In an email from a friend of mine, he referred to me having a “stirred faith.” Something about that phrase stuck out to me, and I began expounding on it realizing how descriptive of a statement that is. With the following in mind, I pray for everyone to have a stirred faith.
All the thoughts I have these days of God and what I believe were things that had largely settled to the bottom of the pot as it simmered. Finally, God brought my life to a roaring boil that scalded my soul. It seared and burned me to the core and that burn will last the rest of my life. But amidst the boiling water, all of those ingredients of my faith came bubbling to the top. They began to mix in completely with every drop of who I am to the point that I am now unable to let those things settle any more. I hate the thought that I ever segmented my life, or that my faith wasn’t pervasive in my life. But if I compare my attitude now to that of years past, I had so far yet to go, and I know I still have so much further to go. I only pray that the years will continue to draw me closer to Him.
How’s your pot?
8 thoughts on “Stirred Faith”
Brad, I’m on this journey with you. I have my own failings in my Christian life, but by reading your posts, I’ve re-established a relationship that wasn’t deep, wasn’t vibrant, wasn’t really a relationship anymore with God. I found myself searching deeper inside my pot, and found that it definitely needs stirring. I’ve started journaling after daily bible readings, praying more faithfully for family and children and conquering sins through the grace of God that I couldn’t conquer before by myself. I’m trying to put on the whole armour of God and just wanted you to know, your life and Stephanie’s has touched mine. Always keeping you and your children in my prayers.
I really appreciate what you said, and am so glad for God’s work through His family. We are all made for God and then for each other, and I’m just so grateful to God for His work in our lives. Thank you for sharing. I’m so pleased to hear that you are journaling, as well. That has always been a great way for me to really connect with God and work though all the thoughts I have. (I have a private journal that I’m mostly referring to, although this blog has been a public side to that.) I’m so excited that you have revived your relationship with Him!
Jesus is drawing you to Him , and it is there in His presence that you will be comforted beyond what you can even imagine and also it is there where you will experience peace and joy….I pray for you and your family constantly and would love the privilege and opportunity to chat in person. I would like to share Psalm 121 with you as it has ministered to me so many times….
” I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is you shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm-He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.”
There are some great promises Brad….cling to them.
take gentle care of yourself, love, sue hickey
Thank you so much, Sue. Knowing what you have been through, I know there is so much weight to your words, and I know that you have experienced the peace and joy you mentioned. I also pray that you continue to experience that peace and joy. Thank you as well for your prayers, and I would be very happy to chat in person at some point. The Psalm you shared is indeed filled with incredible promises. I’m so glad you brought it to my attention and so love to read the Word of God. Thank you!
My pot is stirred and I am on a faith journey in my own life, right now, to see where it leads….
I just saw you in the parking lot and asked how you were doing and you replied quite honestly that you are not doing too well.
First, thank you for your honesty. I pray for you, Brady and Halle each and every night. And I pray for Stephanie, as well. (A weird quirk of mine that I pray for loved ones that have already left us – and your beautiful Stephanie is now one of those.)
More importantly…. I need to tell you: I so admire and respect you. I admire the way that you manage to get up each morning and get dressed and go through your day. I admire the way that you are so committed to continuing to try to keep your children’s lives as normal as they were before Stephanie left. I admire the way that you seek solace in praising God, no matter how sad and miserable you feel.
You are truly an inspiration to me – and Stephanie would be so proud of you.
I am so excited to hear you say that! I would love to talk about it more if you ever want. As for my honesty, I’m no fan of being fake and only know how to answer honestly, really. I’m more aware these days of how I’m feeling and doing, and I’ve got no reason to hide when I’m having a bad day. I do appreciate being asked how I’m doing, so thank you for that. And thank you, of course, for your prayers. It brings a smile to my face to know that God’s not hearing the end of this anytime soon, and He very well get tired of hearing my name from all the people praying for me.
Your admiration for me is so heartfelt and appreciated. Thank you. I know different people respond to grief differently, but this is the only way I know how to respond. I can’t just try to ignore it or pretend it’s not real or sleep constantly. I have to go on with life. I have to continue living for God and that won’t happen if I’m in bed all day long. And, I want to find out what the rest of my life is going to be, so I’m working to that end, as well. And amidst it all, I know God is getting me through each and every moment, and He’s proving Himself to me constantly and reminding me of His presence. Praise God that He can use me to inspire you.
Stirred…. Your friend used an interesting word to describe your faith. When I think of that word, I think of total and complete blending so that each part is a part of the other–intertwined, melded, can not be taken a part and can’t be separated. Like taking a spoon and mixing chocolate with milk. But I also think of stirring as a nice smooth gradual motion. I feel like your faith was put on full blast in a commercial size Kitchen-Aide. Each accomplishes the same. Faith is who you are, not just your walk with eyes open, but more so taking that single step with eyes closed.
I’m reminded of the story of the Chinese Monks who put candles on their toes to walk in the darkness. Each candle gave enough light for only one step. And yet enough light for each step.
Your life has been put through the Kitchen Aide. Your faith is now a total and complete part of who Brad Luczywo is.
Brad, I’ve followed your site for a long time, when Stephanie first got sick, having a connection to you from 2 separate persons. Your faith has been amazing and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. I wanted to share this link with you. The parents are friends of my daughter. It’s so so tragic and yet, their faith is so wonderful and inspiring. I thought you might enjoy that part of it. Take care.