My Mom was a woman of faith. This I know for sure.
No, she didn’t go door-to-door handing out Bibles. She didn’t bake pies for church fundraisers. She didn’t teach Sunday school. She didn’t try to convert every nonbeliever she met. She didn’t even go to church every Sunday.
Mom had a personal relationship with God. She believed in Jesus. She read her Bible. She prayed. Mom thanked God for the groceries while she was at the store, not just when we sat down to eat. She was quieter than others about her faith, but she was never silent on the subject with me.
If I was disappointed that God wasn’t answering my prayers, Mom always told me to hold on to my faith and keep believing in God. She wouldn’t let me slide. I always appreciated that about her. She was a firm believer that God would take care of things and always taught me to keep trusting.
Faith in God is the one thing that has given me strength, peace and hope throughout the roller coaster ride of infertility. Reading my Bible has helped me see the blessings of God in unusual circumstances and through new friendships.
One of my favorite “Bible” books is called Becoming 2: The Complete New Testament Biblezine. I am actually a co-author of this book and had the privilege of working alongside other amazing writers. This Bible gives me inspiration as it guides me through life issues, balancing family and work, health, relationships and so much more.
Here are Bible verses that have been meaningful to me:
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.” (New Century Version…as found in Becoming 2: The Complete New Testament Bible)
I think Mom summed up this Bible verse perfectly when she wisely advised me to, “Hold on to your faith, Lesley, and don’t ever stop believing in God.”