5 Weeks of Giving

“What Faith Means to Me” By Rick Hilliard, Resident, Maple Court Veterans Transitional Housing Program VOA Carolinas

Faith is trust, assurance, and confidence in God. Living Faith is shown by service and obedience to God. God will increase our faith if we fervently ask and draw close to him. The devil is a liar and a deceiver. The main thing is to be intimately connected to Jesus and pay attention to his guidance. It sure is easy to get lost in the affairs of this world. But that only brings chaos into our lives.  Only Jesus can give us an abundant life. He (the devil) will use things and people to lead you astray. I have been there several times. But by grace and mercy, God has lead me back to Him and out of situations. The power of prayer is strong. I have seen answered prayers. We need to experience the power of prayer. We need to see how faith enables us to love, forgive, how faith empowers us to endure suffering, how faith equips us to hope when things look very hopeless. God will bring you love, hope, joy, and peace.

I have put all my faith, worries, etc. into his hands. He is my rock. I praise him at night. I praise him in the morning. God is good all of the time. I am by no means perfect, but God is always there to pick me up. I will walk by faith even when I cannot see. We have our own struggles and challenges in life. Despite those trials, he still understands us and he loves us. We are imperfect but God loves us perfectly. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still he loves you.

The Jesus inside me is STRONGER than the darkness that threatens to overtake me. Always remember: Be patient. God is in control!

I end with this:

God has a purpose for your pain
A reason for your struggles,and
A gift for your Faithfulness
Don’t ever give up
Faith isn’t a feeling
It’s a choice to trust God
Even when the road ahead seems uncertain
You can overcome with God!

Rick Hilliard, 
Resident Maple Court Veterans Transitional Housing Program
VOA Carolinas