Living “As If” is an exercise in choosing to challenge my thinking. I can choose to be fearful of what lies ahead, even if God has promised to walk with me…OR, I can choose to think positively by focusing my thoughts on how God has helped me in the past. One way I work to keep my focus on the positive is through what I call “touch stones” … little memorials of what God has done for me. It’s similar to what the Bible records the Israelites doing … making stone memorials marking out an event showing God’s faithfulness so when they looked on the memorial, they would remember God’s provision. Living “As If” builds faith!
Just like the Israelites, we often don’t trust because we do not remember. How can we mark out God’s faithfulness to help us grow a deep, unshaken faith?
- Write words or phrases commemorating God’s provision to you on real stones and stack them on your mantel or put them in a clear glass vase where you can see them
- Dedicate a visible shelf in a room in your house on which to place framed pictures, scriptures, or mementoes reminding you of God’s faithfulness through your life
- Cut out paper “stones” and write down special reminders of God’s provision — from major events to small, but meaningful examples of his care — and place them in a decorative wood box on your coffee table. Keep adding to the box until it is full!
- Make a collage of pictures and drawings, scriptures and songs representing God’s faithfulness to you this year
- Start a journal dedicated to recording God’s “gifts” to you each day … and keep adding to it! I have found art journaling to be a great way to express God’s gifts to me.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
- Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist