O For A Faith That Will Not Shrink

O, for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by every foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe!

That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chastening rod,
But, in the hour of grief or pain,
Will lean upon its God.

A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without;
That when in danger knows no fear,
In darkness feels no doubt.

That bears, unmoved, the world’s dread frown
Nor heeds its scornful smile;
That seas of trouble cannot drown,
Nor Satan’s arts beguile.

A faith that keeps the narrow way
Till life’s last hour is fled,
And with a pure and heavenly ray
Lights up a dying bed.

Lord, give me such a faith as this,
And then, whate’er may come,
I’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss
Of an eternal home.
- William Hiley Bathurst -

Discouragement can easily cause our faith to shrink,
and we may even at times consider quitting our service for God.

One of the chief characteristics of spiritual maturity
is the ability to persevere - even in the face of adversity.
God often permits difficulties to come into our lives
simply to allow our faith in Him to become stronger.
A faith that is never tested and strengthened
soon becomes a shrinking one.
But if our faith is real,
it will stand every test and prove to be an overcoming faith.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

{ While taking photos for this post the sweet neighborhood cat joined me
and I got distracted with taking pictures of her.}

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And the apostles said unto the Lord, 
Increase our faith.
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, 
ye might say unto this sycamine tree, 
Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; 
and it should obey you.
- Luke 17:5-6 -

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: 
as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
 - Romans 1:17 -

Above all, taking the shield of faith, 
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
- Ephesians 6:16 -

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; 
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 -

Ponder this question-
Could I stand to lose everything 
and still have an implicit faith in God
and know with certainty that He is in control?

When the world seems at its worst,
Christians must be at their best.
- Unknown -

Blessings and joy to you
on this Lord's Day!


janice15 said...

Stephanie this was a amazing post.. It was for me a perfect lovely inspiring post... Full of though on a grand scale... The little kitty is so sweet no wonder you got distracted... Have a wonderful Lords day.. With love Janice thank you

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

A beautiful reminder and call to faith that persists in seeing the unknown. And then I was reminded of these two verses:
Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The substance of our faith lies in things that we cannot see, but in what we believe. This world is surely so dark and miserable and not much hope to be found...but we do have hope in Christ Jesus, and it is a beautiful thing... thank you for this wonderful reminder today to continue on in faith and hope!

Appreciate your dear heart for the Lord, and this beautiful post this morning :)

mamasmercantile said...

Another beautiful post, always a pleasure to visit.

Sandy said...

Thank you Stephanie - certainly words to ponder.
What a beautiful cat - she has the sweetest face.
Sandy xx

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, what rich, wonderful words by Bathurst! I especially love the last two verses...always may we keep our eyes toward Home because discouragement can shrink our faith and trust in our Father. And if we aren't tested, we do not become strong, nor do we become more and more like Christ, as the Father hones us into His likeness. What darling photos you always share, and how precious your neighbor's cat is. Sweetness! Oh, the many unexpected joys God places in our lives. Hugs, sweet friend, and have a wonderful week! xoxo

NanaDiana said...

Great post! I do believe that persevering in the face of adversity is one of the true tests of faith. You found some great quotes here today.

Love the neighborhood kitty! xo Diana

Debbie Harris said...

Rich words from William Bathurst, and much to ponder on.
"Discouragement can easily cause our faith to shrink and we may even consider quitting our service to God" boy that is so true and Satan would love for us to quit and give up, but God!
"Increase our faith" dear Lord.
"For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind." What an excellent verse to claim and live it in our lives.
Thank you for this excellent post and your photos are wonderful, especially that precious kitty.

Love you~~

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Lowcarb team member said...

Always good to read your words and see your lovely photographs.
Wishing you a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

magnoliasntea said...

Amen, let this hymn be our prayer as we really don't know what is ahead for us in the next few years. Enjoyed the post, as always. :)

Carla from The River said...

Thank you friend,
This is what I needed today. It has been a different week. Good things mixed in with some sad things.
Thank you for this encouragement.

Lea said...

What an encouraging post this Lord's Day! So appropriate for these perilous times!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Wonderful song. I am striving to reach that kind of faith. Especially the lines "That will not murmur nor complain Beneath the chastening rod,". But then it is only under the rod that we grow. Love your posts and the reminders of the lovely words of the old hymns. They express such deep truths. Hugs.

Mari said...

I don't know if I've ever heard that song before. The words were true when written and are so true today - we need a faith that does not shrink!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Faith is all we have when there is nothing left, that is FOR SURE! Happy new week dear one!

Tamago said...

Your neighborhood kitty is so cute! She reminds me of one of my kitties from long time ago. She was a pretty tabby girl, too :-)
Happy monday. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your post on faith is such a beautiful reminder of words that I needed to hear, my sweet friend. Yes, our faith can be tested at times, but we must persevere with knowledge that Our Savior will always be there for us. Thank you for your lovely post and darling pictures! Love and hugs to you!

Alex said...

Very stirring words, but soothing pictures to go with, Stephanie. We all need encouragement in our walk of faith.
(And we all need time with sweet cats!)

Summer said...

Wonderful words and such a cute kitty♥

Deborah Montgomery said...

Faith is easy when things are going well. It is when we are discouraged or facing seemingly hopeless situations that we need to exercise that faith muscle. And that's just when we need to be encouraging each other, just as you are doing for us! Blessings, Deborah

Conniecrafter said...

I love that the neighbor cat came to join you this week for your photo shoot, she is so pretty :)
My bible reading this morning was Luke 17, I would love to say my faith is that strong but I feel God may just have more work for me. I don't ever think I haven't felt God was in control, I have just questioned why in some circumstances. I hope I never have to see everything in my life taken away from me.

Lillie said...

A beautiful post and kitty is so adorable.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, these cat pictures are something else, Stephanie. And I just love that last quote about Christians, it's so special.

love, ~Sheri

Buttercup said...

The verse from Galatians at the top of the post is one of my favorites. Thinking of you and sending hugs!

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