Blind Abandon Faith | #FierceFriday

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What is blind abandon faith anyway?

“By the world’s standards, our confidence in God is foolishness. They think we’re a bunch of blind people giving our lives over to what we cannot see. By faith’s standard that blind abandon is the very definition of hope—the expectation of a future blessing based on who God is despite what we see, feel, or think.”

I’m so excited for today’s #fierceFriday post. Tiffany Parry is our guest and she is so wise and so encouraging. Tiffany is like a magnet and has the kind of faith that we all need! I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with so many writers lately and Tiffany is one of them. I know you’ll be encouraged today!

What is blind abandon faith anyway?

Faith and lessons learned. (not)

It was a classic Southern California summer day. Puffy, white clouds scattered across blue skies paired with basking in the sun temperatures. More than anything, I wanted to be racing toward the beach, radio blasting, friends laughing in the back seat.

Anywhere but the dingy bathroom stall where I was sobbing uncontrollably.

The worst thing about these messy, burned out, bitter tears? They were self-inflicted. No one had broken my heart or stabbed me in the back. These were the tears that come when you think you know better, then have to stare your mistake square in the face.

My college advisor had cautioned me that after maxing out on units the semester before, working part time, and completing an internship, trying to cram an 18-week anatomy class into a 6-week summer session was not at all “advisable.” Because that’s what advisors do—give wise advice.

But twenty-somethings with a bend toward perfection and an I’ve-got-this mentality, don’t listen. They chart their own course, then end up a puddle begging for a course drop slip.

I wish I could tell you I learned my lesson that day.

Oh, how I wish.

I’m prone to self-inflicted over-commitment. Somewhere on the double helix of my DNA is this trace of genetics that pushes me to do more so that I’ll be more…worthy, successful, satisfied.

The ironic thing is, I’m also wired with a total aversion to unpredictability, uncertainty, and plans gone awry. It’s as messy as it sounds up in here.

When the going gets tough, my flesh screams quit. It justifies the easy way out. But my spirit—the Spirit of God alive in me—whispers, “Not so fast, Jesus girl.”

What is blind abandon faith anyway?

I’m an expert at reasoning with God.

“I’m a wife, mom,  and employee trying to balance it all, and it’s hard. It feels like I’m doing everything and getting nothing right. I promise I’ll read my bible, I won’t complain, and I’ll have dinner on the table by 5:00 every, um, other night. Lord, I’ll be good if You just make life easy, simple, and safe?”

Ever have these conversations with God? The kind where you’re sure He rolls His eyes at least once and laughs a time or two? Surely, I’m not the only one.

But then, with endless grace and matchless love, He says, My way is better than good, it’s holy. It won’t be easy, but I promise it will be exactly what you need to make you holy too.

It may not be easy, but God's way is always good! @tiffparry #fierceFriday #fiercelyHis Click To Tweet
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

At heart, I’m still that twenty something trying to prove to the world that I can do it all. But now, I’m the forty-one-year-old who by the grace of God has learned that she can’t, she doesn’t want to—and she doesn’t even have to.

Take that twenties!

I love predictability and plans. Order, understanding, and certainty are a few of my favorite things. But life doesn’t look like that. Sure, I can create it where I can, but ultimate control is not in my hands.

I control my response to the fire, and I want it to prove my faith genuine.

Here’s the thing: We have no idea what tomorrow holds. It could be pure hell or pure joy, and chances are we’ve all skirted the fringes of both.

What we do know is Who holds tomorrow. We know that God is good, gracious, just and mighty. And if we believe what we say we do, then we believe that He is big enough to get us from start to finish and every millimeter in between.

God is big enough to get us from start to finish and every millimeter in between! @tiffparry… Click To Tweet

That surrender can feel terrifying though, can’t it?

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.
Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible…” 1 Peter 1:8

By the world’s standards, our confidence in God is foolishness. They think we’re a bunch of blind people giving our lives over to what we cannot see. By faith’s standard that blind abandon is the very definition of hope—the expectation of a future blessing based on who God is despite what we see, feel, or think.

God IS good, and that good God works ALL THINGS together for us, even the messy, self-inflicted things.

So, we surrender ALL.

Do I still want safe and simple? All the time.

What I want more is to look like Jesus.

To become the woman He sees—teachable, wise, fierce, and willing to go where He sends me—even if I do it uncertain and afraid.

There’s something freeing in that devotion. There’s something beautiful in that “I won’t quit even if” kind of faith because this is what it gets us:

“…an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading
kept in heaven for you…” 1 Peter 1:4

That is an unwavering promise, pure certainty, a future free of unpredictability and full of glory beside a God who says we’ll be safe and whole forever more.

How about that? It’s exactly what I wanted all along.

God is just that good.

Tiffany is a warrior, and she is #fiercelyHis.

Tiffany is marveled by the endless grace and relentless love of her Savior in this life that can be so messy, too busy, and entirely imperfect. Her heart is to share God’s precious promises of grace and love with others and invite them into honest and authentic conversations about faith and life.

Tiffany welcomes you to join the journey at her blog, Simply for One, or on Facebook and Instagram.

 

A note from Shannon: How are you today, friend? What does your faith look like? Is your faith tired? Fearful? Alive? Sometimes we have to scramble to even find our faith, don’t we? You’re not alone, sister. You’re so not alone. Here’s the cool part- all we need is faith that is the size of a mustard seed. That’s all.

Here are Jesus’ exact words out of Matthew 17:20. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

You see what He did there?

He just made it SO easy to punch that devil in the face. All you need is a tiny speckle of faith, friend. Now, go on and go forth. Move that mountain. It’s in your grasp!

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  1. Ahhhhh! Yes I know who holds tomorrow come what may, we live unafraid because our end is Him to say, because He there until the very end. Our worth in Him we find and He is the peace our hearts know.

    Love this Tiffany.
    And thanks Shannon
    Hugs to you both.

  2. Thank you for your kind introduction, sweet Shannon. Such a pleasure to share space with you and your fierce heart for all things Jesus!

    • I agree, Debra…it can be such a stretch of our faith muscles, can’t it?! But He is faithful to use even those most trying seasons to weave purpose and goodness into our lives.

  3. debra says:

    Beautifully said! Thank you!
    Spiritual growth is such a stretch from what we are comfortable with. Yet if we stay with God and trust, grow we will and we will be glad for it. He truly does work all things for our good.

  4. Yes, indeed! God is just that good. Tiffany, your post spoke encouragement to me on so many levels. I’m trusting today that God will get me to the finish line and past every millimeter I need to cross to get there!

    Hey there Shannon! Such a good series here!

  5. Well stated Tiffany. I love that word abandon when it comes to faith in Christ. We must abandon our comfort zone, our fears, and put our trust completely in God’s plan. When we do that, it allows us to see His work in our lives. I chuckled when I read this post. I recognize some similar personality traits. I am thankful God continues to mold me into the servant He desires. Thankful for the opportunity to visit your site. I am always blessed by what God leads you to share. I hope you have a wonderful week, and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors.

  6. “….who by the grace of God has learned that she can’t, she doesn’t want to—and she doesn’t even have to.” Yes! Amen. This is what I’m learning to, and it’s a glorious place to be. 😉 So glad to see you here at Shannon’s place, friend. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and thank you, Shannon, for hosting!

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