This week’s word is…FAITH

Faith

There are words that are essential to the Mothering Conversation. Words that represent qualities and behaviors for us to try on if we are to
evolve the conversation of mothering. Each week on our blog, we feature one of these Words.

This week’s word is FAITH.

The quote on the picture above and its surrounding verses (John 20:19-31) are the basis for the expression “a doubting Thomas.” Thomas said he would not believe unless he saw with his own eyes and touched with his own hands.

Thomas is pretty relatable, huh? At times, we are all guilty of being cynical or judgmental about things that we do not understand. We doubt. Defaulting to skepticism or unbelief.

And unbelieving is a subtle form of control, isn’t it? When I refuse to have faith in that which I cannot see or understand, I am essentially saying that if it doesn’t make sense to me, I won’t believe it. If I haven’t seen it or experienced it personally, then I will not relate to it. This kind of thinking keeps us in our box. Our comfort zone. It is safe here within my own metaphorical four walls. I feel in control here. Only, that is not where God intends for me to live. And it is not what He wants for me to model to my children.

How about Thomas’ response to Jesus in the passage above: “My Lord and my God!” (I get chills every time). The significance of those five words is inexhaustible. Awe, reverence, self-surrender. Instantaneous belief. Can you imagine being Thomas in that moment? I imagine that I would drop to my knees, overwhelmed with humility and with love. And that I would then have the strength and courage to do anything and everything God asked of me. Which, from what I understand of Thomas’ life, is what he did; eventually dying a martyr.

How about you and me today, right here, right now?

  • What would it take for me to carry a deep, reverent, self-surrendering faith into my daily walk? What do I need to do more of (or less of) in order that my faith might increase?
  • How can I animate my activity in the middle of this crazy world with faith in Jesus, so that those around me might be supported through my faith?
  • What would it sound like / look like to punctuate my conversations with His gentleness or to sprinkle His love here and there as I move through my daily routines?

A closing prayer:
Father God, please break our hearts and minds wide open, flooding us with full, rich, deep faith in the risen Christ. We pray for the strength and the courage to look at each and every circumstance of our day through the eyes of faith. Show us how to do this. Show us how to look at life in such a way that we shall see what it is you wish for us see. Please remove our unbelief. Remove our doubts and our fears so that we may experience You more fully and trust in You without hesitation. We pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Wishing you a blessed week!
With love,
De

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