Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for using this day to turn so many eyes toward you and what you did on the cross for us, then rose again, triumphant!
I believe you can have many triumphs in my own personal life, too.
I believe you can heal this pain in my heart and not let it produce bitter fruit.
I believe you can restore to me my honor and bring me to a place in my life where I am respected, rather than blamed.
I believe you can stop the landlord from evicting us in 2 days.
I believe you will some day, in your timing, restore to me a car to drive.
I believe you can let my constant companion, my tiny dog, die in peace and comfort when it is time.
I believe you will not let him suffer, for he has been faithful.
I believe you can heal my 19-year-old daughter’s heart and mind and teach her she CAN take control of her own life.
I believe you can restore my relationship with her, helping her STOP blaming me for all her unhappiness, just because I won’t let her get a dog and can’t afford to get her a phone.
I believe you can preserve my relationship with my husband, let him stop betraying me and prevent his heart from blaming me for our financial situation, for it seems like the enemy is really using our landlord’s words to lessen his respect for me, to join what seems like everyone else, in blaming me.
I believe you can sustain my heart and my faith and keep me growing good fruit for you, even if you choose to do NONE of the things above.
I believe you will help all of our hearts who are affected by my second-favorite cousin’s death yesterday.
I believe you are Faithful, Lord, and that your heart is good and righteous and trustworthy.
Hebrews 11:1-13 ISV
Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists.
By faith our ancestors won approval.
By faith we understand that time was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did, and by faith he was declared to be righteous, since God himself accepted his offerings. And by faith he continues to speak, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken away without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he won approval as one who pleased God.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, reverently prepared an ark to save his family, and by faith he condemned the world and inherited the righteousness that comes by faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who also inherited the same promise,
because he was waiting for the city with permanent foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
By faith Sarah, even though she was old and barren, received the strength to conceive, because she was convinced that the one who had made the promise was faithful.
Abraham was as good as dead, yet from this one man came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
All these people died having faith. They did not receive the things that were promised, yet they saw them in the distant future and welcomed them, acknowledging that they were strangers and foreigners on earth.
Lord, this week alone I have been scorned and ridiculed and chastised and condemned for my faith. I have been told to abandon what you have given me to do, that which you are even yet blessing in me and using to bless me, and turn to a more world-friendly, world-accepted attitude and occupation. It is hard to have my husband, my daughter, my landlord, and various others all turning on me at once, blaming me and my faith for our circumstances. But it is not really hard to stand firm and hold onto my faith, because I feel it is all I really have, all I can really count on. Father, I will not give in. I will not conform to what others think I should do, and go against what you’ve given me to do already. But please help me to be at peace about it in my heart, and not to grow bitter and resentful at these people whom I love who are buffeting me, blaming me. Help me to keep not only my faith, but my joy. Let me do my work for you cheerfully, with a heart that is free and light and full of love. Let me shine your light in this darkness that is surrounding me!