So glad you're here. I'm Nanci, bible study teacher, speaker, women's ministry leader, wife, mother and Grammy to 7 sweet babies that are the light of my life. It is my joy and honor to help women be all that God has called them to be by learning to live out their faith everyday.
If you want to let go of fear and uncertainty, increase your faith in the Lord, learn His precepts on marriage and family life, and how to apply His wisdom to your life, then you're definitely in the right place.
Here you will find encouraging, thought provoking and with God's help, life changing devotions from the Word of God. As well as tools to help you study and retain His Word.
My heart is to help woman know the truth that is in God's Word. To tap into His wisdom to find hope and direction for their lives and to be extraordinary by living out their faith everyday.
Here's a little something to get you started.
Faith Lived Out
What does it mean to live out our faith and what does that look like in our everyday lives?
Scripture tells us that;
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. (Hebrews 11:6)
So let’s break this down and ask, what is faith? Earlier in Hebrews, we are told;
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, you can only believe by faith to trust in it. I’ve heard somewhere and think it’s a good analogy, that believing in God is much like believing in the wind. We can’t see the wind, but we can see and feel its effect on us. In the same way, we can’t see God, however, we do see and feel His effect on us and those around us, as He works in our lives.
The Hall of Faith can also be found in Hebrews 11 and is full of examples of those who lived by faith. Like Abraham, Sarah, and Rahab just to name a few.
Next question; who or what do you currently have your faith in?
A good way to determine this is; when you make decisions in your life, who do you turn to, and what is most important to you? We can put our faith in a variety of things and what we have our faith in will shape our decision-making and therefore shape our lives. Many put their faith in their finances, their intelligence, or maybe a spouse or someone close to them that they follow, believing that they have all the right answers to life’s questions.
As believers, we would quickly say that our faith is in God, but do our lives reflect that? Do we go to God for direction and make decisions based on the precepts in His Word and allow Him to shape our lives? I realize this is so much easier said than done, however, this is what faith lived out looks like. Believing God, believing His Word is true, and trusting Him to guide and direct your life, wherever it may lead.
That being said, according to Hebrews 11:6, our next step is to diligently seek Him. How can we possibly know God, trust Him, follow His precepts, and believe in His promises, if we have not studied His Word? Here’s what God says on the subject.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
Lastly, we are to believe that God is faithful and rewards those who diligently seek Him. Even His command to know and meditate on His Word comes with a promise, “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Scripture is filled with promises from God, yet for some reason, most Christians don’t seem to think that they apply to them, they’re for other, more godly believers. That is so not the case! As a child of God, His promises are for each and everyone one of us, regardless of our past, how someone else has let us down before, or how little we may think that we deserve His blessings.
When I’m struggling with this area of believing God, I remind myself of this verse;
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
These words come straight from Jesus’ mouth to our ears. Any of us who have children know that they would do anything for them. Our Heavenly Father, who has a greater love for us than we can possibly comprehend, desires to bless us and is faithful to keep all of His promises.
Knowing the Word of God, having faith to believe in God and His faithfulness, then to live every day according to the direction and promises that He has given us. Basically, taking everything written in our bibles and applying it to our lives, this is faith lived out. When we live out our faith it frees us to step out in faith to boldly try new things and see where God may want to lead us next.
Faith Lived Out
So, how can we apply this to our lives and live out our faith?
Take some time to think about who or what you currently have your faith in? What shapes your decisions? If it’s not God, ask Him to help you determine what it is and to increase your faith in Him.
Find time to be in the Word, every day. Even if it’s only for 10 to 15 minutes, it will make a world of difference.
Are you struggling with a situation right now, search the Scriptures for a promise or a word of truth from your Heavenly Father that you need to believe in right now and ask Him to help your unbelief.
So then living out our faith requires us to learn who God is and what is written in His Holy Word. To know Him, so we can follow His precepts and allow Him to direct our lives.
If you want to dig a little deeper in to how to live out your faith, click here.