Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What Happens When Women Walk In Faith





book // keychain, c/o

Happy Tuesday, friends! It has been a few weeks since I installed a Talk Tuesday, but I'm back today with some personal thoughts on faith. I've been jotting down ideas for this post and gathering my thoughts for the past few weeks now, and as always, I like to use this little space of mine to share my thoughts and "talk" to you guys!

I'm currently reading the book and personal Bible study, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith - and y'all, it is changing my whole outlook on faith. Sure, I've always had faith in God and His plan, but this book really outlines the phases of faith and how to walk in faith with God as He reveals His plan for your life and His dream for you.

As many of you know, my husband and I are on a difficult journey right now (which you can read more about here and here). We are wanting to have a baby so bad, and for some reason, it's just not in God's plan for it to happen right now. Faith is something we are really having to hold on to - and I'm not going to lie, some days, trusting in something you don't know the outcome of is so hard.

God is slowly working in me though - my faith is being tested, and I know that at the end of this journey, my faith will be stronger than its ever been. In the end, my faith has to be stronger than my fear and I have to love God more than my dream of becoming a mother. These are the things that God is revealing to me through this study, and things I want to share with you guys - because I know that we all have dreams and fears. Hold on to your faith, friends, it's the only thing that will pull you through.

So many of you have asked me for updates on my fertility situation, and I promise I will be sharing more details soon. But for now, I will share that just this week, we met with another doctor to start a new path on our journey - and I have a great peace about where we are going. I was connected to this doctor through a reader from this blog who was touched by my story and wanted to help, and that alone shows me that sharing my journey on here was something God wanted me to do.

I have received so many words of encouragement through you all, and for that I am so thankful. As we go down this new path in our fertility journey, I have faith that God will lead us to where he wants us to be. Where are you in your walk of faith? I would love to hear your thoughts, struggles, or praises of keeping the faith. Thank you so much for reading and letting me share my thoughts with you!

Here are some of my favorite quotes/passages from the book:

"God gives us the strength to stand and the armor to protect ourselves from our enemy. Satan comes to steal our joy, to kill our spirit, and to destroy our hope. We must be aware of how he works so we can guard our minds, hearts, and steps as we set out on our amazing journey."

"Leave the way you've always done life and start doing things differently with God. Leave the attitude, leave the stubborn pride, leave the right to be right, leave the control, and biggest of all, leave the unbelief."

"Time and time again the formula for starting something new begins with leaving the old. Leaving is usually an act of obedience and not a desire of the heart. It is hard. It causes you to step outside of your comfort zone and enter a life that requires faith."

"Experiencing life change is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice, choosing God's way instead of your own."

"So I'd tried to force the dream to come true with my own formula, and it failed miserably."

"But I learned that God uses our imperfections and our willingness to share our mistakes to reach the hearts of the lost."

"The time in which I thought He was not moving was actually the time He was moving in my heart."

"Don't second-guess what God is doing. Rather, look for ways to dig deeper into His word, His character, and His faithfulness in this time."