This really touched me, I found this poem in “Little Daily Graces A Celebration of Thankfulness” by Helen Steiner Rice (get here) .
Faith, Not Feeling, It talks about how when everything in our life is going good we go about our days not questioning if God exists, because we are happy. However as soon as things turn and go south we start doubting, questioning and even feeling deserted. Just to realize it’s not a feeling it’s faith.
Here is a snippet of the poem:
Doubt creeps in and we start to wonder,
Our thoughts about God are torn asunder-
For we feel deserted in times of deep stress.
To read more you can buy it here they also have a kindle edition.
The book here Little Daily Graces A Celebration of Thankfulness * is a collection of poetry from America’s best loved poet Helen Steiner Rice, with reminders that each day is a gift full of Little Graces.
It is blend of biblical inspirations and verses with themes including Faith, Kindness, Creation, Trust, love and peace.
I bought this book a couple weeks back and sat it on my desk to flip though at some point however i forgot about it. Then today as I was trying to find some quotes and verses for this post. As I flipped the pages and landed on “Faith, Not Feeling” and it hit me how much this resonated with what I was going though last Saturday my 34th birthday. I decided to go to the beach by myself to get a break from fighting kids and everything else going on. That night I just wanted to be alone. However I never felt more alone. While sitting there I started to feel abandoned by everyone and even God, yes I did feel that way. I questioned why I felt so alone and abandoned.
I questioned why I was going through this, feeling alone in my home, marriage, life. Why was I feeling unappreciated by my kids and my husband. Why I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere with my life my career while everyone else was moving and succeeding with their goals. I just felt stuck, alone, a loser, a failure, uninspired and I wanted to know way. I asked how to not feel alone how to talk to my husband about how I feel. Then at some point I realized I was being selfish and I was lacking in faith. I was having a melt down on the beach at night alone because I was feeling instead of having faith.
So when I found this poem I knew God placed it in my hand. I needed it and now I am sharing with you my story. If you feel the way I did don’t worry about it. We all have them feelings and we just need to realize we are all human. Just remember when you’re on your own beach melting down that you are not alone. God is there no matter how you feel. Hey I bet that you’re not the only one there I’m probably there too because I am human and I sometimes struggle with faith even though I hate to admit it.
Well I guess I babbled on long enough if you decide to buy the book come back and let me know how you like it and if it has helped you in anyway. So bye for now and remember that you are loved.
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