January 25, 2011

Faith is Reason Grown Courageous

"Faith" acrylic on canvas 36x48

The purpose of this blog is to offer encouragement in the process of pursuing a dream, goal or aspiration.
           Today I'm thinking a lot about the subject of faith. When I say faith, I am specifically speaking of the idea of believing " against all the odds" that surround our circumstances. Life throws some very difficult challenges at us. Our hopes, dreams, aspirations seem to get drowned out in the roar of "reality" screaming in our ears. But this is my conclusion: Without faith, we are helpless and hopeless. Without the ability to believe, our fates are sealed to be drug into a pit of despair and to perpetually wallow in the "Slough of Despond."
            The following quotes shed light on the power of faith. I offer them to you as way of encouragement in your journey.

Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. 
Madeleine L’Engle 

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Faith is a passionate intuition.  ~William Wordsworth

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.  ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith is reason grown courageous.  ~Sherwood Eddy

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"(Heb.11:1).

When is a time you have seen the power of faith in action? I'd love to hear.


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