Been a Christ-follower for over 40 years… my biggest challenges in life have been to trust and rely upon Christ… my natural inclination is toward fretting and worry. This blog is grounded in my own personal learnings, study of scripture and insights gained as the Lord has stretched and grown me more into His image.
A bit of biographical background: I am 50-something father of three kids (B-G-B, 19,20 & 22 respectively) and have been a widower now for over seven years (my wife passed away after an 18 month struggle with cancer). I understand the challenges of a volatile career and trying to balance this with raising kids as a single parent. I did not grow up in a Christian home… just the opposite… my home would have made for several good episodes of a day-time soap opera. But God has been good and has granted that none of this be passed down to the next generation. My heart’s desire was that the nonsense that I experienced as a child stop at my generation… my wish seems to have been granted, as my kids have only known stability, love and acceptance in their lives. A big PTL! I add this to let you know that my life has had it’s share of challenges.
I borrow the title of my blog from a book entitled, “Faith in the Night Seasons” by Chuck and Nancy Missler as there seems to be very little christian literate devoted to exercising faith when facing challenges and trials that come with those long dark times… God seemingly is silent… when you seem to be “flat on your face”, helpless and crying out for deliverance and nothing changes. He is there and ever present; we are commanded to “be still and know that I am God”… but what do you do while you are doing it (that is, “being still”)? How do you trust God when these dark times often last for years… they are not trivial and pose huge challenges to one’s faith. This is the stuff that turns sinners into saints and the crucible in which character is built. So, if you read this and are blessed in any way… it will have been worth the many hours it took to create this.
If inclined, please share your challenges and what you have learned; the topic of faith is not trivial and just when I think I’ve learned a thing or two, someone shares an insight that blows me away and I am humbled by the depth of insight. I am convinced that growing in faith is a lifetime journey. It’s just nice to have some help along the way.