Welcome You have probably noticed a theme this week…FAITH. My goal at faith-family-food is to bring words to uplift others. Whether you have a strong faith and always seeking more of God’s word, or you’re facing struggles in this life and need help finding your faith again, I hope I can offer some encouragement for you. I want to spend more time talking about my faith, and my doubts, today, and also bring you another yummy recipe, “Dive right in” Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Dip. I also know that we have a holiday weekend coming up, so hopefully you will be getting to spend some time with your family like I plan to do. Happy Friday, and I will be back with you on Wednesday.
Food For Thought I hate change, change is very hard for me, and I like to plan everything. But I have learned, especially in the past few years, that life does not always follow my plan. And when life does not follow the plans we make, we have to change, or we completely fall apart. So when my life plan changed this year, I had to make a change too, but change is often risky. I like “a sure thing” and I don’t like surprises, especially when they can affect my family. It was about four weeks after I turned in my resignation at school that I decided I wanted to be a blogger, as I felt called from God in this area. I did several weeks of research about this line of work before I ever spoke the words out loud to anyone. This was because I was afraid of what people would think. I knew people would think I was being foolish or irresponsible for giving up my steady and predictable paycheck for a job that takes months to earn any income, and even then it’s unpredictable. Benefits were not an issue because we are on my husband’s plan, but I knew the financial risk. We have a mortgage and bills and car payments and insurance, just like everyone else, so was my decision to leave teaching and go into blogging selfish and foolish? Or was this a good time to practice my faith- my faith in the idea that God will guide me, protect me, and provide for me? And how do I take this “leap of faith?”
First of all, I need to stop expecting guarantees for everything in my life. If we had guarantees, we would never have to prove our faith because everything would be a sure thing. Guarantees make us comfortable and passive, and God expects us to be active in our faith. Also, God is my teacher, he has given me homework, and the test will be for my faith. His assignment for me is to jump…go ahead and take that leap of faith, with the full belief that he will protect me during the leap and guide my landing. And finally, I realize that sometimes “foolish” means NOT taking the risk because I am not following God’s calling or plan. Sometimes what seems logical and rational is all wrong for us at the time, so instead of fighting against God, I have to take the leap and trust that He will make everything turn out okay.
So is my blogging career an act of foolishness or faith? I don’t have all of the answers and outcomes yet, but I’m going to say faith for these reasons:
- I do believe in God’s divine power and guidance, and that belief leaves me open to lots of blessings and miracles that I may never fully comprehend.
- I sought God’s guidance in this process. I prayed, meditated, did Bible study, and kept my heart and mind open for God’s nudge. (My post from June 28 talks about this.)
- I talked with mentors that share my faith to get their perspective, wisdom, and prayers.
- I’m not looking for this to be an easy road (or easy money). I know this plan requires hard work and patience, along with faith.
- I continue to offer prayers for guidance and thanksgiving every step of the way. I want God beside me on this journey, because with Him, all things are possible.
You may be experiencing your own leap of faith, or risk, in life right now. If you’re struggling, check the above list and see if you can apply any of my suggestions. I can’t offer you guarantees, but I can offer you my prayers and the following words of God.
Today’s Scriptures I recommend reading the entire chapter of Hebrews 11 to go with today’s Food for Thought, but I have a couple of verses I want to highlight as we discuss using our faith in times of risk.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Additional Reading I found the following two articles to be particularly helpful when deciding between faith or foolishness:
Today’s Recipe Change and unknowns are scary, like starting this brand new blog! But sometimes, God wants us to just trust him and dive right on in! But what I do know is this Bacon-Cheddar-Ranch Dip is not scary, it’s delicious! You are going to want to dive right in, so grab some crackers, veggies, and chips and enjoy this dip at your next party or family gathering.
- “Dive Right In” Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
- 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp, rained, and crumbled
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1 TBS chopped fresh dill
- 1 packet of ranch dressing mix
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sour cream, onions, dill, and ranch mix; beating until well combined. Add in cheddar cheese. Fold in crumbled bacon and transfer to serving dish. Chill for at least 30 minutes. (My husband voted this to be the best recipe for the week!)