What is faith? Faith is not only the foundation of a christian life is the essence of sanity. At least for me.
Most of us live a modern life, we are surrounded by people that believe that all they need exists within themselves and to a certain degree I believe it’s true.
I was raised born-again-Christian and traditional catholic. I went to a catholic elementary school run by nuns and I loved it. After attending mass my grandmother, our matriarch, took me to her church, an old fashioned small evangelical congregation of 30 people.
At the catholic school I learned about Jesus, Virgin Mary, a handful of saints, the baptism, communion, rosaries and The Lord’s Prayer. At the evangelical church I learned about the bible, praying free-form and faith.
Too Young to Understand Faith
But of course I was too young to understand faith. I don’t think you really know what that is until you go through hardships.
While I had a difficult childhood with alcoholism, violence and abuse running rampant in my home I did not know what it was like to have faith. Being raised in that environment made me a co-dependent at an early age.
The first time I understood faith I was 8 years old, flying back home after my mom failed attempt at leaving my abusive stepfather. I knew in my heart that even though we were heading backwards as a family, we would one day leave again and she would divorce him.
After all, we had tasted freedom for 6 months and it felt heavenly. My mom’s inability to stay away from her abuser did not waiver what I felt. I knew that she would not be able to endure the abuse much longer this time around.
Now as an adult with a family of my own and having endured my own survival, similar as those I endured as a child, I have this unwavering faith and anyone trying to challenge it will get the dark side that lives in me.
I do not tolerate anyone telling me that I am not capable of doing something. I strongly believe that whatever I put my mind to I can accomplish.
- First – God put that desire in me and I believe blindly.
- Second – I believe that I can do all things through Christ.
- Third – Winners do not quit, quitters are not winners
Now that I live in Tampa, Florida if I can teach my 4 girls one thing, it’s that I want them to believe that anything is possible as long as they have faith and do not quit.