What do you do when doubt threatens to extinguish your faith? When you’re tethered to God by gossamer thread, invisible strands of grace that you can neither see nor feel? When life’s circumstance is earthquake beneath your feet?
- job loss has forced you to distinguish want and need and now even your needs are threatened
- a medical diagnosis, unexpected and cruel, affecting you or those you love best
- a child who thinks the fight is against you, a not-yet prodigal you pray will come back
- a church experience that has wounded you or church leaders who have disappointed
Or maybe your faith is shaken by the mundane of everyday loss and void, a lackluster marriage, a less-than-fulfilling job, unrealized expectations….
Maybe the very dailiness of life has made you weary, questioning God…or worse, questioning if there is a God.
There’s a remedy you might be overlooking…
Go outside with wide eyes and open ears and tender heart, and see and hear and experience the presence of Almighty God.
What are you waiting for? Go!
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I struggle with doubt; I hate it. It shames me. It makes me feel unworthy to write for this beautiful (in)courage community. So many brilliant, accomplished writers and readers who are doing Big Kingdom Things.
Comparison is gasoline fueling doubt’s fire. Comparing yourself to anyone is dangerous; it can consume you.
And it’s sin — you’re in essence discounting the things of God.
When you’re comparing yourself to others, you’re disregarding who God says you are–beautiful, chosen, redeemed, loved, forgiven.
Mercy…I’m preaching to myself….
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Could it be…could it p o s s i b l y be...that God allows me to write in this space because someone can relate?
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I go outside.
I breathe in all of Creation in a single breath. I marvel, truly marvel at the millions of systems in place that sustain life on Planet Earth.
Beginning with the miracle of human life, my life–respiratory, vascular, muscular, neurological functions, everything that has to go right simply for me to live!
Seasons–what delight, this change of seasons! Each one, a marvel in itself, but now, we see Autumn and her glory! The chill of air, leaves’ kaleidoscopic metamorphosis, trees ablaze then stripped bare.
An anthill with a thousand tiny soldiers marching to their orders…
The spill and crash of a waterfall, a furious beauty to hear and see, and if you’re close enough, feel…
A seed, then a sprout, then a bud, now a flower! How we take for granted the phenomenon we call a flower! Look at them with new eyes.
A spider, master craftsman, spinning a home from her body, a trap for her prey, and a curiosity to observe.
Are you sensing the wonder?
When I go outside I step into a masterpiece. Creation. A gift from God to behold and enjoy, a conduit to see His glory ~
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. ~ Psalm 19:1
When I take my focus off myself and seek the face of God, my doubt can’t help but fade. The refrain from an old church hymn strums the chord of heart and memory–
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Doubt cannot co-exist in the presence of God.
And though God’s presence never leaves me through the indwelling of His Spirit, sometimes I need a reminder. I’m thankful, gratitude overflowing, for his gracious faithfulness…
And it’s always waiting for me just outside my door.
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~ Robin Dance, PENSIEVE
And if you’re a parent of teens or tweens and have interest, I joined Nester & company for 31 days, sharing my best thoughts on navigating these years as a parent. It doesn’t have to be a season of dread!
ABOUT ROBIN DANCE
In a scandalous, decades-long affair with her husband, Robin also confesses mad crushes on her three teens. She’s Southern as sugar-shocked tea and advocates talking to strangers, creative...