By Faith [Guest Post by Kimberly]

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Say hi to Kimberly from Girl Made Lovely By Sorrow. A woman, a mother, with a way with inspiring words. 

The Chapter of Hebrews 11 talks of those who, by faith, let God use them to do amazing things.  Faith for me on had been reduced to the size of a mustard seed for certain.  When the bottom fell out and everything I knew came crashing down around me, all I could do was cry out “help me Lord, please”.  And He did.  He helped me breathe through those first days and weeks, get my footing as I turned to Him, searching for answers when I didn’t even know what the questions were.  Little by little, He moved, He answered, He comforted, He gave grace, He gave strength.  And as I grew stronger, so did my faith….

Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. Hebrews 11:11 (VOICE)
Faith is the belief that God says who He says He is, no matter how the situation looks, believing that His promises are true, not just for your sister or your neighbor, but for you. Faith is choosing to believe the dream He placed in your heart over the voice in your head that says….it will never be, you are not good’s our faith that carries us, still us, pushes us and reminds us, He has a plan.
By faith we keep walking, even on the days there are no other travelers on this road with us, believe that redemption is possible and He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him.  By faith we answer His call.  Even when it hurts, even when it’s not fair, even when we have to give more than we ever imagined would be asked of us.  It is by faith we are saved, so that none of us can boast of our goodness, but of His alone.  Faith will take you places you never thought you could go and some places you never wanted to.  It will make you laugh, make you cry and make you believe things that just aren’t possible….if you didn’t have faith. 
It is the belief in the things we cannot see, but by faith, we know He’s God and so each and every word is true.  No matter the circumstance, no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice, no matter the amount.  Faith is how we grow, how we mature, how we turn to another and look them in the eye and tell them with great certainty….yes you can…faith that went before us gives us strength, in turn, to run this race..with abandon, with all we have, without fear of falling, without looking back, for the prize set before us, by faith.