Faith Adventures: 31 stories in October

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My late father-in-law was an expert at creating catch phrases.  He created great sermon titles, ministry names, and church slogans.  I’m sure if he hadn’t become a pastor, he would have been an ace at marketing.  One of my favorite sermon titles from the late 80s was, “How to treat your next pastor.”  I’m sure that one raised some eyebrows among the deacons.

Many of his sermon illustrations came from his ministry in Alaska from the early 80s.  On a prompting from the Holy Spirit, he packed up his wife and three kids to move 4,000 miles.  Everything about that time was filled with adventure, from the move to the ministry challenges in Alaska.  He called that time in his ministry a faith adventure.

     Ice fishing in Alaska:  My husband, James, had a head start on adventuring.

     Ice fishing in Alaska:  My husband, James, had a head start on adventuring.

I’m going to borrow my father-in-law’s faith adventure phrase, and tell you some stories from my life where I’ve gone out of my comfort zone, trusted God, and watched Him grow my faith.

For the next 31 days, I’ll post a new story.  These stories will be my submission for the Write 31 Days challenge.

This blog series is a faith adventure in itself.  I’ve fallen into a lovely routine of writing one new blog post a week.  I’m going to be breaking that routine to post 7 new blog post each week this month.  I’ve already had a sleepless night last night as my mind would not stop brainstorming, and my kids would most definitely classify our morning as cranky.  I don’t know if I have faith in my brain to accomplish this blogging task.  

Thankfully, I don’t need to have faith in myself.  These stories of faith are already written to me from Him.  I just have to recount them to you each day.  These stories are not really about me, they are about what He has done for me.

Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting on our credentials, asserting our authority? Well, we’re not. Neither do we need letters of endorsement, either to you or from you. You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.
— 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 The Message

I’ve got lots of memories I want to share with you this month.  I hope to encourage your courage, dwindle your fear, and cultivate your faith in a faithful God.


Something fun I always do on my blog posts is include a song.  Music is one of my favorite things.  It helps me gravitate to play, rest, joy, and fun in my life.  Since we are starting this journey of memories together, here is my favorite song about memories.  It's actually one of my favorite songs ever.