In today’s world we are constantly confronted with internal thoughts of “faithlessness” and doubt, as well as the negativity of other’s sarcasm, cynicism and lack of faith. With the loss of faith or trust we find ourselves in a state of hopelessness and despair which generates more faithlessness.
Holding onto our own ability to believe can be a challenge. When the pituitary gland is under functioning our ability to believe is often difficult to sustain. When we exercise faith in positive things instead of negative outcomes our pituitary gland is strengthened.
Having an increase of faith not only includes sustaining a belief in God but, includes having faith and trust in self and the world around us.
How can we increase or add to our ability to believe and exercise faith? I purpose that we be more aware of the little things around us. By exercising faith and responding to the direct and personal messages from God we can build up a storehouse of faith.
Here is a story by Ricky Brandon that I would like to share:
“A few months ago my wife and I were walking through the parking lot of the local grocery store. I looked down and saw a penny and I walked right past it. For some reason, my mind dwelt on that silly little penny. Something kept telling me to pick it up. However, my pride kept telling me that someone might see me picking up the penny and think less of me.
We walked all the way to the entrance of the store before I told my wife to wait for a moment. I ran back, picked up the penny and ran back to rejoin my wife. Perplexed, she asked what I did. I explained the little argument in my head between my prideful part and the part of me that wanted to pick up the penny. She paused, silent for a moment then asked to see the penny.
She held it up and smiled, then gave it back to me to put in my pocket as if I had found a great treasure.
While we shopped the entire scene nagged at me, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to ask why she had wanted to see the penny.
A smile crept across her face as she had me reach into my pocket again for the penny and hand it to her. She held it out for me to see. I had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
“Look at it,” she said. “Read what it says.”
I read the words, “United States of America.”
“No not that, read further,” she said.
“One cent?” “No keep reading.”
“In God We Trust?” “Yes!” “And? “
“And are you trusting in God right now?”
So here is the lesson I learned that day from God and my wife. Whenever I see a coin, I see that inscription. It is written on every United States coin, and we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop and see IF my trust is in God at that moment. I pick up the coin as a response to God in that moment.
Even though it is just a copper penny, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think of it as God’s way to start a conversation with me. When I was shopping today I found a penny and I stopped and picked it up. I realized I was worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words “In God We Trust”. Yes, God I get the message.
I would like to remind us that every time we silence the voices of doubt and fear that nag us from our inner world, the stronger and more capable we become to receive the peace he is offering. Receiving these messages of love strengthens our ability to trust in Him.”
Hold onto faith, trust and confidence and continue to exercise the power to believe. You are loved. These moments of gathering a penny’s worth of faith, one penny at a time add up. Override old patterns of worry and fear that drain resources and deplete energy. Stop the hemorrhaging. Continue to collect “pennies” of faith and you will be able to save up a storehouse of trust in God. If all you have is a pennies worth of faith, start with that. Hold onto the belief that God loves you. It will help your heart be open to receive his love, as well as the love that others have for you. Have faith in God. Have faith in his love for you. Perfect love casteth out all fear.