Faith through the Tough Times

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”- St. Thomas Aquinas

Have you ever been to a place very often, but surprised that you cannot give directions for someone else to get there? You cannot remember the names of the streets along the route, but you can tell someone to follow you. This is my experience in sharing the story of my journey with faith.

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Definitions and descriptions may confuse me, but I can tell what faith is in my life.

  • It is a belief that my incapabilities become capabilities in cooperation with an invisible Higher Power whom I know is God.

Eric Dierker, respected fellow writer on HubPages, invited me to contribute to the current relay of faith articles, which is a noble though challenging venture.


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The Faith Relay Starters

(1) Faith Reaper - Faith Without Borders

Faith began the series with a question: “What would happen if all of us worked together to express and share our faith and inspirational stories?” Well, let’s see.

(2) Shanmarie - Faith and Hope

Shanmarie took the baton and paired these two attributes, stating that “hope leads to faith and faith provides hope.”

(3) Eric Dierker – Faith and Love, Faith is a Teacher

Eric Dierker took the baton at the third station and shared: “Faith and love together form bonds not just between God and man but between people.”

These three worthy writers have set the stage for participants (1) to search our souls and discover what we really believe about faith, and (2) to share the faith we know in a way that will empower ourselves and others.


My Turn

Faith has been my companion through sunshine and fog. Her light on my path has not always been bright, although thank God, it has never been extinguished. For, faith will grow dim when it is neglected, but when the tough times kick in, the human grasp tightens with every breath. I have learned through the years, that tough times are more manageable if they meet you in the embrace of faith.


Beginner's Faith: Ask, Believe, Receive

My first prayers of faith were copied from grandmother’s prayers—for daily protection, healing for the sick, money to purchase what we need and so on. We did not ask for much. I thank God for answering the simple prayers of children to help build their faith, because “No” and “Wait” can be discouraging to a faith beginner.

My earliest memory of a tough time in my family happened when I was nine years old. There was never any doubt in our minds that God would respond to our faith; and looking back, I think it is the situation which taught me at an early age not to ask God how.

High school education was not yet available to everyone, and it was a paying privilege. I passed the entrance exam, and joined my mother and grandmother to wrestle with faith concerning the school fee. It was a gigantic leap from what my mother paid for private school, and we had no clue how to solve this problem.

Through the anxiety, the doubt, the financial and emotional turmoil, our faith never wavered. One week before school began, I was awarded a scholarship, which we did not even know was available.


I Survived So I Could Share

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Intermediate Faith: Obstacle Threatens Belief

As the journey continued, it became obvious that faith does not always follow the praying-believing-receiving pattern. It gets complicated. Several obstacles get in the way and threaten the believing, as they did in my most traumatic adult experience.

My marriage was ending. I couldn’t believe God was allowing it to happen after I thought I had done everything by the Book. Faith was waning, and I began to wonder how different life would be if I let go of faith altogether; but faith insisted that I would hate the alternative. How would I deal with the loneliness, the misery, the humiliating stigma without a spiritual anchor?

It is possible that someone else’s faith and prayer worked on my behalf in the midst of my tough times. One night I was home alone, sitting on my bathroom floor as despairing as can be. I stood up (I sensed some help) and looked in the mirror. “Go ahead,” faith said, “tell the woman you're looking at what you will tell the other women when all this is behind you.”

The same message which I gave myself that night, I have given to thousands of other women: that tough times cannot kill their purpose; that they survived the tough times because God wants them to contribute to the lives of others; that He will lead them to their success destinations one faithful step at a time.


Mature Faith: No Focus on Rewards

There is no graduation from the tutelage of faith, but mature faith advances past the expectations of rewards. There is no longer an ask-believe-expect process. Faith becomes a sweet surrender to God, with the assurance that being in His will is more important than the outcome.

The case of Abel in the Faith chapter was an eye-opener for me. His faith testimonial reads:

“By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous . . .” (Hebrews 11:4 NIV)

"By faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead." Hebrews 11:4 (NIV)

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Public Domain Photo (circa 1603) by Palma Giovane | Source

So how was Abel’s righteous faith rewarded? Abel was killed for his very act of faith.

The point of mature faith is not the reward; it is the joy and satisfaction of being faithful.

So in my present companionship with faith, I refuse to worry over the fact that I’d rather be elsewhere having a different kind of life. Caring for an Alzheimer's patient is the toughest it can get, but faith keeps me focused on the fact that God is in the tough times with me. I do not worry about how this will all turn out. Faith tells me that God has a plan on which I cannot improve.

My favorite faith anchor is found in Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV). "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

No matter how far down the tough times push me, I will always be above ground nestled in the peace and comfort of His everlasting arms. I couldn't get here without faith.


Passing the Baton to Denise W. Anderson

Now with joy and anticipation, I pass the baton to the very capable Denise W. Anderson whose faith shines brilliantly through her informative articles. We can look forward to some valuable content in Faith and Family. Thanks, Denise.

© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, how beautiful MsDora! Your sharing here on the "Good Word" of faith is such a blessing to read, and I am so glad I saw this before going out the door to work this day.

I am thrilled that dear Eric has passed the "Baton of Faith" to you, one who has been through the fire and has placed your complete faith and trust in Him to get you through.

Thank you for your kind words here. You are a joy and blessing to read and follow here on HP. I could not imagine HP without your wonderful writing and presence.

What you have shared here is powerful.

Thank you for keeping the faith spreading throughout HP Town and beyond. Let's keep it going. You're the best!

I look so forward to reading Denise's hub on Faith.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinned, G+ and sharing

God bless you dear lady.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, this would not even happen if you had not thought of it. You're a faith pioneer and I'm glad to be in your HubCircle. It was a blessing recalling those incidents. I hope my readers are blessed as much as I am. Thanks for your faithfulness.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

This is a fantastic hub of passing the baton of faith from one to another. I have and will continue to enjoy reading and watching how the faith that is passed on, move in each life as well as my own. Thank you MsDora for your continued resilience :-)


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had not even heard of this relay. I love the topic, love your take on it, love the personal feeling of it...well done, Dora. I, for one, have faith in you. :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, thank you. I bet you also have a story of faith to tell. Hope you have the time.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, the relay is just taking off. Thanks for your support.


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Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

I don't really have the words. Powerful, inspiring and a blessing of itself is about the best I can do. Touching. I'm thankful to have read this today and to you for writing it. God bless and keep you for doing this.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rhonda, thank you for reading and also for the blessing. Glad you were blessed too.


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

MsDora, what a faith-inspiring article. We all go through challenges to our faith, and I think we sometimes lose perspective on what real faith is. A lot of us get stuck in beginner's faith, and then can't understand what 's happening when God wants to move us past that level. Thanks for your testimony of persevering faith.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks for your kind words, Ron. You encourage me.


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Beautiful. I really can't imagine getting through the tough times without faith and I know there are a lot of people who try to do just that.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

OhMe, if only they knew how much faith can do! Thanks for your affirmation.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear MsDora, thank you so much for your kind words here. Actually, dear Jo Goldsmith started her Light2Love "Project Goid Words" back when, and our lovely Shyron Shrink began her beautiful poetic contributions for each "Good Word" Jo came up with each week. Then dear Maria Jordan, known on HP as marcoujor, who loves music so much, began her "Project Good Words Musical Challenge" beginning with the Jo's first "Good Word" Love and she then passed the love baton on. Then in her next word is Faith and I was humbled and delighted that she passed the Faith word on to me ...and so on. Here we are now with your beautiful reflections on faith and isn't it so lovely all of the "Good Words" will continue on without any borders. God bless you dear lady.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I would have commented earlier when I first read this, but I could not see through the tears. Needless to say this is very moving. The Spirit and your spirit came through like angels telling the story.

Thank you much for such a lovely inspiring message.


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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

That was beautiful! Your faith has become strong because of the adversity you have weathered. May it continue to be a light to others as you share with them your understanding of God and his purposes.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, thanks for the update. The HubCommunity is surely buzzing with love, cooperation and team spirit. Just happy to participate. Will try to read some others.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ah Eric! Tears? They come from a good heart. You are such an encourager. Thanks for the challenge and the support.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, having to write the article made me really think through my journey with faith. It was a great exercise for me. Thanks for accepting the baton and I am looking forward to your contribution.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Someday I'll write about it but not yet. Suffice it to say that without my faith and my relationship with the Lord that I would not be where I am today. Alive. No dramatics, just a fact. This article is an awesome inspiration and I love the pass the baton principle. I hope each one keeps it going but most importantly lists the previous articles so we can visit them in case we don't see them all. Voted up and shared.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

My toughest times pass by with faith and it is hard to believe of how I had managed in those times. Greatly mentioned and thought of.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rachel, glad you're being inspired. You'll like the other articles too. Thanks for your support, and keep faith alive.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, faith does miracles and I'm glad you've got your share. Thanks for sharing.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your journey of faith. I've never given much thought to what a mature faith looks like other than what some people have said - which hasn't always been accurate for my life. I love the way you sum it up by saying mature faith is one in which we've advanced past the expectation of rewards.


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Thanks for this MsDora. I enjoy faith stories, especially from those that've done life and become stronger for the role faith played. God is good.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sheila, we only describe faith accurately, when we describe our own faith. So we've got to think it through on our own. Thanks for your contribution.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Parrster, so glad I can share. I'm officially a senior citizen; I'd better be clear on my faith concepts by now. Thanks for your input.


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elle64 2 years ago from Scandinavia

A beautiful hub,about faith. Something I have to to work on not to loose-when Times are hard. Thanks.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

MsDora

I don't pretend to understand this thing called faith. I do know I feel such a lovely calmness which comes from your writing. It is always a pleasure to feel a little of it coming my way. You are an inspiration, thanking you for sharing.


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

What a powerful message. It is always a blessing to view vicariously the walk of faith that others have traveled…to see over and over how our God is ever present and ever active whether we are in the arena of "Ask, Believe,Receive" or if we have moved on to the more mature arena of faith. Each time a Christian professes faith as you, Faith, Shanmarie, and Eric have done, you put into words the power of what Our God can and will do when we learn the true substance of FAITH. Additionally, what a beautiful idea of passing the baton.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story Dora. I do not believe faith predestines but I know it gets us through whatever befalls us. How much does it really consume our lives without us even being aware of it?

I thank God too that faith helped you through and brought you here as a comrade and friend. You have been something to look forward to in all of your writings and there is never a doubt of Who you bring with you.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Elle, the harder the times, the more we need faith. Thanks for your input.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sally, we don't have to understand faith. We just have to embrace it, just like you embrace the calmness you feel. Thanks for your honest feedback.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Doris, it is challenging but empowering to share faith in the HubPages arena. Glad you like the idea. Thanks for your affirmation.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, we both agree that faith "gets us through whatever befalls us." What a lovely thing to say in your last statement. Thanks for your encouragement.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I love this idea of passing the baton - in the relay, when we pass the baton we also keep running alongside for a while and it seems to me that that is what is being done here, with each runner carrying on alongside and the participants encouraging each other. What a blessing!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

MsDora what a faithful to display such faith in faith... i like how you did this hub and I can feel the faith you have in it.. bless you


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Blossom, that's a great observation. Thank you for cheering.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thanks for your encouragement. Faithful supporters like you increase the intensity of the faith around here.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Beautiful piece of work, MsDora! It's all about faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. Thanks for drawing it out for us.


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

"Faith becomes a sweet surrender to God, with the assurance that being in His will is more important than the outcome."

Wow, this statement is so profound. It left me nearly speechless. A perfect reminder, not just for a day's trial, but a word to carry with me (and to share) forever.

As always, another beautiful hub, Ms. Dora! And I love the idea for these faith articles - I look forward to reading through everyone's contributions! May God bless all of you and may He send more souls to find these pages*


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Lifegate, it is a drawing out for me too. Sometimes we think we know what we believe until we actually have to pronounce it. Thanks for being a constant encourager.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Mothers, good to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement and God bless you too.


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

It's obvious your faith is very strong.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Janis, thanks for your visit. I'm trying to hold on to the Strong One.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Beautiful MsDora, your faith has held you together through the tough times and is still doing so, I know what you mean, if someone asked me what religion I was, darn would I confuse them! lol! I just believe, I was born Church of England, but have always had a paganistic feeling with it, so I call myself a Christian/pagan, this allows me to see the good in all faiths and my house is absolutely filled with different religious icons! but it all boils down to the same thing, faith!


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

Such wonderful words you have shared about faith. I never thought about the different levels of faith. I have to admit that I stumble from one level to another, depending on the circumstance. The good thing is, as you point out, we also get by on the faith of warriors who pray for us even when we lose the strength to pray for ourselves.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Nell, thanks for sharing your Christian/pagan view. I smiled. No religious group has the monopoly on faith, and somewhere in the mystery of it there is a direct connection between God and the indiviudal.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Marlene, good to hear from you. I can certainly relate to your stumbling. Thank God for the intercessors and thank you for weighing in.


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VioletHughs 2 years ago from Libertad, ME

This post was so on time for me. I received a notice in my inbox of this post at the exact moment I needed it. Thank you for this post.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Hi Ms. Dora, I don't know how people get through life without faith, how they would face a life-threatening illness without faith. I honestly don't know how they do it. God bless you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Violet, so glad the article gave you some satisfaction. Thanks for sharing and have faith going forward!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ologsinquito, some people exercise faith without admitting it, but it's sure good to accept that you need it and depend on it. Thanks for your comment.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a blessing to read these words of faith and to understand the meaning it has for each of us. Your story is truly inspirational, Ms. Dora, and your words lead others to examine their roots of faith.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Hi Dee,

I like the way you begin by making Faith so simple and lucid for most of us. That's 'cool.' I also did not know that Faith was something of a topic here so I am glad to learn of Eric's contribution, and happy that I had unknowingly done something myself.

Your quotes are well chosen and exemplary, while being filled with inspiration. Your writing is brilliant and effective, being further enhanced by bringing a very personal and heart-felt sincerity to the topic. I voted this one awesome. Loving thoughts.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Peg. The journey of faith is personal, but we do encourage each other by our stories.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Manatita, you've also given some inspirations on faith in the past. Thank you for such a glowing review of my article. I appreciate your encouragement.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

There are times in this hub when you sound like Job, my friend. May we all have his faith and yours. Well done. I especially like the way you tied the Old Testament in with the New. Many of David's Psalms are about faith and I always gain strength from them. I like being under God's wings.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Ann, for your comment. I love the psalms too. May our faith increase daily.


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Michael-Milec 2 years ago

Hello MsDora.

Remarkable article. You are giving us brilliant testimony of your life's journey when applying faith in natural you have ben awarded by supernatural victories , simple for trusting the Creator of the universe, whom we are privileged to call our Heavenly Father.

Voted up and beautiful.

Peace with us.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michael, it's been a while since I've heard from you, and I'm happy that you drop by. Thanks for your kind comment. I wouldn't know how to survive now without trusting in God. You're always so encouraging.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Faith is as much a way of life as it is a belief--I believe that we are all connected in ways we little understand. And since that is my faith, how can I not give and share with others that which I most need and want for myself.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Audrey, well said! Connectedness and sharing are essential elements of faith. Thanks for your valuable insight.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

There's a lot of truth here, and I hope that as a people we can summon and maintain greater faith in common good.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Deal, I remember your interest in community. Thanks for your input.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I loved your story on how you received you scholarship. My son experienced the very same miracle of faith when he entered college. God is so good. Faith is what turns God's face towards us.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Teaches, thanks for your input, especially that last sentence. I love it.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

What a brave and resilient woman you are MsDora and you are such an encouragement too.

Where would we be without it I wonder?

Thank you, and hope that you have a peaceful night.

R.Q.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Romeos, thanks for your kind words. Always a pleasure reading your comments.


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Happymommy2520 4 weeks ago from East Coast

I really enjoyed this article, it contains great truth. I am also feel that life should be centered around faith. I started to engage in the "positive thinking" movement a few months ago. Although it was helpful, it is prayer and faith that have really changed my life in an outstanding way. You are a great writer. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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MsDora 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean Author

HappyMommy, I am pleased to meet someone who shares a similar belief in faith. Your combination of faith and prayer is a winner everytime. Thanks for sharing.

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