Faith. It’s a little word with a LOT of meaning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that something didn’t come to pass because they didn’t have enough faith. I’ve struggled with that very thing myself more times than I’d like to admit, and there have been instances where it was tempting to give up because I was convinced I didn’t have enough faith to make a difference.
But thankfully, that’s not how it works. Sometimes faith simply means trusting God to carry us through and knowing He will never forsake us. “Footprints in the Sand” is one of my favorite poems. I love the visualization of walking through life with God by my side. I also appreciate the reminder that those times it looks like it’s just me struggling, it’s really God carrying me in His strong arms. Faith isn’t trusting that God will remove all obstacles in our path. Faith isn’t about saving up enough faith through the easy times so that we can cash it all in when things get rough.
Faith is believing that, when we inevitably fall on our faces in the sand, God won’t leave us there to be swept away when the tide comes in. Instead, He’ll scoop us up and carry us through whatever we’re struggling against. That’s right: We still have to wade through that experience in our live, but praise God we don’t have to do it alone!
A couple of weeks ago, our pastor spoke on faith, and he said something that stuck with me. Every time we face a difficult decision, go through a loss, or struggle through a particularly stressful season in our lives, we have a choice to make. We can either trust and believe that God will gently lift us from the sand, or we can believe that He’ll leave us to be swept away by the incoming tide. Guess what? It’s a step of faith either way.
We can have faith that God will help us no matter what we’re going through, or we can have faith that He’s going to leave us to fend for ourselves. It’s not a matter of having enough faith, it’s a matter of choosing to have faith in God and His love for us.
In my book, Finding Hope, Lexi faces a difficult and uncertain future. She’s always been independent, determined to handle everything herself, until a cancer diagnosis throws everything into chaos. Not only does she have to place her life in the hands of doctors, but she has to rely on friends and family to help her. Most importantly, she has to place her faith in God, and pray that He will carry her through something she’d never be able to make it through on her own.
Cancer. That one word has rocked Lexi Chandler’s life to the core. Her focus has always been to help others. She loves being a nurse and enjoys spending time with her family. Things had been going according to plan. Now she’s struggling to pick up the pieces and make sense of the changes in her life.
Lance Davenport has cared for Lexi since they were kids. Between their age difference and bad timing, he’s turned burying his feelings into an art. Now, watching Lexi battle with cancer has made him realize just how much he’s missed. He doesn’t know what their future holds, but he’s determined to not waste another minute.
The people closest to Lexi pull together as she tries to navigate her way down a path none of them ever dreamed she’d have to travel.
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Mandy Hudson swore she’d never marry. Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents, she has a hard time trusting that real love will last. When her grandmother dies, Mandy’s shocked to discover a stipulation in the will. Considering marriage to her best friend may be the only way to keep her family’s beloved bed-and-breakfast.
The loss of his job threatens Preston Yarrow’s shaky financial stability. Besides, he can’t watch his best friend give up the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by Mandy’s stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart. A marriage of convenience might be crazy… or an answer to both their prayers.