Friday, January 9, 2009

Living Through Faith

"...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith...Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:22,23

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11 is known as the "Hall of Faith". There are over 30 verses telling us the stories of "heroes of faith" who lived before God gave us the gift of His son, Jesus Christ. These men and women lived by their faith and are examples to us on how to live a faithful and obedient life to God. Their lives were not easy or perfect, and neither are ours.

In today's economy, it is becoming harder for everyone to make ends meet. When I look at the stack of bills versus the money coming in, the two do not add up evenly. No matter how I move things around, there is still more going out than coming in. It is especially during these times that we must continue to live our lives obedient to God, trusting in Him, and putting our faith in the promises He has made. He has not promised that our paths will be easy, but He has promised to be there along the way. He will provide for our needs, just as He clothes the grass of the field. (Luke 12:27-31)

Although we have the promise of His presence and His provision, that doesn't mean that we are to sit back, do whatever we feel like, and just expect Him to take care of things. We have to take ownership of our actions and responsibility for the resources that God has provided.

It is for this reason that I have felt the call to start this blog. There are so many of us in the same boat. Our salaries or work hours are being cut, while our expenses are remaining the same (or going up). Somehow our family, and maybe your's, is going to have to go beyond a bare bones budget. The plan for this site is to share information and ideas that will help us all try to cut expenses and live within our diminishing means, while learning to live through faith in the One that provides.

It is my prayer that through this endeavor, we will each not only learn ways to meet some of our practical needs, but most importantly to grow stronger in our faith and more dependent on our Lord.

Living Through Faith,

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