Monthly Archives: July 2013

Flimsy Faith



I  thought the “shield of faith,” Scotchguarded TM  by love, would protect me from most storms.

My shelter, ribbed with mercy and grace, gave assurance of safety.

I had faith that Life’s Big Ones would

veer away

glance off,

leave my shelter unscathed.

BUT the Big Ones lashed my life as cruelly as it did other lives.

When event-named storms threatened to yank Faith from my hands, and

Unprepared-for gusts turned long-held beliefs wrong-side out,

I found that faith in faith was not enough.


Faith must be staked to reality, not desires or hoped-for dreams.

Enduring faith must be staked and secured to Rock with:

TRUTH  – God’s eternal unchanging Word

SALVATION  – Trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins

RIGHTEOUSNESS  – Right living in an unrighteous world


The shield of faith is not a

grab-from-the-closet, pop-open-with-the-flick-of-a-thumb shelter.

The shield of faith is a

daily staking-to-eternal-promises canopy that Big Ones cannot shred.


We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

By Priscilla J. Owens

Matthew 7:24-25; Ephesians  6:14-17; Romans 8:37-39

Martha VanCise ©2013




Christian, there is but one place you will ever learn to

follow Him,

to worship Him,

to obey Him,

to love Him.

Only one opportunity to be changed into His image.

The place is here…

The time …

Your 70 years.

 Gene Edwards: The Inward Journey

Martha VanCise©2013