Who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations... Romans 4:18
The "founding father" of our faith, Abraham, was used so mightily for God's family because even when circumstances were unanimously pointed against all hope-in hope he still believed. This is a hallmark trait so many have been being trained in of late, not just an outward perseverance but an internal stretching of the perseverance of their hope and faith. Before God expands our capacity on the outside (territory), He expands our capacity on the inside. Like an athlete preparing to compete at high altitude, our lung capacity has needed to be upgraded to run our race at a new and...(more)
I'm not a mountain climber.
My son and husband, however, share a love for climbing. Heights pose no threat to them. My son encouraged me to climb; after telling him I couldn't (it may have been more that I didn't want to!), I asked how did he climb so confidently?
"Find a firm place for your foot, and don't (whatever you do) look down. You just go up from there," he answered.
That rang in my spirit. Find a firm place for...(more)
Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in...(more)