It’s good to talk about your faith, but it’s better to walk it out.
A dying woman’s confession sends Nicholas Wilson, the esteemed Treatment Director of St. Paul’s Psychiatric Hospital, straight to a prison cell. As he fights to keep his sanity, a recurring dream hounds his former co-worker, convincing her that Nicholas was framed. She persuades Andrew Chillings, to join her in this pursuit for justice, but Sandra, Andrew’s wife, wants Nicholas to rot in prison for the crime she thinks he’s committed.
Tempers flare, tears flow and emotions run rampant as the search for truth gains momentum. Hidden secrets are exposed, and key relationships are threatened.
Will those in authority overturn the guilty verdict and allow Nicholas to walk out of this entrapment a free man, or will the accusation crying from the grave seal his fate? Justice hangs in the balance, and only a divine intervention has the power to tilt the scales in the right direction.
God Can Answer Our Prayers In Unexpected Ways.
As I sit here reflecting on some of my decisions, the above question popped into my mind. I gave the question some serious thought, and as a result decided to describe a time when I took a leap of faith. At the time, I didn’t know whether it was foolish or wise, but I knew it was something I had to do in order to be satisfied with myself.
For a little over twenty years, I worked as a counselor, addressing women’s issues, addictions, family dynamics, etc. I had seen many types of individuals over the course of my career, and I was very fortunate to have had mentors who showed me the ropes. I worked hard and devoted most of my waking hours to helping my clients. Then, it occurred. After about nineteen years in, I started to feel dissatisfied with my profession. It seemed the empathy and compassion I had for others grew thin, and I was more interested in finishing my day than meeting the daily challenges I knew I would face. I tried to ignore the promptings that it was time for me to change courses. Just the thought of leaving the familiar was frightening (even though remaining was becoming unbearable).
Finally, after a two-year struggle, I decided to leave what I knew in order to do what I loved. I wish I could say I had everything in order when I took the plunge, but I didn’t. I knew in my heart I was doing the right thing, but the circumstances blared that I was making a huge mistake. And to be honest, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, but regardless of my circumstances, I knew I would eventually be all right.
Was it scary? Yes it was. Were there times when I wanted to turn back? Yes there were. Did I second-guess myself? Yes I did. Did I question God? Of course. In spite of all of my unsteady emotions, and frightening thoughts, I stayed the course. I knew I would not have made it without God’s guidance and the support of my family.
Taking that leap was scary but remaining where I was would have been devastating. There’s one lesson I learned as a result of taking a leap of faith. Sometimes the only way to walk in your destiny is to take that chance on you. If you never leap, you’ll never know.
And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. (Taken from I King of KJV of the Bible.)
God allows us to go to certain places, do certain things or be with certain people during specific seasons in our lives. During these times, things may flourish, and we know that we are in the perfect Will of the Father. Then, after a while, the same places, things or people in which God guided us towards become barren or burdensome in our lives. What has happened? It may be that those places, things or people have served their purposes in our lives, and it’s time for us to move on.
God instructed Elijah to hide himself by the brook Cherith. God promised to provide Elijah with provision there. The Bible states that after a while, the same brook, the one that God led Elijah to, dried up. The brook had served its purpose in Elijah’s life, and it was then time for him to move on.
When God instructs us to move from places, things or people that He initially guided us towards, we need to move without hesitation. When the places, things or people have served their purposes, we can no longer make them fit into our destinies. Trying to do so will only create heartache and pain.
THOUGHT TO PONDER: The same things that provided provision can cause pain if we remain with them past God’s allotted Time.
Excerpt taken from Nuggets of Faith
But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. (Taken from Acts of the KJV of the Bible.)
It is always conducive for us to pray with expectation. However, we know that there are times when we fail to pray this way. Sometimes we pray because we feel obligated. Other times we pray because it’s ritualistic. But it’s the times that we pray in expectation that we really please the Father.
In the above passage of scripture, believers were praying for Peter’s release from prison. When God supernaturally answered their prayers, they were astonished. Some even doubted that it was Peter and said, “It is his angel.” They were praying yet not believing for results.
God wants us to pray and expect results from Him. Prayer is our line of communication with the Father. It can move His very Heart. So when we pray, let’s believe that He hears us and will perform according to His perfect Will.
THOUGHT TO PONDER: Why pray if you don’t believe God will respond?
Excerpt taken from Nuggets of Faith
Nuggets of wisdom are everywhere. If we slow down and take time to examine things, we will find bits of wisdom in the most unusual places and at the most unusual times. As I was completing a household chore, the question posted above flashed across my mind. I wasn’t consciously seeking it, but it appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Since it appeared, I took a moment to reflect on it. It reminded me of a verse I learned earlier in my life.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Taken from the KJV of the Bible.)
This verse reminds me that if we listen to a person long enough and watch his behaviors over a span of time, we will discover that person’s true self. Truth is so powerful that it has a way of seeping through deception, given time.
Knowing this, it is wise to take time to listen to and observe a person carefully. If you do, you won’t have to work at guessing what type fruit tree he is, his speech and behaviors will do the work for you.