FAITH SEES FARTHER By Lori A Alicea

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Faith sees farther than the natural end of the road.

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Faith hopes.
Faith believes.

Faith doesn’t get discouraged when the “end of the road” is a mirage to the “bend in the path” ahead,

A traveler’s bread crumb in the forest reminder that the “substance of things they hoped for” is still a journey away; when the evidence remains to be seen.

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Faith sees farther beyond the sun’s lamppost illuminating our slow travels of “one foot in front of the other”.

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Because Faith Hopes in God’s gifts and promises.
Faith Believes in His perfect timing.

Faith doesn’t grow weary when the seasons change guard with the other, seasons handing over the spring months of peace and tranquility, to the fall barrenness exposed to those unexpected bumps in the road and delays.

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Faith doesn’t give up when our travel burdens become seemingly too much to carry.

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Because Faith Sees Farther ahead to the still waters where God is waiting, to quench our thirst for another drink of His love, to refresh our souls for the miles which remain.

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Faith Sees Farther to those mountains of adversity, and travels with pockets full of mustard seeds.

When your mountain refuses to step aside, double-dog-daring you to stand up and fight,
A childlike faith clinches one small seed in his raised fist of defiance,

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.”
Matthew 17:20 NIV

Faith believes God sees us and trusts He hasn’t forgotten us.
Faith remembers God knows us each by name,
Just as He does for every bright star shinning in the midnight sky.

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Faith Sees Farther beyond what eyes can see because nothing is too hard for God.

Faith sees answered prayers even when the trails of our journey detour through the roughest terrain.  Faith hears the knock of the prodigal’s return.  Faith testifies the dry bones of a dead marriage come back to life.  Faith rejoices over sick bodies healed.

Faith sees provision for lack.
Faith sees a way out of a difficult situation.
Faith leads us to those lush green pastures of peace.

Faith hopes.
Faith believes when God doesn’t make sense.

Faith Sees Farther because:

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

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CONSIDER HOW… By Lori A Alicea

A Greeting Card for Faith…

 Consider how the wild flowers grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you,
Not even Solomon
In all his splendor
Was dressed like one of these.

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
Which is here today,
And tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
How much more will he clothe you—
You of little faith!
Luke 12:27-28 NIV

Consider How…

 Consider how the flowers grow,
Among these meadow fields.
Consider that they labor not,
Or toil their fragrant yields.

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Consider how and where they came,
Each wild bloom bouquet.

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As Heaven’s Gardener paints for us,
A masterpiece display.

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Consider how the eyes they please,
This secret garden place.

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All burst forth from the heart of God,
No earthly hands replace.

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Consider how the grassy fields,
God clothes with blooms born wild.

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Much more desires to do for you,
With faith, a little child.

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They toil nor spin beneath the sun,
The splendor of this view.

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Though God He tends these garden fields,
Much more He cares for you.

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Consider how we doubt His heart,
No song of faith or choir.
Consider how the flowers grow,
A child’s faith require.

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EYES TO SEE By Lori A Alicea

Ever wish there was a special pair of glasses that’d give you
Eyes to see
What God is doing behind the scenes of your life?

We’ve all had those days where we’ve longed to pull the curtain back exposing the hidden wonders God has waiting for us in the west wing of His appointed time.

There are those days our inner impatient child begs for even a small glimpse, a preview, a trailer or sneak peek into “what’s next” to calm the waters of our wondering; well, for at least a day; let’s be real.

But God is always up to something good; really good.

While there are no
Eyes to see
or earthly minds to conceive,
to articulate,
or even imagine
what God has prepared,
brace yourself to be overwhelmed.

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

In the natural, I truly enjoy a good surprise.

I love imagining the thought behind those wrapped gifts chosen or made especially for me.

During both of my pregnancies, my baby’s genders were revealed at their birth. Nine months of ecstatic waiting was worth the mystery of the suspense.  Grant it, doctors didn’t order sonograms back in the stone-age like they do today.

Unlike my grandchildren or adult daughter who will pry out any information with a crowbar of begging related to their surprise, I muffle my ears to any revealing hints.

There are those days though during a long extended silence of God’s voice I find myself praying,

 Lord,

Give me eyes to see.

Lend me those special glasses that I might be able to trace your handprint, follow your intention and map out the direction of your heart concerning mine.

 Lord,

Illuminate the unknown.
Expose the hidden.
Unwrap the gift of “what’s next”.
Oh, that you’d allow my “wondering”
Eyes to see.
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Jesus notices when we need
Eyes to see.

He cares when we doubt; when we tip-toe the line of unbelief.

Jesus noticed when His disciple Thomas also longed for eyes to see.

Doubting the resurrection, Thomas needed to see and touch the nail prints in His Savior’s hands first before he believed.

Jesus displayed his compassion to Thomas’ doubt with these words:

Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”
John 20:27 NIV

But after allowing Thomas to touch the outstretched hands of his Lord,
Jesus in his amazing love encouraged Thomas and us to a higher place of trust with these words…

 …blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
John 20:29 NIV

God has given every one of his children
Eyes to see
When we look through the lenses of faith,
Believing for what we cannot see.

By putting on our special pair of glasses of faith,
There is confidence in what we hope for.
There is belief that God is faithful to His promises,
Faithful to His word.
Giving us perfect vision,
Giving us eyes of faith,
Giving us
Eyes to see.

 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for,
And assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV

CHOOSE TO SEE By Lori A Alicea

Choose to see His blessings flow,
God’s promises to keep.
blessing 3Still see His tidal wave of love,
When waves are ankle deep.
blessings 1Choose to see from where they sit,
Advantage of their views.
To understand them, take and walk,
A mile in their shoes.
walk in their shoesChoose to see a father’s love,
In hugs and kisses gives.

His thoughtfulness revealed in gifts,
His life for you he lives.

Choose to see and stand with strength,
Your hero lives within.
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You’re capable, you are enough,
Your story waits, begin.
hereoChoose to see and learn from those,
Your generation past.
Their wisdom gained, experience,
This sea of wealth is vast.

Choose to see a child’s joy,
Their laugh, a medicine.
LAUGHTERChoose to see you’re beautiful,
The outward and within.
cova 3Choose to see the little things,
The ties that bind love tight.

A walk, a talk or sweet embrace,
Or close beside at night.

Choose to see their will “I can”,
Though that their size is small.
kizzie 7Release them to the tallest wave,
Or scale the mountain tall.
kizzie 9Choose to see and celebrate,
Uniqueness’s inside.

For those who choose a different course,
Another wave to ride.

Choose to see your confidence,
You’re born for this you know.

So step out in your destiny,
Set free your dreams to grow.
cova 9Choose to see how fast time flees,
Like wind, her curls blow.
bride 5 keepFrom morning rise to evening set,
Your little girl will grow.
bride 1Choose to see the house you live,
Four walls for where you sleep.
home 7As home, a special place reserved,
For all the hearts you keep.
family 2Choose to see how big God is,
He longs to hear His name.
big God is 4Our restlessness His waters calm,
His beauty doth the same.
big God is 1Choose to see His promises.
Fulfilled though wonder why.
Yet wait in hope His promises,
Are written in the sky.
promise 3 (2) keepChoose to see that love is strong,
As ocean waves that flow.
Aloha bids a sad good-by,
Yet greets a sweet hello.

Choose to see the love you share,
Who set your heart aflame.
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And cherish every smile of theirs,
Who call you each by name.
aloha 10Choose to see when difficult,
When eyes are blind to thee.
Find hope and confidence in faith,
As this is how you see.
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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for,
and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
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TRUST THROUGH THEIR EYES By Lori A Alicea

Ever wish you could be a child again and see the world through their eyes?

Ever wonder if you put on a pair of childlike glasses if their “land of make believe” really does come to life?

While we all know their “land of make believe” is just that, “make believe”.

But if I were a critic writing reviews of our grandchildren’s acting performances while playing, I’d give them all “five out of five” stars for their convincing character portrayals.

Children so easily trust.

You give them a pair of superhero glasses and they make-believe they can take out the bad guy.

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Give a child a full superhero costume, a shield and their super power glasses, they make-believe they can dodge bullets and jump out the window to save the world.

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Putting on their special childlike glasses,

Kids make-believe they are our furry friend.
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Kids make-believe they are a movie star.
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With the right make-believe glasses, kids can fix your problems.

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A child’s far away world is clearer and within reach of their fingertips wearing make-believe 3D glasses.
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Sporting make-believe shades, details are crystal clear to a child and they take attitude, snap their neck and fingers above their heads when we adults can’t “see it” through their lenses.
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Seriously!

Even if a child’s world appears “upside down”, all seems to make perfect sense to them wearing their make-believe glasses.

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Children so easily trust.

But in wearing their glasses, trust through their eyes says “seeing is believing.”

Yet God reminds us all, big kids especially, to take off your childlike glasses and see through His eyes, because “believing first is seeing.”

Why is it harder to have faith and trust through God’s eyes than our own?

 Why can’t we remember God’s past faithfulness to trust for his future faithfulness?

Why do we need to wear a special pair of glasses to see what God could do for us, when if we believe first, we will see His Promises in all that he will do.

Why did Thomas doubt seeing the Risen Lord until Thomas
…..put his finger where the nails were, and put his hand into the Lord’s side.
John 20:24-29 NIV

 Why did Martha doubt that Jesus would raise her brother from the dead when Jesus had told her earlier,
“Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:23 NIV

 In both situations, Jesus wanted Thomas and Martha to believe first to see when he had said,

29  ……blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:29 NIV

Why do we ask for or need a sign from God to believe, even though his loving heart does send a sign in our unbelief at times.

Children so easily trust.
Why can’t we?

God would have us all be like little children with childlike faith, remembering though it’s not wearing a special pair of glasses that
We see to believe.

No, it’s ours hearts that believe first through God’s eyes to see His promises.

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Oh, to have a childlike faith.
Oh, to be as a child and see Through His Eyes.

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