Faith Becoming Sight

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Morning Blessing: May you look around and notice all of the answers to prayer you enjoy because of prayers you prayed some time ago. May the breakthroughs you’ve experienced and the open doors you’ve walked through compel you to pray with more fervency, specificity, and tenacity. God loves your faith. He loves your heart. He loves it when you pray. He’s very protective of you and won’t give you something that’s not good for you. He makes you wait because He’s making you ready. Trust your whole soul and story to Him. And keep praying. God continues to move in your life, even when you can’t see it. One day, your faith will become sight. A blessed, beautiful, and prayerful day to you today! Susie Anderson

 

I read this last week after my friend Bridget sent it to me and I just can NOT get it out of my head. I want you to reread this “morning blessing” again very slowly, but this time, every place it says “you”, insert YOUR name. Wow. Doesn’t that just make it come alive and become personal?! See, that’s the kind of God we serve. He’s so personal to each of us with what we have going on in our lives.

 

As I have been dwelling on this over the past week, I have allowed my mind to wander back to the many answers to prayer we are enjoying TODAY because of our efforts THEN.

 

See, when God put it on our hearts to move from Cincinnati, OH to Denver, CO, we were shaking in our boots. THIS. This was Him asking me to do the hardest thing I could ever possibly do. Leave everything to follow Him. “But, what about this”, “well, how about here”. Nope. 1200 miles away to Denver, a city we had never visited. August of 2010: so many prayers, so much concern, a whole lot of fear. How would we do this? What could I do personally to help this situation? Pray like there was no tomorrow and journal my heart out, journals that are now my most prized possession. Prayers went up for the unknown paths we were being asked to follow! Would we be able to find a job for Jeremy? Would our families’ hearts be prepared and ok? What damage would our kids endure being ripped away from their grandparents and all their best friends and cousins? All of these prayers happened in 2010. And you know what?

 FAITH BECAME SIGHT.

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Our new home: Castle Rock, CO

 

The most incredible answers to prayer we could have ever asked for happened after the action took place.  

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The sunset from my front porch!

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Boreas Pass: when the snowcapped peaks touch the cool colors of fall. 2 hours from our home.

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A walk through the Aspen Trees in the fall.

So when God, once again, laid it on our hearts in Denver to move to Charlotte (What?  Are you kidding me?!  And leave all of this, above??!) one cool April morning, I was dumbfounded. I had never been to Charlotte. I had one friend, Vicki, who now lived in south Charlotte (AND she had lived in my old neighborhood in Ohio, so cool) but that was all I knew. I knew nothing about the state, other than hurricanes could hit there since they were on the coast! I didn’t want to leave Denver. I loved Denver and the people, who we made our people, and the sunsets, are you kidding me, the sunsets are the closest thing to experiencing Heaven on this Earth. But God started preparing our hearts and we started longing for a city that we had never been to before. We started praying for all the crooked paths that were, oh so crooked! Our prayers were much and our hearts were bursting with the unknown.

 

 

 

I sit here in my Charlotte home today and look around amazed. Amazed at the answered prayers I have all around me because of all the heartfelt prayers that went up those years back (kind of like the heartfelt prayers that the Bengals would just blasted beat those Steelers for ONCE, yes, well, that’s still a work in progress…sorry, I got sidetracked)! We pulled into our south Charlotte rental home because it was the only home that opened up. We prayed for a JOB for my husband because we moved here after having been laid off (when they were supposed to have transferred us)! http://wp.me/p36NqN-hX  We prayed for a home to call our own again for our kids. We prayed for a church in our town that we could get plugged into locally. We prayed for friendships that would accept us into their groups, when they’ve already had established friendships from the past. We prayed for our children and them being moved again to new schools. All of these prayers happened in April of 2013. And you know what?

 

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Pulling out, unexpectedly in 3 weeks time, heading to Charlotte, NC.

FAITH BECAME SIGHT.

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Pulling into our rental, the only house that opened up within a 30 mile radius of all Charlotte.

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Famous Queens Rd in Charlotte, NC

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The LUSH vegetation that only the South can offer!

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Perks of living close to the Beach! This is Folly Beach, SC, just 4 hours away.

The most incredible answers to prayer we could have ever asked for happened after the action took place.  

 

As I sit here in September of 2016, I think back to the breakthroughs we’ve had: within our marriage, within our spiritual walk and the chains that were broken, within our extended family and the adventures we’ve taken them on through these journeys, the doors we’ve walked through (the Uhauls we’ve driven, ohhhhh the Uhauls…oops, sidetracked again), the faithfulness we’ve been shown through our acts of faith.

FAITH BECOMING SIGHT.

 

:: What are you praying for today?

:: What heartfelt prayers are you storming the doors of Heaven with today because you have no idea what’s to come tomorrow?

:: What fear are you allowing to secretly take over in your life that you need to kick to the curb?

:: What steps of trust need to take place in your life so that God can do His perfect work?

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**Are you ACTIVELY EXISTING or are you ACTIVELY PURSUING?**

 

What is it that you need to let go of today in order for God to show you what He is waiting to give you?

 

Reread this again with your name.

 

Morning Blessing: May you look around and notice all of the answers to prayer you enjoy because of prayers you prayed some time ago. May the breakthroughs you’ve experienced and the open doors you’ve walked through compel you to pray with more fervency, specificity, and tenacity. God loves your faith. He loves your heart. He loves it when you pray. He’s very protective of you and won’t give you something that’s not good for you. He makes you wait because He’s making you ready. Trust your whole soul and story to Him. And keep praying. God continues to move in your life, even when you can’t see it. One day, your faith will become sight. A blessed, beautiful, and prayerful day to you today! Susie Anderson

 

Keep praying my friend. Let God grow you in ways that are immeasurable! Let this journey with Him be unlike any adventure you could ever imagine in your wildest dreams. Let Him show you FAITH BECOMING SIGHT as you PRAY TODAY and TRUST for TOMORROW.

 

Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…”.

 

Impossible?! Wow. That’s pretty strong. I don’t know about you but pleasing Him is at the top of my list. This faith thing…yes, we are for sure working on it, but, well, we can ALL ALWAYS grow more in this area everyday.

 

Are the Ritters done? Have we found our forever home, this side of Earth? Has our journey stopped and all our “prayers answered” (don’t we all wish for that, HA!)?! Will our faith journey continue with Him as our guide?! That would be a resounding YES…..and only time will tell……

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Home: Charlotte NC

 

In the meantime, get out there and have “WILD FAITH with TOTAL ABANDON”.