“Open the Door” by Joan Y. Edwards
This is a Lenten reflection that I wrote when Jim Alvarez from St. Matthew Catholic Church asked me to write one about faith.
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Open the Door.
God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Don’t be afraid. I am here with you. Isaiah 41:10
God didn’t promise a life without pain, struggles, and hardships. He said do not be afraid. He will be there with you and give you the strength to get through them.
God heard you crying out for him. God is knock, knock, knocking on your door and ring, ring, ringing your bell.
He will not go away. He comes himself! He stands there now, and waits for you. Open the door of your heart and let him in.
What is Faith? Faith is opening the door and realizing that God is going to be there for you. God personally looks after your needs…all your needs. Especially the ones you fear are not being met right now. God knows what your needs are, from the largest to the smallest item on your list. Open the door.
Swimming in a sea of negativity! God is your life preserver.
Up to your knees in bad end-of-the-world days! God changes your focus.
Unsafe in a world filled with daggers! God covers you with armor. Open the door.
Negative thoughts remind you that you are human…you make mistakes, have accidents, get angry, get sick, feel pain. You love, eat, sleep, and search for happiness! You live in a world filled with other humans.
Faith is trust, assurance and confidence that things are going to get better. Believe that God is going to help you through this stressful situation.
St. Patrick reminds us. God is in you and surrounds you. God is in your heart and the hearts of those who think of you. God is in your mouth and those who speak of you. God is in your eyes and the eyes of those who see you. God is in your ears and in the ears of those who hear you. Arise today through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation and open the door.
Take time to rest. Refocus. Open the door of your heart and take God’s hand. He will listen to you. He will stay with you and walk with you and supply you with the right thoughts, words, resources, and actions needed to help you. Believe and it shall be granted unto you. Ask and you shall receive. Peace will come to you. Open the door. Open the door. Open the door. Amen.
Thank you for reading and/or listening. I hope you enjoyed this devotional and that it helps you realize that God loves you very much.
Other Posts about Faith
“Can Your Faith Be Seen:” https://joanyedwards.com/can-your-faith-be-seen/
“What Makes Your Dreams Come True?” https://joanyedwards.com/what-makes-your-dreams-come-true/
“God’s Daily Delivery Service:” https://joanyedwards.com/gods-daily-delivery-service/
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6 thoughts on “Open the Door”
What a beautiful uplifting and inspiring commentary on faith. It touches the soul during this time of Lent. In today’s world filled with so much anxiety it is a refreshing touch of hope. Thank you for this, Joan. May the Lord bless you generously with His love.
Thank you for writing. It is so good to hear from you. The words you say to me always fill my spirit with joy!
I feel that God wants me to help those on my life’s path to have faith in God and themselves, as He made them.
I am so glad He created you and allowed me to meet you. You are a sweet, smart, humble, loyal, and loving friend. Thank you very much!
Very good way to begin every day.
Thank you for writing. I am glad you believe this reflection is a good way to start every day. That makes me feel joy. I hope you feel God’s love for you!
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This reminds me of the Biblical definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
We often don’t see what God is doing in our lives, but He is at work if we submit to Him.
Thank you for writing. It is a pleasure to hear from you. I am glad this reflection reminded you of Hebrews 11:1. Awesome. I believe God is always working for us. God loves you very much. You do so many things to spread his word.
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