Faith in the Face of Trial

— by Eliza M. Askins

Luther writes,

The great art and power of faith consist in seeing that which is not seen and in not seeing that which is nonetheless felt, aye, which oppresses and depresses a person; just as unbelief sees only what it feels and does not at all like to cling to that which it does not feel. [This was the selected reading for July 9, 2015 through the Pray Now app.]

Faith is given through the Holy Spirit. It is not something we choose or earn. God chooses us and at the font calls us by name. He makes us clean in these waters by Christ's sacrifice on Calvary. Our Heavenly Father promises to provide in His time and by His means. 

It is through faith alone that we can get through the oppressions and depressions of daily life. Faith is not a feeling. It is not a pulling up of our boot straps. Faith is seeing that despite the “for sale” sign still on the lawn, the garage and many closets still full of stuff, the paperwork still to be completed, the questions still unanswered, all will be done in His time. I cannot see how it will all resolve itself before we are to board a plane, but it will. And though I might feel oppressed and depressed by the looming tasks and weight of change, through faith I receive peace.

A Cast of Characters: Septimus Heap, Jenna and Niko, Benny the Jet, Luke, Leah and Vader

— by Eliza M. Askins

We've packed toys, books, colors, papers, worksheets, and more to entertain the children as we travel.

WHY? 

Their imaginations and life experiences are entertainment enough. As we roll down the road, we listen to audio books. When we stop, the children play on the playground calling each other by the names of characters in the books and pretending the play structures are the settings of the stories.

Mathias's feet needed new kicks as his toes were squished. We decided it was time for laces instead of Velcro. He ended up with Converse high-tops. Who is he now? Benny the Jet from The Sandlot. He will out pickle the beast as in these shoes he can run faster and jump higher.

When they do have a chance to watch a movie, they all request StarWars. Later you hear them call to Leah, Luke, and more running from Vader as they play inside and out. Legos, blocks, cars, playgrounds are areas for StarWars to come to life. Who needs store bought toys, they have God's given creativity?