Monday, December 12, 2005

Mental block

So there's this post that is brewing in my brain but I'm just not feeling it. Nothing is more frustrating to me then to look at a blank page and know what I want to say but not how to say it.

So I present to you a question.

How do you define "faith"? Please use your own words, your own life, and your own perceptions for this definition.

35 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie said...

Ugh! Do I FEEL you on the mental block thing! grrrr!

Okay. My definition of faith.

Dude. I have to come back to this. My brain just froze. lol

12/12/2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Faith = praying to God because He has told you it is good and effective, and you choose to believe and act accordingly.

Faith = Saying my brother's habits are wrong even though that does not feel like a loving thing to do, and is not received as a loving thing.

Faith = Keeping less of the money we bring in and giving more away (not to our own poverty, but to have less extras over food and shelter).

Faith = Contentment because of trust/knowledge/experience with God.

Faith = being grateful for Sandy even when her flesh is rubbing the wrong way on mine. Also serving her with a good attitude during those times.

Faith = my friends helping me move (their faith, not mine :)).

I don't know quite where you are headed, but these are examples I can think of for me.

12/12/2005 12:05 PM  
Blogger Shenna said...

I would say faith is trusting in something. You have faith the chair will hold you up. You have faith your spouse will love you forever. Faith that someone will follow through. Faith that someone will overcome. You have faith that Christ died so that you may spend eternity in heaven. I'd say it is trusting in someone or something.

12/12/2005 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faith is believing. Faith is security, and Faith is what you are left with when you think you have nothing. It will keep you company, keep you strong, and wrap its arms around you when your heart is breaking. Faith lifts us and heals us. Faith is a reason for living. Faith in God. My faith is a place I go to when I feel alone, and it comforts me. Faith is the reason I get up in the morning.

12/12/2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Anonymous - I would love to know who you are because your answere is amazing. Please come back and give me your name.

12/12/2005 12:38 PM  
Blogger Müzikdüde said...

Faith is knowing you will once again have something to write about.

or

Trusting God. Not just trusting in our definition but the type of trust Job had when his entire life was crumbling.
It's tough to trust in God when He is letting you go through trials but once we learn those trials are necessary to bring us closer to Him the faith just follows. However, God desires that the faith comes first rather than following. We need to trust God even when we can't see Him working...ESPECIALLY when we can't see Him working.

It goes much deeper than that but that's about as deep as I go.

12/12/2005 12:47 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

What Faith Is To Me (lol that just reminded me of almost every grade and middle school essay that I ever had to write. hehe) okay. Here goes.

Faith is intangible, yet it's what we LIVE FOR. We have faith in our relationships with our loved ones: faith that they will be there for us and never let us down. We have faith in our friendships that we'll see each other through thick and thin, and that we'll grow old together. We have faith in ourselves (sometimes, anyway) that we will succeed in the things in life that matter most to us. Most importantly, we have faith in our Creator: faith that He will do what He says He can and will do, faith that we truly can "lay it all at the foot of the cross", and faith that we will one day spend eternity in Heaven with our Father.

Faith to me is love, trust, hope, and a calming peace. It's believing in the unseen, hoping for what we sometimes can be most uncertain of, and trusting that what we're believing and hoping for will truly come to pass. In my eyes... in my world, faith is love.

12/12/2005 2:00 PM  
Blogger steve said...

A dang good song by George Michael?

(someone had too...)

12/12/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger jes said...

Does this have anything to do with your post, or are you just procrastinating?

Either way, I'll play along.

Faith. Believing in something against all odds. Trusting in something that often cannot be tangibly proven. Hoping, loving.

I think this is how I define it, whether I am defining my faith in God, my faith in friends, my faith in my husband, my faith in myself.

12/12/2005 2:27 PM  
Blogger jes said...

OR.

...OR my faith in myself.

Though, apparently, I shouldn't put too much faith in my ability to type coherent sentences with proper grammar.

12/12/2005 2:28 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Steve - yes someone had to . . . George Michael? really? hmmmm that is interesting to me. . . . like short shorts, wake me up before you go George Michael? Wham George Michael?


Soooooooo you gonna answer it for real or are you still mad I ruined survivor for you?

12/12/2005 2:31 PM  
Blogger steve said...

CUUUUZZZZZ....

Ya gotta have faith a faith faith ya gotta have faith....

BAYYYYYYBAAAYY!!

12/12/2005 2:46 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

oh I have the mental picture now of you belting this out . . . . . ahahahahahaha

Still not answering the question?

12/12/2005 2:48 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH

This song is now stuck in my head

STEVE fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/12/2005 2:51 PM  
Blogger Deals On Wheels said...

Faith = Trust

Faith give me HOPE
Faith COMFORTS me

I have Faith because I BELIEVE

12/12/2005 3:06 PM  
Blogger Eddo said...

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."

Faith comes in many shapes and sizes, but I think what it comes down to is in trusting in the unknown.

12/12/2005 4:04 PM  
Blogger Shenna said...

Steve I picture butts shaking when I think of that song! LOL!

12/12/2005 5:55 PM  
Blogger Mark D said...

Faith is a firm persuasion. It's a conviction based upon what you have heard. It's a belief that is so solid nobody or nothing can take it away. You know that you know that you know. And the "hope" in "Faith is the substance of things hoped for..." is not hope like we think of the word (like when we wish something would come true). This hope is a confident expectation. Our rock-solid beliefs are the foundation for what we confidently expect.

Great, I should NOT have read about George Michael. Thanks Steve! There was some good guitar in that song, but I could do without the images of his butt. Man, now all his 80's songs are rotating every 10 seconds in my head. I'm never gonna dance again...Wake me up before you go go Aaarrrggghhh!

12/12/2005 6:21 PM  
Blogger Tony Myles said...

Faith? She's married to Tim McGraw, isn't she?



As I understand it, faith is seeing things for as they really are and not as they appear to be. This digs not only at the redemptive potential of individuals, relationship, and the world, but it also uncovers the side of us that God sees and we may not yet fully understand

12/12/2005 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faith is hard work. But anything worth having usually is. Without it....well, what's the point then. Some people lose faith. I feel sorry for them, but I wonder if they really had it to begin with. Bad things happen, your heart breaks, you wonder why me? Where is God? Why did He let this happen? But hey, isn't our faith there to comfort us in our pain....not shield us from it, or how else are we gonna know we are alive. I don't think that faith is trusting in the unknown. I believe it is knowing the One to trust. THen...everything just falls into place. (for me).

12/12/2005 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and I guess I should get a blogger ID. Maybe you can help me with that when you come to B-town for a xmas visit.

Aunt J

12/12/2005 8:22 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Faith is "fake it 'till you make it." It is professing His goodness and justness even when it feels like the whole world is against you.

Faith is a "head thing." It's not wearing your feelings on your sleeve. It's knowing in your HEAD that what God said it true no matter how your heart wants to ball up in a corner and just cry.

It's praising Him on the mountains AND in the valleys.

Faith is believing that Jesus died for me. Even if I was the only person, He would have still gone through all the horror, just for me.

Faith is knowing in my heart that I am an adopted daughter of the King!

Ooooh. Thanks for the exercise. I have goosebumps!

12/12/2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger green said...

I believe the verse eddo quited was Heb. 11:1.

Faith is having someone to believe in or something to believe in. Faith is not blind.

I like to say there is evidence behind the faith that I have and that makes it stronger.

God puts trials & obstacles in our lives to test our faith and to see what it is made of.

Everyone has faith in something. If they tell you otherwise then they're lying.

What some people put faith in really scares the (you know what) out of me....

12/12/2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

THANKS A HEAP, STEVE.

;-)

12/12/2005 9:11 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

wow thanks guys, your definitions are so personal and yet all have the same thread and heart (love that).

Keep them coming, I'm processing so the more thoughts, the more definitions, the more individual workings of this concept are manna (is it one n or two?) to my thought processing

12/12/2005 10:22 PM  
Blogger Logan Bennett said...

Faith to me is the angels flying along with me as i shred down the mountain, having faith that God will keep me afloat long enough to stick the landing on my feet and not on my neck. Faith is that anything and everything that happens to me weather good or bad will always make me stronger, God will always use it to his advantage, and I say if the only way for God to use me is something bad happening to me then I so be it, I am willing to let his light shine no matter what. Faith is when the end of the world comes I will hear the words well done my good and faithfull servant.

In Christ

Logan Bennett

12/12/2005 10:54 PM  
Blogger steve said...

BAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYBBBAAAYYY!!

In honor of George I am not shaving for the rest of the week!!

12/13/2005 12:24 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

uhhhh so scruffy = George Michael?

We'll need pics as proof that you went through with the tribute.

12/13/2005 9:59 AM  
Blogger Logan Bennett said...

Hahahahahaha Really Steve????

12/13/2005 10:02 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Logan I fear the effect that Steve might have on a young upstanding guy like yourself, if he tries to get you to sing a George Michael duet RUN MAN RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

12/13/2005 10:10 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Faith to me is believing, no matter what. Even if the evidence is against you, you believe. Whether it be in God, someone's love, someone's innocence or yourself. When everything is against you, you believe.

AND it's a really good George Michael song. Steve and Logan could do "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - George Michael & Elton - one of the best duets evah!!

12/13/2005 11:03 AM  
Blogger Logan Bennett said...

heheheheh what makes any of you think that i am any good at singing, just because i am an oregonian and steve is an oregonian doesn't mean that all oregonians are good at singing, Steve sings and i preach, i cant carry a tune, but throw us together and we are a pretty good team lol

Logan Bennett

12/14/2005 10:20 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Logan - you don't sing? Great my entire life is turned upside down because all Oregonians don't sing, really I don't think life can go on with that realization.

Well I guess you'll have to leave the singing to Steve (though not in the spirit of the O Holy Night rendition) and the preaching to you. Tag team it is.

12/14/2005 10:32 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

can i tell you how much joy I had in the fact that you (Logan) used the word oregonian three times in your comment

it really is the small stuff in life that brings me joy

12/14/2005 10:34 AM  
Blogger Biggy said...

If seeing is believing then faith is feeling

12/14/2005 4:23 PM  

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