Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Foundations—Where Do You Find Support for Life?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Foundations - where do you find
support for life?
There are times when life comes at us hard and fast.  Crisis’ appear and pressure mounts. When these situations arise, it’s the foundation of our lives that gives us the support we need.

When we rely on circumstances (income, possessions, even friends) for support, our foundation will crumble when we need it most. Money doesn’t help when someone you love is hurting, possessions give no comfort when you’ve lost someone, and people do let us down.

So where do we turn when times get tough?

For me, I rely on God to carry me through. And the vehicle I use is my faith—faith in God, in His character and especially in His love for me. But faith is like a muscle. If you haven’t spent time strengthening it, it can give out on you.

There are a lot of things I do to keep my faith strong. Here are just a few:
  • Prayer: Prayer is more than just a laundry list of wants. It’s an ongoing conversation and an outgrowth of the relationship we have with God. It’s hard to get to know someone if we don’t spend time with them—and that’s also true with God. By spending time with Him, we strengthen our relationship with Him and that in turn strengthens our faith.
  • Bible study: Again, this is part of nurturing our relationship with God. I learn more about God’s character as I read His word and see how He has interacted with His people throughout the ages. As I study the Bible, my faith is strengthened and I learn over and over again how much God loves me and loves each of us.
  • Godly friends: The friendships I value most are those that share the common values of my belief in God. We approach life from the same perspective and can help remind each other of the importance of faith.

When life gets tough, God uses that time to strengthen me and reveal Himself in a new and deeper way.

During those dark times, I’m like a seed, planted deep in the ground. I’m surrounded by darkness, by rough, rocky soil, pressing in on all sides crushing the life from me. But through that incredible pressure, the shell of my own strength falls away, and I slowly begin to push toward the light that I know is just beyond the darkness.

I’ve learned that no matter what my circumstances, God is always there. When I let Him, He provides an unshakeable foundation to support me no matter what comes my way.

Edie Melson—author, editor, and blogger—is a leading professional within the writing industry, as well as a popular inspirational speaker and mentor. She’s the author of While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military (Worthy Inspired). She’s also the military family blogger for Guideposts at While They Serve. In addition, as a respected expert in social media, Edie has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in without sacrificing valuable writing time. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has recently been updated, expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers. Connect with her on her popular blog for writers, The Write Conversation, which reaches thousands each month, and through Twitter and Facebook.

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