on the mountain

On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14

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Faith is crazy. I feel like we so often know the definition – but when it comes down to truly grasping its depth and truth in real life; it’s pretty mind blowing. I actually wrote a post about this very thing a few months ago on this site. I don’t think I knew what I was saying then.

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I really love to read. In this season of life I’m in, it’s not as easy to get through a book, no matter how much I love it. But I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that I’m such a skimmer! I’ve always been proud that I can read fast…which, I can. But there are times I definitely let my eyes kind of skip over some words here or there, and it’s never bothered me because I usually get the gist. Most times, it’s really not a big deal.

Except when it is. It doesn’t really work the same with God. Like on the days where I’m feeling like, “God, where’s the disconnect? I know you want to talk to me. And I want to hear from you. I’m doing all the right things. Where ya at?”

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by faith

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There are times I almost shock myself with the amount of things I’ve never read in the Bible. I find familiar verses as I’m reading, but I’ve never read it straight through to really understand the context. I’m working on it!

Today I found myself reading through Hebrews 11… Go there. No, seriously, go get your Bible, or download the Bible app on your phone and read through Hebrews 11. Not sure what the title is where you are, but mine says “By Faith.” First, it explains what faith is. Which is so beautiful. After the explanation, it’s literally a list of names  of people in the Bible who stepped out in faith. When it made zero sense, but “by faith”, they did something seemingly crazy because they trusted in God. Whatever He said, they would do. Wherever He led, they went.

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1 Samuel 1:18

“…And her face was no longer downcast.”

Long story short, we’re talking about Hannah. Hannah prayed for a baby. Prayed and prayed and prayed. It consumed her. She spent her time crying and wouldn’t eat. If you haven’t already read 1 Samuel 1, go do it.

Hannah is so well known for her beautiful prayer in the book of 1 Samuel. But here, in verse 18, is where I found myself longing to be more like her. The message version says her face was radiant. Radiant meaning – shining, or glowing brightly.

I want this. I want my face to be radiant. No longer downcast. No longer sad.

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