He never changes. Tomorrow, I can still go humbly before Him, and give Him my brokeness and mistakes, and He will still  forgive, love, and bless. He won’t turn away from His child, His unbelievably Anne Shirley-like child. He will continue to be faithful, regardless.

 

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not,
As thou hast been, thou for ever will be. 

Each year that goes by, I see His faithfulness displayed more and more. Whether He brought  a new friend or a new opportunity, He was faithful, to teach, to comfort, and to mercifully welcome me back when I had  done wrong and needed to ask forgiveness. I can’t help but  tear up at the memory of the blessings He bestowed, and the lessons He taught when He took them away.  There is no doubt that He did all that in love!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love

And when I confess my sins, oh the joy, the peace, that floods my soul! He is there, faithful,  guiding me through these rough waters of life. I’ve no need to fear: the Creator and Master of everything is  always with me! He gives me strength to get through each day. When I drop into bed, there is hope, bright and glorious hope for tomorrow, because He will be with me then, too! Blessings, are mine, because I am His child, and nothing  can take that away.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

All too often, I take for granted  my Father. His love, peace, faithfulness, pardon, strength, hope, mercy, provision, steadfast-ness, blessings, even His very presence in my life. And yet, He offers His grace, abundant and free.

Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Every day is new, fresh, and without mistake. My Heavenly Father wants me to go on this journey of faith, wants me to trust and lean on Him. Each day, I have the amazing blessing of Christ in my life. The honor of calling Him Lord, Savior, and Friend.

 

photo by Micaela Wood

photo by Micaela Wood

 

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Another New Year

Another New Year | Meditations of His Love

It’s January again.

Seems like just yesterday, I was writing a post identical to this one.

Every New Year I do the same thing. {original, aren’t I?}

I open the 20__ folders, diary, calendar, think through all the things that might happen in the new year, make plans, set goals.

And now 2013 is over.

Time to do it all again for 2014.

As I look over the goals I wrote down a year ago, one in particular stands out to me: “Grow closer to God and become more like Him.”

Of course, if I were to flip through the pages of my New Year’s Notebook, I would see the same goal jotted down each New Year’s since I was 15.

 

So I think through everything that happened in 2013.

 

All the times God challenged me to take a step of faith.

All the times He answered prayer….whether it was what I expected or not.

All the times He sent me a little blessing that I wasn’t expecting.

All the times I failed him and He forgave me.

All the little lessons He taught me using ‘mundane’ things.

All the times I had a glimpse of His glory and power even in this sin-filled world.

 

And I realize that though I might feel that I failed Him over and over again,

He still used me, still cared for me, still taught me,

and still drew me nearer Himself.

I wouldn’t change a moment of it.

 

Maybe this year didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.

But in it I learned more about my Lord,

and slowly but surely I’m becoming more like Him.

 

Now I face a new year.

New challenges, new lessons, new experiences.

God will stretch me, test me, grow me.

And I look forward to what this year holds.

 

Yes, I wrote most of these words a year ago.

Yes, I could have written something different-something witty and original.

But then why should I?

This year, I’ll have the same goal I have every year.

 

Because each year that goes by, I want to reflect Christ more.

 

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it, with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV

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