By Faith -> But God

This week has been overall a delight, a surprise as to how the Father works. How was your week? Joyous? Busy?

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. . . It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. {Hebrews 11:1-2, 4, NLT}”

This week, I chose to center my attention on verses 1-4. Most days, I opened my Bible and chose to focus on the next verse. {One day, I would cherish the opportunity to do a study on that chapter!}

Hebrews 11 is teaching me of my need to live by faith.

Trust God.

Live with surrender.

Jump at the chance to please God, even if the world is convinced I am crazy.

Your kids will get used to you asking a stranger if you can pray with them.

Or purchasing and giving a homeless person a piece of fruit. [Obviously, be on your guard and flee at first sign of trouble. Be discerning of what the Lord would have you do.]

Living by our faith in Jesus Christ – is what makes the Father smile.

With each verse, we are reminded of these two word “by faith”. Many of us want to hear the words “but God”, where we hear the testimony of how God has mightily acted on our behalf.

It is our surrender, our willingness, where we truly live by faith. God will work in our lives, but He gifts us an opportunity to join Him each and every day!

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does {John 5:19}.


The other day at a clinic, no one walked over to try and comfort a gal who was sobbing because of her pain levels. They called me before I got to walked over, leaves one question:

What if the person God desires to use in such a situation is you, can you really stomach saying “I am sorry, Lord, I just can’t.”

All we have to do is say “Yes, Lord”. Once we do that, the Holy Spirit will take over in the best possible way!

I am thankful He gave me the opportunity to say “yes”!


If we want to see God work the most in our lives, we need to completely surrender all to Him! Be willing to go wherever He calls you to go. Even if you think it is the craziest thing in the world. So that, others can come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be comforted when they need it most!

We need to live “by faith,” if we want to be able to joyfully and tearfully shout “but God”.

** The Philippians Study has not been announced yet. Keep holding onto your seats. It will be announced soon. I want the journal completed before I make any dates announcements. **