Faithfully
I have a tendency to remember the things I should forget and forget the things I should remember. Okay, that’s not always the case, but I think we all suffer from that affliction every once in a while. For example, I still remember the pain of each break up (I’m convinced that I remember the pain because I’m supposed to remember the lessons I learned in each relationship, but that’s just me justifying), even though I regularly forget birthdays. 

However, even though we may have a tendency to forget, we must always remember that GOD is always Faithful. He doesn’t tell you to do one thing and then do another. He always does what he says he’s going to do. He always operates out of faith…out of truth. Theoretically I believe that 100%, but I’m not sure that I always live my life that way. You see, I still have a hard time: 
  • Remembering that GOD is never in a hurry. If you’re like me, you like structure and a schedule. But GOD doesn’t speak to us on our time table and there’s nothing we can do to alter his schedule. I’ve tried and the result is only more heartache.
  • GOD never forgets. He won’t give us a project and then forget about us. Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Even knowing that I’m not in control, it’s the process of waiting in which our faith is really tested. And for many of us, we are on the edge of our seats…at our breaking point, just waiting of God to pull through (it could be your finances, a sick child, a family member with an addiction problem, etc.)
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There’s a huge difference between believing that God can do anything and another thing to really live our lives that way….really putting it all in his hands and letting go of our safety net (our wealth, our stuff, etc.). Matthew 19:23-26: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Speaking of faith, consider the story of David and Bathsheba, and the death of their son. Read HERE. I think this story offers two ways of living: we can live our lives negative and defeated OR we can choose to orient our life in a way that lets God be in control…because who knows when God might perform a miracle. 

Ask yourself this, what might you be missing out on if you gave into your fears instead of letting God take the lead? Sometimes when you have nothing, it is much easier to walk in faith, but as we begin to acquire wealth and possessions, we tend to forget about living in faith and live in a way that is protective of all the “things we worked so hard for.” So, while you’re waiting on God and struggling to walk in faith: 
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  1. Remember that he’s never late, but he does delay. If you can remember this, it will keep you from wavering. God never forgets, he is never late, but he may deliberately delay the course of events based on his reasons alone. We must trust that he has a plan.
  2. Forget your time table. If you can remember this, it will keep you from panicking. If you try to read God’s plan into your schedule, your faith will be shaky. God can’t be penciled into our appointment book but we are always a part of his plan. 
  3. Ask God for strength and wisdom to understand. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 says, “ There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” If we just keep all of this in mind, it will give us stability.
  4. Resist the urge to manipulate or hurry the process. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy and we can manipulate anything into reality. We may convince ourselves that it is HIS will, but it is only our will. God has such a beautiful way of presenting a moment of clarity, don’t spoil the moment by rushing the process. If we can do this, it will give us integrity.
  5. Prepare for the possibility that his answer to our prayers may be no. If we can remember this, it will keep us following and keep us faithful. We don’t always see the bigger picture. Therefore, what we want to happen is not always what fits into the big picture, nor is it always what is in our best interest.
So, considering all of this…if you had to choose, would you rather have a life of faith or a life of darkness and despair? I personally choose a life of faith (but I write this message as a reminder to myself more than anything). “Dare to Attempt Something so Great for the Kingdom of God that it is doomed to failure, lest Christ be in it!”

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Disclosure: the above message was adapted from my church’s sermon last weekend. To listen to the original message, click HERE (Contagious: An Outbreak of Faith and Action).

PS: since titling this post “Faithfully,” you know I was listening to Journey…and you know you want to listen to it too. Click HERE!
58 COMMENTS

    Perfectly said, Ashley! Beautiful

    Lovely post. Such truth.

    Thank you for that post! It was very incouraging…:)

    Bethany. :)

    I often have to remind myself that God’s time is totally different from my time.

    Those hands are so, so awesome!

    love this Ashley… I’m in the middle of Beth Moore’s “Believing God” study – so this was right on time :)

    Just what I needed to starty my day today…great reminder! Thanks!

    Great post! Thank you!

    Often, these are the things I struggle with the most – letting go, and just letting God do HIS will. Great post!

    So beautiful Ashley! And i LOVE that picture of the hands… so amazing! Love your blog!! :)

    Awesome! I can never be reminded too often to give it ALL to God! :)

    Love this post Ashley. This is something that is on my mind all too often. It is so hard to just hand it over & know that HE will handle it. But we must. Now more than ever- I have been trying to just had it to Him & let it leave my mind. It has been a wonderful test for me- who likes to control most everything in my life.

    Just beautiful .

    Beautiful post Ashley…great reminder. Love the hands.

    Thanks for these words of encouragement.Sometimes when life is hard,I can remember all the verses I should be repeating to myself,but they just don’t make sense at the moment.I DO know that God is in control and in the end He will be glorified and I will have the joy and peace He gives.

    This is such a great post Ashley. I love how you draw others to know Christ by way of your pictures. I definitely want to be known as someone who chooses faith. Without it, I have nothing. Have a blessed day!

    Lisa (a-lens-with-a-view.blogspot.com)

    thanks so much for posting. I so agree with what you said and share your link with my facebook friends so they too could hear your wisdom. Have a blessed one.

    b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.

    be blessed,

    t

    Waiting on God–who IS always faithful–has been harder for me these last 6 months than ever before, but because I am waiting on Him, I am growing closer. I am so pleased to have God and Christ as part of my life.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Gods timing is one I struggle with! I always want things on my time! Love the post!

    SUCH a great post! This went right along with the message I heard this morning from Joyce Meyer. You are so, so right. It’s hard not to try to will God into our agenda, our plan, and our time table. I love reading these posts every week. It’s always a blessing! Hope you have a great day!

    #5 his answer may be no. Took me a loooooooong time to learn that lesson. And I still have a hard time accepting no. Beautiful and thoughtful post today.

    Beautiful post.

    Beautiful in every way… and true.

    This is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL post Ashley. One of my favorites so far I think. I’ve personally had to practice patience and trust so much this past year and have learned that making MY OWN plans is just an outline, God holds the real blueprints in His hands for me and my family. When things go wrong or things happen at the moment it seems bad and I despair but later I always find an understanding of WHY. Which is what keeps my faith in Him so strong. I know He won’t foresake me. I know that I am not perfect, I sometimes forget to pray or I don’t get to church as much as i want to or should, but I still have a relationship with God that I am proud of. He is in control and I trust Him fully to guide us in our lives!

    I absolutely love this post. So well said. WOW! Thank you, I needed this.

    both images are fantastic. love your processing in the first, but the second, especially with the light in the center… perfect.

    Great post and picture.

    It might not be that hard for me to believe that God is working through you to speak to me. Thanks Ashley! :)

    It is a little cheesy, but an old Garth Brooks song, Unanswered Prayers, is what I pull out when I need a reminder about this principle. It reminds me that he knows more than I do and trusting in him may bring me more than I could imagine on my own.

    Beautiful post! I love those verses in Ecclesiastes.

    Beautiful tree photo! Thanks for linking up!

    This is incredible Ashley!!

    Very well said. I am still working on #3. I ask what now?instead of why me? I realize his plan is more important that mine, but some days I still can’t see what that plan might be. I guess I’ll just keep trying to live right, in the present and hope that is enough.

    Well you DO seem so organized when it comes to blogging :-) All the other stuff I know not ;-) Beautiful post! AMAZING hands shot!

    Totally enjoyed reading this!

    Beautifully said. I think we all need that reminder from time to time. Especially when my cars are breaking down and my house needs some TLC. And we’re not exactly millionaires.

    Beautiful!! I love your different themes! And thanks for the comment, too <3

    I really enjoyed reading this today. Just what I needed – a little reminder.
    Thank you!

    beautiful post!

    I really needed this. Thanks Ash =) xoxo

    I have to learn this new daily, thanks for the reminder

    That makes me feel better <3

    love this post, awesome reminder of His power and it comes at such a relevant time for me.
    and I lovelovelove the picture of the hands, the light is streaming out at me and I am in awe.
    again.. thank you for all you do.. what an inspiration you are!! xx

    Great post, and one that I needed to be reminded of today. Thank you. :)

    I love this post. Thank you for sharing. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    such a beautiful post! ♥ thanks for the reminder =)

    Maybe this was just the message I needed tonight. Thanks for your beautiful photos and words.

    Number 4. I need to print that one and tape it to my forehead.

    What an absolutely awesome post…I get so mesmorized by your writing style, really beautiful. And such a powerful message – thank you for the reminders. Your tree shot is so pretty with that little guy out in front! I ALWAYS get so much from visiting you! :)

    I love that first photo and verse. Awesome!!

    Absolutely amazing post… Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Love your scripture posts! I needed this reminder :)

    Beautiful written ♡ – love your photos, especially the hands.

    I love the way you share the Word. Beautiful post, Ashley.

    Stunning! I’m in love with all that you edit :)

    Just beautiful Ashley.

    Love visiting your place.

    GREAT word♥

    Wow, there is a whole lot of good stuff here, Ashley, and all of it applies to me: the waiting, the timetable, the patience, the possibility of getting a “no” answer in a prayer to God. Thank you for preaching a message I very much need to hear.

    And that last quote? I love it! Is that an Ashley Sisk original? I want to make it my daily mantra!

    Great post!! There’s stuff going on right now that makes me remember that my timing is not God’s timing… and it’s a good lesson, even though it’s not an easy one. :)

    Love the pic! That tiny green tree is very cool. :D

    That is really helpful. It provided me a number of ideas and I’ll be placing them on my web site eventually. I’m bookmarking your blog and I’ll be back. Thanks again!

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