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Sundown Devotional: Faith Through the Tough Times

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on faith in God. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

The Devotional

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)

Have you ever been to a familiar place, only to be surprised later that you cannot give directions for someone else to get there? You do not remember the street names along the route, but you can get there again. Such is my experience in my journey of faith, and it may be yours. We are not able to explain every step, but we know that our faith in God has carried us through some tough times.

The tough times we face in 2020 are unprecedented. Lockdowns, social distancing, masks and gloves are strange and uncomfortable. Stay-at-home mandates are threatening our sanity. The news of victims to the coronavirus who have died alone, and buried without ceremony have caused us to grieve in advance of what could be. Yet, despite the threats to our physical and mental health, we know that our faith in God can take us again, to the place where we find refuge and experience peace.

While we comply with the instructions which have been provided for our safety, we do well to exercise faith in the promise of God's protection. We have extra time at home to cuddle with Him, and learn from Him how to grow an increasing faith:

from a beginner’s faith which is an ask-believe-receive exercise;

and an intermediate faith which is an ask-believe-(fight obstacles)-receive battle;

to a faith which is an ask-believe (whether or not we receive) surrender.

The primary reward of mature faith is not the end of tough times; it is the joy and satisfaction of being faithful. God is with us in the tough times, and no matter how far down the disaster pushes us, we trust Him to hold us up in the comfort of His everlasting arms. In His presence, we have good times even in the bad times. Let's place our faith in Him.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving that You will lead us to a life of complete trust and faith in You. We thank You for holding us up physically, mentally and spiritually and for being our eternal refuge, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let your life reflect your faith.

Let your life reflect your faith.

Ten Encouraging Quotes on Faith

  1. "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ―St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. “Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness—this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all. . . This is the kind of faith that cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.” ―Nancy Guthrie
  3. “But the more you make the choice to live above your feelings, to trust God instead of what you may feel like doing, the stronger your faith becomes. It’s not about being perfect. We will always been on a journey of growing closer to God.” ―Tim Tebow
  4. “Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God's word, and trust the process.” ―Germany Kent
  5. “Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!” ―Latoya Alston
  6. “Belief will open the door, faith will help you see the light, but trust will lead you to the promised land.” ―Charles F. Glassman
  7. “I don't have a lot of time for worry, because I accept that if I'm truly powerless to do something about the situation or change the circumstances; I have an abundance of faith that makes me know I can trust God to work it out." ―Kianu Starr
  8. “When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living faith pierce the darkness, and scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the promises contained in the word of God.”―Ellen G. White
  9. “Build a strong faith in God through daily commitment in reading and obeying God's word.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  10. "There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever." ―Mahatma Gandhi
We walk by faith, not by sight.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

More Sundown Devotionals

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© 2014 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 03, 2016:

HappyMommy, I am pleased to meet someone who shares a similar belief in faith. Your combination of faith and prayer is a winner everytime. Thanks for sharing.

Amy from East Coast on November 03, 2016:

I really enjoyed this article, it contains great truth. I am also feel that life should be centered around faith. I started to engage in the "positive thinking" movement a few months ago. Although it was helpful, it is prayer and faith that have really changed my life in an outstanding way. You are a great writer. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 08, 2014:

Romeos, thanks for your kind words. Always a pleasure reading your comments.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

What a brave and resilient woman you are MsDora and you are such an encouragement too.

Where would we be without it I wonder?

Thank you, and hope that you have a peaceful night.

R.Q.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 06, 2014:

Teaches, thanks for your input, especially that last sentence. I love it.

Dianna Mendez on September 05, 2014:

I loved your story on how you received you scholarship. My son experienced the very same miracle of faith when he entered college. God is so good. Faith is what turns God's face towards us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 04, 2014:

Deal, I remember your interest in community. Thanks for your input.

Nick Deal from Earth on September 04, 2014:

There's a lot of truth here, and I hope that as a people we can summon and maintain greater faith in common good.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 04, 2014:

Audrey, well said! Connectedness and sharing are essential elements of faith. Thanks for your valuable insight.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 03, 2014:

Faith is as much a way of life as it is a belief--I believe that we are all connected in ways we little understand. And since that is my faith, how can I not give and share with others that which I most need and want for myself.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 03, 2014:

Michael, it's been a while since I've heard from you, and I'm happy that you drop by. Thanks for your kind comment. I wouldn't know how to survive now without trusting in God. You're always so encouraging.

Michael-Milec on September 03, 2014:

Hello MsDora.

Remarkable article. You are giving us brilliant testimony of your life's journey when applying faith in natural you have ben awarded by supernatural victories , simple for trusting the Creator of the universe, whom we are privileged to call our Heavenly Father.

Voted up and beautiful.

Peace with us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2014:

Thanks Ann, for your comment. I love the psalms too. May our faith increase daily.

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on September 01, 2014:

There are times in this hub when you sound like Job, my friend. May we all have his faith and yours. Well done. I especially like the way you tied the Old Testament in with the New. Many of David's Psalms are about faith and I always gain strength from them. I like being under God's wings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2014:

Manatita, you've also given some inspirations on faith in the past. Thank you for such a glowing review of my article. I appreciate your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2014:

Thanks Peg. The journey of faith is personal, but we do encourage each other by our stories.

manatita44 from london on September 01, 2014:

Hi Dee,

I like the way you begin by making Faith so simple and lucid for most of us. That's 'cool.' I also did not know that Faith was something of a topic here so I am glad to learn of Eric's contribution, and happy that I had unknowingly done something myself.

Your quotes are well chosen and exemplary, while being filled with inspiration. Your writing is brilliant and effective, being further enhanced by bringing a very personal and heart-felt sincerity to the topic. I voted this one awesome. Loving thoughts.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 01, 2014:

What a blessing to read these words of faith and to understand the meaning it has for each of us. Your story is truly inspirational, Ms. Dora, and your words lead others to examine their roots of faith.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Ologsinquito, some people exercise faith without admitting it, but it's sure good to accept that you need it and depend on it. Thanks for your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Violet, so glad the article gave you some satisfaction. Thanks for sharing and have faith going forward!

ologsinquito from USA on August 31, 2014:

Hi Ms. Dora, I don't know how people get through life without faith, how they would face a life-threatening illness without faith. I honestly don't know how they do it. God bless you.

Victoria Wray from Houston on August 31, 2014:

This post was so on time for me. I received a notice in my inbox of this post at the exact moment I needed it. Thank you for this post.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Marlene, good to hear from you. I can certainly relate to your stumbling. Thank God for the intercessors and thank you for weighing in.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Hi Nell, thanks for sharing your Christian/pagan view. I smiled. No religious group has the monopoly on faith, and somewhere in the mystery of it there is a direct connection between God and the indiviudal.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 31, 2014:

Such wonderful words you have shared about faith. I never thought about the different levels of faith. I have to admit that I stumble from one level to another, depending on the circumstance. The good thing is, as you point out, we also get by on the faith of warriors who pray for us even when we lose the strength to pray for ourselves.

Nell Rose from England on August 31, 2014:

Beautiful MsDora, your faith has held you together through the tough times and is still doing so, I know what you mean, if someone asked me what religion I was, darn would I confuse them! lol! I just believe, I was born Church of England, but have always had a paganistic feeling with it, so I call myself a Christian/pagan, this allows me to see the good in all faiths and my house is absolutely filled with different religious icons! but it all boils down to the same thing, faith!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Janis, thanks for your visit. I'm trying to hold on to the Strong One.

Janis from California on August 30, 2014:

It's obvious your faith is very strong.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2014:

Mothers, good to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement and God bless you too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2014:

Lifegate, it is a drawing out for me too. Sometimes we think we know what we believe until we actually have to pronounce it. Thanks for being a constant encourager.

Mothers of Nations on August 30, 2014:

"Faith becomes a sweet surrender to God, with the assurance that being in His will is more important than the outcome."

Wow, this statement is so profound. It left me nearly speechless. A perfect reminder, not just for a day's trial, but a word to carry with me (and to share) forever.

As always, another beautiful hub, Ms. Dora! And I love the idea for these faith articles - I look forward to reading through everyone's contributions! May God bless all of you and may He send more souls to find these pages*

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 30, 2014:

Beautiful piece of work, MsDora! It's all about faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. Thanks for drawing it out for us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2014:

Frank, thanks for your encouragement. Faithful supporters like you increase the intensity of the faith around here.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2014:

Blossom, that's a great observation. Thank you for cheering.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 30, 2014:

MsDora what a faithful to display such faith in faith... i like how you did this hub and I can feel the faith you have in it.. bless you

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 29, 2014:

I love this idea of passing the baton - in the relay, when we pass the baton we also keep running alongside for a while and it seems to me that that is what is being done here, with each runner carrying on alongside and the participants encouraging each other. What a blessing!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Jackie, we both agree that faith "gets us through whatever befalls us." What a lovely thing to say in your last statement. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Doris, it is challenging but empowering to share faith in the HubPages arena. Glad you like the idea. Thanks for your affirmation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Sally, we don't have to understand faith. We just have to embrace it, just like you embrace the calmness you feel. Thanks for your honest feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Elle, the harder the times, the more we need faith. Thanks for your input.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 29, 2014:

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story Dora. I do not believe faith predestines but I know it gets us through whatever befalls us. How much does it really consume our lives without us even being aware of it?

I thank God too that faith helped you through and brought you here as a comrade and friend. You have been something to look forward to in all of your writings and there is never a doubt of Who you bring with you.

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Doris H. Dancy from Yorktown, Virginia on August 29, 2014:

What a powerful message. It is always a blessing to view vicariously the walk of faith that others have traveled…to see over and over how our God is ever present and ever active whether we are in the arena of "Ask, Believe,Receive" or if we have moved on to the more mature arena of faith. Each time a Christian professes faith as you, Faith, Shanmarie, and Eric have done, you put into words the power of what Our God can and will do when we learn the true substance of FAITH. Additionally, what a beautiful idea of passing the baton.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 29, 2014:

MsDora

I don't pretend to understand this thing called faith. I do know I feel such a lovely calmness which comes from your writing. It is always a pleasure to feel a little of it coming my way. You are an inspiration, thanking you for sharing.

elle64 from Scandinavia on August 29, 2014:

A beautiful hub,about faith. Something I have to to work on not to loose-when Times are hard. Thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Parrster, so glad I can share. I'm officially a senior citizen; I'd better be clear on my faith concepts by now. Thanks for your input.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Sheila, we only describe faith accurately, when we describe our own faith. So we've got to think it through on our own. Thanks for your contribution.

Richard Parr from Australia on August 29, 2014:

Thanks for this MsDora. I enjoy faith stories, especially from those that've done life and become stronger for the role faith played. God is good.

sheilamyers on August 29, 2014:

Thanks for sharing your journey of faith. I've never given much thought to what a mature faith looks like other than what some people have said - which hasn't always been accurate for my life. I love the way you sum it up by saying mature faith is one in which we've advanced past the expectation of rewards.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

DDE, faith does miracles and I'm glad you've got your share. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Rachel, glad you're being inspired. You'll like the other articles too. Thanks for your support, and keep faith alive.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 29, 2014:

My toughest times pass by with faith and it is hard to believe of how I had managed in those times. Greatly mentioned and thought of.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on August 29, 2014:

Someday I'll write about it but not yet. Suffice it to say that without my faith and my relationship with the Lord that I would not be where I am today. Alive. No dramatics, just a fact. This article is an awesome inspiration and I love the pass the baton principle. I hope each one keeps it going but most importantly lists the previous articles so we can visit them in case we don't see them all. Voted up and shared.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Denise, having to write the article made me really think through my journey with faith. It was a great exercise for me. Thanks for accepting the baton and I am looking forward to your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Ah Eric! Tears? They come from a good heart. You are such an encourager. Thanks for the challenge and the support.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Faith, thanks for the update. The HubCommunity is surely buzzing with love, cooperation and team spirit. Just happy to participate. Will try to read some others.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on August 29, 2014:

That was beautiful! Your faith has become strong because of the adversity you have weathered. May it continue to be a light to others as you share with them your understanding of God and his purposes.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 29, 2014:

I would have commented earlier when I first read this, but I could not see through the tears. Needless to say this is very moving. The Spirit and your spirit came through like angels telling the story.

Thank you much for such a lovely inspiring message.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 29, 2014:

Hi Dear MsDora, thank you so much for your kind words here. Actually, dear Jo Goldsmith started her Light2Love "Project Goid Words" back when, and our lovely Shyron Shrink began her beautiful poetic contributions for each "Good Word" Jo came up with each week. Then dear Maria Jordan, known on HP as marcoujor, who loves music so much, began her "Project Good Words Musical Challenge" beginning with the Jo's first "Good Word" Love and she then passed the love baton on. Then in her next word is Faith and I was humbled and delighted that she passed the Faith word on to me ...and so on. Here we are now with your beautiful reflections on faith and isn't it so lovely all of the "Good Words" will continue on without any borders. God bless you dear lady.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

OhMe, if only they knew how much faith can do! Thanks for your affirmation.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 29, 2014:

Beautiful. I really can't imagine getting through the tough times without faith and I know there are a lot of people who try to do just that.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Thanks for your kind words, Ron. You encourage me.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on August 29, 2014:

MsDora, what a faith-inspiring article. We all go through challenges to our faith, and I think we sometimes lose perspective on what real faith is. A lot of us get stuck in beginner's faith, and then can't understand what 's happening when God wants to move us past that level. Thanks for your testimony of persevering faith.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Rhonda, thank you for reading and also for the blessing. Glad you were blessed too.

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 29, 2014:

I don't really have the words. Powerful, inspiring and a blessing of itself is about the best I can do. Touching. I'm thankful to have read this today and to you for writing it. God bless and keep you for doing this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Bill, the relay is just taking off. Thanks for your support.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Word, thank you. I bet you also have a story of faith to tell. Hope you have the time.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 29, 2014:

I had not even heard of this relay. I love the topic, love your take on it, love the personal feeling of it...well done, Dora. I, for one, have faith in you. :)

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on August 29, 2014:

This is a fantastic hub of passing the baton of faith from one to another. I have and will continue to enjoy reading and watching how the faith that is passed on, move in each life as well as my own. Thank you MsDora for your continued resilience :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 29, 2014:

Faith, this would not even happen if you had not thought of it. You're a faith pioneer and I'm glad to be in your HubCircle. It was a blessing recalling those incidents. I hope my readers are blessed as much as I am. Thanks for your faithfulness.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 29, 2014:

Oh, how beautiful MsDora! Your sharing here on the "Good Word" of faith is such a blessing to read, and I am so glad I saw this before going out the door to work this day.

I am thrilled that dear Eric has passed the "Baton of Faith" to you, one who has been through the fire and has placed your complete faith and trust in Him to get you through.

Thank you for your kind words here. You are a joy and blessing to read and follow here on HP. I could not imagine HP without your wonderful writing and presence.

What you have shared here is powerful.

Thank you for keeping the faith spreading throughout HP Town and beyond. Let's keep it going. You're the best!

I look so forward to reading Denise's hub on Faith.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinned, G+ and sharing

God bless you dear lady.