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Faith is a word that is commonly thrown around this time of year.  With the holiday season upon us, we are probably spending a little more time at our place of worship or thinking about the “Reason for the Season”.

Regular faith, the kind you and I have (sometimes), is defined by Webster’s as:

(1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion. (3) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (4) : complete trust. 5 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs

According to the dictionary, faith means something we do on Sunday, it’s how we believe in doctrines or a system of how we live our lives.

But none of that is what I’ve seen lately. To define unyielding faith in its truest sense, I had to go to those that fully exemplify it.

When I first published my book, Wellness Warrior, I was hoping to share a few things I learned along the way on my healing journey. I wanted to show that you can be well without perfect health. In case you are wondering, we define wellness as better health, emotional balance and a deeper spiritual connection. But I digress.

What I didn’t expect was how much I would learn from my readers.

Folks, especially women, have been sending me notes through e-mail, messaging, groups, social media, smoke signals, hand signals…ok, maybe I’m getting carried away here; but some have gone through great lengths to tell me about their journeys.

They are stories of bravery in dealing with disease are the truest form of unyielding faith and love.

Moms are in agony, just so they can lay on the floor to play legos with their children and spending days in bed after hosting a birthday party. Others are care taking for family members for years, many 24/7, with no break or end in sight.  And many are undergoing unbearable medical treatments only to have to do them again and again, the list goes on and on.

Why?

Webster has the right idea, but you’ll have to scroll pretty far down for the purest definition of faith: complete trust.

From all the notes I’ve received, the most common thing I’m hearing is that God is in control and has a plan, there is a reason for all of this suffering and eventually, I’m going to figure it out. If that isn’t complete trust in God, I don’t know what is.

I wonder sometimes what the world would be like if we all had unyielding faith?  What would happen if we trusted God’s plan for our life and lived it out accordingly?

Would people be bolder in their choices?  Would they stop living in fear of failure?

Many folks that don’t have their feet to the fire can get a little lazy in their faith.  When one has a chronic issue or takes care of someone that does, faith can be all we have to hold on to.  But it is enough.  There is a verse in the bible that says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  I think it’s the people that look the weakest that actually are the strongest, because they are the ones that depend solely on our Creator.

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About the Author

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Lisa Douthit is the author of Amazon’s #1 bestselling book, Wellness Warrior – Fighting for Life in Fabulous Shoes and an Integrative Health Consultant who is passionate about healing from all perspectives.  After struggling with multiple bouts of cancer and autoimmune disease, no one understands the physical, spiritual, and emotional rollercoaster better than she does. As one of the 40 million American women currently suffering with an autoimmune disease, she made it her mission to have a voice for all those with an invisible illness that cannot, as well as share the understanding of lessons she learned to help us all feel and be better. She has a private Facebook Group called Wellness Warrior Tribe for all those with chronic illness looking for support and encouragement.  For more out of the box thinking that is guaranteed to bring you joy, Like her FaceBook Page Here or join the tribe Here.

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  • Cathleen Townsend

    Adversity can indeed strengthen faith–that’s been the case in my life. It can also weaken it. Like you, the absolute trust thing resonates for me.

    The only framed saying in my home shows a sparrow perched on someone’s outstretched hand, to pluck the seeds there. The caption reads: Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

    It’s been both a comfort and a challenge in my life.

  • Barbara Radisavljevic

    It’s true that those who seem to have everything under control and aren’t suffering don’t need to exercise faith as much because they have sight. Many of us have to walk by faith because we have no idea what’s ahead or we do and know it will test every bit of our physical and emotional selves. I have a saying hanging in my bedroom: “Just when you think He is all you have, you’ll find He is all you need.” Many people don’t draw on His strength when they have their own to rely on.

    • Lisa Douthit

      I love that saying Barbara! I’m going to tweet it out to the world if you don’t mind : )

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