When we have trouble trusting God — 16 Comments

  1. “What character in the Bible do you relate to the most when your faith is tested for a long time?” Interesting question Sheryl, not one I wanted to think about though, but it was good for me to do so. I guess I would have to say Peter, when he was discouraged, after having denied Christ three times and then after Jesus was crucified, Peter went fishing. I am guessing Peter thought his ministry wasn’t working out. When Jesus came back he looked up Peter and asked him three times if he loved him. Then Jesus told him to “feed my sheep.” I have been thinking about that a lot lately. I am guessing that means regardless of what is going on in our lives we need to speak God’s word. We need the food and we need to share food with others. That is hard to do when you want to run away and go fishing.

    • Barbara, I believe it was you who asked my opening question on Face book a while back. It was then I answered about the father mentioned in my post. Thank you for the inspiration!

      Peter is a good one. I think many of us can relate to Peter on so many levels.

  2. Sheryl, thank you so much for being willing to share from such a depth of your heart. Your columns are such an encouragement to me, and I’m sure to many others as well.

    • Welcome to Today Can Be Different, Stephen.
      I so appreciate your kind words – and for your taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment. I can’t tell how it encourages me to keep writing. Thank you. Please stop by again.
      Also, I’d appreciate your help in my efforts to track where my column is being read: Did you hear about the Today Can Be Different blog on Facebook or in one of the newspapers who carries my column? (And which paper?)
      Thank you again, Stephen.

      • I have read your Saturday column in the Tallahassee Democrat, and it has been very helpful for me. I saw the website address there, and have been going back to older blogs. Thank you for your ministry.

  3. You say:”When our emotions and circumstances are screaming louder than our faith;” this is exactly true everyday of my life. That is why I am rededicating to having a prayer time and bible study quite time. This is the only way I know how to reinforce and sustain my faith in God. Please pray for me. Thank You.

  4. Bert left the very comment that i would write. Every day this is a test for me also. I am so fortunate to have the time to read and meditate on the word through out the day. A busy schedule and lifes twists and turns are overwhelming , often . I realize im not taking as long to realize im no longer displaying a loving spirit , and adjust my thinking , and feel the guidance of my Holly Spirit once again. Thats progress. Im thankfull !

    • I so relate, Janet. In fact, in a previous post, I mentioned how my behavior gradually changes (not in a good way) when I neglect my quiet time too often.
      Thank you again, Janet, for dropping by!! AND for leaving a comment!!!

  5. Sheryl , how does an adult later in life with no true faith instilled in her by family or others just now begin a journey to find GOD in her life ? Can’t read the bible. Truly makes no sense at all to me having lived in a world with it being absent . Also , many passages believers have commented on to me ie; that gays no matter how incredibly they live a spiritual & righteous , generous life can not ever get to Heaven cant work for me ! I think it (the bible) is merely some man’s , anyone’s interpretation of his own beliefs . What forgiving & loving GOD could shun an entire group of ppl , so many that are gifts to our very being ?? Please help me on my journey to believe . You came into my life by pure happenstance , somewhat of its own miracle & I need both u and others to help me become a true believer especially in a time of tragedy that I feel I am now presently living in …BLM

    • Hi, Barri. Just start now – right where you are – being honest with God about how you feel and that you don’t know how to begin this journey in discovering Who God is. Perhaps decide to read the Bible for five minutes every day. But before you begin to read His Word each day, ask God to help you understand what you are reading. Consider starting reading the book of John in the New Testament. Then after you’ve finished reading for the day, spend a couple of minutes thinking about what you’ve read, again asking God to give you understanding. I’d like for you to try doing this every day for two weeks. Then let me know how it’s going, okay? God wants to have a close and personal relationship with you, Barri. Invest in the time it takes to allow that to happen.
      Barri, Jesus gave His life on the cross so that all those who trust in Christ’s death as payment for their sins can go to heaven. The key is whether we’ve repented of our sins and accept Jesus sacrifice as paying the price for our sin. It’s not about how good we are – or how bad we are. It’s whether we accept Jesus’ death and resurrection as payment for our sins. If a heterosexual person who commits adultery repents for his/her sin and knows Jesus as their Savior that person will go to heaven. The same goes for a person who practices homosexuality: if that person repents and accepts Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for their sin, he/she will go to heaven. Does that make sense?

      Thank you for dropping by Today Can Be Different, Barri. I hope to “see” you again.

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