If you’ve read any of my story shared on this site, or in my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” then you know how much importance I place on standing on God’s word to traverse this landscape we call life. Don’t you like having like-minded friends? Me too. That’s why I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend, Elisa Pulliam, author of “Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Insight Through Believing God’s Word.” I know you’ll enjoy reading as Elisa shares about the difference God’s promises make in our life.
Do You Struggle to Believe God?
By Elisa Pulliam
Is it hard for you to believe God is who He says He is and will do what He promises in light of your present struggles? In the face of all the hard that is surrounding you? I understand! My tendency is to doubt God’s goodness as I focus on the circumstances – not only mine but also everyone else’s.
Five minutes spent scrolling through my social media feed tells a story that’s hard to digest, as one person after another requests prayer for a life-threatening health diagnosis, traumatic accident, or some sort of crisis. Five minutes spent reading the news points to world conflict, murders, missing people, and financial mishandlings. It’s enough to make me wonder if God has completely turned His back on us. Do you feel this way too?
What we see and hear in this digital age is much more than our heart and, sometimes, faith can handle. Think about what life was like before social media and access to every news source. We would only know about what was happening in the lives of a handful of people—and those people would be ones we did daily life with in our families, churches, schools, and workplaces. Within those relationships, we would know the deep struggles but also the details of God’s provision.
When our lives are sewn together in real life, we get access to the backstory, present story, and redeemed story—and we see evidence of God’s faithfulness and provision.
So maybe the best thing to do is hone in on what God is doing right in front of us in the lives of those He’s intended us to be intimately connected to daily. By pulling back from the social connections that simply drain our souls and cause us to doubt God’s promises are true, we gain emotional and physical margin space to see and respond to the opportunities right in front of us. Maybe that looks like fixing a meal to bring to a family from church while they try to find their new normal after a crisis, or writing an old-fashioned note to a friend walking through a tough time.
When we embrace the opportunities to be fully present in the lives of those who need our physical touch, we also get front row seats to seeing God’s power and provision at work. And when we see that kind of evidence that God is still real, it’s a whole lot easier to believe that what we read in Psalm 18:30, that “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
Excerpted from Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Sight Through Believing God’s Word. Learn more at unblindedfaith.com and connect with Elisa Pulliam at moretobe.com.
About the Book – Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Sight Through Believing God’s Word.
Would you like to have the kind of faith that strengthens your soul? What if you could endure trials with a steady calm and make daily decisions with confidence in God’s purposes?
Unblinded Faith, Elisa Pulliam’s 90-day devotional, is filled with thoughtful application of Scripture to help you see God personally and know His love for you.
Learn how to take God at His Word and embrace His promises, even when your circumstances challenge your faith. No matter where you find yourself today, you can experience the fullness of God’s love, kindness, grace, mercy, and wisdom
About the Author
Elisa Pulliam is passionate about helping women experience a fresh encounter with God and His Word for the sake of impacting the next generation with Kingdom Hope. Her latest book, “Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Sight through Believing God’s Word,” is described as “more than a devotional, it’s a tool for growing deep spiritual roots.”
Elisa is the founder of More to Be, a ministry devoted to equipping women with biblical resources, coaching, and mentor training. She also is the owner of the Kaleo Agency, and as a creative strategist, she helps female entrepreneurs, coaches, and writers develop their brand marketing in order to convey their message and maximize their mission with ease.
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