The blazing thoughts of a wanton and questioning mind
03 November 2010
All praises due...
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it's an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I've learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.” Sasha Azevedo
When I read this quote, I said to myself, "this speaks exactly to me and my life". I thought about the many things that I've been through and how without always knowing of even understanding how I made it that it was faith and God's grace and mercy that carried me through. I grew up going to Sunday school and to church where I understood the many lessons I was taught, but I didn't always know how they related to my life; when I was going through the many trials; especially as I child that I endured. I attributed it all to unfortunate life experiences until I got older and began being able to apply the correlation between having inner strength, courage, and faith; in that order to my life. I took comfort knowing that I was able to make it through all the madness without anyone ever really knowing what was wrong or how I was really feeling behind my Colgate smile. The gift of discernment that I was blessed with became a burden and I grew afraid of it and ultimately neglected it as it seemed to cause trouble for me as I made inquiries as to the things that happened around me. However, in spite of that neglect, I was still blessed with inner strength and courage to make it through the hellish things that happened to me in life.
Even though I'd stop going to church, I still remember the many Bible scriptures I was taught and learned and greater still; held on to the one truth that never failed me; Faith. I always liked the song,
"We've come this far by faith
Leaning on the Lord
Trust His Holy word
He never failed me yet
Oh, oh can't turn around
Come to far by faith"
As it gave me what I needed to go on and continue to face life with and without it's hardships and adversities.
My life wasn't all bad and I did have many good times and years, which I always gave thanks for given the numerous bad times I'd gone through. As an adult who reads and understands the Bible far better than I in my younger years, I have a fuller appreciation of that faith, inner strength and courage that the Lord so graciously blessed me with. I look back with pride on how far I've come and how this quote was always a part of me without my even knowing it. I give thanks to God for finding favour in me by giving me this ability to face the adversities and keep going. Each and every experience good or bad has shaped me into the woman I am and my faith has kept me able to have inner strength and courage to face every situation with the necessary tools to stay strong. Even when I had moments where I wasn't sure how I would make it one day to the next, I knew and relied on God's word that told me there is strength in my weakness. Faith is the spirits adrenaline and keeps you going when you want to give up. Inner strength is saying, "I can do this one more day". And courage is the child born of marrying faith and inner strength, which is the perfect family of things I needed to not just survive, but live.
Take this quote and apply it to your lives. Use it to heal; use it to grow; and use it to face your challenges.