Week 31: Personal Confessions ~ Faith without work is dead

Hi there and welcome to week #31 of personal confessions! Every other week or so I share with my readers my personal confessions and these range from what I am going through, been through or has happened or affected me in one way or another. If you missed my last confession click HERE, my last confession was about fear and how crippling I found it to be due to a bad past experience. This week I wanted to share something even more close to my heart and that’s my faith.

Disclaimer:  In sharing this I do not claim to be an expert or wishing to impose or force anyone to conclude that my faith or church or background is better than anyone. Here I aim to share person experience from my point of view, this is by no means a post to offend but to enlighten.

Born in ’87 to two amazing parents with great faith and coming from parents who were either preachers or where people to be thought of as “close to God” in all sense. Baptised same year of birth and being brought up to believe in Christ the lord our redeemer, to love thy neighbour as thy self and to love God above all else. Growing in neighbourhood of fellow believer though of different denominations but praying to the same God. From birth till 14 years of age, my parents interceded on my behalf and spoke for me to my lord and saviour. I would at 13 start to be taught to take on the responsibility of talking to God directly and asking him myself instead of my parents. I cherished (and still do) the teachings of the bible and looked forward to the day I will stand before the lord and;

“renounce Satan and all his works and ways and surrender myself to thee, o’ trying God, father, son and the holy spirit in belief and earnest resolution until my end amen”

Before I took on the role to intercede for myself with the lord, I had to seek forgiveness from my parents for all the things I did wrong or offended them with whether knowingly or not. Though an emotional and though felt like hard decision it was one that I would not change or trade for the world. From start to finish of preparations, I was taught the 10 commandments and the 12 vows of the church, though I understood the words I probably did not grasp the full meaning until fast forward 13 years later.

After growing up in a country and deep down to the town of fellow believers and encouraging peers to a place, a town where faith is not as common as a daily enjoyable activity tests ones faith, tests ones promise to the lord. When I look back 12-13 years ago, if I missed a service or even a choir practice it was because I was so ill or was out of town and even then it was highly unlikely. Fasting forward back to today and I can count how many times this year I have been to the lord’s house. I can feel the small light left in my soul flicking in the darkness that threatens to consume me.

Faith comes from doing the work, the work of the lord uncompromising and no excuses. I ask my fellow church/temple/mosque goes when was the last time you were in the Lord’s house and felt his hand on your shoulder? When was the last time you felt the scripture was read specifically for you? Who do you run to when in need of the love that Christ showed on the cross of Calvary?

At the beginning of this year I promised my lord and saviour change was in sight, I would attend church or praise my lord at every opportunity and I can I have mostly done that but I feel for the light to grow even more than before I need to put in more work to propel my faith and let the hand of God guide me through this jungle called life. My life to me may not be easy at times but I have so many blessings that the hard times can not even compare or measure up. The blessings I received daily both visible and non-visible to my naked eyes I appreciate them, the air that I breath even just waking up and seeing another day is more than good enough as I know not many people can say that.

My words of wisdom for the day “don’t compare your life to someone else, be happy with what you have even though not perfect its perfect for you and always look at the positive and never the negative”

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  • Thanks Ashley x

  • I love reading about others' journey in faith! Great post!

  • Thank you Kristine means a lot x

  • Love that you recognize your blessings far out weight the rough times. Loved this post!

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  • Thanks x

  • Thanks for saying that x

  • Any time Ashley x

  • Anytime x

  • I agree any faith is a great asset.

  • Ta

  • Thank you x

  • Thanks Annette x

  • Thanks Jess

  • Thanks hun! hope I have helped in some way x

  • Thanks x

  • awww bless hun

  • Thanks and you're welcome x

  • I couldnt have put it better myself x

  • As soon as you find "YOU" all is fine x

  • Nope it is not but well we have to try x

  • Thank you for sharing your story!!! 🙂

  • I couldn't agree more. The comparison trap can be so easy to fall into and so hard to get out of.

  • Love your words of wisdom!

  • Thanks so much for joining! 🙂

  • thank you for sharing your beliefs!

  • I definitely agree with the idea that it can be easy to compare our lives to someone else and see the grass as greener, without seeing the fertilizer they have to use to get it looking like that! I also believe that faith, any faith, is a great gift in this life. 🙂

  • I love this, and great quote!

  • Really great post. I love the last quote. It's too true!

    MasKara & Crayons

  • wonderful post, your story is amazing.

  • Fantastic post! Really inspiring 🙂

  • Lovely post and fantastic message that I think many people (including myself) struggle with.

  • I agree completely!

  • i always have a hard time on the opposite side of the spectrum trying to do works for forgiveness.

  • great post, girl! Thanks for sharing your personal experiences. Really enjoyed reading 🙂

  • It really is SO important to focus on what's good in your personal life and not just what others happy. Living gratefully makes all the difference.

  • It is very hard not to compare yourself to others, however this is something I have been trying to change with myself. I think it is working too, I am more content and more focused on what I want in life.

  • These are very true words but it is not so easy to live by them

  • Teenage years are the hardest x

  • Thank you x

  • Absolutely, wish wishing leads to us missing so much of what's in front of our eyes x

  • Thanks Betsy I appreciate that x

  • Thank you, I am happy to share my faith any time

  • I do understand and I hope one day you will find your way back if you so wish. Its this day and age its so much easier to step away from am religion due to things happening around us and the media too don't help much x

  • Thank you Jessica, I agree God has already customised our lives according to our needs x

  • The comparison trap can be so easy to fall into, I found that especially hard to avoid when I was teenager 🙂

  • Emailed you 🙂

  • I love this! You should definitely never wish for someone else's life. Sometimes the little blessings are missed because you are too busy wishing for something you don't have any business in. 😀

  • this is a beautiful post! thanks so much for sharing your heart!

  • oh wow…thanks for sharing your heart and more of your faith!

  • Great saying.
    I'm struggling right now and the faith would be nice in my life, but with all the negative things that happened I became realist/pessimist.
    I wish I had faith in God, but for the past years I've been getting far and far from religion. So, I think you are in a good place and I'm kinda jealous too.
    I think you get what I'm saying 😀

  • I used to struggle with comparing myself to others too but I learned that everybody's journey is different and God has different plans for us, so why compare when God has customized each and every one of us? Great post!

  • Absolutely x

  • The comaparison trap can be so dangerous, but so easy to fall into. Great post!

  • Thanks Hollie and stress is the last thing we need x

  • I agree with the 'Don't compare your life to someone elses' because it just adds stress that you don't need. A great series of posts.