Do I Possess My Faith of Does My Faith Possess Me?

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I’d not want merely to possess a faith; I want a faith that possesses me.” ~ Charles Kingsley

These words leaped from the page straight into my heart, searing any complacency that lingered there. Had I become complacent? Had I allowed my own personal pain and frustrations to consume me at the expense of the hurting world around me?


After much self-reflection, I had to answer yes. I am a strong woman of faith, but my light had grown dim, snuffed out in an ocean of tears. At times my light had become a mere spark.

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ant my life to be an offering set ablaze by God’s consuming fire. I want to be possessed by my faith. I want to focus on the One and the one – the one whose soul is lost, the one whose mind is overwhelmed, the one whose heart is broken. I want to focus on their pain and bring them hope. I want to lead the hurting to the foot of the Cross where beauty is born of ashes.

Joel N. Clark said, “When we fail to choose to live our lives fully awake, the ashes will extinguish the beauty, the mourning will smother the joy, the despair will end our praises. When we sleep to the dreams inside our hearts, the message of love will become nothing more than a nice idea. Yet when we awaken to the dreams God has placed inside of us, our very lives become the beauty, magic, and wonder that the world needs.”

As we become fully engaged in this new year, do you also desire to live your life as an offering to the Lord? Will you join me in living our lives fully awake, consumed in the fire of His love? It is there that our faith will possess us, set ablaze for Him.



Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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