[Don't know if this is going to work but I'm going to give it a try. I know my blog is really late but I couldn't get my blogger called up this morning. So now you know I'm having problems.]
It requires faith to trust that biblical promises are true and reliable, which Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) describes as "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." At time of salvation, we believed by faith that we were sinners under condemnation deserving of death, but saved by God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His very own Son. We also believed that we were adopted into God's family as His children and that we would live forever with Him.
Many of us since then have struggled to believe consistently by faith that God's promises are true and that they apply to us. Faith has been mixed with false doubt at times. Partly because of our own uneasiness about wrong choices and partly because we feel unsure of God's love or forgiveness.
Then at other times, especially when life gets difficult, we question whether we've actually been given all that we need. At still other times we will question whether we've even been saved at all. If our prayers are not answered as we expect, we may wonder whether the Lord really cares about us or even has the power to help.
When we face relentless or overpowering temptation, we may start thinking He has not provided a way out. In such instances, we are allowing our feelings and circumstances to determine what we believe.
Our uncertainty will be changed into a sense of confidence in our heavenly Father when we take in a steady diet of Scripture. We can trust the Bible because it's Author ... God Himself ... is trustworthy. As we study its pages, the Holy Spirit will help us to overcome our doubts and teach us to live victorious lives. Jesus invites us to take our burden of doubt to Him. We can trust that he will give us rest from it (Matthew 11:28).
As I stated in my note at the beginning of this blog, I am having computer glitches to deal with this morning. Boo! I'm not real sure how I even got this blogger to come up on my screen and hopefully, since I went to the trouble to type it, it will publish okay.
We were down to 27 degrees again last night. Cold. Cold. Cold. But today is just beautiful. I went out to the store for some milk earlier and I had my coat on but I could just as easily have gone without my coat. The sunshine is bright and brilliant this morning. I've got a tub of laundry in the dryer and another load in the washer. So I've been busy this morning. Oh yeah, I have all my morning chores done too! So I didn't just sit around and mope when I couldn't get my blogger up. I made good use of my time. I don't need to worry about dinner tonight because we're going to have the remainder of the pea soup Michael made the other day. There's just enough left for our dinner tonight. Suits me just fine! (I am not exactly into cooking lately!) Now that's an understatement if I ever heard one.
I know this is really short but I'm going to go ahead and finish off this blog and get more housework done. Everything is calling for my attention this morning. So I may as well get busy and see how much I can get done before I give out. Tomorrow's the weekend so that means that I'll see you on Monday. If I can get my computer to work, that is. Or maybe Ken will get the chance to look at it and figure out what the problem is. I'm certain it's just some simple little adjustment that needs to be made. It just frustrates me because it was working fine when I shut off the computer last night and then this morning it wouldn't call up my blogger. Michael came out and discovered he couldn't get it to work either. (But getting him to look at it is very much like the blind leading the blind as far as computers go.) Anyway, this is enough for today. Now cross your fingers for me and let's see if this will publish. Until Monday ...